Cpl. William I. Salazar
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William Salazar''s job in Iraq was to record footage of the war from behind a camera, something his family assumed would be less dangerous. But by October, the 26-year-old Marine was getting worried. "Dad, It''s getting tight around here," he wrote in an e-mail to his father, Gus. "There have been a few near misses with road bombs. It''s scary, but I''m tough. I''ll be OK." Salazar, of Las Vegas, died Oct. 15 in a car bomb explosion. He was based at Camp Pendleton. Salazar was always interested in graphic design and the film industry. After graduating from high school in Lynwood, Calif., he took a handful of graphic arts classes at the Art Institute of Los Angeles and played trombone for a local jazz band before moving to Las Vegas and joining the Marines. He was excited to become a combat photographer. "We were excited for him, until he said he was going to Iraq," said his uncle, Lou Salazar. The Marine told his family he was going to war the day before Mother''s Day. "My heart just broke when he told me," said his mother, Gloria Salazar. "As a mother, you support your son whatever he wants to do and you just pray every day that he''ll come home to you safe. But he didn''t. He never came home."

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Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 28, 2005.
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August 19, 2016
CPL Williams KIA bracelet has been found. Please see the link! They are looking for the owner of the bracelet.

RIP Cpl William

http://m.wmur.com/news/marines-kia-bracelet-found-in-lake-winnipesaukee/41271038
A USAF Veteran's Daughter
October 20, 2015
REMEMBERING YOU ON YOUR DEATH ANNIVERSARY. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MY HERO. SEMPER FI!
RAY HERNANDEZ
October 19, 2015
Semper Fi CPL William Salazar...you are not forgotten
Marlon Mendoza
February 9, 2013
Hi Will,
Just thinking of you... Was thinking about that time when Sharahs friend threw up all the chili con queso that my mom had made. Her friend just happened to yack it all over your moms solara and we sat in front of Dennys for like an hour just watching her clean it out. While, Laughing about how you used to call me tomatoe cause when I was a little girl (7years old) cause supposively when I got "mad" I turned to a tomatoe. lol Yet, in reality I was just a little girl with a crush ahahaha. Hope everything is good up there! Miss you and see you soon...BTW: I still carry your card in my wallet as guidance and protection.
Elizabeth Nieto
July 30, 2012
I Always, always remember William, Gloria. I hope the Lord continues to comfort you and give you and William peace forever. Love you much.
Silvia N.
July 29, 2012
Still missed,loved and honored. Forever in our hearts and minds.
October 15, 2011
To the family and friends of Cpl. William I. Salazar:
Please accept my remembrance of William on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
August 5, 2011
I was thinking about Cpl. Salazar today. I knew him from MOS school at Fort Meade. He was a good Marine.
Jennifer Brofer
October 18, 2010
Dear Gloria and family,
May your son rest in peace and we will always be greatful to all our service men and women for our freedom. William, you will never be forgotten.
Silvia Nieto and Family
October 17, 2010
WILLIAM, ON YOUR DEATH ANNIVERSARY, I SALUTE YOU. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MY HERO. TIM IS AT TWENTY-NINE PALMS CA, AWAITING DEPLOYMENT TO AFGHANISTAN. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE, WILLIAM.
RAY HERNANDEZ
October 15, 2010
To the family and friends of Cpl. William I. Salazar:
Remembering William on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
September 11, 2010
thinking of you today, and all days. You are missed and not forgotten.
rest in peace.
June 12, 2010
Dear Cpl Salazar,

