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LCpl Brandon C. Dewey (1985 - 2006)
Our son LCpl Brandon C. Dewey was killed in action January 20, 2006 in Haqlaniyah, Iraq, Al Anbar Province while serving in the United States Marine Corp. It is with great sadness that we have to make this announcement. However, Brandon will be remembered as an American Hero. Brandon was raised in Tracy, California and graduated from Merrill West High School in 2003. He enlisted the USMC in 2003, and had his first tour of duty in June 2004 and returned January 2005. Brandon's second tour began September 2005 and he was to return the first of April. Brandon was a true Marine and believed in God, his Country and his family. He will leave behind many loved ones and friends.
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Thinking of you every day!
Not a day goes by that I don't think of you Brandon!!

I thought I saw your face today,
just a daydream in the sun.
And then I heard an angel say,
"His work on earth is done."

I thought I heard your voice today,
you laughed your hearty laugh.
And then I heard the angel say,
"There's peace dear one at last."

I thought I felt your touch today,
in the breeze that rustled by.
And then I heard the angel say,
"His spirit never dies."

I thought I saw my broken heart,
in the crescent of the moon.
And then I heard the angel say,
"The Lord is coming soon."

I thought that you had left me,
for the stars so far above.
And then I heard the angel say,
"He left you with his love."

I thought that I would miss you so,
and never find my way.
And then I heard the angel say,
"He's with you every day."
"The sun, the wind, the moon, the stars,
will forever be around,
reminding me of the love you shared,
and the peace you've finally found

We all lost a Brother
I did not find out about Brandons death until June 2007. I first met him at the Sacramento MEPS we were hanging out the night before we shipped out to Basic, we were together on the buss pulling in to MCRD and he did an impression of a DI that made us all crack up, it was our last laugh before starting boot camp, from there we were in the same company (Kilo) but diffrent platoons, After we graduated we went to SOI together, then from their we got split up, we lost contact with eachother from their on out.
Dewey I will miss you, im sorry, I wish I could have been their, We all lost a brother that day I love you bro, Semper Fi
I cry for you.
I was googling myself and came across this link. I live in Brandon, Florida. I saw "Marine" and "Aunt Jean". I had an Aunt Jean, and my son also served in the Marines and spent time in Iraq at the beginning of this mess. He returned physically unharmed. For that I'm thankful. I cry privately everytime I have to hear that more troops have been killed. I looked at your pictures. No doubt, a good man is gone. I lost my stepson to lukemia a few years ago so I know that time will dull the pain but the scar will remain for ever. I'll cry your tears tonight. When you pray tonight tell your son America is proud of him.
Brandon is not forgotten
I am the son of a amn who served in two wars.WW@ and then again in Korea where he took a handgrenade to the eye and head .This is not why I write ,I have two children one a fine young man who is 13 and one a little younger 9.This is why I write we volunteer to keep our local towns war and veterans memorial.As a young man while growing up the Viet Nam war was raging and although knowing it was happening I did not understand things like that yet and my father did not talk about his time served.As i grew older I realized what a hero is ,without a long definaition it is your son Brandon my dad gus gadonas and all those who have or have not chosen to serve and did I have also learned what a coward is a man who is vice president who got six deferments while guys like my dad and your son showed up.I am always teaching my two boys who has built this country and it is and will always be Soldiers Marines ,Navy,Air force and Coast guard.I volunteer to do our memorial because I know it is right and more people should do the same .Last year when we showed up to pray for all the fallen and living men past and present my then 12 year old son looked up and saw one of the flags a bit tattered ,he looked at me and said Dad i want to get a job after school and buy the men and women who deserve the flag to be in perfect condition new ones.This is why I call him a young man and I have never been so proud of him .we then talked and we know many vets and do what we can for them.On monday our whole family visited and cleaned the memorial and then we all prayed so please never think that as long as our family is alive and well Brandon will be and is thought of and prayed for . glenn gadonas p.s. I still talk to my Dad even though he has passed four years ago .I only wish I could meet you and thank you in person and tell what a BRAVE MAN you have raised .
memorial day 2007
Brandon, you are in our thoughts today. We wish we could talk to you and tell you how very proud we are of you. What a wonderful and patriotic young man you were. We all owe you so much that we can't even express our true feelings. We salute you as such a brave son, brother, step-son and friend. We love you dearly..
Hey stranger, I've been thinking about you a lot lately, well I always do... Actually its kind of ironic, tonight when my roomate came home she handed me a newspaper. She said "I dont want this to make you cry or anything but I found it and thought you might like it." You see, she graduated from West too, and the paper she handed me was The Zephyr (the school news paper), and the page that looked up at me was a book review and there was your picture with a quote next to it. It was crazy. I looked at the year of it and the staff, and low and behold Brian (BJ) was a part of the staff for that year. And guess who wrote the article you were in? His then GF. Haha... Well lots has changed, Derek is on his way to Iraq right now and is determined to "honor and defend" in your name. We email back and forth almost every day. He misses you, so does Brian, and me too. Anyways, I just thought I might share all of that and tell you that I miss you and I love you, I miss your sis too... I feel like saying hope all is well, but I know it is. Take care of us, we'll be home soon...
We miss you
I will always be the sister to you. Im so upset about this bran. I cant believe it over a year and it still hit me hard. Ill always be your sister the after thought to every brandon memory. I love you more than life it self. I miss mom and dad. i miss you. i miss you as a part of everything, it pisses me off that the only people who arnt afraid to bring you up is mkom and dad. Everyone else dances around the subject as if it never happened. Your friends have been good to me. I love you. forver b muffin
Almost a Year
Almost a year has gone by without you here brandon. Unbelievable. We miss and love you so much. i still think back on all of the good times we had and your smiling face. Keep watching over us until we see you again.
Just thinking of you Dewey... Me and Dustin were talkin' 'bout seein' you tomorrow. Wish you could be here us to celebrate the holidays, and you are still missed very much.
you're still with me brandon. i think of you a lot. god keeps you alive in my heart. love ya brandon.
memorial tattoo
i am getting a large memorial tattoo on my back , in memory of our fallen soldiers . if it is alright with you i would like to have brandon on there also . a soldier i knew that died in iraq in december of 2004 is the whole reason i came up with this tattoo . if u can reply e-mail me at . i would love your permission and input on this tattoo thank you for your time .
Thank you for your service
You name looks great on the Black Granite,you have been imortalized,we as a nation and the small town of Tracy Ca are so proud of you and what you stand for.You paid the ultimate price and we are forever grateful.You will be rewarded in the end.God Bless you Marine and God Bless your Family Please keep us Safe.Semper Fi
Still Can't Believe It
I was going through a box of stuff I notes, pictures and articles. Came across your story in the paper that I saved. I still can't believe your gone. I keep thinking, you're still in there fighting the good fight and you'll be home soon. I guess you are're still here fighting for the ones you love. And we'll see you soon. I still got your picture on my wall with Josh and Chad...your fellow Marines.

Love Ash
Brandon's Mom
One year ago today was the last time I saw you. I dropped you off in front of your barracks at Horno at about 0530 hrs. I kept hugging you, I didn't want to let you go. The sun was starting to come up as I drove your car home from Pendleton. I remember thinking that may be the last time I hug you but I shook it off and said no you came home the first time and you will come home again.
I miss you so much Brandon, I love you and you will always be with me. I will be hugging you agian someday.
love mom
Still miss you man.
Always in our thoughts
We think of you, and we talk about you. Sometimes we can't believe it really happened. You were so young, and you gave so much. God bless you Brandon.
The Dew machine
Brandon will be missed, he gave his life defending our country and our way of life, he wasent just a fellow marine, he was also my friend, my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family, love you bro.

-Lcpl Tozer
On my Side
I miss you a lot Brandon, but I know you are with me. I decided to dedicate my last season of softball to you when I heard you went to heaven and a few nights ago was my first game back after two years out for injuries. I had a hard time breathing and playing my game due to my injuries, but then I looked up and remembered it was for you, and I stopped having the hard time breathing and started playing better! If you can get injured in duty and still go back to Irag I can definitely play one more year with healing injuries. If it were not for knowing you could do it I would not be playing right now. Thank you for showing me how to be strong.... Brandon heres to you!.... o and can you stay with me during games I like the way I play with you watching ;)
Happy Zarkarwi Day
Brandon your buddies got that bastard,I just wish they would have killed that bastard and his partner's sooner.God Bless marine semper fi
One Down
Dear Brandon,
I just had to write today to let you know that your military brothers and sisters got one of the really bad guys yesterday. You were one of the first people I thought of when I heard the news. I can just imagine how many OORAH'S were heard inside those pearly gates. We are a very proud and grateful nation to you and your fellow military brothers and sisters for your commitment and sacrifice in trying to make this a safer world. Rest easy tonight young Marine, they got one!
Heroes are never forgotten...
Still thinking of you always Dewey! Rest In Peace.
We met with Fisher,Schlumbohm,David,Drews and everyone else.We were very moved by that day.They spent the day with us and then dinner.Your Dad was with us also.Very,Very proud of you Brandon.I would have got you in so much trouble on your 21st b-day(me also).Hard mothers day..Memorial day was very well done in Tracy.I miss you more than ever,everyday.I wish you were here with us to enjoy our lives together.You can count on us to proserve your legacy as you are and will always be our hero.Proud stepfather,Scott
Iv'e been trying get on the site and talk to you but have had a hard time doing it.Your Mom and I went down to Pendleton on May 10th for the memorial of 3-1 losses from the last deployment.We met the Battalion and India Co. and your squad.Everyone we met had nothing but praise for you buddy.Those guys are very hard hit by the loss of you and the other Marines.
remembering Brandon on Memorial Day
Monday, May 29th, was Memorial Day. We thought about you all day. You are a hero and and a great Marine. With tears in our eyes, we grieve the loss of Brandon.
Its your birthday...21... Scott and Mike were going to take you out... we went to you instead. I hope you like your Star Wars figure and the card. I even shared my Skittles.... I love you and miss you so much my b boy. You will be forever in my heart.
Hey Brandon, Happy 21st Birthday, I wish you could really celebrate.
Aunt Alice
Today would be your big 21's birthday. We love you and will never forget.
You are soooo missed
I see how much you have affected so many lives Brandon. Isn't that what life is all about? Making a difference..... You did just that sweetheart. You were so ahead of your time in your life and beliefs. I am so proud to be your Aunt Glory. I love you and miss you so much!
To a fallen brother
It has been over 3 months now, and I still think of Brandon everyday. He was a brother to me. The tears and the pain will be with me for the rest of my life. Brandon promised me that he was going to be a part of my wedding, and he still is. I can't express in words how I feel, but I know that many already know what its like. The last words I spoke to him before he passed was "don't go die'n on me now". I knew Dewey from highschool and shared many of the fond memories that others have already described. He would always remind us that he was serving our country for us and to never forget it. I never will forget. Rest well my friend. You will forever be in my heart.
Semper Fi Soldier
A couple of weeks ago I came to Tracy to see my parents and I stopped by to come visit you. I couldn't believe that I was seeing you and talking to you this way. You are a hero and a great soldier, I think of you everyday and I want you to know that. I truly know about everything you were facing in Iraq. I wish I could have been there with you. I miss you and you will always have a special place in my heart. Semper Fi.
My nephew, my angel, our light...
Hi Brandon,
Today was the day that you would return to your family. We all wanted you to come home safe and sound. And you are home. Not the home that we wanted you to be at so very soon, but the home that we all want to be in when our time comes.
I wish you could've hung around a lot longer and God didn't want you there so soon..... You made such a difference and you are the most amazing young man that I have ever known and I am honored to be related to you sweetheart. I love you with all of my heart and miss you with all of my soul. Take care of your Mom, my sis, she is having a hard time and misses you, as all of us that had the priviledge of knowing you. But you know what your Mom is feeling, I don't even need to express that.
You are so loved and so missed!
I love you Brandon forever and always in my heart.
Love, Aunt Glory
a good man...
i never met you, though you were a friend of my husbands. he's in the army as you know, and deploying soon. watch over your family, they need it, im still not over losing my daughters father to a roadside bomb in june. it takes time. i know you'll be greatly missed, and from what i've heard and see in your pictures, youve got the most wonderful smile, seeing it puts a big smile on my face. you wont be forgotten brandon!
Missing you....
Hi Brandon,
I miss you soooo much sweetie! I saw the new pics on your Dad's Website, it was like you were right here with us, you goofball, you. :)
You are missed terribly and loved so very much!
I love you,
Aunt Glory
To a Friend gone, but not forgotten
I don't even know where to begin. It's been a couple of month's, and I just now find the words to say. I've tried so hard each and everyday, to find the words that I'd really like to say, words I have found, that I never got to say. I was working on that horrible day, doing morning checks, when my phone rang, and then my heart stopped. To hear such a terrible thing, I just said simply "there's no way". But I was told it was true, this world, we lost a great guy like you. That hurt so bad, to know that you were gone, not having the chance to say, "welcome home, I hope your here to stay". I've thought about it so much for so long, the only way that I have found peace with it is listening to so music, and trying to go on. I remember the first time I had the chance to meet you. I was introduced to you by your mom, as both of our moms are dispatchers, and both of our father's police officers, we both had a common goal, to help people in this country. Our families, we seemed to have much in common. That day I meet you at Great America, on family day, I surely have not forgotten. The memories still remain, and that's all I have left. I thought of you every time we sent something to you. I only wish that it was enough. I'd just like to say that it was an honor having the chance to meet you, talk with you, getting into trouble, and most, calling you a friend. All though I only had limited chances, you were always in my head. I'd like you to know, that I'm still going strong, school's almost done, and everyday at work, I think of you, your always in my head. Because you Brandon, are my hero. Everytime I get on that Truck, I say "this one is for him, I know he'd wish me luck". Thank you, for just being you. You may be gone, to a better place, but please know, that you have not been forgotten, your memories, your face, they still live on.

David E. Port Jr.
Hey Brandon...
Well, Brandon I finally was able to drive up to Tracy this weekend from Camp Pendleton, I'm so glad I was able to see you this past weekend, It was hard to see you but well worth the 7 hour drive. I really had wanted to be there for the services, but just couldn't make it. All I could think about for the 7 hours was you, I thought about all the times we hung out at Dawn's apartment, The trip to San Diego, and the air port when I took you so you could fly home for leave before the first deployment. How I was supposed to meet your mom and Elise. I really wish we would have talked more when you went on leave, and when you left for Iraq on the first tour. But I don't know what happened. Well buddy, I will probably be moving up to Manteca, and working in Tracy in about a month. I will be sure to visit you more often. I wish it could be in person. This past time I visited you helped me cope with a lot, and put me at ease knowing that your safe, and resting peacefully. I will always remember the Die Hard Kill Bill fan, who made me go to the movies over and over to see it (even though I fell asleep everytime...) I will see you later, and you know I always loved you.
Of Camp Pendleton California
Semper Fidelis
My darling Brandon
I love you Brandon and I will see you in my dreams. I had the best dream about you and Grandpa and all of us..... Happy and smilng...
Love, Aunt Glory
I never knew you, but...
To the family of Brandon: I accidentally ran across your news story on my NPR website, and it hit me hard. Not only because you quite probably are relatives of mine (I was told by a family history researcher, once, that Dewey is a relatively uncommon name and all are related, somehow), but also because my nephew Cameron Hanson is to be sent to Iraq in just a few days. He is a member of the National Guard, and it scares me to think of him going into that area where violence seems to be escalating instead of waning. And to think that Brandon was serving his 2nd tour over there! It must have been so difficult for you all to have seen him return, after having come home safe and sound. My heart goes out to you all. Know that you I'll be sending comforting thoughts your way. You do not grieve alone.
Thinking about you.....
Hi Brandon,
I wanted to let you know that I am thinking about you and I know that you are here with us, we feel you all around us... we love you and miss you, your smile, and your happy spirit...
I love you!
Love, Aunt Glory
I will keep you in my prayers
To the family of Brandon Dewey,

I fully understand your loss, because my son, Robbie Mariano, US Army 4th ID Unit, was killed on January 5, 2006 by a roadside IED near Najaf, Iraq. Sadly, on the day of your son's passing, Robbie was receiving his military funeral service at San Joaquin Catholic Cemetery in Stockton. I grieve for the loss of so many fine young soldiers like LCpl Brandon Dewey and Robbie Mariano because they served their country with such pride and honor. I feel your pain and will keep you in my prayers.

