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Posted on: Tuesday, February 1, 2005

A Salute to the Fallen
A tribute to the 51 men and women with Hawai'i ties killed
in Iraq and Afghanistan
in 2004 and 2003

Twenty-six Kane'ohe Marines, one Pearl Harbor Navy medic and four other U.S. service personnel were killed Wednesday when a U.S. helicopter crashed in a desert sandstorm in Iraq.

It was the deadliest day for Americans since the Iraq war began nearly two years ago.

Share your condolences below.

 •  Condolences posted on January 31, 2005
 •  Condolences posted on January 30, 2005
 •  Condolences posted on January 29, 2005
 •  Condolences posted on January 28, 2005
 •  Condolences posted on January 27, 2005
 •  More condolences posted on January 27, 2005
 •  Condolences posted on January 26, 2005

[Posted on June 15, 2006 at 7:04 am HST]
Thank You Hawaii, This has been rectified, we will see you in March 2007 at the annual award banquet in Honolulu. It means alot for the family and I know my son will appreciate the honor. Mahalo from Vegas.
RICHARD PEREZ SR.
Las Vegas, NV

[Posted on May 4, 2006 at 5:46 pm HST]
Unfortunate that you forgot one of Hawaii's brightest soldiers that made national news and grew up in Aiea each summer in University of Hawaii announcers son Richard Perez Jr USMC. He deserved the aloha in which he gave and he actually is buried with Hawaiian flowers from Danny Kalakeini and Andy Sexton sent to his funeral from Hawaii.
RICHARD PEREZ SR.
LAS VEGAS, NV

[Posted on January 28, 2006 at 11:34 pm HST]
God bless and thank you for your sacrafices, you will not be forgotten Brothers.
A Marine
California

[Posted on January 11, 2006 at 8:33 am HST]
Every American Soldier regardless of Military Branch is a Hero in my heart and will be remember as our Heros. They knew the life before they decided to leave it and they gave their life so Americans can continue to enjoy the Freedom that is not Free, but paid by Heros like this Soldiers. They also gave there life for the Iraq People in order for them to also enjoy the same Freedom we have as Americans. To the families I pray for everyone of you that the Lord heals your pain thats in you heart and I thank you for your Sons and Daughter that you have given us to care for and train and prepare them for war and for the Final Scarifice that your Son and Daughter gave while fight for FREEDOM. And may God bless everyone of you and may God continue to Bless American. Csm Padilla Radcliff Ky.
CSM Padilla
Radcliff Ky

[Posted on December 30, 2005 at 3:31 am HST]
Outstanding tribute! So Young, So Brave! Were do we find such wonderful people, and why do there lights only shine for such a short time. God Bless them and thiers.
Jim Davlin
San Gabriel, Ca

[Posted on June 21, 2005 at 6:10 pm HST]
I noticed that you did not have a bio for my husband SSgt. Dexter S.Kimble. He was a loving husband and father to five children. He was a devoted father who took his children to McDonalds every Sunday for breakfast. He was the type of husband a woman prays for a true Prince and I was his princess as he often referred to me. Know that Dexter was a proud Marine who did his job without questions and was proud to serve in the United States Marine Corp. Through the power of prayer this too shall pass. Thank You Mrs. Dexter S. Kimble
DaWanna Kimble
California

[Posted on April 19, 2005 at 3:47 pm HST]
I do not know exactly what to say because im only in highschool but i am very sorry for the loss of these brave Marines. My neighbor was one of the casulties and i belive that this is one of the hardest obsticles in my life so i can imagine how all of the famlies feel.i would like you to know Your sons and husbands bravery makes me proud to be an american. these are true heros and should always be remembered as such.
Joe Peterson
Merrimack,NH

[Posted on April 9, 2005 at 12:36 am HST]
I never say anything on here mainly because I never know what to say. I knew 4 of the guys that died in this crash. Sometimes I'll come on this site just because I think of them so much that I just want to see them one more time. So I sit here and look at their pictures... Remember all the good times we had when I lived in Hawaii before they shipped out to Iraq. Tim Gibson, Nate Moore, Allan Klein, Kyle Grimes(And Frankie Sweger& Brian Medina who died before this crash in the Al Anbar Province): I miss you all so much. I'll always remember the smiles you gave me. Memories I have from you all will never die. You have given your all of the rest of us. The biggest sacrifce anyone could ever give, it means so much to me. To your families: I'm so sorry. They were all good brave men.
Jonya Repucci
Phoenix Arizona