Thank for my freedom, my family's freedom, and our country's freedom. Freedom isn't free--your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Semper Fi,
Tabitha Sierra -Sgt USMC 1987-1995
Tabitha Sierra
June 12, 2010
Dear Salazar Family,
I just found this site, but for 5 1/2 years I have wanted to tell you how much I have prayed for you and how sorry I am for your loss. Cpl Salazar was in Iraq with my husband in Oct 2004. We remember him every Oct 15th and we pray for you that God will give you peace and strength.
Tabitha Sierra
August 31, 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
Kenna Larra
August 8, 2009
William You are always in my prayers. Your sweet Mother Gloria has been golden and we all miss you. Your fellow Marine Brother,
GySgt William J. Dixon
Marine Corps Funeral Director
Marine Barracks Washington, DC 8th&I
William Dixon
August 5, 2009
Thinking of you - I remember.
I pray you are resting in peace.
You are missed.
April 10, 2009
WILLIAM, BECAUSE OF YOUR LOVE FOR OUR COUNTRY AND YOUR FELLOW MAN, YOU PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. THAT SACRIFICE IS NOT FORGOTTEN NOR BELITTED. BE AT PEACE MY HERO. TIMOTHY, MY SON AND YOUR MARINE BROTHER IS HEADED FOR AFGHANISTAN. GLORIA,MAY GOD'S PEACE SURROUND YOU DAILY. WILLIAM I HONOR YOUR MEMORY AND YOUR VALOR. SEMPER FI!
RAY HERNANDEZ
April 9, 2009
I miss you!!!!
Yvonne
April 7, 2009
It's been a while since I wrote in the guest book, but there is not one day that I don't think of you dear William. Your picture is right next to my daughter's and you know how much she loves you. Her birthday is the same as yours and when we celebrate hers, we celebrate yours. You will always be in our hearts dear William and I know the Lord called you for a reason. There is a time to be born, a time to die, a time to weep and a time to mourn. I thank the Lord for lending us YOU. Now you are at peace. We are all so proud of you for doing what you believed in and honoring your country. One day we shall all be there with you rejoicing. Have a blessed Easter and may you too be at peace Gloria.
Silvia Nieto
April 6, 2009
Hard to believe it is almost 6 months since your guestbook has been written in. Please know that you are thought about and remembered by so many people who knew and loved you, and by many more who did not have the honor to know you personally. I mourn your loss.
Rest in peace.
October 20, 2008
WILLIAM,
YOUR DEATH ANNIVERSARY HAS COME AND GONE, BUT YOU ARE NEVER FORGOTTEN. MY SON, TIMOTHY, YOUR MARINE BROTHER HAS RE-ENLISTED AND IS DUE BACK ANYTIME SOON.
WILLIAM, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MY HERO, AND TO YOUR PARENTS, I HONOR THEM ALSO.
RAY HERNANDEZ
FATHER OF TIMOTHY HERNANDEZ LCPL USMC
Ray Hernandez
October 16, 2008
In Memory of William ~ (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 William, but I am remembering
his service. 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
www.donconoscenti.com
(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)
http://tinyurl.com/3o8gol



Sincerely,

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

Remembering The Fallen – Blog
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Angel and soldier drawing I have shared here.
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October 13, 2008
To the family of Cpl. William I. Salazar:
William 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"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
August 5, 2008
To the family and friends- please know that William will not be forgotten. I read many heartfelt comments that you all shared about him, and I was deeply touched. May his sweet soul rest in eternal peace.
I am so sorry for the loss.
July 14, 2008
Remembering you always and may you rest in peace. Thank you Will..
Silvia Nieto
July 11, 2008
Remembering you - missing you.
May 26, 2008
remembered with gratitude.
rest in peace.
never forgotten
April 19, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Cpl Salazar!
March 29, 2008
Remembering you. you will NEVER be forgotten.
Rest in peace
January 27, 2008
Cpl Salazar. You are a true hero to all who have known you. I did not have the pleasure of meeting you until the dreadful time that I had to inform your precious mother and family of your homegoing. Rest on brother we will see you on the other side in glory. We love you Mr. Gus and Mrs. Gloria. GySgt William J. Dixon, United States Marine Corps Funeral Director, Marine Barracks, Washington 8th&I.
William Dixon
December 30, 2007
My prayers and thoughts are with you.
I know how you feel losing a "HERO",Becoming a "Gold Star" Mother myself on 25 March.. The sacrafice our sons and daughters are making on a daily basis should tell us all..These young HEROS knew full well what they were doing and did it proudly When you hug your loved ones tonight.... Remember... We also hugged ours and they were protecting you..We.. as Americans need to make the "Ultimate Sacrafice" by supporting all our military(HEROS)...the Proud Mom of SGT. Jason W. Swiger
5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne,Fort Bragg, N.C. KIA 3/25/007
Valorie
December 30, 2007
Our continued thoughts and prayers out to the SALAZAR family.Knowing now what they have always known is one of many reasons that our HERO[ES] shall NEVER be forgotten.Rest well brother as prommissed that star spangled banner shall FOREVER wave.Your name stamped in steel shall be FOREVER clutched in the tallons,as your spirit soars high in the skies in the symbol of our great nation.THANK YOU .. All hard chargers be it on the soils of Parris Island,Camp Pendleton ,Camp Lejeune.COME by NORTH**COME by SOUTH**COME by EAST**COME by WEST. We were all gathered and united on that great day as strangers,and as we stood and upon those last[4] spoken words we are FOREVER BROTHERS...SEMPER..FI.....B.V.C.
Debbie , Kenny Coffey
December 30, 2007
Gloria,

As a mother I cry for you. We are the only ones who can say that we carried our children close to our hearts! Even when the chord is cut at bith, they are FOREVER tied to us! William is gone from this earth, but not from your heart!

I have been in the Ministry for almost 30 years and have dealt with a great deal of death. I have learned never to question God. He alone knows what the future holds, and He is the "giver and taker of life"! I thank God because He allowed William to come to this earth through you, and God trusted you to love him! You did your part, now God is doing His! He has taken William back where he will
"...never know pain or suffering again..." where God has "...wiped away all tears from Williams's eyes".