Bob Mariano
I miss You Each Day
Brandon, everywhere I go and everything I do your with me. You'll never be forgotten and I'll always love you so very much. Until the day I see you again and then we'll be together for always. We all miss you here and there's a big empty space where you should be. Love Your Grandma
My nephew, my family....
While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about......
I love you Brandon! You taught this family so much!!!!!
I miss you....
Thanking you
I want to thank you, Marilyn, and all those that started Military Moms - Tracy. Like so many others, I can't begin to express our grief for Brandon's ultimate sacrafice. Please know that Brandon, you, and your entire family are always in my heart and never far from my thoughts. With my son days away from his first deployment to Iraq - it is comforting knowing we (Military moms) have a place to go every week to share our worry, and cry our tears with those that understand better then anyone, what we are going through. Never forget, that although we may not call you everyday, we are here for you anytime. Thanks for showing us the strength and dignity of a true Military Mom - Brandon is proud, as I am of you. Remember - we are here for you in the days, months and years to come. Brandon will live on in our hearts, and we will keep him always in our memories, and share with all those that can listen to what a great Marine, son and person he will always be.

PMM - Paulette Bottoms
PFC Brian J. Bottoms
Remembering you always..
Dearest Brandon,
I heard this song on the radio the other day, and my body went numb. Another thing reminding me of you...see you in my dreams.

For the ones left behind...


You're in a better place, I've heard a thousand times
And at least a thousand times I've rejoiced for you
But the reason why I'm broken, the reason why I cry
Is how long must I wait to be with you

I close my eyes and I see your face
If home's where my heart is then I'm out of place
Lord, won't you give me strength to make it through somehow
I've never been more homesick than now

Help me Lord cause I don't understand your ways
The reason why I wonder if I'll ever know
But, even if you showed me, the hurt would be the same
Cause I'm still here so far away from home

I close my eyes and I see your face
If home's where my heart is then I'm out of place
Lord, won't you give me strength to make it through somehow
I've never been more homesick than now

In Christ, there are no goodbye
And in Christ, there is no end
So I'll hold onto Jesus with all that I have
To see you again
To see you again

And I close my eyes and I see your face
If home's where my heart is then I'm out of place
Lord, won't you give me strength to make it through somehow
Won't you give me strength to make it through somehow
Won't you give me strength to make it through somehow

I've never been more homesick than now
I am feelin' you here....
Brandon,my darling nephew...
Are you messing with your Auntie? Someone was knocking on my window late last night and considering it is second story and I have no guy friends that like me that much lately... I was thinking you were saying hello and trying to freak me out..... you little brat! :)
I know it was you and thanks for the hello....
I love you, Aunt Glory
To Brandon and His Parents
You may not have remembered me but we used to hang out with Danny Crane.... but i remember you and i especially did when i say you on the news. I didn't know what to do. I called Paul McClain the moment that i heard... i knew that the two of you were good friends. I am terribly sorry. I only wish that I woulda gotten the chance to know you better.
To Brandons parents. I have lost somebody in the military dear to me as well. I know what you are going through. Granted that it's not my child. I still feel your pain. It's hard to imagine life without him and things may never be the same.... but all that you can do it try your best to go on about your life as he would want... try not to mourn over it ... but celebrate his life every second of yours... know that this is something that he would want.This may sound a little strange coming from a complete stranger but coming from an expreience that is very similar it helps to know that even somebody that you don't know is here to help you .
God Bless you and Goodbye Brandon
Semper Fi till I DIE
You are a Great American
Brandon I went to see Dr AAby yesterday and saw your pictures on the wall.I want to say I am so grateful for your service and for you giving your life for our country.You are safe and have done a great job for all mankind.Rest knowing you are always in our heart.God Bless you and your family.
Sittin' here..... thinking of you.....
Hi Brandon.....
It's early in the morning and I woke up and started thinking of you, something I do a lot. We all miss you terribly. I wish I hadn't moved out of state and spent more time with you when you were growing up and Eric would've spent more time with his cousin.... I regret that so much! When grandpa was sick and we spent all of that time together it was like I had been around you your whole life though..... I am so thankful for that time together with you.
I think that I forgot to thank you for being so brave and protecting this country and everyone in it. You are a hero to your whole family and everyone that knows you. Thank you Brandon!
I love you sweetheart.....
Love, Aunt Glory
a freind i knew
i grew up with brandon in boy scout troop 505. i remember a time when we were young i must have been 13 or 14 and brandon a year older, he used to talk about how he wanted to join the marines and i would argue that the army infantry was better. it didnt matter. brandon is a hero, he is my hero, he is a hero to his family, and his nation, brandon has given the ultimate sacrifice to ensure others would not have to die for theyr freedoms. there will always be a place for brandon in my heart, wether im on the front line, in garison, or back in tracy CA, because there is a memory in all those places that we have shared as brothers. "morne for the dead, but be greatful, for only the dead have seen the end of war"
Always there, next to us....your family
My darling nephew.... I swear,every song I hear has words that remind me of you. Isn't it funny how that happens. It's like you're sitting there talking to me. I remember when Grandpa was sick and whenever I came over you were always home. I asked you why you weren't out with your friends and you said, because you are here Aunt Glory, your my family and that is my favorite thing in the world, this is what I like, family. I sat there looking at you in complete awe. What a man you were at the age of 17. I said it before, you are one of those old souls. I was so proud to be related to you and so proud of my sis for raising such a human being. My heart swelled with love and pride when I looked at that innnocent and loving face. The funny thing was, you had so much more wisdom then us "grownups"......
Ohhh Brandon, I miss you and there won't go a day without you there in my thoughts.
I love you!
Love, Aunt Glory
Always In my heart
There aren't enough words to express how much you have always meant to me. You, who as a little boy was always bursting with enthusiasim. Excited over your Ninja Turtles, your dinasaurs and your Starwar Figures. You turned into the most loving young man and then Marine. How proud I was and am of your dedication to your country. I will Always Love you and I'll see you again someday. You are always in my heart. LOVE Grandma
This will not end......
The creator of this site emailed us and told us the site for Brandon will not end. We had heard it only lasted 30 days. There are still people posting on a site created almost 2 years ago so we can keep writing our feelings for our hero, our friend and my beautiful son, Brandon.
Thank you Bob
Thank you All
This remembering-you site for Brandon will end in a few days. I have been trying to read all the entries each day and everyone has different memories and experiences of Brandon, some people did not even know him. But he was a proud American, someone who practiced what he preached and believed in what he was doing. He was very much loved, respected and a genuinely good person. He is someone anyone would be proud to call friend, son, brother and he is a hero to us all.
I received two calls from Iraq this week from his company commanders. Both of them said he was always optimistic, had an upbeat attitude and they all loved his sarcastic sense of humor. That made me smile and I told them that was so Brandon..They also said he was a Marine to be proud of, he was an honorable man. He will be missed by so many people!
There are so many entries here, so many people I want to keep in touch with and others who I have never met that I would like to talk to. Talking about Brandon is bittersweet, I want to talk about him every minute of the day, even though it makes my cry, it makes me feel good too. He will live on in our memories forever; he has influenced us in countless ways. He will not be forgotten, He is our hero, our friend and most of all he is my son, a boy who turned in to a man before my eyes, a man to be proud of.
I love you Brandon, I love you bunches and bunches, bushels and pecks
Ill see you in heaven my baby boy.
All my love, mom

I want to let all of you who have left messages on this site know how much we appreciate the outpouring of love and respect for our son Brandon. We are comforted by all of the support we have from all of you in this very difficult time .Brandon ,I wont say goodbye because I know that we will see each other again .When that will be I dont know but I will never, ever, forget you buddy. You have made an impact on my life that I shall carry forever. I am so very proud of you and will try my very best to live my life with your mom the way you would have wanted us to. It is very hard right now to put our feet in a forward direction without you in our lives. Dont worry about your mother and sister, I gave you my word that I would be there for them and I will, always. The aftermath of this whole thing is very tough. We will always be able to know that you were a great, brave American who gave his all for his country. We will always be able to hold on to that, in your memory. I remember the things that we used to talk about and find it very hard to know that I wont be able to talk more with you, in this lifetime anyway. I am very grateful that I have the honor of calling you my son, (stepson). I am heartbroken over your loss but I will keep my head high having the honor and privilege of being your stepdad. Job well done marine..SEMPER FI.
With much love and admiration, Scott

You can write Julia at
Or Scott at
Of an empty space...
My dearest friend Brandon,
It feels awkward to call you that. I always knew you as the happy go lucky and loveable "Dewey". Lets be honest, I still cant believe you are gone. Each day feels like the first day of hearing of this tradgedy. I miss you my friend. I still can barely find words to express my feelings, eventhough i could find a thousand wishes to want to bring you back. Yet, words harder to find are the ones to express how extremely proud i am to have met someone like you. You have made an impact on my life that is without measure. I am speechless at the sacrifice you have made to protect our country and at the outstanding person i knew you as. "the group" gathered after the news was spread and we all talked of old times and laughed. It was like you were still there, i know you still are. I am so proud of you my friend. I know now that you are home to stay. That i will never have to see you leave my front door again with a grin, as you slide on your sunglasses and reach for your car keys. You will always be there. With me, the rest of your many friends, and your amazing family who i am above honored to know. May god bless you and the countless people you have impacted in your short time here. To the Conover, and Dewey families. I will always be here for you, for anything. Words cannot express my deepest sympathies. I hope that you find comfort in knowing how much Brandon touched all of us as his friends. Rest in peace LCpl Brandon Dewey. You will be greatly missed but NEVER forgotten.
To a Gold Star Family, From a Gold Star Family
It's been two weeks to the day since attending the beautiful Tribute Ceremony for Lance Corporal Brandon Dewey. We wanted to give you a little time to accept what we refer to as "The New Normal". Our lives will never be the same without our courageous young boys, Brandon and Mike Jr. Our son, Marine Cpl. Michael D. Anderson Jr.,was K.I.A. December 14, 2004, Fallujah, Iraq. We truly understand the pain and stand shoulder to shoulder in your sorrow. We are bound together in a group that's definitely not by choice.
The outpouring from the community, Law Enforcement, fellow Marines, friends and family was a testament to how much your son was loved, and how much he will be missed.
Just know that his tragic death was not in vain. Your son is a hero. We cannot find security by abandoning our commitments, and retreating within our borders. Be strong for Brandon, and your family. We believe that is the way that he would want it. God Bless You!!

With Deep Respect,

Mike & Angela Anderson
Proud Parents of The Late Cpl Michael D. Anderson Jr. 3/5 Kilo Co USMC
Modesto, Ca
My Son
Brandon, my baby, my son, my proud young marine.

20 short years on this earth....there was still so much to do, to say, I still can't believe its true. I look at your picture so full of life and can't imagine never hearing your voice again or seeing that beautiful smile.
I know we will be together someday but my heart aches for you now. I know you are watching over me but I want to put my arms around you and hold you tight....
I love you and I miss you. I will miss you everyday for the rest of my life, you are a son to be proud of my B-boy.
I love you Brandon, I love you so much
This song 'Lullabye' by Creed, reminded me of my sis Julie and what she would say to Brandon, I didn't want to get credit for this......
I love you sis and my Brandon and Elyse and my Mommy and Scott for being the man for my sis and loving Brandon and Elyse. John for feeling so much pain for your cousin and calling me so much and Kathy, stay with your family. Brandon is happy that we are being a family. Uncle Jimmy, all the way from Colorado, you were so there for us and cried and cared so much! Aunt Jean came all the way Florida. Brandon, in your short life you spread so much family love around and I am hoping that that makes you smile from where you are...
Your Mom and Dad did so well and you grew up to be such a man and a wise man at that.....
It seems that I miss you more each day and I am so proud of you.....
My cup runneth over with love and pride.
Love, Aunt Glory


Hush my love now don't you cry
Everything will be all right
Close your eyes and drift in dream
Rest in peaceful sleep

If there's one thing I hope I showed you
Hope I showed you

Just give love to all

Oh my my arms tight
Every day you give me life
As I drift off to your world
Will rest in peaceful sleep

I know there's one thing that you showed me
That you showed me

Just give love to all
Let's give love to all
May the Road Rise to meet You
I miss you....
Irish Blessing....
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face,
the rain fall soft upon your fields,
and until we meet again, May God hold you into the hollow of his hand.
I love you Brandon, you are the shining light! Loe Aunt Glory
a great smile and a great friend
to brandon: i can see your smile to this very day even though it's been over two years since that last time i talked to you. you were always a great friend. i remember when i started high school and met you through derek. you were very friendly and very funny. i just found derek on myspace and was going to ask him how everyone was doing that had joined the military and when everyone was taking leave when i heard the news. i talked to dustin when i came back for x-mas leave and he told me about your close call and how you had gone back again. i look up to you and thank you for paying the ultimate sacrifice. there's so much that i would like to say that i'm kind of overwhelmed. i'm at work right no trying not to cry and draw attention to myself. thanks again brandon.
My Grandson
It has been over two weeks since I received the unbelievable news about you!! You are with me each moment of each day, I see your beaming smile and it surrounds me, as your love does. I am so very proud of you!! Some day we will be together again. Until then, you are my light that keeps me going ahead. I just have to tell you that I keep expecting to open my front door and see you standing there, with "Hi Grandma". I Love You So Much. Grandma
Missing you so very much...
Hello my darling nephew. I know you are watching over your Mom, Dad and sis and your family. I feel you there sweetheart. Everytime I turn around I am hearing this song and I think that you are playing it for us, so I am putting it here for all of us. I love you Brandon....

Wherever you will go/ The Calling

So lately, been wondering
Who will be there to take my place
When I'm gone you'll need love to light the shadows on your face
If a great wave shall fall and fall upon us all
Then between the sand and stone, could you make it on your own
If I could, then I would,
I'll go wherever you will go
Way up high or down low, I'll go wherever you will go
And maybe, I'll find out
A way to make it back someday
To watch you, to guide you, through the darkest of your days
If a great wave shall fall and fall upon us all
Then I hope there's someone out there
Who can bring me back to you

Run away with my heart
Run away with my hope
Run away with my love
I know now, just quite how,
My life and love may still go on
In your heart, in your mind, I'll stay with you for all of time
I will never forget....
I remember going to the Police Station Christmas parties. Me and Mitch would bug our parents to make sure you and Elyse were going to be there. You always had a huge smile on your face as you led us and the other kids around the party.- Always a parade of kids behind you (me and my brother included) because you would would lead in all the fun little activities that kids can think of. You and me are the same age but somehow you and my brother and me and Elyse had the whole "boy vs. girls" thing going on at the parties. We'd play pranks on eachother and then drop everything when Santa showed up on the fire truck. Your memory will be forever cherished in my heart. God Bless you Brandon.
Cant Beleive your gone
I never sat down and talked to you but i always wanted to. I always wanted to say Thanks for serving in our means a lot knowing someone like you would put their life on the line for our country.. its really sad that your gone...u told me a lot about the marines. You told me one time that i should never give up on my dreams and dont let anyone talk me out of doing what i want to do. I'll see you again someday. Semper Fi

Recruit Lindsay Walker, USNSCC
So saddened by the news
I worked with Mark and Julie several years ago at UCPD when Brandon and Elyse were small children. I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Brandon's passing. I wanted to tell Brandon "thank you" for paying the ultimate sacrifice for our country. I also wanted to tell Mark and Julie and their families that I am so sorry for their loss. My heart goes out to all of you.
Remembering Kindergarten Brandon
Julie, Mark, Elyse, and family,
When I heard about Brandon, I went through my "memories" file to look up Brandon's Kindergarten photo. I remembered a funny, busy boy with a huge grin, and as soon as I saw his K picture, it all came flooding back. He was a kid that any teacher would remember - did he ever have personality! I vividly remember his "Awwwwwwww" when something didn't go his way, but he'd always bounce right back and give you that grin- and you couldn't help but grin right back!
In one of my piles of pictures of some of the class parties that year, there were pictures of both Mark & Julie helping out. I remember the two of you being very involved, in both Brandon & Elyse's Kindergarten classes, and it doesn't surprise me, with the strong support you gave your children, that they chose the careers they did.
Although I've run into Julia at the supermarket now and then, I hadn't seen Brandon for years. At his service, watching the pictures of him growing up, from the Kindergartner I remembered to an adult, was amazing. What a wonderful man he had become!

