Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Fred L Maciel

Spring, Texas

January 26, 2005

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
20 Marine L/Cpl

1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force

Marine Corps Base Hawaii

 Died when the CH-53E helicopter they were in crashed near Ar Rutbah, Iraq.

The minute that I saw you
I just seemed to know
I began to like you more
As our friendship started to grow
I never meant to love you
It happened quite by chance
I wanted just to be your friend
Not share a new romance
Some people say it strikes you
Like a lighting bolt from above
Then it turned from like
And now I know it was love
I don’t know how to describe
Just how I feel
All I know is that it wasn’t “puppy love”
It was for real
My head felt like it was spinning around
And every time I walked,
I felt like I was floating off the ground
When I stared into your eyes
I knew that it was true
That you really meant it when you said, “I love you”
I wonder how love happens
How it gets to be
To me, the whole thing seems like a great big mystery
But in my heart I know
That real reason is because
God must have sent down an angel
To bless that two of us
Now today is that day
That we have to say goodbye
God took you from us
And we don’t know why
Pain and Grief
Love and Depression
For one single person
You made a great impression
We will hold you close
So we’ll never be apart
You’re on our mind
And in our hearts
We’ll try to smile
And not to be blue
As we live each day
With thoughts of you
I will always love you Fred, Rest In Peace.

From Patricia Hommel 04/13/05:

Events like these make us so profoundly sad.......yet so profoundly proud. We should all say a prayer for all of the young men and women, as well as their families, still serving our country. As evidenced by the tragic turn of events in Fred's loved ones lives, some of those young, brave soldiers will make the ultimate, ultimate sacrifice to keep us a safe and free nation and will indeed leave the world a much better place. Words can not convey the thanks I have for Fred and all of the soldiers who have lost theirs lives or are left serving our country. May God truly, truly bless them!!

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