[Posted on March 10, 2005 at 7:02 am HST]
Your husbands, sons, and brothers fought and died in honor of freedom and our way of life, that it may also prevail worldwide. There could be no nobler cause than that for which they fought, nor more heartfelt grief than that you feel. Please know that your sorrow and loss is deeply shared by your fellow Americans. May you find comfort and strength living your lives with fulfillment in honor of your loved ones. Let us all pray for peace and the safe return of those who remain there.
Pat Maglasang
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

[Posted on March 9, 2005 at 5:13 am HST]
I am terribly sorry for the loss of the brave soldiers on January 26 and Cpl. Sean Kelly and hs family will be remembered in my prayers forever. God Bless the Marines and my deepest condolences to the families on losing such fine men. Their bravery will also be remembered and honored forever.
sue cheadle
pitman nj

[Posted on March 9, 2005 at 4:58 am HST]
Every night when I go to bed, I say my prayers and in those prayers, are the men and women of the armed forces that are stationed in Irag, fighting for our country, it makes me feel safe knowing that they are to protect our country. Me being a Korean war veteran, salute you all from the bottom of my heart and may God speed your return to your loved ones. That's what makes this country proud, of all the young men and women serving in the military to honor and protect. My heart goes out to each and every one of you to return to your loved ones as soon as possible, with God's help. May God bless each and everyone of you. You people are our heros.
Javier Z. Laurel
Laredo, Tx.

[Posted on March 9, 2005 at 3:46 am HST]
i would just like to say that im saddened to see and hear these stories of these young men and women dying protecting our nation, risking their lives so that we can be safe, that to me is one of the greatest gifts anyone can give. My hearts and prayers go out to everyone of their families and i pray that the troops come home soon
alex
kahala

[Posted on March 9, 2005 at 2:13 am HST]
My thoughts and prayers goes out to all the families who lost a loved one. They all are HEROS! May God Be With You in your time of healing! Thank You Aunt Helen for raising such a good boy, Cpl Richard Gilbert. Thanks to the troops serving our country. May God bring you home safely and soon.
Kimberly
Ohio

[Posted on March 9, 2005 at 2:08 am HST]
I miss you cousin Richard. You will always be my hero. I will keep your letters from Iraq forever. I LOVE YOU! I think it is sad you are gone. My mom cries because you are gone. I hug her for you and tell her it is okay you are in heaven now. Love Branden,Bryen,Brent
Branden
OH

[Posted on March 9, 2005 at 1:34 am HST]
The famous phrase "the few, the proud the marines" have certainly chosen the Navy's finest... "Hospital Corpsman" and the best of then all... Hospital Corpsman Third class House. You will always be our HERO together with a bunch of NMCL PH boys that were here (in Fallujah) and are still here... ALOHA !
mafia1
pearl harbor

[Posted on March 9, 2005 at 12:49 am HST]
Our heartfelt condolence goes out to the newborn babies, wives, families, and friends of the twenty-six Marines and a Navy corpsman of 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment who died on Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash in Iraq. In addition to all those that went before them. My (Mrs.) first visit to the war memorial at Kaneohe Marine Base was very emotional. I prayed for your loved ones and all others for a safe return. I also prayed for "world peace" and for our leaders to make the right decisions. I hope these words will bring some comfort and to let you know that people in Hawai'i grieve with you.
Mr. & Mrs. Nolan K. Perry, Sr.
Wai'anae, HI

[Posted on March 8, 2005 at 2:20 pm HST]
I just wanted say God Bless all the military and active duty in Iraq. God Bless all of those who lost their lives in Iraq. And to all the families who have lost love ones in this war, I can't imagine the thought or saddiness that you must be going through. So I wanted say God Bless you too and I wish you all the very best in life. Those who are willing to lay their lives on the line for our freedom, In my book are heros that must never be forgotten.
James
Pearl City

[Posted on March 8, 2005 at 12:36 pm HST]
I am so blessed to have an opportunity to say "Mahalo". No words can express the gratitude and appreciation for the sacrifice and commitment towards all of our freedom that you all are defending. I am grateful to you all and to the families that are left behind. Mahalo is just not enough. Take car and God bless you all. May the Good Lord take you in his arms and cradle your hearts. A hui hou, maria paolo
maria paolo
nanakuli, hawaii