I am so very sorry for your loss...I will keep Brandon's smiling face forever in my memories.

Love, Joanna Torres
LCpl Dewey - A Hero In All Our Eyes
LCpl Dewey

To a man who held honor at the center of his character
Whose charisma could change the moods of a million people
Who would always look after the man left behind, and bring them back to the group
LCpl Brandon Christopher Dewey is no longer with us, and truly a sad time it shall be.

I will always miss this guy. He's such a nice, upstanding guy that anyone could learn something from.

It didn't really matter who you are, there was a quality within his character that you should take, and follow his example in how he realated to people. It is in no doubt in my mind, that he is in fact a people person.

He is more like a brother than a friend to all of us. Since he always had to be the big brother to Elyse, I could see him show his older brother side, even when she wasn't around. He just accepted that role... it was always a very interesting thing to see.

I will never forget hearing that he was coming to town, and dropping everything at that moment just to go chill with him, even if there isn't much to do in Tracy. A fun day out would just be driving around, waiting for the day to pass us by, maybe taking a pit stop at starbucks, and seeing people as they stopped by.

Even though it has been several days since the news of his passing has crept into our ears, the shock of the moment still pains me as each day passes, for not only have we lost a great marine, but a great friend as well.

Rest in peace, Lance Corporal Brandon Christopher Dewey. You are respected, missed, and loved by all those around you.

Semper Fi

~Justin Watkinson
Thank You brandon we were going to leave you at I Hop
Thank you for serving this country to make it safer for all of us. I liked that night we went clubbing and you were all excited and we were joking that if it was 21 and over we were going to leave you at the I-Hop to wait for us, caus eyou werent old were all stressed and i told you we wouldnt do that, tim was just messing with you. This hit tim hard cause he called once i got back from driving 13 hours total to tracy to go for just for an hour, im sorry i couldnt stay longer, and tim had said he had talked to you 2 days before and was thinking about your conversation. oh and the one time you came up and we went to in n out and then you were going to tims and asked me if my parents minded that you were coming over to drink at my house at this time of night and you jumped out of the truck and im like no, youre going to tims im going to sleep, i didnt know you that long but you were like family. tim and i just set the date and we are getting married in sept, you were going to be invited. thank you and you are missed.
From a Marine Mom
My heart goes out to you- I have been trying to decide what I would want to hear if I was in your place...
My son is taining @ Camp Lejeune, NC and will proudly go to Iraq 1st chance he gets... God Bless you & yours & please find peace knowing that your son died for what he loved so dearly...
Amanda Evans, Proud mom of Lance Cpl Silas Brewton, USMC
Dear Family and Loved Ones,
I want to express my great sadness for your loss. Also I want to say I appreciate the sacrifice Brandon and all his loved ones made so we can remain a free country. May God comfort you in this great loss and all Americans come to understand it takes Brave Men and Women like Brandon to keep us a Free Nation.
Peace and Comfort to all of you,
Carolyn Darnell
HERO BRANDON is just small part of this young man life. From the love of just a few people that spoke on his behalf this young man he was truly AMERICAS BEST. I was honored to be at is home coming. THANK YOU BRANDON DEWEY !!!!!! GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY. I will never foreget this joungman my youngest son is Brandon also. My oldest son is a marine cpl Michael D Anderson Jr. The gates to heaven are safe know. With our best garding them. Mother to mother be proud. Jennifer
Blue Star Mom, sister, daughter, ancestor
God Bless our Hero Brandon and his loved ones during this difficult time of loss. Our prayers are with you! We're so sorry for the loss and greif you are experiencing at this time. *sigh*
My many thanks
I cannot begin to imagine the pain and suffering that you must be feeling. Please know that my family is sleeping safe in their beds because of the beautiful and brave son that you raised. I pray for you to be enveloped by God's Love and comfort. Your son's sacrifice is appreciated by many who pray for him every day. God Bless your family!
William R. Picton
As a fellow Marine (Viet Nam era) and combat veteran, I am deeply sorry for your loss. There is nothing that any of us can say or do that will make the hurt go away. However, please know that Brandon's service to our country and his ultimate sacrifice on our behalf are appreciated beyond words. My prayers are with him and with your entire family. God bless all of you, and thank you for the gift of your son!! Now it is up to all of us to do whatever we can to be worthy of his sacrifice.

Bill Picton
Major USMC Ret.
Brandon You Truely Are A Hero
Julie, no words can express the deepest sorrow we feel in our hearts for your loss. Even though I only met Brandon one time he will be missed greatly by everyone. Brandon, Julie and Family you will always be in our thoughths and prayers. Brandon you truely are a hero and will always be missed.

Missy Dustin (Trevor Dustin's Stepmom)
Our Marines are together
I am so sorry to hear about Brandon, I did not know him personally but i can't help feeling like i did. My Grandson Mick Bekowsky also died in the month of Sept. but in 2004 also in Iraq, also on second tour of duty. His beliefs were much the same as Brandon's. I weep for you and your family. Please know because he was a believer he is in precious company.
I have family in Tracy and would like to thank you and your son for the protection he has given them and all of us. The pain never goes away but I promise you it will get less intense as time goes on.
Please accept my heart felt condolences to you and your family.
Cecile Bekowsky
Proud Grandmother of
Mick Bekowsky USMC KIA 9/6/04
I Miss Ya!
Brandon, I haven't known what to say, I didn't think this would ever happen to someone i know, especially one of my friends. You always knew how to bring a smile to my face! No matter what you always found a way to make me smile! Some how you always knew when i needed someone to talk to! I couldn't of gotten through the last couple months in OK if it wasn't for the phone calls! No matter what time it was, or how tired you were you would always stay up and talk to me! I was glad that we were able to spend a little bit of time together before you left for Iraq! I always loved spending time w/ you. You always knew how to have a good time no matter what we were doing. I miss you Brandon! When Megan first told me what happened I didn't believe her, I thought someone was just playing a mean joke, I wasn't until I saw everything on the news that I realized it was true! You were a really great friend! I will miss you! But this isn't goodbye, i know i'll see you again when its my time. So I guess i'll just say. See you later! I love Ya and miss ya! You truely are my hero for everything that you have done for me and so many other people.
Tell Chesty your reporting for duty to guard the Gates of Heaven
To the family of LCpl Dewey my sincerest condolences. I am a Vietnam Veteran and a member of the Stockton Marine Corps Club as well as the Commanding Officer of the Stockton Young Marines. I did not know you son, but you are a Marine and true to the Corps. You will surely be missed by those you left behind but not forgotten. Surely you carried on the traditions of the Marine Corps while on this earth and you will stand tall with the rest of those who passed before us and guard those gates. Semper Fideles and carry on Marine.
Prayers to the family of LCpl Brandon Dewey
I wish to extend my respect, sympathy and prayers to your family. As the mother of an active duty soldier I feel we share a common space, and when one of our children is lost, we all share in the suffering and tears. At the same time, we share the pride and joy in our children and the honor they bring to our families and country when they risk everything to serve. God be with you, and please know the thoughts, love and prayers of all free Americans are with you.
Our condolences to Chris Dewey's family
We were very sorry to hear about your son's passing, he was a very brave man to go there and fight for our country. We are thinking of you in our prayers.

Sincerely~ Ray & Kathy Tirri, friends of Stan Huckaby
God bless you and keep you in the palm of His hand...
Although we did not know your son, we join all of America in grieving for the loss of such an honorable and admirable young man. Thank you Brandon for your service to our country. You are a true example of what it means to a hero through your sacrifice and selfless devotion to our country. To Mark and Julia and the rest of Brandon's family, please accept our condolences and THANK YOU for the "gift" of such a dedicated, brave and inspirational young man.
The Walsh's
Condolences from a fellow soldier
As a Vietnam vet and Ranger, I have experienced the loss the family is experiencing. In November, I attended a fellow Ranger's son's memorial service at Camp Lejune, N.C. His son was also a Marine and had 19 years service and he was killed by shrapnel from a IED. I had known his son for several years but didn't get to spend that much time with him and honestly didn't know him that well. To say I was impressed and honored to join the family and Marines who honored him would not be sufficient to describe my feelings and emotions that day. We all share the loss of this fine soldier and just wish more people in this country would appreciate the sacrifices that families make so the rest of us can go on about our daily lives and have the freedom that so many take for granted. My thoughts and prayers are with you all and thank you Brandon for your service and your sacrifice to keep this country free. Blue skies and fair winds to the family and friends of this American Hero. Rangers Lead the Way !! Terry B. "Rock" Roderick RVN 1969-70
We send our respects
Dear Dewey family,
We never met your son, but we love him.
We have three sons serving active and I know if they were here they would say, "We were proud to serve with guys like Brandon Dewey"
Our prayers are with you. Your son is a Hero and will never be forgotten.
Mike & Peggy Conklin
Fallen, Never Forgotten
To LCpl Dewey's family, my heart and prayers go out to you. I served with your son in Iraqi last year, I was the Company 1stSgt for India. I can remember many conversations with Brandon and what I remember the most was his positive attitude about everyday. He truly loved being a Marine and being around his fellow Marines. He was a light at what sometimes seemed a dark tunnel. I will truly miss this devil dog and will always have great memories of your son. He will always remain "SEMPER FIDELIS".

To a Fallen Marine
To a Fallen Marine

Though this tear may skew my vision,
I clearly see what I've been given.
Those who have died have sponsored my life
and for this I give my all, day and night.
Remember those who did not give their lives.
Those who saw things that torment their nights.
While they sleep, may they forget their kills;
for their sacrifice keeps my sleep still.
I cannot imagine a parent's hurt
as they watch a shovel break the dirt.
I hope I can make the most of this opportunity;
which through your death was given to me.
Call me lucky sense it was you who fell.
It's much too late for trading so this title suits me well.
I say farewell as I give my thanks.
Rest well, young man, amongst your ranks.
3rd Bn 1st Marines I co
Brandon and I served in Iraq side to side, I knew brandon as dewey the new kid on the block. I was one of Dewey's Sgt's in the Co. we were in different platoons but same company. I could always depend on dewey for a smile even when i was having a bad day. Lcpl Dewey you will be missed but we all know that you are one of heros from 3/1 and you will never be forgotten. Dewey will now be with the rest of the 3/1 hero's. Mr and Mrs Conover sorry for your loss I know that it was a gigantic loss i knew the man personally, may god bless your family.

You Have Families
It was my distinct pleasure to officiate at Brandon's funeral yesterday. I baptized Brandon at St. Paul Lutheran Church when I was pastor there and remember his life and his infectious smile. I mentioned in the message yesterday that Brandon was blessed with several families: his biological family, his military family, and his family of God. This blog attests to all who are part of his family and were part of his life. My prayer is that the Lord will grant comfort to all who mourn even as we know he is now with the Lord. I hope that many will take comfort in this and will celebrate Brandon's homecoming even though it is through tears of loss.
No more pool monster memories
The Fourth of July 1996, a pool party at the Coltrells home, a few too many shots of Jack Daniels (with your Mom Julia!) slowly from the shallow end of the pool rose a POOL MONSTER! I stuck two of those floating noodles under my arms and using them as tentacles I splashed you and Alise for what seemed like hours. Your Mom, ever the protector of her children thought I was getting too close to you with the noodles and blind-sided me with the best ever hip check into the pool! I remember it like it was yesterday, one minute I was standing on the edge of the pool preparing to cannon ball you two, the next I was hovering above the pool wondering how I got there. I remember it like it was yesterday, I remember you like it was yesterday. Your Dr. Evil impressions that had the whole room laughing, that laugh that sounded too low to be coming from your body, the fact that you were one of the alter boys when my daughter was baptized. It feels like yesterday but that was a long time ago.
We werent able to attend you moms wedding or reception so we werent able to see you and thank you personally for defending out great nation. I was looking forward to the day you came back home to Tracy and we had another pool party. This time Im sure that youd be the one beating on me with the noodles and I would be the one needing Moms protection.
Thanks for the memories Brandon. I look forward to seeing you in heaven.

Dave Massa
My Hero
Brandon was my cousan whom i went from looking at as a little cousan to a great man and friend. He never judged me or anyone for that matter and always treated everyone the same. He died doing what he wanted, protecting his family and country. Brandon has helped me realize the importance of family and friends and how we all need them. Brandon my Hero, my Cousan,my Friend Forever. I LOVE YOU COUSAN. Aunt Julie, Uncle Mark, Scott, and Shelly My love and prayers are with you always.
i miss your smile!!!!
i remember the first time i saw brandon we were at church i never really had friends there but brandon always made me feel welcome he would sit next to me and make me laugh sooo hard then in high school be became closer when you started hangin out w/ us at lunch you had the biggest crush on my friend suzie we will miss you smile so much!!! rest in peace dewey!!!!!!!
...They Will Find The Streets Are Guarded By United States Marines...but...
...YOU already know that, don't you Devil Dog!

Mere words simply don't get it in times such as this. Your loving family and friends hurt and miss you more than those outside their inner circle can ever know. That said, however, know this too...your Fellow Warriors, your Brother Marines and Navy Docs miss you too! All of us, regardless of when we served...we ALL miss you but we also ALL SALUTE YOU! You have fought the good fight and although SKY-6 now has you on HIS Staff, we will all be together up there in the not-too-distant future.

Having come up through the ranks from Pvt to SSgt, and then 2ndLt to Col, and three trips to Vietnam, I've "had this discussion" with several Fallen Warriors during my 34+ years of active service and now in my retired years. It NEVER gets any easier, but the great respect and pride I feel towards you and other Fallen Warriors is something that I know YOU understand. It's simply "a Marine Thing" with Our Eagle, Globe & Anchor stamped so permanently upon our hearts...stemming from the fact that WE are so very "...proud to claim the title of United States Marine."

Carry on Devil Dog...keep things squared away up there...I'll buy you a cold one when I check in for duty.