I will FOREVER "Salute" Cpl William I. Salazar!

"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning"

Yours in Christ,

florence

please see:
www.roseofsharonministriesltd.org
I will never let the world forget our Soldiers!
minister florence duckett
December 30, 2007
Ray,
I was reading William's guest book and I saw your entry. It touched my heart! I grew up in a tight-knit family of seven. When my baby brother died several years ago from a prolonged illness, my father said NOTHING can compare to losing a child. I know what it is to love deeply, but as a mother and grandmother, I don't know what it is to lose a child.

I thank God because he has "...wiped away all tears from William's eyes..." I thank God because William will "...never know pain and sorrow again..."

I will FOREVER "Salute" Cpl. William I. Salazar!

Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal!

Yours in Christ,

florence

please see:
www.roseofsharonministriesltd.org
This will let the world know that our soldiers will never be forgotten!
Minister Florence Duckett
December 30, 2007
May God grant you eternal rest.
Henryk Zaleski (USN-Ret)
December 28, 2007
REST IN PEACE CPL. SALAZAR, TO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS MAY THE MEMORIES OF THIS WONDERFUL SOLDIERS LIFE FILL YOUR HEARTS WITH BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES
GOD BLESS YOU
SHIRLEY DONEY
December 28, 2007
I am so sorry for the loss of this fine young man and your HERO Cpl William I Salazar. I lost my son in Iraq on May 6/2007, so I can well understand your pain of losing a loved one so dear.

I pray you will continue to be guided by a higher power to give you peace, comfort and strength.

Psalm 34:18
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit
GOD Bless you and your family. Your soldier was a true American Hero and we are all very proud of his service. He will not be forgotten!

(Proud mother of Sgt Joel W. Lewis, 5/20, 3-2 SBCT /Ft Lewis-KIA 5/ 6/07, Baqubah, Iraq)
Gale Poindexter
December 27, 2007
I signed this book previously, noting how deeply he is missed and love. Again, my deepest sympathy to his mom and friends. I know it is not easier to bear as time goes on. He was a treasure
December 25, 2007
You are missed.
October 18, 2007
WILLIAM,
IT HAS BEEN THREE YEARS (OCTOBER 15TH) SINCE YOU DEPARTED THIS EARTH. YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN BUT SORELY MISSED. MY SON, TIMOTHY, MISSES YOU VERY MUCH AS YOU WERE HIS MARINE BROTHER. WILLIAM YOU ARE MY HERO AND WILL ALWAYS BE. I STILL REMEMBER TALKING TO YOU WHEN YOU AND TIM WERE STATIONED IN OKINAWA. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE AND MAY GOD FILL THE VOID IN YOUR PARENTS' AND FAMILY'S LIVES.

FALLEN BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN!

SEMPER FI!

RAY HERNANDEZ
FATHER OF LCPL TIMOTHY HERNANDEZ USMC
SAN ANGELO TX
RAY HERNANDEZ
October 17, 2007
Dear Gloria~
May your son be at peace right by our Lord side. May you find comfort everyday in the memories he left behind. One day we will unite and rejoice. Our love to you and your loved ones.
Silvia Nieto and family
October 16, 2007
Three years yesterday.
May you rest in peace and know that you are thought of and loved, never to be forgotten. sweet soul.
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 (KIA 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.

REST IN PEACE, HERO, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!