[Posted on March 8, 2005 at 11:35 am HST]
I am so very sorry for your personal loss and all the lives lost. I have a sense of what it is like to wait daily, with heart beating out of control, for news. My son-in-law has returned four times from missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. My hopes and prayers are for ALL troops to return home safely soon. Rike Weiss
rike weiss
honolulu, hawai`i

[Posted on March 8, 2005 at 10:37 am HST]
I am seven years old and in the 1st grade at Waikele Elementary. I have been asking my mom to help me write a letter to all of the troops and to the families that have lost loved ones because I feel that they are all our hero\'s. I wish I had an address to send a card from time to time to Iraq so that the troops know that I am always thinking of them. I watch the news all the time and always wait to see if an address is shared so I can write it down and send a note or card. WIth Much Aloha, Courtney K. Paaga
Courtney K. Paaga
Waikele, HI

[Posted on March 4, 2005 at 3:52 am HST]
I just wanted to let the families and friends know our thoughts and prayers are with you all. My cousin Cpl. Richard A. Gilbert Jr.was one of the Marines killed in the helicopter crash on Jan 26.2005. We will deeply miss Richard. He truly was a HERO especially to my 2 sons, who looked up to him, they will never forget the time they wrestled with him. He will be missed but never forgotten. May God Bless All of You and Your Marines. Cpl Gilbert's Cousin Kim.
Kim
Ohio

[Posted on March 1, 2005 at 3:44 pm HST]
Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem. ~Ronald Reagan, President of the United States; 1985 I was fortunate to know Corporal Kyle J. Grimes in high school, and am so proud to know someone with such honor and bravery. I know he died doing what he loved. The last time I saw Kyle he had his uniform on, and looked truly proud to be a Marine. I take comfort in this, and will contine to pray for his family in their time of sorrow. Kyle was a blessing to have on this earth, and I'm thankful for the time he had. May he rest in peace until I see him again one day.
Megan Hackenbrack
Nashville, TN

[Posted on February 4, 2005 at 8:40 am HST]
As a member of the community that surrounds MCBH, my most sincere condolences to the families of those lost. My son plays baseball and goes to school with many of the children of those who are deployed. The waiting for the names to be released was hard, wondering if I know some one who is now gone, and crying for the children who have lost fathers. May the families find comfort in knowing that complete strangers are crying for their loss, and the community is filled with many a heavey heart.
Marni Pearson
Waimanalo, HI

[Posted on February 3, 2005 at 7:45 am HST]
Even though I don't have anyone serving in the War. My heart goes out the the men and women serving and to the families that have lost loved ones. This is hard to lost a son or daughter due to the fact of someone else's reason. Remember your son or daughter were fighting for what they belived in and they are and so should you be Very Honored and Proud of them. I know that I am. If I had not lost my son at the age of 5 weeks old, I know for a fact that he would be over there, and if my daughters didn't have medical conditions holding them back they would of all ready been there and back again. My God be with each and everyone of you through you time of grief and sorrow.
Rolene
Roseburg, Oregon

[Posted on February 2, 2005 at 9:16 pm HST]
My husband just got home a week ago from a year in iraq. Everyday was a strugle not knowing if the men in uniform would be knocking at my door. I feel your pain. My heart goes out to the families who lost their love ones. I can't imagine my life without my husband. May god watch over all of the families who lost someone in this war and continue to watch over the soldiers still fighting.
Marqueta Carter
Hawaii

[Posted on February 2, 2005 at 2:51 am HST]
It is always sad when a soldier falls. Our prayers goes out to the families and friends of those who died. Let something good come out of the Iraqi nation and it's people. Let not our soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen, men and women who died, let not their sacrifices had been in vain. Let us also remember the thousands of wounded who lost their limbs and who will never be the same again. Our prayers go out to these people, the nations best.
Gordon Kekahuna
Lahaina, Maui

[Posted on February 1, 2005 at 10:18 pm HST]
To the dear families of those brave gentlemen and women of our nations military. Especially to those whose lost loved ones in this vital war on terror, my family and I thank you immensely for the sacrifice your family has given so others may benefit. The price of freedom will forever remain costly, yet you've paid the ultimate sacrifice. If only there were easier ways of convincing the opposition how beautiful freedom and democracy is, maybe then, our men and women can come home. Mahalo Niu Loa and Aloha.
Gerry Gipaya
Ewa Beach, Hawaii

