In Memorium

In memory of Aaron Blake Wells, SGT, USMC

from friends and comrades in arms

In Memory of Rod Carlock

Angell Wright

In memory of Elizabeth’s first cousin’s husband-William C. Wright who served his country and just recently passed away. God Bless America and our brave troops overseas and at home.
from George and Elizabeth Strapulos, 11 July 2011

In Memory of Dovie Lewis

In memory of PFC Thomas J. Byrne KIA 6/2/51 Korea

In Memory of Dr Benson, Capt, Medical Corps, USN-Dec from his wife Dorothy

In memory of Brad Chastant, MD who graduated from West Point 60 years ago, from his wife Mary.

In Memory of William Claude (Bill) Wright,

from Peggy Ingram, PhD, Bill and Janice Wood, Brian D. Clements, MD

Florence Grace, Ann Griffin, Frank Davis, James and Eloise Taussig

In Memory of Howard C. Braddy, Jr , a Navy Corpsman in his early days

Julie and Bill Malvey, Carl W Schumacher, Jr, Dale and Cindy Piercy, Kurt and Joyce Guerdrum. Bootsie Sanders, The Transporter Inc.


April 17, 2010: In proud memory of Barbara O’Brien’s father, who served in the US Navy during WW II in the Atlantic theater.


In memory of Richard Gus “Dick” Bonilla, Aerographer Chief (AGC), US Navy, Retired. Served in WWII on the the USS San Diego for 41 months and on the USS Sicily during the Korean War. May 15, 1922 – Oct. 7, 2009. A memorial service will be held near the U.S.S. San Diego Monument at the “Sailor Kissing Nurse” Statue on Sat, Oct 17th at 2pm. He is survived by Mark (son) and Kristen (daughter) Meaders, Will (son) and Sheri (daughter), and seven grandchildren.

September 5, 2009: In Memoriam for a special Marine, Capt Joshua Meadows, Marine Special Operations Command, KIA Afghanistan’s Helmand Province Sept 5, 2009 while engaged in combat.

Lance Cpl. Nazario Serrano, 20, of Irving, Texas..
Serrano died as a result of hostile action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to the Combat Service Support Battalion 1, Combat Service Support Group 11, 1st Force Service Support Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California.

Lance Cpl. Justin M. Ellsworth, 20, of Mount Pleasant, Michigan.
Ellsworth died as a result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was also assigned to CSSB1, CSSGII, 1st FSSG, I MEF, Camp Pendleton, California.


On Sept 3, 2009, Gary Douris passed quietly from this earth into Marine Corps Heaven, while surrounded and loved by friends and family. Gary was/is a highly-decorated Viet Nam Marine Corps Veteran, inventor and a respected and loved pilot/jumpmaster/master rigger. Gary will be missed by all who were privileged to know him.

Jun 2009, Corporal Ryan Buckley Memorial Poker Run and Benefit donated 75 helmet upgrade kits for the Troops.Cpl.Ryan.Buckley0001_small

6/29/09 – In Memory of Andrew Mark Einstein of the Temple of Israel, Greenville SC, from his congregational family and especially from the confirmation class of 2008-2009: Harrison B, Kaylin B, Aaron E, William E, Michael H, David S and their teacher – Rabbi Holly Levin Cohn.

4/28/08 For Louise Zimmer and all the family of John Zimmer: many friends have sent donations in John’s name. You must be proud as well as sad that so many want to honor his memory.

4/20/08 “Donation made in memory of John F. Zimmer by colleagues of his son Matthew. John served our country during World War II.”

4/9/08: In memory of our friend and colleague Betsy O’Neill, who passed away in March after her courageous battle with cancer. Her son is currently on his second tour of duty in Iraq with his Army Battalion.

3/20/2008: Donation in honor of Robert D.A. Denman, Jr. by Vernita Runfeld. Robert was very proud of his service in the Air Force and all of our servicemen and women.

02/07/2008: In memory of: L.C. Crowe , US Army, 1st infantry division,32nd Field Artillery Battalion, C Battery from First Presbyterian, Children’s Day Out Program

1/30/08: Donation made in memory of Maj. Alan G. Rogers, who died in patriotic service to his county in Iraq on January 27, 2008.

