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LCpl. Abraham Simpson, age 19, of Chino died o n November 9, 2004 in Fallujah, Iraq. He was born March 16, 1985 in Fullerton, CA. Abraham was a resident of Chino for 15 years. Abraham graduated from Southlands Christian School in Walnut, CA. He was an Infantryman for the United States Marine Corp for 15 months. Abraham was a member of Calvary Chapel in Chino Hills, also an Eagle Scout of Troop 202, Chino. Abraham had many hobbies including; backpacking, church mission trips, scouting and basketball. Abraham Simpson is survived by his parents, Jame s and Maria Simpson of Chino; brothers, David and Paul Simpson; grandparents, Ted Mckown, Adeline and Angel Kilongan, Frank and Nora Simpson; great grandparents, William and Helen Valdez. A public visitation will be held on Friday, November 26, 2004, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.,at Upland Chapel, 525 W. 18th St., Upland, CA. Funeral services will be on Saturday, November 27, 2004 at 10 a.m. at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, 4201 Eucalyptus Ave, Chino, CA. Burial will be at Riverside National Cemeterey following the services. Memorial contributions can be sent to CaliforniaMilitary.org and FreedomAlliance.org. Cucamonga Mortuary is entrusted with arrangements.

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Published in Daily Bulletin on Nov. 25, 2004.
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May 25, 2020
Thinking of you especially today. You are not forgotten Abraham. Semper Fi brother.

Michael Jones
November 6, 2019
I shed a tear or two each year at this time for you Abe and your family more so. May you be precious and perfect as you sit at the foot of the King of Kings for all eternity brother.
sonny odle
November 5, 2019
On 10 NOV 2019 our brotherhood turns 224 years old. You are never forgotten brother. Happy birthday. Semper Fi, Rah!
Michael Jones
October 24, 2019
God be with you Maria & James (mom & dad)!

LT Grizzle
Tim Grizzle
October 22, 2019
The last picture I took of you when I dropped you off at the barracks parking lot at Horno on June 18, 2004, 1 a.m.
Abe-as we approach 15 years since you opened your eyes on the other side, I am overwhelmed with how much the world has changed since you left. There is so much to tell you about, to catch you up on everything like I used to do. We are also 15 years closer to seeing you again. That is going to be amazing.

As I told you in the garage before you left, after you told me it would be better if you were killed than someone else, because you knew where you were going, we are making it through. We're ok, nothing to worry about here, not that you worry there, but we find our way. You left a beautiful legacy for us to share with the world until we come home, too. Maybe you were surprised to see Abuelito, or maybe not. That was a miracle.

We will be hiking the Chino Hills in your honor and memory on the anniversary of your homegoing. Every step I place in the dirt on the trail reminds me of how much you loved backpacking and exploring God's beautiful earth. I'll never be able to hike the Sierras or the Grand Canyon as you did, but the trails in Chino Hills are beautiful, too. I think you'd love what we do.

Well, until the next check in..I love you and can't wait to see you again.

Maria Simpson
May 27, 2019
Hello LCPL Simpson, my name is carlos gonzalez I am a poolee of RSS Pomona leaving to the marines on June twenty fourth , I live in chino hills near soquel canyon and, I am a senior at Ayala,whenever I'm taking the turn off of grand In chino right near La fitness/Calvary chapel, I always see the light pole in remembrance of you, I noticed one day there were some flowers and little American flags propped up, and that excited my interest for not only were you apart of the marine corps but you were local to where I lived and, walked most of my senior school year. I googled who you were, that opened up countless articles about you. On Memorial Day today, I wanted to recognize your ultimate sacrifice not only to this nation but to our corps. You are in my wishes and prayers LCPL Simpson
-Carlos Gonzalez
Carlos Gonzalez
November 11, 2016
I am a poolee in the DEP. My Staff Sergeant asks us to look up the story of a fallen Marine. It didn't take me long to come across Lance Corporal Simpson's story and I'm glad I did. Like him, I am very religious, but had some doubts about how much I could or would be willing to express my faith to others in the corps. Reading this has inspired me to live out my faith and have it help me become a better Marine because of it.