[Posted on February 1, 2005 at 6:44 pm HST]
My heart goes out to all the families who lost a loved one during the tragic helicopter crash and this whole war in general! We are all proud of these BRAVE AMERICAN HEROES that gave the ultimate sacrifice, not just for our country, but for others. They are more than just AMERICAN HEROES! May God Bless all the families and friends who have endured lost. Know that we honor, respect, and love you all for your courage!
Tammy Blakney
Mililani

[Posted on February 1, 2005 at 5:43 pm HST]
I am so sorry for the lost of your family members. I to have a twin brother Jason Aquino in Iraq and each day that goes by I can not help but think of all the soldiers in Iraq. Every person in Iraq doesn't need to die and it is a great lost for all the family members that lost there family members already. So with a note I leave this little thought: Someday god wil bring them back to you. Love goes out to all the familes with rrelatives in Iraq. God Bless Us All and Keep Us Safe.
Tabatha Aquino
Honolulu, Hawaii

[Posted on February 1, 2005 at 3:58 pm HST]
My heartfelt condolences goes out to the family of these brave heroes. As a military wife with a husband deployed, it has been a very difficult time watching these reports. I do feel that despite everything going on, these heroes will always remain in our hearts for their courage, integrity, and willingness to fight for the freedom of many people. They will never be forgotten.
Mary Grace Domingo
Honolulu, HI

[Posted on February 1, 2005 at 2:40 pm HST]
27 more Hawaiian militaty personel recieved their wings. Deepest sympathy to the families left behind. May the angels know peace like never before, they have already been through hell on earth. My sincere condolences, Military Mom from Michigan
Melody Gwinn
Byron, Michigan

[Posted on February 1, 2005 at 1:36 pm HST]
My heart and prayers goes out to all the family's..I have 2 son in the Navy and I pray for their saftey every day...May God Bless all who serve in this country...Keep are Troops Safe.. God Bless you!
Ms Mary Bundy
Adrian, MI

[Posted on February 1, 2005 at 12:23 pm HST]
My condolences to the family and friends who have lost loved ones in the helicopter crash and the tragic war in Iraq. No words can diminish the pain from the loss of a loved one but please know there are people who care. The bravery of the men and women in the armed forces will be long remembered by the people who recognize and appreciate their efforts in the war.
Gordon Itow
Orange, CA

[Posted on February 1, 2005 at 10:36 am HST]
My prayers and deepest and condolences go out to those who have lost loved ones to this tragic war in Iraq. May our Heavenly Father keep you in his loving care and comfort you and yours during these heartfelt times. You loved ones will always be remembered as "Hero's!" God Bless you and yours always! Our warmest wishes, the Ledoux family
Starla HoChing-Ledoux
Laie, Hawaii

[Posted on February 1, 2005 at 10:13 am HST]
I am so sorry for your loss. Even though I do not know you my heart is filled with compassion for you. Blessings of peace of mind, comfort in your heart and a lightening of your burden as you face each day with the grace of God.
Rev. Annie Green
Honolulu

[Posted on February 1, 2005 at 9:43 am HST]
Please send our deepest condolences and heartfelt thanks to the families of those soldiers who have lost their lives recently in the service of our great country. The ultimate sacrifice that they have made will not be forgotten. The recent free & democratic elections in Iraq will stand for all time as a memorial to their courage and commitment. God bless all of you and God Bless America. Margaret & Steve Smith
Margaret & Steve Smith
Lawai, Hawaii

[Posted on February 1, 2005 at 8:48 am HST]
To all of the families of the fallen Troops, Our deepest sympathy and condolences goes out to the Families. May God give you all strength and comfort at this time of sorrow. As a military spouse and a mother who have a son fighting the war in Afghanistan we salute all the soldiers for the bravery, dedication and integrity wholeheartedly and we pray all of you everyday. God Bless You All FOREVER AND ALWAYS.
Ever A. Cruz
Waipahu, Hawaii

[Posted on February 1, 2005 at 8:28 am HST]
I send you my deepest condolences and heartfelt sorrow to the families who lost sons, husbands, brothers and daddies.Their service to our country will never be forgotten. Let freedom and democracy ring through out the world. SEMPER FI!!! Keala Hermosa Beach, CA
Keala
Hermosa Beach, CA

[Posted on February 1, 2005 at 7:39 am HST]
There is no way we can ever begin to show our gratefulnes for your sons' ultimate sacrifices! Please know that our hearts and prayers are with you at this time of extreme sorrow & we are eternally grateful to you all!
Vogrig Family
Honolulu

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