6 Nov 07: In memory of Margaret Hoguet, from NexTier Insurance

8 Mar 2007 – In memory of Samuel A. Wilkinson, an Army veteran of 23 years, who passed away 3/3/07. Donna M.

19 Jan 2007 – In memory of my cousin Jerry Marshall USMC WWII killed on Iwo Jima. Diane C.

14 Dec 2006 – It is with heavy heart I write you again. Less than six months ago we communicated in order to acquire helmet inserts for the [his unit] out of Miramar, CA. before they deployed to Iraq (Sept 3, 2006). These Marines were very thankful for the liners designed to give them extra protection. We had many conversations with our son while he was in matt-dillon-usmc.h1matt-dillon-usmc.h2Iraq and he told us once his vehicle was struck with a small IED and said the liners definitely helped. He compared it to a similar IED hit in Aug of 2003 in which he received a purple heart. But on Monday eveningour lives were changed by the ringing of the doorbell. We were informed that our son, Cpl Matthew Dillon, had been killed by a large IED explosion along with three other of his fellow Marines. Two other Marines are in our prayers who are in critical condition.

This email is to inform you that we have requested people make memorial donations, in Matthew’s honor, to your organization in lieu of flowers. We, Matthew Dillon’s parents, know that this would please Matt to know that another fellow Marine or soldier is able to receive these liners for their protection. While we wait for his return, we decided to make this request to the public to help support our troops. Matt was only in the Corp 18 months, made Cpl the first of Nov and was named Marine of the Quarter. He will be greatly missed and the Corp has lost a great leader of freedom. Please let us know if there is special details or information we need to pass along to the TV or newspapers in this regard.

My wife’s 501-C organization, Friends of Freedom’s Defenders, was the initial contact for the helmet inserts for the 373rd Marines. They will be also sending a donation that this organization collected from friends, veteran organizations and businesses. We both feel strongly led and committed to do as much as we can to help protect these young men and women who so honorably serve this great Country and risk their lives to keep us free.

Again, thank you for this great organization. You do a tremendous service for our Marines and fellow soldiers. God bless you, Neal and Lucy Dillon

For a video tribute to Matt please click here

In memory and honor of George Osborn, Jr, 84, of Beverly Hills, FL, retired Army Air Corps after serving 20 years. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to Operation Helmet. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he came here in 1991 from Commack, N.Y. He was a retired manager for New York Telephone and an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers, the German American Club of Citrus County, the Beverly Hills Recreation Association, the Military Officers Association of America and the Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Survivors include his wife, Louise D.; four daughters, Debra Osborn, Flushing, N.Y., Heather Hamil, Lecanto, Lisa Mullin, Smithtown, N.Y., and Melody Renick, Huntington Station N.Y.; two sons, Gary W., Monroe, N.H. , and Greg W., Plainview, N.Y; a sister, Dorothy Mensing, Beverly Hills; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Tor and Toris Roland send their condolences also.

In memory and honor of PFC Wesley Riggs, KIA May 17, 2005, OIF. $3,500.00. “Pest Pros for Fallen Heroes” by Vicki and Daniel Riggs, Parents of Wesley.

In memory of Vincent A Kruzick, Medic WWII and Korea and for the safe return of Specialist Christopher T Kelley, US Army

In memory of Clarence F. C. Dobberpulpi, USMC WW II.

Our beloved brother and uncle (in his 90’s) passed away a little over a year ago and was very, very proud, until the end, of his service in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was taken (with the help of a caregiver, wheelchair bound and by invitation) to a special Marine Corps Color Guard Ceremony in 2000, and he was so proud sitting in the front row with a few other surviving WW II Vets being honored. The family requested charitable contributions in lieu of flowers, and in time we were confident that we would find the perfect way to honor his memory. The enclosed donations are for the purchase of helmet conversion kits for Marines currently serving in Iraq. We pray these kits soon will not be needed and our troops can come home. We also pray that from his death, perhaps these kits will protect the lives of other soldiers from roadside lED’s. We also thank you for the establishment of this most worthy effort. From the loving family and friends of Clarence F. C. Dobberpulpi.

In thememory of Spc. Alex Jordan, 31, killed in Iraq on September 10th, 2006, while on patrol. Nicholas Porter

In memory of Helen M. Nelson, retired Navy


I hope that this contribution will be of help. I am on social security disability due to a stroke. I wish it could be more. This gift is in memory of Jourdan Gretz, a Marine who was killed in Iraq in May of 2005. Sincerely, Louis I.

In memory of Corporal Christopher Leon and to help all the survivors of the 2nd and 5th Anglico. Sandra

Marine Cpl. Michael B. Lindemuth died as a result of wounds received from enemy mortar fire at Camp Hit, Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to Inspector/Instructor Staff, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Akron, Ohio. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Lindemuth was attached to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). He died on April 13, 2005.