Semper Fidelis,

KILO-6, 3/1, 1973-1974
I feel your pain!
I had the pleasure of serving with your son in Iraq. Going through the streets of Fallujah and making it back was no easy feat. We did it together. I'm especially thankful for everyone that I fought with during the bloodiest battle America has seen for many years. I keep in touch with 3/1, it's where I started out as a young kid years ago. I loved every one of those Marines like they were my brother, yet even more. I'm sorry for your loss. India lost 7 Marines in Iraq in 2004, this one doesn't come any easier. Rejoice in knowing he did what God called him to do.
Brandon, you're in good company.
The memories of you, Brandon, with you're loved ones and your many friends are indelible. They will recall past times when you touched their lives to shared brief moments in time.
To a Marine we consider ourselves brothers to one another. Brandon was a brother to this WW II Marine. I did not know him, but a tie does connect us. This tie extends to all Marines since 1775. Brandon, now is in good company with those Marines who fought for freedom for more than 230 years.
Brandon measured up, answered the call and served his country and community with honor. Brandon is a real hero.
I can't imagine
I can't imagine the pain you are experiencing, but God can. He knows and is there to comfort you through this time. He is the only one that can bring true peace and healing. I wish I could thank your son for his sacrifice. My husband just returned home from Iraq 8 weeks ago from a 13 month tour. I will never understand what he went through over there and the sacrifices he made daily for the freedoms we enjoy. I will never take those freedoms for granted.
Semper Fi, Brandon
To the family and friends of Brandon, my deepest condolances. You are in my prayers and thoughts, May the arms of God surround you during this most difficult time. Semper Fi Brother Brandon you are now watching the gates of Heaven. A true Hero in all our minds and hearts.
A great loss to all
I met brandon in a computer class we both shared in high school and right away we were friends it didnt take long for us to get in tight with each other and from then on we were good. I knew he had intentions of joining but after high school i ended up losing touch with brandon so i had no idea of what all was going on and i am just so hurt that i could not spend the time together we should of spent before he gave his right to protect the rest of us at home and those he was with i will always remember him as the biggest joker i ever met and he will never be forgottin by me and anyone else he had the chance to influence. He will be missed by all.

R.I.P. Brandon and give them hell up there we will meet again someday.

I pass along my deepest heartfelt condolinces to Brandons family and the rest of his friends for even tho i am so far away my heart is there with yall
Dear Dewey Family,
I am sorry for your loss. I know it's not easy. Take comfort in the hearts of your friends and each other. Next time you visit your son's place of rest, please thank him for me.
God Bless
Elyse and family,
I know we haven't talked or seen each other in a few years. But I do remember your brother's great smile and sense of humor and the way he always tried to look out for you, in a protective way. I came home from work and my fiance showed me the Tracy Press, I was in shock. Brandon was a brave young man for serving our country. May God Bless You in the time of your loss. Elyse he will be waiting to protect you in heaven someday...
God Bless You,
Desiree Poe
I live in Tracy, and my sister knew Brandon, as they were friends in High School. Today I went to his funeral,and I hope I dont get in trouble, as I left school early to pay my respects to this great marine. And even though I never knew him personally, the storys touched me, and I couldn't keep back all my emotions after I got home. I'm sorry for the Dewey Familys loss, and hope that one day you will all meet again.

Goodbye Brandon, Rest In Peace
God Bless Brandon Dewey
I sang at Brandons funeral .I felt extremely honored to do it. To Brandons family...I am so sorry for your loss .I sure he was a fine young man, you are and will be in my prayers.America is what it is because of men like Brandon. He is a hero and he will live forever in our hearts. May God bless you all.Semper Fi
Marine family, Newark, Ca
To the Family of LCpl Brandon C. Dewey.

Our Hearts and Prayers go out to you in your time of Grief.You are being thought of with caring prayers for a peaceful heart.
Brandon is truly a Hero, to sacrifice his life, for our freedom. His Love and Memories will always live on in your Hearts.
May God Bless you and Comfort You in your time of sorrow.
I still can't believe it sometimes. I've experienced the loss of my comrades before, but this time it's a bit closer. I served with Brandon in 1st platoon India Company. We walked the torn streets of Fallujah during our first deployment. Before we deployed again, I was transferred to HQ platoon, so I didn't work as closely with him this time around. But I always considered 1st plt my home; I knew I'd be back with them some day. The last time I saw him, we and a few other Marines were joking around at the Firm base while off loading supplies. We were trying to remain cheerful despite the exhuastion and work we faced. That was in December.

Not too long afterward I was injured, a result of a humvee accident. I was sent back to Camp Pendleton to recover. I thought about my brothers in harm's way, but I trusted God to see them through. Last weekend I was alerted to his fate.
He was a brother Marine and I'll miss him. It was an honor to have served with him

He is and always will be a hero.
My prayers are with him and his family.
"All gave some, some gave all"

The Dewey Family
Im so sorry for your loss. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers forever.
Always Faithful..
Wow, where do I start. I met Brandon fresh out of SOI when he had just arrived in Camp Horno (53 area). I met him through a friend of his named Greg, and we soon had become great friends. I showed both of them around Oceanside/San Clemente. I started to date Brandon soon after and hung out with him almost every day because I worked in the same camp as him. Brandon was such a sweetheart, we had so much fun together and with our friends. I remember he was freaking out one time because he had wanted to finish his tats, and his Sgt. said he couldn't, but I told him to do so anyways because the tattoo restrictions hadn't passed, and when he came home from leave 2 weeks later he had finished his arms and his stomach. He had this smile stuck on his face. Every day I thought about him and I prayed for his first and second deployment. I wished we would have kept in touch. Since I had worked with so many marines in the camp I often prayed he would make a safe return home.He was to young to go, and it's hard to believe that he is gone, I still sit here and think my mind is playing games on me. I know how it is to be in the unknown with deployments. My father being a Marine has been deployed 9 times, and soon to be going on his 10th. I have a place in my heart for Brandon, as he is my true hero. My family and I wish the best to his family, and send our condolences.
I miss you Brandon. Semper Fi!
The little boy with the big smile
Brandon, There is such a tug at my heartstrings when I think of your smiling face. I haven't seen you since you were a little guy, but oh what an impression you made. You ran around your grandma Anne and grandpa Glen's house laughing and smiling from ear to ear. Everyone in the room would sit back and just watch your happiness. I will miss you and think of you often, but I have wonderful memories that I won't forget.
Solemn Pride
To Brandon,

I have watched you grow from a rambuctious child to a wonderful man. The seed of patriotism planted deep within your heart moved you to serve our great republic during one of our more difficult periods. You did not choose to remain silent when your country needed you most. Instead, your voice was heard loud and clear. You did not stop only at words, but you acted upon your beliefs. You chose to serve the cause of liberty as a citizen of an American nation. It is with solemn pride that I loudly profess that I knew you as a worthy man, son, brother, friend, and patriot. I will remember you and your sacrifice always, as will my children.

Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me.
The Carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality
-Emily Dickinson

To Mark and Julie,

You were there for me when Jereme passed away, and we have seen our sons go off to war. I will always feel a special closeness to you as a parent and friend for the similar road we have traveled. Brandon was an ardent patriot who believed in the worthiness of the cause. I feel great sorrow for your overwhelming loss, and I pray that time grants you cherished memories of him. Our family shares in your bereavement.

To fallen soldiers let us sing,
Where no rockets fly nor bullets wing,
Our broken brothers let us bring
To the Mansions of the Lord

No more weeping,
No more fight,
No friends bleeding through the night,
Just Devine embrace,
Eternal light,
In the Mansions of the Lord

Where no mothers cry
And no children weep,
We shall stand and guard
Though the angels sleep,
Oh, through the ages let us keep
The Mansions of the Lord

Love, Mike, Beth, Justin, Jeff, Matt and Steve Duarte. The Duarte Family
A Wonderful Friend
I don't understand how such a wonderful person could be taken. You will be missed and grieved by so many people. I've have know you since Mrs. Torres kindergarten class and you were my best friend through our five years of elementary school. Off and on we would lose contact for a while thru middle school and high school and every time we would meet up again, it was like time never passed. I always look forward to those times. I'm going to miss you so much. You were a wonderful person and a great friend.
Thank You Brandon
To the Family of Brandon Dewey,
It is with much sadness that we send this note of sympathy. Our family is so sorry for the loss of your son, Brandon. We pray that God will wrap His loving arms around you and give you comfort and peace, and your heartache will be replaced with fond memories of Brandon. This nation is thankful for the willingness of your Marine to serve his country. Thank you as well, for your great sacrifice. Your Marine is our hero.
With much love,
Greg and Penny Dunnicliff
Stockton, CA
Proud Parents of Cpl. Dunnicliff, OIf2,OIF3 Vet, AABN 2nd Mar Div, trainer
Always in our Hearts
We met Dewey through our son, Dustin. At first he was just another kid 'hangin-out'. The more time he spent at our house, the more I got to know him. He told us he had joind the Corps., and I thought "What a brave young man". As time went on, I realized he was not just Dustin's friend, but OUR friend also! I only saw Dewey (that's how we know him) angry once. Just after he bought his Mustang, He had a stereo put in, and came over that night. When I got up in the morning, his car was still here. Dustin got up later ,and I asked about Dewey. The car would not start that night, so Dustin took him home. Later that day,Scott and Dewey came over and I spent about 30 mins. working on his car to get it running, and it had never been a problem since.He was so mad. I looked forward to seeing him all the time, and he was always welcome in our home. Dewey had an uncanny sense of reality. One you don't see every day. I am blessed to have had you in my life! You ARE very special to us. Thanks for being a good friend to Dustin, and most of all, Thanks for being OUR friend too! See ya later, Dewey! I will never say GOOD-BYE to you.........Dan and Sandy Lievsay Julia, You did a WONDERFUL job raising that man!
this world has lost a beautiful person. A son,a brother and a friend.
Peace & Remembrance
My sis, Marla, called us immediately upon getting the news.

Our prayers and thoughts are with family and friends.

You have heard this before, but it is one of our favorite quotes - "Some people spend and entire lifetime wondering if they've made a difference. The MARINES don't have that problem."
President Ronald Reagan 1985

SEMPER FI..........
Brandon-Our hero
I didn't know Brandon myself, but was sent the Tracy Press article by a friend who was personally affected. It doesn't matter though, I feel a loss just knowing that someone was willing to give his life to do what was right. I am proud to have such giving people represent our country. My nephew just joined the Marines and I will be going to his graduation in March. And, I know that he will be proud to serve alongside the likes of people like Brandon. My thoughts are with you.
Mother of a Marine, Wife of an Army Vet
Please accept our condolences. Brandon was truly a hero in our eyes. He sacraficed everything for our freedoms and will not be forgotten. We will keep you all in our prayers.
Brandon is home
We met brandon at the airport on thursday night to bring him home.Such a powerful night.He had an escort of ten motorcycle officers from Modesto,Hayward,Newark and Union City.We also had the honor of having chris and jeff,two local tracy marines with us on the ride.The marine honor guard was there at the airport to meet brandon.On the ride back into Tracy words can't express how moving the scene was.Firetrucks with lights were on the overpass on !!th,people were lining the streets with flags and saluting as brandon passed by.The firehouse on !!th had the ladder truck out with a giant American flag flying.Every intersection was blocked by Tracy p.d.and officers salutng as well.The canine officer had his dog out of the car to salute brandon.As we passed,all of these officers followed the motorcade. we pulled into Fry's chapel and there were a lot more people wi th flags and candles to meet brandon.I can't tell you in words how much this meant to the family to see this scene of respect for our fallen marine.We are so very proud to say that we live in Tracy,Ca.and brandon was a Tracy kid.I will never look at !!th St.,Central,or this town the same again,ever.Thank you everybody for your show of support for us and brandon at this very difficult time.Thank you for coming out to honor him coming home.Scott and Julie Conover
Our condolences on your loss
To the family of LCpl Brandon Dewey,
Our family sends you our deepest condolences and most heartfelt regrets. Please know that our prayers and thoughts are and always will be with you.
Terry Lee Berry
Pleasanton, CA
Guard heaven well Devildog!
I never knew Lcpl Dewey, however I work in Tracy and am a former Marine Cpl myself. When I saw the front page of the Tracy Press my heart sank. The loss of any Marine is felt by all Marines. My heart and prayers goes out to the family and friends of LCpl Dewey at this time. His sacrifice has been felt and he will be missed. So when you get to heaven you will find Brandon there, guarding the streets.

Former Cpl. Gordon Blair Douglas
Too Soon To Say Goodbye
One of my favorite memories of you has to be when Joey and I had eloped, but I hadn't told my parents yet. Mom and I had driven up to a family function in Upper Lake, and I could tell that she was suspicious and knew that something was up. At one point, you, your Mom and Elyse were with me, and your Mom said "Aunt Alice thinks you got married this weekend
in Tahoe". I turned the ring around that I had "hidden" on my opposite hand, and showed it to you all. I remember you breaking into that HUGE smile, and telling me how cool it was that we got married. Then you said to me "BUSTED. Your Mom is SO on to you - that is going to be one interesting ride home". And then you started cracking up. And you were right - it was one interesting ride home!

Brandon - I am so happy that our families were able to reconnect over the past years, and we got to know each other better. You were an amazing person, happy, smiling, always looking out for your family. My heart is very heavy that I have to let go of you so soon, as I am not ready to do so. I am so proud to be related to you, and will miss you greatly.

Be at peace
I only saw Brandon at a couple of family gatherings so I can't say I really knew him, but I know the fine family stock from which he came. My heart goes out to his family, in particular his mother and grandmother for their loss. I hope Brandon's sacrifice will not be in vain.

William Shakespeare had a way with words far better than I, and had this to say about death:

Fear no more the heat o' the sun;
Nor the furious winter's rages,
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages;
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney sweepers come to dust.

Fear no more the frown of the great,
Thou art past the tyrant's stroke:
Care no more to clothe and eat;
To thee the reed is as the oak:
The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.

Fear no more the lightning-flash,
Nor the all-dread thunder-stone;
Fear not slander, censure rash;
Thou hast finished joy and moan;
All lovers young, all lovers must
Consign to thee, and come to dust.

No exorciser harm thee!
Nor no witchcraft charm thee!
Ghost unlaid forbear thee!
Nothing ill come near thee!
Quiet consummation have;
And renowned be thy grave!
Brandon - No words can relieve the pain your parents are feeling. I did not get to know you but, I heard a lot about you from your parents, who I worked with for 25 years. As a Marine Corp Viet Nam Veteran, I know the pride you had in being a Marine and serving our Country. I know you will be guarding the gates of heaven with some close friends of mine, who also gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Give them a big SEMPER FI for me.

Jim Ferrie
Former USMC CPL.
Vietnam 1967-1968
A Marine always to be remembered
I have never had the privlege of meeting L/Cpl. Brandon Dewey but, as a Marine Veteran I know the Marines and the brotherhood in serving as a Marine enough to give my heart felt thanks to the man known as Brandon Dewey and for the job that he has done for all of us and our country in an unselfish manner for us to all follow. This Marine will never be forgoten and he will live in our hearts forever. Last night there was a wonderful and impressive motorcade that arrived in Tracy at approximately 9:30 PM. The motorcade was made up of several Police Officers on motorcycles escorting L/Cpl. Dewey and his family back home here in Tracy where the sevices will be held. I had noticed that this was a motorcade that was impressive as it passed us by our gathering on 11th Street just west of the entrance of town. Upon reading the Tracy Press I had learned of the motorcades plans in passing through Tracy in rout from the San Francisco Airport. I had made a phone call to another Marine Veteran, a retied Gunnery Sergeant and made plans to form a small but memorial gathering in respects and regards to L/Cpl. Dewey's family and to show our love, respect and concern to Brandon, Brandon's family and our country. As the motorcade arrived we all rendered a hand salute and rendered a honorable salute with the Marine Corps flag in his memory and honor as a hero returning back home. As the motorcade passed I was taken back buy the deepest heartfelt emotions that a person could feel. I wish to give my condolences to the family and friends of L/Cpl. Brandon Dewey as well to be known that our hearts and parayers are all with you and your Marine will always be remembered. God Bless you.