Thank you Lance Corporal Abraham Simpson for your inspiring story. I hope to follow in the footsteps of your legacy.
Josh Harrison
March 24, 2016


I work with your father and he is a perfect example of a true leader. He passes his knowledge on to officer candidates, junior grade, company grade, and even field grade officers to say the least. Knowing him and his selfless service, I know that you were an outstanding Marine! I often hear your name in casual conversation. You are still with us in spirit even today.

Semper Fi,
June 6, 2015
Simpson was a great Marine and a fine person. I was his squad leader an was there when he paid the ultimate price. I had to deal with survivor's guilt for years. I was lead to Christ and only then did I realize that Abe's mission was complete, his death gave me life and I pass on my testimony constantly.
THANK YOU ABE, you are missed.
SSgt. Miles "Sonny" Odle
April 29, 2015
I served with Abe with 3/1 Wpns co. 81 mm plt. Abe had many great qualities, but the one I most I admire the most was his unfailing faith in our Lord. It was inspiring to see someone have such devotion to being a good person. - Simper Fi Brother
Kyle Davis
April 15, 2015
10 years' thanks for your commitment and for your and your family's sacrifice, from the family of one of your fellow squad members.
Richard Collins
April 14, 2015
Pam dusitn
April 9, 2015
my Abe, over 10 years has gone by now since you made your exit.It's hard to imagine life WITH you now. All our memories are of you growing up. We didn't have many of you as an adult, nevertheless, you were an awesome young man. Love you so much! Mom
Maria Simpson
August 11, 2014
LCpl Simpson,

I never got to meet you, or serve with you, but I became aware of your story from your father, CW2 Jim Simpson. I know that you have seen his good deeds in action, and the dedication - and sometimes the deadly seriousness - he brings to the classroom. He is committed to giving the very best to his officer candidates. As a fellow Marine, I know that you exhibited the exact same tenacity during your time in theater. Along with nearly a dozen Marines and soldiers, we will raise a somber toast to you and Jonathan this weekend.

Until we serve side by side....keep heaven secure until I arrive.

God bless and Semper Fidelis,

SGT Simpson: Like 2LT Buchholz, I was introduced to the story of you and your cousin (LCpl Abraham Simpson) during a very memorable OCS Phase. Know that your family still proudly carries your torch of dedication to our country, as your uncle trains new generations of leaders while selflessly serving. The dedication you demonstrated on the field of battle has been witnessed and recounted here by your brothers-in-arms, and the passion associated with how your story was shared with us will remain with me and the other candidates until we meet face to face. As a brother, whatever fate awaits us each, I know that heaven is well secured with you on eternal duty, and that you will open the gates when we arrive, and after we speak the correct challenge password.

Rest in Peace and Semper Fi,

2LT Tim Grizzle, CSMR, 2011+ / LCpl, USMC, HMT-303, 1984-88
Tim Grizzle
July 21, 2014
CW2 Simpson and family,

Your sons made such in impact on those that knew them. Chief Simpson through your instruction and conveyance of your experience I will never be the same. That is a good thing.

OC John Buchholz
OCS Class 2014
May 25, 2014
Remembering you, Thinking about you, and Honoring you on this Memorial Day weekend
Pam Dustin
November 22, 2013
United States Marine Corps
Marine to Marine I have seen good and bad all my life and it stretches from all 4 corners of this world. One thing I have learned over the years is that there are those who do, and those who don't. You are one of those who “DO.” You have served this great nation well my brother in arms.

God makes no mistakes. His plan for you was perfect. God bless the Simpson Family and the memory of a true WARRIOR!