From hometown friend perspective: Mike was on at least his second tour into Iraq. He was on active duty stationed with a reserve unit as a trainer. Marines at his funeral told me he was an excellent Javelin Gunner but more importantly a superb individual. He was also my friend. Mike participated in one of our local Veteran’s day services, and it is he who is kneeling at the cross in the picture at this service. He was fairly new to the Marine Corps at that time.

In honor of Michael Andrews as a birthday memorial.

In memory of Julie Whitt and in honor of my father-in-law, retired Gunnery Sergeant with the Marines, Robert Workman.

I send this in honor of my dear nephew, Caesar S. Viglienzone of Santa Rosa, Ca. He gave his life on 1st Feb 06, while serving in Iraq with the 101st Airborne, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry. I continue to keep all those who serve, and their families in my prayers. I thank-you for this important work you do. God Bless You, Christina W.

In memory of my deceased Gulf War I son, Jason. Please check out the and view the video Jason’s Storm. Gina W, July 4, 2006.

In memory of John Baccalore, proud veteran of the US Military.

In memory of Vincent Kruzick, Medic WWII, Korea

In memory of Thomas Griffith and Robert Lindop

In memory of Marine-for Life Kuykendall, WWII, South Pacific Marine

In memory of Leslie Devers, USMC, Killed in Action Republic of Vietnam, from a brother Marine and High School Alum. Richard J. Jun 29, 2006

In memory of Vincent A. Kruzick, served as a medic in WWII and Korea. Kathryn P. July 1, 2006

In the memory of Cpl. Christopher D. Leon whom was killed in action in Al Anbar province, Iraq. With the utmost respect and gratitude. Lori, Jun 28, 2006

In memory of Edward Schurr, Sgt US Army Air Force WWII, veteran now deceased. Jun 22, 2006.

In memory of Arthur W Hunstein Jr. Jun 22, 2006

In memory of my father who recently passed away. He served in the Marine Corps for 34 yrs, fought in Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Korea and Vietnam. Semper Fi. Thank you for trying to protect our troops. B Crockett Jun 22, 2006

In memory or my father (USAF Ret’d TSgt Earl E Ramey) who retired from the Air Force and passed away last August. He was a military man through to the core…..someone who believed in tough love for his 5 boys and 1 daughter…..He loved his country and his fellow man. I for one miss him with all my heart and sole….I for one feel like I’m a better person growing up in a military household. God Bless our troops and I pray for their safe return home! Steve Jun 22, 2006.

In memory of my father, James Blair Stewart who was very badly injured in WW2 and spent 55 years in hospital until he died. Elizabeth

In Memory of George Osborn

In honor of two young men who were high school classmates of my niece. Currently serving in Iraq and Saudi Arabia, they are Chip H, USMC and Kirk R, USAF.

In honor of my nephew, Marine Cpl. Joe McManus, who finished his tour in Iraq without injury and is now chasing pretty young women around western Australia–what EVERY 23-year-old vet should be able to enjoy after serving their country!

Donation in honor of Pat Murphey (a Navy man) and Billy Joe Helms (an Army man) made by Laura. Jun 17, 2006

And to the family donating in memory of Maxine Sweat, THANK YOU from all the troops!

A Very Special Thanks to the Family and Friends of Jerry Bushby. On Jerry’s death, it was requested that remembrance be via donations to Operation Helmet in his name. The donations and expressions of love and respect for this young man and his patriotism have flowed in. There will be quite a few American servicemen and women who will be made a great deal safer thanks to a wonderful man. Here’s a quote from his funeral notice:

“This is in memory of my very special brother, Jerry Bushby, who made his home with my family for the past 8 years. H went to Heaven Dec 1, 2005. He was never in the military, but always wanted to be. He had physical disabilities that prevented this. So instead, he donated much $$ over the years to different military requests. He was so proud of me for being in the U.S.Army reserves, but I feel his contribution and concern and commitment to making our troops safe was more than I ever did.

And from his sister Christine: “My parents received a Thank You letter from you Dec 9th thanking them for all the contributions in his name. That meant so much to us all. Jerry and I had talked so much about the military and even Operation Helmet just days before his unexpected passing. Please remember Jerry. He never forgot any of you. Jerry asked that everyone would read Proverbs 3:5-7 in memory of him. Jerry was very patriotic and would love friends to contribute to Operation Helmet, 74 Greenview St., Montgomery, Texas 77356, in his memory.”CPL_Chris_Leon