In Loving Memory Archive
Marine Cpl. Christopher Belchik 30, of Brighton, Illinois died due to enemy action in Babil Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He died on August 22, 2004.
Army Spc. James L. Beckstrand
James L. Beckstrand 27, of Escondido, California. Beckstrand died in Baghdad, Iraq, when a vehicle approached his unit and the driver detonated a bomb. He was assigned to 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany. He died on April 29, 2004.
Betty, Here is the picture of me and the wonderful quilt! As you can see, it is on my bed……
I cannot be more pleased with the beautiful, personalized quilt you and the other ladies made for me to honor my husband. I am totally amazed at the precision of every stitch. I love everything of it. I love the colors, the pictures, the Marine Corps and US Army emblems, so right for Jim. I love the dedication you put for him, the heart at the bottom of the words I asked you to include, and the eagle. I wasn’t expecting the eagle on it and I love it. It’s the symbol my husband gave his life for: Freedom!
I cannot even start to describe the strong emotions I felt when I opened it. I knew it was the quilt but didn’t know how wonderful it was. It is on my bed now, and I slept under it last night. I had my neighbors come over and look at it. Needless to say I cried, but it is a good cry. I am so much thankful for the big heart of Americans like you, not the ones protesting but the ones who show how much they care for the families of these fallen heroes. I miss my husband every day and every night, and I’m proud of him. I cannot thank you enough, Betty, for the comfort the quilt brings me. I will show the marvelous work you amazing ladies did on it to my father in law this weekend. Hopefully, he’ll decide to write you. Please extend my gratitude to all the ladies who worked on it, and tell them I’ve never seen anything so beautiful…….
Sgt. Daniel J. Beard
Army Sgt. Daniel J. Beard 24, of Buffalo, N.Y.; assigned to the 147th Postal Company, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Wiesbaden, Germany; died April 3 2009 in Al Diwaniyah, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident.
This quilt was made by Freedom Quilts for his family in Honor of Sgt. Daniel J. Beard.
Sgt. Mark C. Baum
Sgt. Mark C. Baum 32, of Telford, Pa. was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 111th Infantry Regiment, 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. He died Feb. 21 2009 in Baghdad of wounds sustained earlier that day when enemy forces attacked his unit using small arms fire in Mushada, Iraq.
This quilt was made by Freedom Quilts for his family in Honor of Mark C. Baum.
Justin L. Bauer
Army Staff Sgt. Justin L. Bauer 24, of Loveland, Colo.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Jan. 10 2009 in Baghdad of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.
This quilt was made by Freedom Quilts for his family in Honor of Justin L. Bauer.
Spc. Jacob D. Barton
Army Spc. Jacob D. Barton 20, of Lenox, Mo.; assigned to the 277th Engineer Company, 420th Engineer Brigade, Waco, Texas; died May 11 2009 from injuries sustained in a shooting by a U.S. soldier at Camp Liberty, Iraq.
This quilt was made by Freedom Quilts for his family in Honor of Spc. Jacob D. Barton.
SGT Quentin Lavell Barnett
SGT Quentin Lavell Barnett was born on June 18, 1982 in Newellton, Louisiana Quentin was deployed to Samara, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from October 02, 2006 – November 29, 2007 Quentin’s life ended on May 12, 2009 in Lawton, Oklahoma.
This quilt was made by Freedom Quilts for his family in Honor of SGT Quentin Lavell Barnett.
1st Lt. Leevi K. Barnard
1st Lt. Leevi K. Barnard Hometown: Mount Airy, North Carolina, U.S. Age: 28 years old Died: May 21, 2009 in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Unit: Army, National Guardsman assigned to the 252nd Combined Arms Battalion, Fayetteville, N.C. Incident: Killed when his unit was attacked by enemy forces using makeshift bombs while on dismounted patrol.
This quilt was made by Freedom Quilts for his family in Honor of 1st Lt. Leevi K. Barnard.
Cpl. Riley E. Baker
Marine Cpl. Riley E. Baker 22, of Pacific, Missouri died while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He died on June 22, 2006.
This quilt was made by Freedom Quilts for his family in honor of Cpl. Riley E. Baker.
Army Pfc. Lionel Ayro
Army Pfc. Lionel Ayro 22, of Jeanerette, Louisiana died in Mosul, Iraq, when a suicide bomber entered his dining facility and detonated an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 73rd Engineer Company, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis, Washington. He died on December 21, 2004.
Freedom Quilts made this quilt to honor Pfc. Lionel Ayro for his mother Catherine.