Semper Fi,
Michael Jones
November 10, 2013
Just wanted you to know that you are being thought of on this Veterans Day. Wow, it seems odd to refer to you and Trevor as veterans! I always thought that was for older guys. Abraham, you will never be forgotten.
Pam Dustin
November 9, 2013
You and your family are in my prayers this weekend and always.
September 23, 2013
HEROES NEVER DIE. THEY LIVE IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER. You will never know how many people honor you, love you, and thank you for keeping us safe. I will have to say that it doesn't seem like it has been nine years. See, you are still being honored and thought of.
Pam Dustin
September 23, 2013
The memories grow more and more distant as time goes on. Having you hang out at the house seems more and more like a dream, a sweet and precious dream. It is almost nine years now, and I will always wonder what you would have thought about things, or what more you would have contributed to our lives. Life just goes on, and are we any different because you were here? Or because you are gone? I never want to stop becoming better, because you don't have that chance. I'm rambling, and I wish you were still here. Love you so much.
September 22, 2013
My son, Dylan, served with you. By the grace of God he came back to us. He wears a bracelet honoring your sacrifice. I think of you and your parents, often. Godspeed, Lance Cpl. Abraham Simpson!
Richard Collins
July 4, 2013
Just want to say you did your mission Marine and its because of you that we enjoy our freedoms here in the U.S. I honor you today and salute another "Hero" CPT Richard M. Fematt
Richard Fematt
May 27, 2013
Just wanted you to know that you are being thought of on this Memorial Day.
This I can promise you: you will NEVER be forgotten.
Pam Dustin
November 19, 2012
As always you will be in our thoughts and prayers on this Thanksgiving. We will say a little prayer for you, your family and your brother in arms. You will never be forgotten as you will live in our hearts forever. I will write for as long as I am around and will honor you as a HERO for the rest of my life.
Mike and Pam Dustin
September 13, 2012
For no other reason than the fact that I love you and that God made you beautiful inside and out, I add this post today. Missing you so much, Mom.
September 12, 2012
I am touched by your service and sacrifice.
Christopher Ganiere
May 27, 2012
I couldn't decide whether to write on this Memorial day weekend or wait until Thursday to write. I home that every American takes just a minute of their time to honor and thank you. We all need to remember and think about all of the sacrifices that have been made in order for us to be a free nation.
You will never be forgotten. I can promise you that. You will forever live in my heart.
with love and respect.
Mike and Pam Dustin
December 6, 2011
Thank you to his mother and father, I will be raising one too soon I fear. Your son will live on and I pray you have peace knowing that he has touched thousands of lives to which he had no direct connection.
November 22, 2011
Remembering Lcpl Simpson in this month of his passing. He will NEVER be forgotten.
S. Allen
November 10, 2011
November 9, 2011
To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Abraham Simpson:
Please accept my remembrance of Abraham on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
August 3, 2011
To let you and your family know that you are not forgotten.
Rest in peace.
February 6, 2011
rest in piece my brother usmc
michael self
November 9, 2010
To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Abraham Simpson:
Remembering Abraham on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers
October 18, 2010
Abraham, there is never a day that goes by that I do not think about you. I love you my cousin.
Catherine Taani
July 3, 2010
I think that the Fourth of July is a time that we should remember. If not for you, our great Military through the many years, and our veterans, we probably would not be the free country that we are.
Because of you, I can walk wherever I want, I can speak, I can pray, I can own a home, and so very many other things that we take for granted.
You are a Hero and I will never forget your sacrifice so that others could have the freedom that we do.
To say thank you just isn't enough. Therefore, I will just say that I will honor you for the rest of my life.
Pam Dustin
June 1, 2010
Forever Remembered an American Hero.
S Allen
May 31, 2010
Happy Memorial Day Brother. Thank you for your love and your dedication to the greatness of this country. Thank you for all the guidance.
May 30, 2010
Remembering this Memorial Day weekend, your Sacrifice and the losses your family has endured. God's Peace.
Garnet Jenkins
May 30, 2010
I just wanted you to know that I was thinking about you on this Memorial Day. As usual, I have a few picture up in honor of our fallen HEROES. You just happen to be one of them.
I hope you and your brothers in arms are celebrating in honor of yourselves. Thank you, Abraham, for your sacrifice.
with love and respect,
Pam Dustin
May 29, 2010
Abe, on this Memorial Day weekend 2010, we Thank You for the sacrifice you gave for our freedom. You are a true American Hero!
May 26, 2010
Though we never met this side of heaven I thank you Abe. I am so very proud to tell my children about you. Our family celebrates and honors your life and sacrifice this Memorial Day. Your family is an example to all of us with loved ones currently serving in the military.
Lisa Munro
May 26, 2010
Rest in peace, Abraham, and may you and all of your family be joyfully reunited in heaven someday!! I find myself fortunate to have known you briefly as a child and your parents for some time now..God bless your brother Paul for following you in your example of wanting to serve his country!! My own son Isaac is due back from Iraq and out of the army next month..I am proud to be his mother, proud of my son, and so proud of you and your ultimate sacrifice, as I know your friends and family are..Peace
Cheryl Hayman
May 26, 2010
Richard and I have grown close with your family through your Mom's love for you and your brother Paul. We know that you are in Heaven with Jesus and we can't wait to meet you there. Thank you for giving the Greatest sacrifice.