Semper Fidelis
Million Dollar Smile
Have you ever smiled at the very sight of someone else's smile? If you knew Brandon, you most definitely have. He could illuminate a room with that thing, and usually did. I remember Brandon as the goofy, randomly hilarious, genuine guy who always sat with Stuart in church. His unique and genuine personality complimented our church family and will forever be missed. My heart felt sympathy goes out to his friends and family and I pray that the Lord embrace all who grieve his loss; may he rest in peace.

May the Lord bless and keep you,
May the Lord make his face shine on you,
May the Lord be gracious to you,
May the Lord look upon you in favor,
and give you peace...
May God give you strength
I didn't personally know Brandon but was part of the Operation Santa Outreach to send Christmas gifts to his unit so it feels personal. We prayed over those bags as we put them together amd asked for blessings on each soldier who received them. Thank you for the service and sacrifice that Brandon made for our country. I can only imagine how painful this is for you. May God comfort you and give you strength to carry on.
Deepest Sumpathies to the Dewey/Conover Family
Although I only met Brandon one time at Julie and Scott's wedding reception, I followed his Marine Corps' career with interest, and I learned that he was a motivated young man, with integrity and goals for the future. It is with a heavy heart that I express my great sadness. Your loss is society's loss as well, as these young people are our hopes for the future. I hope this Bible Verse will be of comfort to you during these very sorrowful days:
"The Lord is near
to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed
in Spirit."
My Love and Best Wishes to all of Brandon's Family
Thank you for your son
I want to thank you for a wonderful son - Thank you for sharing him with all of us. As a mom of a son that is also serving I feel can not imagion how you feel. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time - just know he is with God and will always be with you
Army Mom of son seriving in Iraq
grateful citizen
I never knew Brandon, but I know he is wonderful soul to give his life for his beloved country. I am so grateful to know that he loved his country and family enough to risk his life to secure this nation's existence. Please know many people who you will never speak to or hear from are indebted to your family and to Brandon and grieve with you.
As an active Duty Marine I would just like to say goodbye to a Brother who served in the USMC. Once a Marine, Always a Marine. Semper Fi!

In a nation of turmoil, skillfully to avoid the destruction to tear-apart
Brave warriors shared, to restore a rose where thorns were shared.
A mother's love is always perceived pure within her heart
While a Marine's mother's love remains hard to pick-apart
The loss of courageous souls of the future provides a kick-start
And carries forward a mission of purpose-n-resolve;
That the history of such heroes always be aired.
God Bless Your Heart Of Service
Thank you so much for the Heart of Service that your family has given. I never knew your son, or your family, but I just want to express my greatest appreciation towards you. There are so many opportunities and benefits that we are are fortunate enough to have because of the brave men, like Brandon. God bless you and your family during this time. I will personally be praying for strength, peace, and understanding for the Dewey family.
"But those who suffer He delivers in their suffering; He speaks to them in their affliction." - Job 36:15
God Bless.
We are so sorry for your loss.
Thinking of you with sympathy and friendship. May it somehow give you peace of mind and ease your sorrow, too, to know that many thoughts and prayers are going out to you. Remember that wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories.
Kay & Steve Benoit
Arlington, Texas
Parents of Cpl Jason Benoit, USMC, OIF1
Sorry for your loss
I am a military spouse, stationed in Europe. My little brother is also a Marine, stationed in Okinawa, Japan. I can only imagine what you must be going through. Your family is in my prayers. Don't lose hope; your son and brother is in a better place, now. He will always be remembered as a hero. God bless.
In my thoughts and prayers
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. A true hero for making the ultimate sacrifice. Forever a hero......forever a son. Mark, I remember at work the stories you shared about Brandon and Elyse. And the stories you told during the trials and tribulations of their teenage years....some rather amusing ones at times. What I remember most is how very proud you were of both of them.

I hope the memories of your son bring you comfort. The light will always shine as long as we remember.

To Mark and Shelly and to Julie and Scott, my thoughts and prayers are with you....and with Brandon.
Sorry to hear the news.
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have 2 sons serving in the Air Force and can only imagine what it's been like to have Brandon serving overseas in danger, and then to lose him. Please know that I appreciate his service to us, keeping us safe and free - and your service to us, raising such a hero, a generous and brave man. I attend Bayside Church in Granite Bay (Sacramento area) and participated in sending Christmas packages to several Marine units overseas and I understand that Brandon was one of the men we were able to give to. That makes his story more personal for me. Our troops are giving so much for us - I'm so proud of each one of them. I pray that God will sustain you during this time of grief. Thank you for the gift your son has been for us all. Sincerely, Kelly
Glad to see you well.
Chris, I don't know if you remember me or not. I was friends with Bobby for a while. I am sorry you had to lose such a good friend. I am glad that Brandon had you around. I know that he was strong by him self but having a good friend around helps even more. E-mail me sometime to catch up.
An American who benefited from your sons' sacrfice.
I did not know LCpr Brandon C Dewey. However,I am one of the fortunate millions of people that have benefited from Brandons' and your sacrifice.

Please accept my heart felt condolence.

a prayer for my friend and all the brave troops
Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they
protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they
perform for us in our time of need. I ask this in the name of Jesus, our
Lord and Savior. Amen."

i will say this prayer everday.. i swear. i miss you brandon
Although we didn't know Brandon personally....
John works with Scott & we were fortunate enough to meet Brandon at Julia & Scott's wedding reception. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. Brandon, you paid the ultimate sacrifice, giving your life for our freedom. Thanks & may you rest in peace. In His Love - John & Akiko
VPMM of LCpl Christopher Neufeld
I never had the priviledge of meeting your son. I know I will meet him in Heaven, and I am so glad for that! From the stories here, he seems like a wonderful young man. You brought him up well, with strength, courage, humor, respect, a whopping sense of fun, and honor. Thank you for this. The loss of Brandon leaves a whopping sense of loss in your lives. May our Lord comfort you and hold you through these days, know that He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Mother of 2 sons
To the family,

Looking at the pictures of Brandon, I am looking at the pictures of my boys. None of us can express our thanks for Brandon's service and your sacrifice. GI Jane, age 24, soon to be our daughter in law, was in Fallejah last year. Everyday was painful. None of this makes sense.

Praying for God to be with you each moment.

Trust in Him at all times, oh people
Pour out your hearts to Him ---
For God is our refuge. Psalm 62:8
To Our Grand Nephew Brandon:
I wish I had known you better and could have spent more time with you, but we lived so far apart. I remember you splashing in the pool with Elyse and my Granddaughter, Danielle, always full of energy. Also, your visit to our home in Florida. You were always smiling and happy. Your Uncle Jerry and I are very proud of you and of the sacrifice you have made for our country.
Love, Aunt Jean
Thank you for your son, Brandon
Julie and family,

My heart aches for your devastating loss.

I went back into my emails and found an email string back when we first found each other on the internet back in early 2004. Brandon and Tyler were at SOI together and we were both preparing to be at the graduation. We sat together at the graduation and I remember meeting Brandon. What a nice young man you raised Julie. We were so excited to find out that our sons knew each other and had also graduated from boot camp together. Then we found out they would be going to Iraq together. It was wonderful to find another mom that I could connect with. Marine families are the best and we all feel that Brandon was one of our sons. Brandon's life and sacrifice will never be forgotten!

My prayers are with you!

Marty Farmer
Cpl. Tyler Farmer
3/1 Kilo, 3rd Plt.
Proud American

I remembered you when you were just a little guy. Every year at the Union City Police Dept Childrens Christmas party. Watching you and all the kids playing and waiting for santa to show up. And when Santa would show up on the fire truck I remember your face would light up with joy.

I remember going to BBQ and swim parties at your house. You and Jenn (just a year younger then you) playing together.

Jules I am soooo sorry I can't imagine what you are going through. I remember us working side by side for 3 years. Talking about our kids and trying to work out all those typical teenage problems.

I remember him at your wedding. When Scott (you picked a great guy) introduced his new family. How proud he was of him and Elyse too.

The last time we were together we were looking at his photos you wanted to scrapbook.

If there is anything I can do for you or your family please call me.

Brandon you have given us the greatest sacifice in the name of freedom for all those who want it or not. I know you were doing something that you loved and every AMERICIAN owes you for the things that most of us take for granted

*****OUR FREEDOM******

You are now in heaven. Watch over your family Take care of your sister who is now doing the same as you did, protecting our country.

Rest in peace you will be missed dearly

Patty Allsup and family
Our sympathy to Brandon's family
My family from Michigan wishes to extend our sympathy on the loss of your son. My son James was a friend of Brandon's; they were serving together in the same platoon. I know that these young men are all feeling the deep loss. We want you to know how much we care. Words cannot begin to describe the thoughts you must be having. Please know that we are grieving with you and will not forget Brandon.
sorry for your loss one marine family to another
i am very sorry to hear about your son mine is in fallujah 2nd marine division he is 19 yrs and a LCpl too my prayers are with you and your family we have to know this is the path are sons wanted to take my heart is with you and your family god bless mother of marine LCpl patrick james valenzuela audra garcia of Fremont,ca
A Parents Worst Nightmare
To Julie and her family, To Mark and his family,

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I am so sorry for your loss, and our countrys loss of another great hero who was protecting the very freedoms that we all cherish.

Although I did not know Brandon personally, I listened to many wonderful stories shared by his Mother and Father while working at Union City.

We never anticipate or expect to have to say goodbye to our children, especially those who were not able to enjoy all of lifes rewards to the fullest. My heart goes out to all of you.

My thanks and pride to Brandon for giving so much of himself to all those who knew him.

God Bless all of our heros and thier families.
From One Sister to Another
It's amazing how you can feel connected to someone you've never met, but I do. My heart began to slowly break as I read Elyse's tribute to her brother. I truly can't imagine my life and world without my big brother and the closeness we share. After reading Elyse's eloquent goodbye, I began to truly understand my Aunt Nay Nay's comment to me that Brandon and Elyse reminded her of my brother and me.

The bond of a brother and sister can and should be a profound one. No one else whose path they cross will ever share the same intimate memories of growing up in the same house and all that it entails -- it's a special bond. For the lil' sis, no one can replace the true friend with whom you had the occasional disagreement, but who was always there with protective arms if anyone else dared to harm her. No one shares the laughter, tears, joy and pain like a big brother. There is no better confidant -- you shared your secrets, ambitions and desires with him and he counseled with love and wisdom -- go figure! No one defends a girl like her big brother -- no one!

Elyse, take this with you -- Brandon will forever be watchful and proctective over you. While you may not see him there, he'll be standing beside you as you journey through all of life's milestones and he'll even be there for the silly moments. Just remember that every time he comes to mind in a fond memory, he's the one who brought it to your mind at what may sometimes seem like an odd moment! And when you wish for him during a sad or tough time -- he's there gently holding and comforting you. Take time to feel his presence and to talk to him...

My heart and prayers go out to you and the rest of your family. May God be with you all during these difficult days and always.
God has taken yet another Angel to heaven
To the Dewey Family,

Im truly sorry for your Loss,
And I do know how you fill My Son LCPL Kyle D. Crowley USMC was KIA in Ramadi, April 6 2004, He was only 18 and on his first Tour, Ambushed with eleven other young Men all perished.

Its been almost two years and only seems like yesterday, It breaks my heart to here of another family going threw such a Tragic loss, Your Son like all who have gone before him, was a Very handsome young man, and from what Ive read about his life and what he beleived in a great marine and Freind to those who where lucky enough to touch his Life.

The only thing that I can tell you that may help on your journey of greif and healing is to get out of bed in the morning and always Live in his memory, and support his beleifs, and what he stood for, We will be with them again in the Kingdom of Heaven we must have Faith,

Warmly Mark Crowley
Gold Star Dad
Gone But Never forgotten
Tracy, California
"Rrriiiiiiiiiiggggghhhhhhtttttt" - Brandon Dewey as Dr. Evil
Brandon was always a joy to have around. His sense of humor and good heart were his best attributes. I told him one day that I would take a bullet for him. I wish I could have, so he would have been able to spend another day with the ones he loved. I regret that we had parted ways since I left for college, and I wish that we could have kept in contact more. You never realize how priceless a friend is until they've gone away. Though it's unbearably sad knowing that Brandon is gone, my soul rejoices with the knowledge that Brandon is in paradise today.
To your family from mine ....
My deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers are with you all during this time. I can't imagine what you are going through, but want you to know that your son will remain strong, brave and respected in the hearts and minds of every American who prizes freedom and understands the sacrifices made to sustain it.

My family is also a military one, and a law enforcement one, with my husband retired from the Air Force, myself a member of the Phoenix PD, and our son, Brandon, in the US Army. He arrived home from his first tour last July, and is due to ship out for a second tour this Spring or Summer. So know I understand the heart-wrenching push and pull in your hearts - we are so very proud of them and they believe so strongly in what they are doing, yet they are our children and we want them safe.

So, while we can't all be with you in your time of need, know we stand side by side with you in our hearts, and will continue to do so.
Semper Fi to a fellow Marine
I am truly sorry for your loss. I didn't know this young man, however, Everytime I hear that antother Marine's life has been taken I cry. I feel as though I have lost a brother, as I have, A brother in the Marine Corps. May he rest in peace and may God be with his family and friends in their time of need.

In Memory

Do not stand
at my grave and weep
I am not there;
I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken
in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.

I am the soft starlight at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there;
I did not die.

Mary Frye 1932

Semper Fi And God Bless
Veranea Vasquez
Brandon, Half the light of your Mother's life
Brandon, I didn't see much of you as you got older but I heard about your great accomplishments every time I saw your Mom. She beamed with pride every time she mentioned your name. Elyse, you are the other half of that light and believe me she beams when she talks about you too. As time passes and you go back to your duties in the navy I will do my best to help your Mom, to hold her hand or just stand behind her and support her when she needs it.

Brandon, Thank You for your ultimate sacrifice for everything I cherish and believe in.

Wanda / UCPD
Thoughts of Brandon from Uncle Ken
Brandon, you were always upbeat, funny, a joker and prankster, all things I looked forward to and being a part of.
Also being with you and your family, usually during Holiday family get-togethers. Times I will always remember and miss. Thanks for being you. Uncle Ken
3/1 Marines all my condolences
I wanted to let you know that I am very sorry for your loss my husband and I also live in Tracy and he is also out in Iraq with 3bn 1st Marines at this moment..Im real sorry for your loss.
The Dewey Family
Please accept the heartfelt condolences of our family in the death of your son. Brandon now stands with those heros who have, for over 200 years, purchased and paid for freedom in America and around the world with their blood. His life will be honored in every place a flag flies over a country where democracy reigns.

We are a Marine Corps family and your family will be added to our prayers. Know that, in your time of grief, God will care for you and hold you close to His heart.