PROUD MOTHER OF A U.S. SOLDIER
Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)
July 20, 2007
Hi willie...we all miss you very much and think about u every single day. We often talk about back in the day in the neighborhood in south gate. summertime was always the best time; playing hide n go seek at nite.lol... I am starting a myspace for you. I want everyone to be able to stop bye and say hi to you when ever they want. Jaime and I left u a gift the last time we were there.he he.. love you and thanks for being a HERO..
Yvonne Terminel
July 16, 2007
Remembering a very good friend more like a son. William is never forgotten specially the people that knew him...how can we not remember him. Gloria my prayers and love are always with you. Heard you were in San Francisco and spent time with my daughter another part of William. Take care and God bless you always.
Silvia Nieto
July 13, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Cpl Salazar and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
Aunt of a Marine deploying soon
May 27, 2007
Remembering you on MEMORIAL DAY! ur always in our prayers... my sweet,sweet William :)
MANDO,CATHY & MANDO2ND AVILA
May 26, 2007
remembering you this memorial day weekend-2007.
so sorry I never got to know you.
April 15, 2007
How do you do this...? Everything already reminds me of you, and today like last year a get a message relating to you somehow..? today is my birthday and I get an email from legacy.com with a message of your guest book entries... I'm sure it's you wishing me a Happy Birthday in your own way.... THANK YOU!! I'll visit you tomorrow, I promise!!.. and YES with your ROSES!! I love you and I miss you sooo much!!
Debra "Reyes" Molina
April 5, 2007
He is thought about, missed greatly, and remembered fondly.
Rest in peace hero.
November 13, 2006
To William~
Another anniversary and always feels like the day I met you William. You will always have a special place in my heart because you can never be forgotten. Thank you to all our marines and soldiers that are far away from home fighting a never ending battle. May the Lord give you strength to hang on and come home safely. Thank you for our liberty, I'm so sorry the cost is your lives. God be with you all.
Silvia Nieto
November 1, 2006
WILLIAM,
IT HAS BEEN MORE THAN A YEAR SINCE YOU LEFT US. YOUR MEMORY AND SACRIFICE ARE NOT FORGOTTEN. TIM IS BACK HOME, BUT THAT DOES NOT MAKE THE PAIN FEEL ANY LESS. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE, WILLIAM. I SALUTE YOU.
RAY HERNANDEZ (SAN ANGELO TX)
LCPL TIMOTHY A. HERNANDEZ USMC'S DAD
Ray Hernandez
October 20, 2006
Rest in peace. Not forgotten. Missed by so many.
October 15, 2006
In remembrance of Cpl. William I. Salazar on this 2nd anniversary of the day he gave his life for our country and for freedom.
May William, rest safely in the Loving Care of God and know that he is a True American hero, that shall NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
I Pray that God's Loving Grace and Comfort will continue to be with the Salazar family.
There will never be enough ways, to humbly thank these Heroes, for their Supreme Sacrifice,
My brother among them. KIA-Vietnam 1967.

"Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." - John 15:13

May the Peace of God and the memories of William,
remain in your heart always.
I am deeply sorry for your loss.
Garnet Jenkins
June 25, 2006
I read about William on another blog, and was impressed by how he really connected with so many different people. It is such sadness that fills my heart to know he is no longer here. I feel helpless, but please- to his family- know that he is remembered and his memory is a blessing.
sheila
April 25, 2006
My heartfelt sympathy to the Salazar family in the loss of William. I did not know William, 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. William it has been 18 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
Tom

To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
~Robert Orr~
Tom Gugliuzza-Smith
February 28, 2006
To my wonderful son, I love and miss you very much. I miss those hugs and all our talks on that kitchen table. I miss your laughter and especially your beautiful smile. You are my pride and joy. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you. My heart aches for you as only a mother's can. May you lay your head upon God's shoulder and rest in peace. You are always in my prayers.
Love, Mom
gloria salazar
September 11, 2005
Wanda Cobb & Family
August 20, 2005
I REMEMBER WILLIAM WEN HE WAS A TEENAGER MY DAUGHTER DEBRA BROUGHT HIM TO THE HOUSE IN THE 90's OH WAS HE SO FUNNY,LOVING CARING KID.
HE MADE EVERY-ONE SMILE,WILLIAM WAS AND STILL IS PART OF OUR LIFES.
ESPECIALY MY DAUGHTER'S DEBRA,TERRY AND MY NIECE VALERIE AND EVERY-ONE HE NEW AND TOUCH..
WILLIAM WILL ME OUR SPECIAL
"ANGELITO" GOD-BLESS ALL,

we will and for-ever pray for all
our troops and families.

FROM:ARMANDO,CATALINA AND FAMILY
catalina avila
August 19, 2005
Well...what can I say, William was and is still considered one of my best friends!From Junior(in band) thru High School(with weekends at my house & Val) to my Baby shower and marriage he'd been there...It hasn't been easy dealing with the fact that he's not a phone call away anymore, not there to make me laugh or remind me...of me! William has always had a special soul, and I'm sure it is meant for god's Army as well..(or Marines).
I will ALWAYS miss him, BUT I'll never forget him...
Debra Reyes Molina
August 14, 2005
William , Is someone I've known for a long time . I remember him saying 4 yrs ago that he wanted to open his very own pizza place some day ,and me telling him opening it "or" eating it.But seriously, finding out that he had past ,was very shocking ,and was a very emotional day ,For everyone he was very muched loved and will be missed very very much.Love, Val & Debra.
Valerie Hernandez
August 11, 2005
WILLIAM,
I HONOR YOU FOR YOUR ULTIMATE SACRIFICE IN THE WAR IN IRAQ. YOU WERE TIMOTHY'S (MY SON) ROOMMATE IN IRAQ, AND I REMEMBER TALKING TO YOU WHEN I CALLED THE ROOM YOU AND TIM SHARED. MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOUR MOM AND DAD,SINCE YOUR DAD HAILS FROM SAN BENITO TX, WHERE I REMEMBER HIM FROM WHEN MY FAMILY LIVED THERE.
MAY YOU REST IN PEACE, WILLIAM.
SEMPER FI!
RAY HERNANDEZ
MY SON IS LCPL TIMOTHY A. HERNANDEZ USMC
Ray Hernandez
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