Mary and Richard Bourque
Mary Bourque
November 25, 2009
Abraham, I am so sorry that I missed writing you on Veterans Day. Please know that I thought about you and said a little prayer. I was at urgent care with my daughter for about 12 hours.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and this a day where I give thanks to you every year. You are a hero and I promise I will never forget you.
with love and respect,
Mike and Pam Dustin
Pam Dustin
October 16, 2009
May our citizens prove to be worthy of his sacrifice.
Richard Bergquist
October 15, 2009
Freedom requires the greatest sacrafice of self, family, and the Nation. Every son and daughter the Nation loses to war must never be forgotten. Through their sacrafices, we all live, grow, and enjoy another day of sunshine.

Let that ray of hope always remind us that through the sacrafices of our soldiers, there will always be another day where we all can bask in the warmth of freedom.
Dan Derkum
September 19, 2009
I will never forget or cease to acknowledge the sacrifice made by those like your son. They are the reason we serve. "BE, KNOW, DO."
Brian Cox
August 22, 2009
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Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna Larra
July 13, 2009
I am so thankful to the families of the men and women who unselfishly give and have given of themselves to serve the cause of freedom around the world. May God Bless
Dennis Kliegle
May 23, 2009
I just wanted you to know that you are being thought of on the Memorial weekend. I hope that you and your brothers in arms can feel all of the love being sent your way. I plan on going to the beach on the 31st. I will sit on the beach and think of all of you. I will watch the beautiful waves roll in. To me, waves are eternal; just as you are.
Pam Dustin
March 17, 2009
Sorry I missed sending this on your Birthday. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Michael Iezzi
November 13, 2008
In Memory of Abraham ~ (Debra Estep)
Holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.

The Wind on The Downs

“I like to think of you as brown and tall,
As strong and living as you used to be,
In khaki tunic, Sam Brown belt and all,
And standing there and laughing down at me.
Because they tell me, dear, that you are dead,
Because I can no longer see your face,
You have not died, it is not true, instead
You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe;
I hear you laughing as you used to do,
Yet loving all the things I think of you;
And knowing you are happy, should I grieve?
You follow and are watchful where I go.”

(Written by Marian Allen during World War l )

Two lines that I wish you to keep near your heart…….

“You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe”

I did not know Abraham, but I am remembering
his service and sacrifice. He is my hero. !

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The Other Side

i'm over on the other side
where life and death softly divide.
left my skin and bones behind
now i'm over on the other side.

can you feel me there with you?
my breath is gone but i'm not through.
loved you then and i still do
from over on the other side.

i can fly. really fly.
below the earth ... all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

it's good here on the other side.
the sweetest songs...the bluest skies.
thank you for the tears you cried
but it's good here on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth...all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side

the world is smaller than a needle's eye.
where life and death softly divide.
when you leave your skin and bones behind
i'll be waiting on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth ... all through the sky.
go tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

Song lyrics by Don Conoscenti
C Desert Muse/SESAC
(Used with permission)

“I hope it brings great comfort to any and all.
Peace on you. DonCon” 4-2008

The Other Side –
(To hear the song)


Deb Estep ~ Ohio
Proud Air Force Mom SSgt Vince – Lackland AFB
Proud Air Force MIL SrA Dana – Randolph AFB

Remembering The Fallen – Blog

Angel and soldier drawing I have shared here.
November 13, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Abraham Simpson:
Abraham 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
August 29, 2008
Another Fallen Hero ~

My heart breaks as I sign another guestbook of such a courageous young man who gave his life so selflessly. May he rest in peace knowing that he is loved and remembered by those who knew him. From one military family to another, we know the pain you feel, we understand what you are experiencing and feeling. No amount of words can ease the pain of our loss and we know first hand, there are no words of comfort at this time. We lost our only son 9-3-2004 at the age of 19 and it fells like yesterday. Just know that there are Marines and families across the USA who is experiencing your loss and pain. We will forever be united in the loss of our Heroes. Our sons grew up, chose to serve our country and in that moment became a hero, a patriot. Their legacy will remain as such. May God grant you peace, strength and comfort in such a difficult time. My prayers and deepest condolences go out to the entire family.