With our most sincere condolences,

Michael & Shirley Becker
LCpl Joshua Becker 2/4
Phoenix, AZ
To the family of LCpl Brandon Dewey
Even though Brandon and I attended the same schools since Middle school I never got to know him on a personal level. But we did share some mutual friends and partied together a time or two and I just wanted to say that he was a great person, he had a way of makeing one smile, with his sarcastic sence of humor. I want to thank him for the great sacrafice he made for our country and he will always be remembered as a hero. And to his family I am greatly sorry for your loss and I know there is nothing I can say that will make any of this better but you son, brother etc. Is a great American Hero. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Semper Fi Brandon
I only saw you once when you and my son went with a group to the Prom last year, but I saw the man your parents knew and were so proud of. Seeing you two Marines in your uniforms with your sense of pride and tradition you carried so well just made me feel good and gave me hope for your generation which could still turn out such fine young men who like generations past knowingly put themselves in harms way to protect those they love and serve a greater cause.
Again, I did not know you but you are a brother and we will remain,always faithful, Semper Fi brother Marine.
You are a hero
As current commander of the Stockton Marine Corps Club, I wish to extend our condolences to the family of LCpl Brandon Dewey. Although I had never met him personally, his name was given to us with a list of other deployed young men and women to whom we would send packages and newsletters back in fall of 2004, as well as my own son who was deployed at the same time. It was certainly a shock to hear of his death. We will remember him as a courageous young man. Our prayers are with you all.
You are missed!
To Brandon and your family,
Thank you for the fond memories you have left me with. I remember many nights of you helping me out at Com 21, I know you will be remembered fondly by many. May God bless you and your family. Thank you for keeping this country safe. To his family I wish I could have brought him home once again to you safely. You all raised a great Man and Marine.
Honoring Your Son With the Upmost Respect
Dear Dewey family. My son was also shot in Iraq. He was in the Army. I honor and love each and every one of our men and women in every branch of the service. I want you to know how much I respect you for raising such a fine Godly Brave man who graciously gave of himself to serve our country and fight for the protection of a foreign land and the great USA. Your son is honored here in Texas and in the Great Heavens above by our Lord. I will remember all of you in my prayers and we will never forget the ultimate sacrifice your son so gladly paid.
In Christ our Lord.
Vicky Field
Never forget him
I did not know Brandon, but he graduated from West high in 2003, the same year my son graduated. I now found out that my son and Brandon went to boot camp together in 2003. I talked to my Marine today and he said he knew Brandon, this just hurt my heart. My heart goes out to the family and I just want to say thank you to them for raising such a fine American. I will honor his sacrafice and will never forget the fallen. Brandon is with the highest now and is and will be glorified forever.Your memories will never go away and you will feel Brandons light and strengh within you.Semper Fi, Debra Camara, Proud Marine Mom
To all..
I will admit me and Dewy werent as close as, some of my dear friends who are stricken with the fact that he is no longer her with us today. It hit me last night while I was watching the eleven oclock news, that he was really gone. I was convinced that it was just a bad practical joke with bad timing. However, seeing his face on the T.V. gave me the official slap in the face that it was in fact true. I pray for my friends who were close to him, I pray for all of the people who are caring enough to post here, and most of all I pray for the family, who have lost so much in so little of time.
The memories I will always hold with me is, running in the halls of a hotel, getting lost in southern California, late night partying, which lead to dog piles, broken objects, and green light up swards.
Brandon Dewy will always be in the hearts of loved ones and friends. We will see him soon.
Deepest Sympathies
We met Brandon when Mark and Shelly first brought him to our regular family dinners. He was a great young man with a good sense of humor. We know Mark was very proud of him and loved him deeply, proud of the man he grew up to be. We will miss him greatly, and we wish Mark and Shelly our deepest sympathies; our thoughts and prayers are with you.
A friend for ever.
I consider Brandon my first best friend of my life. Wee hung out al the time in elementry school and middle school. We'd hang out at church and in Boyscouts or pretty much any gathering that we both were at you'd probably see us together.
Brandon is a friend that only comes one in a life time and you remeber them for a life time. The night before his first deployment i told him that he was my hero, that he was putting his life before his family, me and all his other friends and people that didn't know him. It takes more than a man to do that and Brandon had that. Brandon is my hero, my American Idol, and someone I sure as hell will not forget ever in my life.

God bless you LCpl Brandon C. Dewey.
Lcpl. Brandon you will never be forgotten!
My sincere condolences to the family of Lcpl. Brandon. I grief with you. I want to Thank Lcpl. Brandon for his Service. Because of men and women like him we live in a Free Country, somebody has to step up to the plate and he did. He is a true American Hero.
Rest in Peace Lcpl. Brandon. Semper Fidelis!
"Not all men are created equal, only the finest become Marines"
Proud Mom of a United States Marine!
Thundering Applause Honoring Brandon
At Scott & Julie's wedding, after I had shaken hands with the straight-backed smiling lad, Scott got all his new family up on stage to introduce them, and when he introduced Brandon, noting his return from his first tour of duty in Irag and his Purple Heart, everyone in the whole ballroom started to clap, then rise into standing ovation.

I thought it was going to die down, but instead it just got stronger -- and went on and on.

Sounds like it'll keep going on for a long time.

Good job, Julie and Mark, Elyse, Jason, Scott, and your communities.
mother of a Marine, Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. I never met him, but somehow, we parents of these brave Marines are family. We understand the pride we feel for our brave children, and also the worry and fear we harbor until they are safely out of harms way. Parents of Marines know their sons believe in the cause they are fighting for and when called, would readily go back again. No questions or doubt. Your son Brandon is a hero. He served his country and his God well. Brandon was a peace builder in a foreign land. His life made a difference. I thank him for his service and honor him for his ultimate sacrifice. I am praying for your family during this very sad time.
Semper Fi, and goodbye
Brandon, I never had the chance to get to know you alot more than the first time we met, but you were a great person, I could tell that. Your step-mother, Shelly, came over the next day, and let us know. I'll admit, I cried for you and am still suffering from the great loss. I went to a church the very next day and prayed for an entire 1/2 an hour. Your sacrifice for your country has saved thousands of other lives. I am good friends with your parents here in Chandler, AZ.I hope you're having a good time in Heaven. I plan on going in the USMC also. Before I say goodbye for a while, I'd like to tell you a poem:

And when he reaches heaven
to Saint Peter he will tell,
"One more Marine reporting sir,
I've served my time in Hell"

Semper Fi Brandon, You shall NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!,
Your close friend,
CPL. Bastien Y. Andruet
(United States Young Marines)
An Angel
To Brandon's family my sincerest sympathy for your loss. I did not know your son, yet I feel I have known him from reading the wonderful stories here and the newspaper articles. He paid the ultimate price defending our country and we, as a country, are forever greatful. He is an angel now, and with God. May you find comfort in your memories and the love surrounding you now.

Cheryl Egan,
Patriot Guard Riders
Rest in Peace, Brandon
Julie, Scott, Elyse, Michelle and Mark. Diana and I are so very sorry for your loss. Brandon is a good kid. Things like this shouldn't happen to good people.

I'm actually at a loss for words Brandon. I'm still numb. So is Diana. If it wasn't for UCPD we would have never crossed paths. I remember visiting your parents at your home on Bryce and playing Nintendo with you. I let you win because that's what adults are supposed to do. Ok, not really, you were just better than me. I remember you always being LOUD! I remember you always teasing your sister Elyse and getting in trouble for it.

Thank you, Brandon, for giving the ultimate sacrifice for your country. You are one brave Marine.

Always, Brian, Diana, Amy, Jon and Marie
I and my family's heart and prayers go out to the Brandon's family. May you find comfort in these messages sent by all those who mourn for your loss. ---

To LCpl Dewey

Civilians cannot and will not understand us(Marines)because they are not one of us. THE CORPS - we love it, live it and shall die for it. If you have never been in it. You shall never understand it. -Brandon, you understand it and will be held in honor for ever.

It cannot be inherited, nor can it be ever be purchased. You and no one alive can buy it for any price. It is impossible to rent and it cannot be lent. You and our own have earned it with your sweat, blood and lives. You own it forever.
The Title

"Some people spend and entire lifetime wondering if they've made a difference. The MARINES don't have that problem."
President Ronald Reagan 1985

Bobby Joe Harris - Chandler Police Chief (Retired)

To the family and loved ones.

May you find comfort in this POEM.

"To those I Love and those who love me"

I have so many things to see and do,
You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears,
Be thankful for our beautiful years.

I gave to you my love. You can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the Love you each have shown.
but now it's time I traveled on alone.

So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must,
It's only for a time that we must part,
So bless the memories within you heart.

I won't be far away, for life goes on,
So if you need me, call and I will come.
Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near
And if you listen with your heart, you'll be near
And if you listen with your heart, you'll hear--
All my Love around you soft and clear.

And then, when you must come this way alone,

We share in your loss~
A heart felt tear I share with you as words could never do, it says I want to share you pain my heart goes out to you.

Mother of a Marine~
Thinking of your entire family.
I do not have a special story about Brandon nor had we ever met. We heard about him through a white dove release web site that we are affiliated with. Even though we never met Brandon we are very proud of the service he did for our country. He is truely a hero in our minds. Words cannot express how heavy our hearts are that you are having to say good by to your beloved son, brother, grandson, and friend. We read the stories about him and could tell he was an exceptional well rounded young man. Our thoughts and prayers will be with each of you in the coming days and hope that you know that people across the entire country have you in their thoughts and prayers. God Bless You All.
God Bless You, L/Cpl. Brandon Dewey USMC
I've known your Mom for a long time. And knew your Dad too. I remember when your Mom was pregnant and how she gave me fits when I thought she would deliver right in the Comm. Center.

Jules and Mark, it broke my heart when I heard about Brandon. He is now serving in the last refrain of the Marine Corps Hymn:

"If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines."

God Bless You Brandon. God Bless your loved ones. God Bless America. Semper Fi Marine.

Randy Tamarra
former USMC Sgt.
Chu Lai, Vietnam '65.
from an old friend
i send my deepest condolences to the family of LCpl Brandon Dewey. i had the privlage of becomeing aquainted with brandon his senior year, my freshman year. we had spanish 1 together and quickly befriended one another in little time. i found it neat that a senior would even talk to a freshman, and i looked up to him for that. one of the best stories i have of him is on a thursday night i was on the way back to tracy from an away football game with my coaches, we were in stockton i belive, when we were rear ended by some one, that special some one was Brandon. i can alwys remember giving him a hard time about that. but now i wish i could take that back being in 2 accidents already. i would just like to let you know how much your son, brother, nephew, grandson, who ever he was to you, was a great person and friend. he will be missed, and i am greatful for his duty to our country. thankyou
Former Marine
Semper Fi Brandon. You are now on duty guarding the gates of Heaven for us. Thank you. You are a hero, a good son, a great Marine. To your mother and family, my heart goes out to all of you. You are forever in my prayers.
With Deepest Sympathy from a Marine Mom
My prayers are with you all at this time of the greatest loss any mother could ever experience. I just wanted to say thank-you for raising a true American Hero.My son is serving with the 1st Marines 2nd Bat. I know the fear that a mom has mixed with pride. As I read the article in the paper I felt as if I was reading about my own son. Marines have such a strong bond and I want to say how proud I am of your son for making the choice to be a HERO to us all...I will forever be proud to carrie the title of a Marine Mom as I am sure you are.......Jane
Paying my respects,
It would be an honor to attend the funeral, I have 10 years in the Air Force and the least i can do is pay respects to a tru hero
from the father of a friend of yours
I remember thinking of you as the "other" Brandon in my son, Sean's, life, after Brandon B. Then, he corrected me, pointing out that you were in my his life first, back in kindergarten. The birthday parties growing up through Villalovoz... You were probably here more than I remember or realize.

My wife and I probably saw you last at the 2003 West HS graduation.

You will be remembered well, and fondly.

Richard Beebe
My Best Wishes
As a father who's son just entered the Marine's. I cannot even imagine what you as a family are going through. PLease be aware that many people are praying for you and your family. Thank you for raising a child who passed away as a hero. Be aware, that your son like many others that have fallen before him will never be forgotten. God bless you, Mark Soto
Forever Grateful
I have never had the pleasure of meeting Brandon or the Dewey Family, but I hope that you may still find comfort in the words of a stranger. Words on a page just dont seem capable of conveying the depth of my feelings for your family and your son. There simply are no words large enough to tell you how thankful my family and I are for your sons service and sacrifice. My wife and I have a 1-year-old son, and we can only hope to do half the job you did raising your son. I firmly believe that all of the freedom and comforts that we enjoy are a gift from brave young men like Brandon. For that we will be forever grateful.
To the Family of a United States Marine
No words can express my sincere sorrow for the loss of your Brandon, a true American Hero. As the mother of two Marines, I know in my heart how proud you are of your Brandon. Corporal Scott Boling and L.Cpl. Greg Boling wanted me to tell the family he will be missed by the Marine Corps and that we all are saddened by the loss of a fellow Marine and that we all will remain Semper Fidelis to him. I only wish there was something I could say to help ease your pain. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Brandon, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your Honor, Courage and Commitment to God, Corps and Country.

Roni Armstrong
Sacramento, CA
Corporal Boling, William, ready for 2nd Iraq deployment next week
LCpl Boling, Gregory Okinawa, Japan
Proud of Your Service
To the family of LCpl. Brandon Dewey. My heartfelt sympathies go out to you in the loss of your son. Words fall short of what it must be like to lose a child. Having served in the Marines and both of my sons having served, one in the Navy and one in the Marines, I know the sacrifices that Brandon and you made. That Brandon was called to make the ultimate sacrifice saddens me and I wish that there was not a need for our young men and women to subject themselves to the dangers of war. That is not the case and I just wanted you to know that Brandon and you will be in my prayers.

Semper Fi
God Bless you all and LCpl Dewey
Peace to you all, Jason D. Phoenix, AZ

Safely Home

I am home in heaven, dear ones;
Oh so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.

All the pain and grief is over,
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
Safely home in heaven at last.

Did you wonder how I so calmly
Trod the valley of the shade?
Oh, but Jesus' love illumined
Every dark and fearful glade.

And he came himself to meet me
In that way so hard to tread;
And with Jesus' arm to lean on,
Could I have one doubt or dread?

Then you must not grieve so sorely,
For I love you dearly still;
Try to look beyond earth's shadows,
Pray to trust our Father's will.

There is work still waiting for you,
So you must not idly stand;
Do it now, while life remains,
You shall rest in Jesus' land.

When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come!
LCpl Dewey marches on.....
I am LCpl Trevor Dustins aunt, and I just wanted you to know how very sorry I am for the loss of Brandon. He will be missed, by many who did not even know him. What a brave Marine Heavens been sent. My prayers and thoughts go out to all who new and loved him.
A grateful American in Phoenix, Arizona
Brandon. Thank you and God bless you for your ultimate sacrifice. You have taken the fight to the enemy and have therefore made our country a safer place to live. And you have given freedom to those who never knew freedom. Your bravery as a Marine and your willingness to go back into battle will NEVER be forgotten. Growing up in the 60's and 70's, I am ashamed at the way I was so unappreciative of the sacrifices made by so many brave young men and women during that time. I hope that by acknowledging your sacrifice and the sacrifice of your brothers and sisters in arms, I can in some small way make up for that. God bless you and may the Lord keep you in His arms until we are all reunited again.
Someone who feel's your sorrow
God's arm's are around you to help you in your sorrow,Brandon shall alway's be with you, God Bless for raising a young man who gave his life for his country and for stranger's in another land.I am proud of him also.
Husband served in 3/1 with Lcpl Dewey
My husband is currently with 3/1 in Iraq and I want to send my condolances to Lcpl Dewey's family. Your son is a hero of mine, though we've never met. I have such gratitude for your son and the sacrifices he made by joining the United States Marine Corps. I am so proud of him and will never forget his service to our country.
God Bless A Hero
I would like to offer a debt of gratitude for LCpl Brandon C. Dewey. and his family. Your son is a hero and died for his country like so many other hero's before his time. Without men like Brandon we would not have many of the freedoms us "civilians" cherish each and everyday. I will continue to pray for your family and all other families who have childern or loved ones enlisted. Keep your head held high Brandon is in a better place now.

-Mathew Warren
Brandon will be a hero for all time and eternity and his sacrifices remembered by so many. In his glory, we see the reflections of those who walk free, who have new lives, a democracy. He has released the chains of bondage that surrounded so many. We often hear that we are loved by many that we never meet. Now Brandon will see and know the peace, comfort and love of all; knowing, feeling and sharing. He is one of God's Warriors and an Angel that protects his Family, Friends, Marine Brothers and those who need him in their struggles.

Prayers for the Family....Love and Comfort my you feel the arms of God wrapped around you.