I still fly my Marine flag and have my Marine tag and sticker on my vehicles because I am PROUD of my SON and DAUGHTER, and all the SERVICE MEN and WOMEN out there. We will always be a MARINE. We are proud of you all.
“Land of the Free, Because of the Brave” Semper Fi - Marines!

Thank you Legacy.com for setting up this website so families can quickly share their condolences and prayers with others like themselves across this great nation.

Proud Marine Mom
LCpl. Nicholas S. Perez – KIA 9~3~04 – Anbar Province, Iraq
Yolanda Valdez-Perez
August 25, 2008
You will never be forgotten! Your leagacy will continue on with the many people that you came in contact with. With a true warrior spirit I salute you and your family.

1stSgt Fredrick Smith
May 25, 2008
I just wanted to stop by and tell you that you will never be forgotten. You will forever be a HERO and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service. Celebrate yourself with your brothers up there in Heaven on this special Memorial Day.
Pamela Dustin
April 22, 2008
I am so sorry for the loss of Abraham. I feel his loss deeply. I have two sons who served with the marines in Iraq over the past 4 years and it was a living hell. I will never forget the ultimate sacrafice Abraham made for his country and I will always remember him and his family in my prayers.
Barbara Bobrick
April 20, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Lance Cpl Simpson!
March 17, 2008
Happy Belated Birthday in Heaven. May God hold you in the palm of His hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Michael Iezzi
February 7, 2008
Remembering and honoring a brave young Marine. You are not forgotten. My flag flies in your honor.
Linda Flannery
February 7, 2008
God Bless the family and friends of this fine young man. We know all too well the pain and sorrow associated with such a loss. Of course there is a sense of pride, these men and women who lose their lives selflessly are an example of human greatness that we can all stand in awe of. A year has just passed for us since Lcpl Brandon Van Parys was taken.
This year will not be easy, hold on to those you love and just feel whatever the moment brings. Time is merciful.
In memory of Lcpl Brandon Van Parys
2/5/2007 Iraq
Tammy Van Parys
tammy van parys
February 6, 2008
February 6, 2008
Rest In Peace
Father we entrust our brother Abraham to your mercy. You loved him greatly in this life: now that he is freed from all its cares, give him happiness and peace forever. Welcome him now into paradise where there will be no more sorrow, no more weeping or pain, but only peace and joy with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.
May God hold Abraham in the palm of His hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My deepest sympathy.
Michael iezzi
November 21, 2007
Dear Maria and Jim,
It's been four years ago this month that our boys graduated from MCRD. I just wanted to tell you that there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you and your family and but by the Grace of God go I.
I will be grateful always for the wonderful influence you have had on Petey and for welcoming him into your home the way you have. You took in our boys even though you were grieving for yours. God bless you and your family this Thanksgiving and always.
With love and thanks,
Carole and Roland Noia
Carole Noia
November 9, 2007
I just wanted you, your family and friends to know I was thinking of you. I want you to know that you will never be FORGOTTEN. There are no words that can express my sorry, my thanks and my pride.
with love and respect,
pam aka/GrMa Pam
Pamela Dustin
October 9, 2007
Semper Fidelis. Not a day goes by that I dont think about you. We've got alot of catching up to do one of these days.
Jason Gomez
August 13, 2007
There is nothing that I can say or do to take away the pain or bring you peace in your time of sorrow, but I will offer you and your family my heart felt condolences. I also offer you my prayers that in time the pain will easy and the memories of your HERO will carry you through each day and night. I want to thank your HERO, for his/her selfless act of becoming a member of the armed forces, his/her willingness to defend the United States of America, all that we hold sacred and for the sacrifice that will forever be etched in the memories of all those who knew him/her. Though tears can never bring him/her back, we hope that our tears express our gratitude for the sacrifice that he/she made and our sorrow at his/her passing. I believe for every fallen HERO there is a star shining brightly up above to remind us of the precious gift we were given.

Your mission on earth is complete and you are now a member of GOD’s Heavenly armed forces. Stand down brave warrior and take your rightful place in Heaven with all the HEROES who have passed before.

I made a special promise to LE RON A. WILSON, a dear family friend who joined the Army with three other friends, one of whom is my son (Le Ron was killed in action on 07/06/07 at the age of 18) on the day he was laid to rest as I touched his coffin, that I would never forget him nor would I forget those that gave their lives for our country before him, with him and after him and so when I came across www.legacy.com, I thought what a great way to keep my promise to Le Ron, so I will continue to leave tributes in each guest book until the day there is no longer the need to leave these tributes to a FALLEN HERO.


Currently stationed in Germany
Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)
July 13, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Lance Cpl Simpson and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
Aunt of a Lance Cpl deploying soon
July 9, 2007
Semper Fi Bro!!!!!!!!!!
Scott Nelson
July 4, 2007
We are very sorry for your loss. He is truly a hero. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our son is also a Marine, just completed his tour of Iraq in April of 2006.
Butch Cuano
June 27, 2007
I am sorry for your ultimate sacrifice your son paid for his country. I as well live in Chino, my son will complete the Marine Corp boot camp this July 20, 2007. He graduated from Chino High in the year 2004. Your son is a valiant man of courage and honor. May all who follow in his footsteps forever honor his memory and those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. May he watch over all his fellow Marines as he guards the gates to heaven.
May God bless you and your family.
The Gonzalez Family
Gonzalez Katherine
May 28, 2007
Your sacrafice will never be forgotten. The true meaning of the word hero.
May 25, 2007
I was just starting high school as Abe was leaving it, but his brother David was in the same grade as me. I remember both of them were very close. I even remember David's nickname for Abe. The school we went to was small, everybody was friends with everybody else, so when news of Abe's death reached us it hit everyone pretty hard. To the Simpson family I want to say this, nothing can ever erase the pain, time alone will dull it. I'll keep you in my prayers.
Rachel Winkle
April 6, 2007
It will be Easter in 2 days. I feel compelled to post some words of gratitude, but struggle for the correct words that would express my appreciation adequately, but know that my son serves in the Corps. May your family and friends surround you with love and pleasant memories of your Abraham this Easter.
Dee McHugh
March 27, 2007
Thank you. Still affecting many, from his station in heaven.
Barbara Shaw
March 13, 2007
God be with you and your family. Your Marine is shining in Heaven watching over his fellow Marines on duty. My son left yesterday for Iraq from North Carolina.
Donna DeStefano
December 24, 2006
My heart goes out to you all. Abraham and I were in the same platoon in bootcamp. Plt 2023 Hotel Co. I always new there was something different about Abraham and often thought if he was a Christian. I wasn't sure until I saw his picture and a description of him and what kind of person he was on a poster in my S-3 shop on Parris Island. He was an awesome Marine and am saddened by his loss.
Semper fidelis
Paul Kersten
November 10, 2006
Happy 231st Birthday Marine...
GySgt Larry Long
November 9, 2006
I been have moved by Abraham, and I just wanted to say how important this two year anniversaryis to me. My heart is with the family of the Simpsons and all who knew Abraham. God Bless. We had some great childhood memories Abe, you will always be missed.
Matthew Carlock
November 9, 2006
Dear Jim and Maria, remembering you in our thoughts and prayers on this difficult day. praying for health and healing in all of your family.
Harold and Pam Murray
November 9, 2006
Paying tribute to this Fine Young Marine, Lance Cpl. Abraham Simpson, on the second anniversary of the day, he gave his life for our Country and for Freedom.
A Multitude of Thanks, for his Courage, Dedication and Service.
Rest In Peace Young Hero, in God's Loving Care and may God's Healing Grace and Comfort continue to be with the Simpson family.
Those who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice, So Many and So Young, shall NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
My 19 year young brother, among them. KIA-Vietnam 1967.

Treasure this Young Hero Lord, In Your garden of rest,
For while here on this earth, he was one of our Best.

May the memories of Abraham, live in your heart always.
I am deeply sorry for your loss.
Garnet Jenkins
October 26, 2006
Abe lives on, part of the legend of the Corps, now joined by his cousin. Sgt Jonathan Simpson. also killed outside Camp Fallujah, 14 Oct 2006. May God bless the Simpson families. Their sons are members of the greatest brotherhood in the world - the grunts. But that is no solace, only a small tribute.