Zeta Peterson
Marine Mom
No. California
1st Vice Commander, American Legion Post 91, Chandler AZ
On behalf of all who have served this great nation, and I hope I can speak for all members of The American Legion. Our deepest heartfelt sypathies go out to the family of LCpl Brandon C. Dewey.
He is with his lord now, and there will forever be a flame in the heart of all veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice before him.
For God and Country,
Bob Butler
1st Vice Commander
American Legion Post 91
Chandler AZ
I have always had a little crush on you. I wish I would have told you when I saw you at all those parties. I knew you from a few different walks of life. School, partying, some fellow Marines. I will miss you, Brandon. I wish I would have told you sooner.

Please help keep the rest of our Fellow Marines safe. While I still swallow the news of all the young men I grew up with getting their deployment orders, I can only hope they are as brave, and courageous as you. Semper Fi, LCpl Dewey. You will not be forgotten.
May God comfort and keep you all.
My heart is aching for this brave young man, that I never knew. What courage, sacrifice, and honor that you have demonstrated in your short life. Thank you for defending freedom everywhere, and for honorably answering our country's call to duty. Thank you, as a family, for raising a true hero. I pray that you are comforted by knowing that your loss is not in vain. America has indeed lost a son, and I weep with you too. Rest in peace, great warrior. Your job was well done. -Blessings, Love and prayers.
Just another USMC mom.
Our Children
By Kahlil Gibran 'The Prophet'
On Children

And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, "Speak to us of Children."

And he said:

Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,

And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts.

For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,

For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.

Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;

For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.
An American hero
Brandon, we as your step-grandparents are very proud of you and your sacrifice for this country. You are very loved by everyone. We always enjoyed your visits, you were always such an upbeat young man. We will never forget you.
Remembering another Hero
To the Dewey Family,

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that our Marine Corps Family would like to send our love and prayers on the passing of another American Hero. Please accept our sincere appreciation for raising a Man willing and able to serve our country as a United States Marine. Hold your friends and family close at this very difficult time and know that so many people across our world care.

Hugs From Heaven
by Charlotte Anselmo
When you feel a gentle breeze
Caress you when you sigh
It's a hug sent from Heaven
From a loved one way up high.
If a soft and tender raindrop
Lands upon your nose
They've added a small kiss
As fragile as a rose.
If a song you hear fills you
With a feeling of sweet love
It's a hug sent from Heaven
From someone special up above.
If you awaken in the morning
To a bluebird's chirping song
It's music sent from Heaven
To cheer you all day long.
If tiny little snowflakes
Land upon your face
It's a hug sent from Heaven
Trimmed with Angel lace.
So keep the joy in your heart
If you're lonely my dear friend
Hugs that are sent from Heaven
A broken heart will mend.

God Bless you and your family,

Manuel,Michele, LCPL Bryan and Kyle Souza
Elk Grove, California
With Sympathy
I am so very sorry for the loss of your son, Brandon, your Marine. I know how proud you are of him as I am also the Mother of a Marine. Please know that your sorrow is shared by all those who admire Brandon for his service. I extend my sincere sympathy to you and I pray that God grant you peace.
Sending prayers
I'm not sure if you will remember me (Mark & Elyse)--I helped with "Fiddler on the Roof" when Elyse was at Poet. My heart goes out to all of you. With deepest sympathy - Robyn
Proud Marine Mom of 3/1
My heart goes out to you in your time of loss. My son LCpl Jacob Critchlow served with your son "Dewey",last deployment 3/1 India Co. 1st Plt. His heart is also aching for the loss of a friend. Jacob is now with 3/1 H&S Co. STA Plt., but India will always be his company. Fiends forever he says. Love never leaves us. You will always have that. God Bless Our Heroes. God Bless Brandon.
God Bless Brandon - Dewey & Conover families
My son, Kyle and Elyse were close mostly through all of last summer and fall. I never had the privilege of meeting Brandon, although he had been to the house several times to pick up Kyle. I wish now I could have had the honor to meet your son, a fine Marine. Kyle always had great respect for Brandon, and loved hanging around him when he had the opportunity. Once, Brandon told Kyle that he was the only boyfriend of Elyse's that he ever liked.. Kyle was pretty proud of that!
God Bless bless both of your families - My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Brandon volunteered to fight for what he believed in and sacrificed his life while making sure we are all safe at home - a True Hero. Thank you Brandon.
Tribute to a hero: Brandon Christopher Dewey.
Mark, Julia and Elyse,
My heart goes to you for your loss. I went out with Brandon for over a year and he was my first love. I remember the diaster at my senior prom with the limo service. Brandon just smiled and made a good time out of it and we ended up having a great time. Brandon had the optimistic attitude in any situtation that most in life lack.I remember when his grandfather died and we went to Clear Lake for the funeral, Brandon was so strong for everyone in a situation that very tough to be stong in. I remember the time he introduced me to his youth group and I got to know some great friends there. I remmeber his star war figure collection. He took such great care of those and he had so many. We had some great times. When I found out what happened I was in a stse of shock. I just recently got discharged from the army and have served in Iraq. I couldn't believe what had happened to him. I will miss him terribly and he will always be in heart, my thoughts and my prayers. I will miss you Brandon.You a hero. I just want everyone to know that Brandon is not only a hero because of how he died, he is also a hero because of how he lived his life. I am not saying going to say goodbye, I am going to say see you later. Rest in piece and thankyou for the impact you have had on my life.
The Hero we never got the chance to meet
We share in your loss, and we share in your pride, for Brandon will be remembered by our family as the American Hero that we never had the chance to meet. We will honor his life and memory by never taking Freedom for granted.
Our hearts go out to your family....God Bless You
Final Inspection
The Marine stood and faced God
Which must always come to pass
He hoped his shoes were shining
Just as brightly as his brass.
'Step forward now, you Marine,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?'
The Marine squared his shoulders and
said, 'No, Lord, I guess I ain't
Because those of us who carry guns
Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays
And at times my talk was tough,
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep,
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear,
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here,
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand,
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.'
There was a silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod
As the Marine waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God,
'Step forward now, you Marine,
You've borne your burdens well,
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.'

Fellow Eagle, Troop 505
Dewey Family,

It breaks my heart to learn that one of my brothers has fallen in defense of my rights and liberties as an American. I thank God every second of every day for all Service Men and what the so selflessly do everyday for me and my family.
I met Brandon some four or five years back when he joined BSA Troop 505. He was coming in, just as I was recieving my Eagle award and like Eagle Scouts do, going out. I remember this tall lanky kid who made everyone laugh. He fit in immediatly with me and the rest of the Senior Scouts of 505. I remember guiding him along in his first couple years with the Troop. We had some good times together. I lost track of Brandon a few years ago when he left the Troop, only to have him resurface in my life when I learned he had joined the Marine Corps. It makes me so proud to have known him first as a young Scout, and then later as a friend. I will miss him, and charish the times we had together in the Troop.

To the Dewey family,

I send my deepist simpethies, Brandon is now in a far better place. A wise man once said, "A Solider, (or a an Eagle Scout) is never gone until they are forgotten". So take heart, because Brandon will never leave us, because he will never be forgotten.

All my best,
Joshua Chiulli
Eagle Scout, Troop 505
No words can express
I have only meet yours son a couple of times at Lesley and Mikes house. Jules, I just want you to know that I know what you are going thru. If you ever need to talk or just someone to listen always know that I'm here for you. As a mother who has also lost a son let me say - It does get easier with time, you never get over it you work thru it. And don't let anyone tell you when to stop greiving. My heart and prayers are with you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Good Houseboater
I can remember meeting him at lake McClure with his mother, he was a good young man. I liked it even more when he would get under Scotts skin- Brandon would laugh. Scott, Julie please accept our deepest regrets and our thanks to a Marine a MAN for serving our country. We love you and are always thinking of you both
With Deepest Sympathies
Mark, Julia, Scott, Jason & Elyse,
My heart and prayers go out to you and the rest of the family. Thought I didn't know Brandon himself I knew Mark from Union City P.D. This is just heart breaking news. Brandon is a HERO and a new ANGEL in heaven. I want to share this poem with Mark, Julia and Scott. It was given to me when my son passed.


I'll lend to you for a time, a child of mine;
He said, for you to love him while he lives and morn for when he's dead.

It may be six or seven years........Twenty two ro three, but will you, till I call him back, take care of him for me?

He'll bring his charms to gladden you, and should his stay be brief, you'll have his memories as solace for your grief.

I can not promise he will stay, since all from earth return, but there are lessons taught down here I want my child to learn.

I've looked the wide world over, in my search for teachers true, and from life's throngs that crowd life's lanes I have chosen you.

Now will you give him all your love, think not the labor vain, nor hate me when I come to call him back again?

I fancied that I heard them say........
Dear Lord, thy will be done, for all the joy a child shall bring the risk of giref we'll run.

We'll shelter him with tenderness, we'll love while we may, but should the angles call for him much sooner than we planed............

We'll brave the bitter grief that comes,
And try to understand.

May the memories of Brandon's life comfort you in your time of grief and know Brandon will always be an angel at your side.

2 Young to be gone
2 Loved to be forgotten
4 Ever in our hearts
Semper Fidelis
From a Fellow Law Enforcement Brother
I keep an Irish poem taped to my computer at home that gives me comfort, I hope it does the same for you. It goes "Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal, but love leaves memories that no one can steal". My sincerest sympathies for your loss.
I Pray For Your Family
To the mother and the rest of your family. I didn't know Brandon myself but I did know Steve Bridges who also lost his life saving our country on December 8, 2003. Like Steve, I am sure Bradon had a heart of gold. My heart goes out to you (his family) and I wish there were words to help you through this time in your life. I have two children myself. I just wanted to say Thank You for raising such a wonderful son. He is and will always be a hero in America's eyes. God Bless all of your family and may you know that he is always watching over you. I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you Brandon for taking care of us here at home.
Never Forget
We never met Brandon but we know him just the same. Our son Jarrett is also a Marine who signed up before his 18th birthday. He served in the same area where Brandon was when he died. These young men and women who volunteer to serve this great country of ours are indeed true heros. Just before our son left for boot camp, I asked him why he chose the Marines. His answer was no surprise. He said "because the're the best there is and you always raised me to be my best". Brandon is also one of those "few good men" and he will always be remembered in our prayers.The only thought I can offer that I hope will in some small way ease some of the pain of your loss is the thought I carried with me throughout our son's deployment and it is this; He is doing what he chooses to do and he believes in that choice strongly enough to put himself in harms way for all of us. How many people in this world can say that about their lives? Edmund Burke said "The only necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing". Our sons are good men who did something and I hope that we all strive to be worthy of their sacrifices. Thank you Brandon.
All Grown Up
I just wanted to say to Brandon that, now, when i am asked who my hero is, it will be you. I feel so blessed to be able to say that i knew you and had the privlege of growing up with you and Elyse. I have so many memories that came flooding back to me as soon as heard the news Sat. morning that i couldnt believe it was true. You always feel like you have all the time in the world to talk to someone, but you dont. I am so sorry that we lost touch for so long and that even after we ran into each other again just before your first tour, we didnt keep in contact better. But i never forgot you, and i always kept up with the latest news on you and the other guys in the service (Michael and Philip). Thank you so much for being a part of my life and so many others, you really were someone that others could always look up to. You have no idea how many people you touched in your life and to what extent. You will always be in our hearts and be carried with us where ever we go. Thank you so much for everything you've done.
To Brandon
Brandon...where do I start? I havent talked to you in years. We grew up together, went to school, went to the same church, hung out in the same crowd for the longest time. Then we went to highschool and we hung out freshman year then I went to Tracy high where we lost touch. I just found out tonight about what happened and I have been hurt since. I never thought I would be writting this to you and telling you I wish I never lost contact with you. You are my hero and will always be for giving your life so that we can live the way we do. I cant thank you enough. To the family of Brandon you too are heros for being so strong in this time of hurt, your in my prayers. Im in complete shock, the kid who I always used to talk to about movies and joke with is gone. You will be missed Brandon.
'The last full measure.....'
He has given that "last full measure of devotion", to his family, to the Corps, to this Nation. May God rest his soul....we shall never forget.
I am so proud to say that I was able to know you and spend some very good times with you both at school and at your parties. You were always so caring and considerate. I'll never forget the talks we were able to have. You'll be missed. My prayers go out to your family...

P.S. I know it was you calling to me from your window.
My Sympathies
I am the proud and grieving mother of another local fallen hero/soldier, Cpl Joshua J. Kynoch. I am writing here to offer you my sympathies for your loss, I know how great it is. It has been three months since my sons death and I am still in shock. I know there is nothing I can say, but to offer my sympathies and if there is anything I can do (I know this can feel like a futile offering), but I mean it, if you just need to talk or cry. I cry daily!!! I don't have any right words, but feel a need to be there for you. My email is I know that many people are around right now and you are overwhelmed, but when it all settles and you need someone to talk to, that is all I can offer.

Brandon, we thank you for your service and will always love and miss you, even us strangers.
Goodbye. But only for now.
Dearest Brandon,
I can't stop picturing you walking into the Multi-Ministry Building at church ready for another week of small group. We used to fight over that one couch, as we all managed to just find a corner to sit on. It seems like just yesterday. You made all the jokes, and flashed that unbelievable smile. I can't beleive you're gone, but only here on earth. We'll see you again some day. You're a hero. I will never forget you, or the times we shared, no matter how few they were. I know you're watching out for my soldier, and so many others cheering them on. Thank you Brandon. You've touched my life, and you'll always be in my heart, and in so many others. See you in my dreams.
Coltrell-Dewey Bunch
Once upon a time, there was the Coltrell-Dewey Bunch. Mark, Jules, Brandon, Elyse, Mike, Les, Stuart and Miles. We did everything together, vacations, church, Sunday dinners, holidays, movies, etc...I taught the Youth Group class every year that Brandon and Stuart attended, which they started in 2nd grade and completed 8th grade Confirmation at St. Paul's. What a group I had!! I don't need to name names, but you all know who you are!!!(Cliff, Melissa, Mathew, Ryan, Michael, Lisa, Robin, Mandy...)One night, it must had been a full moon, they were all wild in this little smelly classroom. Brandon was sitting next to me, and I was just about to lose it, when he looked right at me with a big grin and said,in an Austin Powers' voice "Do I make you horny?" Brandon just knew, he had that timing and humor....

Friday night, as I sat with Jules, Scott and Mike, listening to Capt. Puca inform us of LCpl Dewey's death, the only thing running through my mind was a little boy named Brandon always with a big grin from ear to ear and trying like crazy to make me laugh...
Never forget Heroes!!!
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family. I did not know Brandon personally but I know he was a hero. His bravness and compassion for others will never be forgotton. We need more people like Brandon in this world. May God be with you all.
A Thundering Third Angel
Brandon - my heart is heavy for the loss your family is feeling. Please know that your service and their sacrafice will never be forgotten. Your Marine brothers feel you watching over them, just as I hope your loved ones feel our prayers and support around them. I know that my husband, my Marine, will make it home safely under your watchful eye. Watch over your brothers, Brandon. Bring them home safe. They will never forget their 3/1 Angels watching over them......