Semper Fidelis,

Bing West
Bing West
October 22, 2006
Jonathan James Simpson

I first met Jonathan when he was fourteen when he came to California with his dad. I had always welcomed my brother’s visits but this was going to be special because Jonathan was coming. They were driving cross country from Texas and stopping wherever there was snow so that Jonathan could snowboard. As I arrived home from work I saw my brother and then met Jonathan. What I remember from that first meeting was Jonathan’s smile and a disposition that was kind, respectful and inquisitive all at the same time. We weren’t able to talk a lot that first visit. My time was spent with my brother mostly and Jonathan’s was spent with his cousins. But during this visit a relationship developed between Jonathan and my sons that made them seem like brothers. The last thing we did with Frank and Jonathan that trip was to check out snow boards at a sporting goods store before they took the long way home looking for more snow to check out. After that first visit Frank kept us posted about Jonathan by phone calls and an occasional visit. And although Jonathan was not with us, physically he was in our thoughts and prayers.
Jonathan started to become a regular part of our lives at least by phone after he moved to Texas to live with his dad. One evening Frank called and said that Jonathan wanted to join the United States Navy and he wanted me to talk to Jonathan about my own experiences in the Navy. Jonathan and I talked for a while about the Navy and about what he wanted out of military service. He said he wanted to be a part of something where he could push his physical and mental boundaries to the breaking point, where he could experience the “esprit de corps” and comradely of brothers in arms, where he could be part of a tradition that he could be proud of. After hearing what Jonathan wanted from the military I suggested that he wanted the United States Marine Corps, not the Navy. Maybe a year later I received a call with the news that Jonathan was now a citizen of the United States of America and he had enlisted in the Marines. In what seemed like no time we were in San Diego with Johanne and Frank witnessing Jonathan’s graduation from Basic Training. While Jonathan was on the west coast we kept in touch with phone calls and a visit to the School of Infantry where we were able to sip coffee and eat pizza while Jonathan talked of his experiences and where he was going next. As his training in the Marines continued, Jonathan traveled to Florida, Texas, Maine and North Carolina learning the trade of a navigator and making friends.
Our next visit was when Jonathan was on his was to Okinawa when he and Johanne stayed with us for a few days. This was when our son, Abraham, was in Marine Corps Boot Camp and we were able to talk with Jonathan about what Abe was experiencing. However, it was with Abe that Jonathan was able to be closest with. This was because of shared experiences and also because of their friendship that had begun when they first met. While Abe was in Boot Camp he told us that the best letters were from Jonathan because of the encouragement and motivation they provided. Jonathan wasn’t able to attend Abe’s Boot Camp graduation but he was with us in spirit. With Jonathan in Okinawa our means of contact became the internet and phone calls. From these we could see that Jonathan loved to fly, he loved being in the fleet and he loved having a chance to go places some of us couldn’t find on a map. Jonathan was in Okinawa when he found out that his cousin Abe was killed in action during the battle for Fallujah.
When Jonathan flew into Los Angeles I met him at the airport. During the drive home we talked about Abe, about sacrifice and about citizenship in Canada and in the US, and it was during this drive that I found out that Jonathan was going to be transferred to the infantry as a Reconnaissance Marine. Jonathan was an example of strength to those around him during that trying time and his concern for his cousins welfare only caused our love for him to grow, After Jonathan went home for leave and before he flew back to Okinawa, he came with me to Abe’s grave site. We didn’t talk much but we shared a moment of silence remembering a son, a cousin and a Marine.
A year or so later Jonathan was transferred to Camp Pendleton, California to begin training as a Recon Marine. We talked about what he was doing and he said many times that he felt that Abe was watching over him. We were able to visit Abe’s grave site together during those times and now I feel as though Jonathan is with me when I visit. When Jonathan graduated Basic Reconnaissance Course Maria and I stood alongside of Frank and Johanne and applauded while Jonathan received the designation Reconnaissance Marine and held our breath as we realized he was joining a long line of warriors who have defended freedom around the world.
It was six months later that Jonathan shipped out to Iraq. Six months that seemed to fly by. On the weekend before Jonathan left he and Frank spent some time with us and I’ll never forget that last hug and watching him drive down the road and out of sight. The phone call on October 14 shattered the hope of seeing Jonathan again in this life and brought back into sharp focus the pain that had seemed to have gotten a little duller.
Johanne and Frank, I wish there were words I could share, actions I could take that would remove your pain. There are none. But what I can share is that Jonathan was doing what he wanted to do and that he is not alone. He was and is standing shoulder to shoulder with men who have defended freedom throughout history. Men who have fought for the rights of others on battlefields from Verdun to Iwo Jima from the Alamo to this very church we’re in now. Jonathan has joined these ranks of heroes and history will remember what men like Jonathan and Abraham have done for us.
Jonathan was a son any parent could be proud of, he was a friend anyone could love and trust and a patriot two countries are thankful and grateful to call their own.
Jonathan will be missed but he will never be forgotten.
James Simpson
October 15, 2006
Lance Corporal Simpson, like most I have never had the privilege of meeting you however yesterday I did have the unfortunate gut wrenching task of telling your Uncle Frank that his son was also killed in Iraq.

Your cousin Jonathan died yesterday in Iraq in an area I am very familiar with as I have served there myself with and Infantry BN. I have seen several medivacs depart from that area and often wanted to comfort the family of the Marines whom I have had to send home before their time. Yesterday I had nothing to say, it was one of the toughest things I have ever had to do and I can not stop thinking about it.

I am sure your Uncle Frank is going through a difficult time right now one I can not even imagine. I never met Sgt Simpson either but seeing your photo’s on the wall of Mr. Simpson’s home you both wear the uniform proudly. I wish there was some thing I could say or do; your family has given so much I really have no idea where to begin.

LCpl Simpson you have a new Sergeant of the Guard coming to your post, greet him in true Marine Corps fashion.

Semper Fi you two, gaurd those gates well, we will see you soon.
GySgt Long Larry R
September 23, 2006
Scott Chamberland
July 7, 2006
Remembering Abe – Memorial Day 2006

My baby, my child, my son,
You first made me a mother, forever so.
To God I gave you back – you were never mine to keep,
Though closest to my heart.
You grew up and away with time, and it was right;
Further from me, closer to Jesus;
Independent before Him.
You let us in on your choices, but you made them
Alone before God – confident before Him.
It was you and God that chose your path,
You and God that accepted and bore
The consequences of those choices – without regret.
A man you were before Him and before us.
He made you so beautiful!

And then your time became complete.
Your days were finished here – continued there.
By the choice of one to do evil – you were sent
Abruptly away from this earth, to return only in glory one day
Beside your King.
And even now you see His face before you,
And you join with angels in worship
Because of our Savior’s promise to
All those who put their faith & trust
In Jesus Christ alone for their eternity.
Our hope is true – your hope is now realized.
And here we camp – at the edge of eternity, as we long to see what you see,
And we will…
Maria Simpson
April 15, 2006
My heartfelt sympathy to the Simpson family in the loss of Abraham. I did not know Abraham, but my heart is broken and I am saddened for your loss of such a fine young person and hero. May God bring you peace in your heart as you reflect on all the wonderful memories you hold so close. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers. Abraham it has been 17 months since you were taken. You are a hero and you will never be forgotten.
I send each of you a hug from the most inner part of my heart.
Love and Peace

To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
~Robert Orr~
Tom Gugliuzza-Smith
February 11, 2006
After last dinner with family June 18 2004
February 11, 2006
Praying with pastor before leaving for Iraq
February 11, 2006
Cap Delta, Kharma July 2004
February 11, 2006
Buckskin Leadership Camp June 2003
February 11, 2006
On a patrol in Kharma July 2004
February 11, 2006
while visiting family just before he left in June 2004
September 11, 2005
Wanda Cobb & Family
March 11, 2005
December 1, 2004
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and fellow Marines who loved and cherished LCpl. Abe Simpson. Our son and his fellow Marines of the 3/1 "Thundering Third" who are currently serving in Falluja miss their friend and send their deepest sympathy to Abe's parents and brothers. We will keep you in our prayers.

Terri & Sam
Terri Showman
November 29, 2004
I am so sorry about the loss of your loved one he was so young and was just getting started with his life he was serving for our country and passed doing that. i am so sorry to hear about him god bless you all.
destiny harvelle
November 26, 2004
Our deepest sympathy to the Simpson Family and our prayers are that God will grant you comfort.
Carmen Contreras
November 25, 2004
May the God of Heaven give you peace of mind and heart to endure your loss. Our sincerest sympathy to the family. (Re.21:4)
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