Much love to your family from their 3/1 family.
Brandon, oh wise one....
I was trying to sleep and keep seeing your sweet face. I am remembering the last time I came over and my plane was late and I looked through the window above the door after ringing your doorbell, and you were standing at the top of the stairs peering down to see who was there (protecting your Mom and sis as usual) and I saw that smile light up your face and you yelled "Aunt Glory is here" and ran down the stairs like the tazmaniam devil...heeheheee and gave me the biggest and bestest hug. What a hug! :) You made me feel like I was so special!
You are one of the old souls Brandon, you were born so wise.....
We need you here, but you were too good for this place.....
I miss you so bad. I am on my way to see your Mom and sis and gram and Aunt K, this weekend. I know you will be watching over all of us! Your Mom and sis need you to hug them and I know you will.....
You changed my life sweetheart and you made me a better person. I took for granted that you would always be here......
I love you and I am sending you a great,big,squishie hug....
Love, Aunt glory
My stepson,....My friend
I remember when I started dating your mother that after you and I met you gave her your approval of me.The first time I met you I remember your deep voice for such a young man.I shook your hand and thanked you for your service to our country after I found out that you had enlisted in the marine corps.I was so proud of someone young that knew just what he wanted to do.After we were married,having come into you and elyse's lives when you were already grown up,I was more of a friend to the both of you rather than a father figure.Never having kids of my own I considered both of you my kids.You always looked after your mother and made me promise to take care of her and I will, always.Your mother is an incredible woman and I am so lucky to have had you,elyse and her in my life.It has changed my life so much for the better.Your mom was always on top of sending you the packages to Iraq of goodies,cigs and stuff.Like I said,incredible woman.I remember taking you guys to the WWE match in sac.,and having you drive home...ha-ha.I remember your funny personality,great smile,the smell of axe just before you were heading out thr door for some conquests.You know my nova would have taken that mustang!!I'm so very proud of you brandon,you are our hero.We are extremely heartbroken that you are not coming back but you told us more than once that if anything bad happened,you did not want us to brood for the rest of our lives or you would be very mad at us.Well,o.k.easier said than done.We will mourn for you,honor you,then try to move on with our lives.We cannot and will never, ever forget you or what you have done for our country.thank you with much love from your stepdad.I love you brandon,so long buddy...SEMPER FI....
Only guy I knew who always had a smile on his face.
I didn't know Brandon as well as many people on this page. It both breaks my heart and comforts me to know that so many people loved this young man. He is a hero. He faught for what he believed in and he never backed down. Brandon is just about the only guy I knew that ALWAYS had a grin on his face. My deepest condolences go out to everyone that ever had the blessing of coming to know Brandon Dewey. You are and always will be remembered by me. God Bless you for all that you have done and all that you are.
Our Condolences to you and your family
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Your son truly was an American Hero. We are sad that we will never have an opportunity to meet him. May the thought of knowing he will continue to look out for his family and country from above bring you comfort.

Much Love,

Sue, Ray, Josh & Aly
Brandon, a new star in the heavens
You were such a nice young man. I always tried to kid you about going with the Marines and not Navy but you always said that you were born to be a Marine. You were so sweet to wear that silly zoot suit to the prom with Megan just to make her happy. Thanks for stopping by to say hi after getting back from your last deployment. You were so proud and we were so proud of you. I can't believe you are gone. I pray for strenght for your family in dealing with their loss but I know that you are taking care of business on your next assignment. Shine on for us! Love you kiddo!
words cannot express how my heart is saddened by the loss of a true hero and friend . The times we spent together were so awsome and I loved you like a son. Thankyou for your beautiful spirit and I am so glad that we got to know you so well. Y our laugh and sense of humor was always a bright spot and your smile would light up the room. I love you and Sal, DAVID, SARAH LOVE you too. LOOK DOWN ON US FROM HEVEN and know that this world has lost of the true heros in you.
Brandon...My friend
Brandon and I go way back to Williams Middle School. We had a few classes together, and he was always a real genuine guy. We stayed acquaintances through out West High, saying hi to eachother in the halls. The last time I saw brandon was at the tracy movies a while back. Of course we said hi and we were both on our way. I remember he told me he was going to the marines, He was always thinkink of others. Brandon, my friend, you are an honorable young man, I will never forget you, rest in peace my friend.
My prayers go out to the family of Brandon Dewey
"A ROSE for your MOM LCPL Dewey"
The only fitting way I know to say "thank you" L/Cpl. Dewey is to ask St. Therese, my patron Saint, to let a Rose from the heavens be cast upon her each and every day. St. Therese knows what this request is, the streets of Heaven are lined with MARINE-HERO'S such as you.

Thank You USMCR/1127704
Brandon Christoper Dewey
Wow i can't believe that i am writting on here for him. I know the people that know me are peobably wondering why i am writting on here. but i am. Brandon was a very caring loving person. he always put everyone beofore him, family or not. He cared for everyone always wanted to make sure that everyone was happy. He didn't like seeing people sad or hurt. He always made people laugh no matter what. Brandon and i had alot of good fun times. I will miss him alot. He was definetly the life of the party. He was an amazing guy, and will forever be missed by so many people. My heart goes out for Julie, Scott, and Elyse. I am very sorry for your lose. Brandon RIP sweetheart. I will forever miss you. You will always have a special place in my heart.
To my Grand-Nephew Brandon; My Hero!
I remember the night you were born, and the look on the Chinese Restaurant owners face when your mothers water broke. I was there with your mom and grandma then, and Ill be with them again when we say goodbye to you.
Forty odd years ago there was a war on in Vietnam and I faced a decision. Wait for Uncle Sam to draft me and put a rifle in my hands, or join the Air Force and look for the easy life. While I dont regret my decision to join the Air Force as it shaped the rest of my life, I see you as a true MAN for becoming a Marine and how I wish that I could say that to your face today.
When my time comes to go to Heaven, youll be among the first I want to see.

Semper Fi!
Your great-uncle Jim Pestana
CMSGT, USAF, Retired
Thinking of you.......
Mark, Julie and Elyse,

We can think of no greater loss than losing a child and a brother. We are so very sorry to hear about Brandon. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you Brandon for helping make our country a safer place for all of us.

Cindy and Alex
Just One More Picnic Someday
I'm so happy I got to know you and Elyse so well the past few years and will always remember you kindness with your Grandfather when he was sick. I knew you would be a good Marine because you werre such a wonderful young man. I love you Brandon and I'm proud to be your Aunt.

Love you
Aunt Alice
Thank you for your sacrifice
My heartfelt prayers are being sent up to God to comfort you in your time of need. Thank You so much for your sacrifice to keep us all free. May God keep his hand upon you.......
There are not enough words
There are not enough words to describe the feelings you must be going thru. I am deeply saddened by your loss.
My nephew Trevor was in the same fire squad as Brandon. I did not get the privledge to meet Brandon but from the stories I have heard is that he was a wonderful man and a dedictated Marine.
Thank You - We Will Never Forget
"No greater love hath any man, than that he would lay his life down for a friend".

It is a cruel fact of human history that peace and freedom must be repeatedly purchased with the lives of our most noble and courageous young men. As one who has long enjoyed the benefits of this liberty, which has been purchased at such terrible cost, I can only express my eternal gratitude, and strive to be worthy of the price that was paid.
Please rest in peace, secure in the knowledge that your sacrifice was not made in vain, and that your name will be mentioned with respect and admiration for as long as there is a little dot on the map called Tracy, CA.
Semper Fi.
A True Hero
To Brandon's family....I am so sorry for your loss. Brandon was a true hero. May he rest in the "arms of the angels". I am an army mom myself. My son is being deployed to Afghanistan soon. I feel as if we are all one big family.
May God give you comfort in your time of sorrow.
We'll always remember...
The kind heart
The great smile
The infectous laugh
The kid our son went to first grade at Villalovoz with
The man our son graduated from West High with
We'll always remember Brandon.
You Will Forever Be Remembered and Missed
I met Brandon when, my Senior year of High school. . .we went to seprate schools, he went to west and I went to tracy. I remember hangin out with him on the weekends going to parties together, he was always so much fun. . .i can't believe that he's gone. I will miss him. He always managed to bring so much laughter and joy into people's lives. Rest in Peace Dewy, you will be missed!
To the Parents:
I've never had the pleasure of meeting you, but i want you to know how amazing your son is! He is a true hero in my heart. I am so so very sorry fro your loss, words can express! I will keep you on my prayers. God Bless.
~Sunshine a.k.a Alana
Thank You LCPL Brandon Dewey
As a grateful citizen of this great land I thank Brandon and his family for his ultimate sacrafice in giving his life in hopes that ours will be better. My life IS better thanks to you and all your brothers in arms! Thank You! I will go forward with your memory guiding my thoughts and actions.
We are sorry for your loss
Thank you so much for sharing your son with our nation. We are forever grateful and We cannot imagine your loss. Please acept our prayers for peace in your hearts.
Lisa, Andrea< Melissa
Thank You
Thank you. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

There is a special place in heaven for Marines. Celebrate your victory there.

Semper Fi.
Just a bay area person saying thank you for your sacrafice
My heart aches for the family who had to give up such a important piece of them for our countries freedom. I thank you on behalf of my entire family for your sacrafice. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Miss You!!!
Tonight when my fiance came home my mother was with him. she walked in and said hi to me and my daughter kylie, thats when she showed me the news paper. i was shocked at first to see your picture on the cover. then i reolized what the paper had said. We had so many good times together. you me derek anthoy. always with you and derek making your stupid Arnold impersoations.I really didnt know your first name till about 5 months after we met. i just knew you as Dewey. i remember calling your house and asking for you and your stepdad said which one? :) i am sad that we didnt stay intouch after highschool although i saw you hanging the mall. you will always be in my heart. i dont know what to say. you were so much fun to be with, annoying at times, but a good anoying..hehe. after i heard the news i ran to my photo albums. so many picturs of you having a blast. you ARE loved and will forever be missed. you are my hero!!!
Proud Army Mom Sends Regrets
May Brandon rest in peace. Please accept my thanks for Brandon's service and sacrifice and my deepest sympathy to his family and friends. It is a terrible loss... God Bless You All.
I'll miss you...
I'm so glad i got to meet you sophomore year. When i did, i knew you as the one who was always in a good mood, even if something was troubling you that day. You were always the energetic one along with Brandon B.. I remember all the arguments you had with my brother and how the Marines were better than the Navy lol. You were proud to be part of such an elite group. When highschool ended i didn't get to see you that much, but when we got together at parties you were your usual energetic self. The last time i saw you was the day before you had to leave again back in Sept. We were hangin in Gabes hot tub and you shot Gabe in the ass with his paintball gun lol. That was a clean shot! You had expressed to all of us that you hated it overseas and that you didn't want to go back. You were counting down the days, the hours, until you would come home. But that day came sooner than expected. It is so unfair to have it end like this. I'll miss you alot and hopefully i get to see your uplifted spirit once more....
always in my heart bro
i remember seeing you befor you left we were getting tats. yours looked way cooler than mine. You were my brother for over a year and will always be in my heart. ill never forget giving you a hug befor i left razors shop and saying good luck and god bless.
i miss you bro.
My prayers are with you
Brandon was an excellent young man and I will never forget the wonderful memories at St. Paul's, New Orleans, etc. Brandon, thank you for your service to this country, you will be missed so much. Please know that my prayers and my heart goes out to your family.
My Brandon, my nephew, my angel on earth.....the peacekeeper....
Brandon was so addicting, his smile (and what a smile he had), his presence, his personality, his love, his sensitivity, his need for peace in the family,his giving,his laugh,his humor, his love for his Mom and sis and his Grandma. He even loved me, his Auntie Glory, that he hugged and he had the best hugs and he loved his Aunt Kathleen and he took such good care of his Grandpa when he was sick. What a man at the age of 20. It's no wonder God wanted him with him, he is above all of us that are left here to remember him.
My sis raised him so well and he became his own person with so much of her in him. I will never be the same and am so thankful for the time I spent with him when my Dad was sick and the phone calls I had with him before he went back to that place......
He has changed my life and everyone that he crossed paths with.....
I wish I could change places with him, I would in a heartbeat...... he could change the world just by being him.
I love you Brandon, hug my Dad and let me know when I am about to make bad choices, smack me! I can't wait to join you and my Dad, until then, you are sooooooo verrrry loved!
Love, Aunt Glory
Dewey has always been a cool guy.
I met him in high school. He said Blink 182 sucks and I couldn't hold it against him. It's too bad he's gone, he was cool.
My Dewey...
Brandon... you were so many firsts for me... You lead me to so many people... and I never thought I would see you go. I never really knew so much pain could come from knowing I would never see you again. I miss you so much brandon. You have been such a great friend to me, even through our breakup and down times. You called me from Iraq and we would talk for hours. So many webcam chats to keep you entertained. I just want you to know that I have the video tap of the beef party, remember that? We had such a great time. I'll never foget you Brandon... you've made me laugh so many times, and I never hear a 'Dumb and Dumber' quote without hearing your voice say it. I'm just not ready to see you go, and I never will be, but I'm going to keep a special place for you in my heart, the one that's always been there, that you put there when we met. I love you and I miss you so much Brandon...
Mother of Trent Bisner stationed in Iraq
My prayers go out to your family. I am so saddened by your loss. May the angels be with Brandon. In Deepest sympathy,
Carolyn Craft
We are praying for you
Brandon was a part of our church family. He was
in youth group for many years with my daughter Robin. She remembers him as a great guy that was nice to everyone. To the Conover and Dewey families; may God's abiding presence keep and comfort you during this time of sadness.
The Gustafson's
My prayers are with You!
I never personally met Brandon but felt I knew him. My son Jeff went through the delayed program and through Boot Camp with CHris and Brandon. Jeff would talk about Brandon a lot. What a great group of young men we have! We are very proud of what these young men chose to do with their lives and are deeply saddened by the loss. May God be with the family as well as all of Brandon's Marine family. Take care of him Lord and all that have gone before him. Semper Fi.
Kim Howell Mom to CPL. Jeff Howell
Proud Army Mom of PFC Eric Hooper
My heart is broken because of the death of your beloved son, brother, uncle, friend, marine, and etc. I am sure that Brandon touched many lifes in his short stay here on earth. I did not know him but I am sure proud of him for serving his country. My son will soon be deployed to Iraq so I know the feelings that go along with it. All we can do as parents is love them and be so very proud of them. May God Bless you and Brandon. Hugs. Bobbi/PAM/PFCEric
He will never be forgotten.
We had the great pleasure to live next door to the Deweys for almost ten years here in Tracy.Becky,Katie,Bree,Kristy,Megan and I will always cherish the memories we hold in our hearts of Brandon and Elyse growing up. We will always remember Brandon as a Hero who loved what he did,and gave the ultimate sacrifice so that others may have the freedoms that he so bravely defended.Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kevin Teese and Family
Thank you Dewey Family
Thank you for your service on behalf of the rest of us. You produced a wonderful soldier who knew that some things in this life are worth standing up for. I appreciate his service and am so saddened at this outcome. I am a mom of an Army soldier newly deployed. It is a great thing that our children choose to serve. We want them to be selfless and productive. However, this same thing is also one of the biggest tests of our lives. Know that an Army mom is praying for you all in Seattle.
i love you brandon!!!
man i will never foreget this past year...we got closer than we ever have and ive known you since the 3rd grade...i donno what im going to do without you...we become best friends again in a matter of 2 hours of jsut sitting on my back pourch talking and catching up on old times and smoking our cigarettes...thats what we always did...drank, smoked, and talked on my back pourch for hours...that was one of my favorite things to do with you...i could talk to you about anything and everything...u were so understanding and gave great ass advice...u showed me how to enjoy life and to not dwell on things...u gave me so much stregth cuz you were always there no matter could always put a smile on my fave weither i was already happy or balling my eyes out...i could jsut look at you and see ur smile and it would make my day...jsut seeing you made my day!!! ur my big brother and my best always will be...we have so many good memories of us partying...ill never forget those times we shared...

Brandon is the greatest guy i have ever know...the most loving, caring, understanding, sweetest guy in this whole world!!! i love you brandon so much!!!!! so by the way can you please tell me "what sound does a muffler make?!?!?" its goes " muffffff.......llleeeerrrrrrrr...." lol...good times...i miss you so are my true shouldnt have died that me it wasnt right...but ur in a happier place now...and you will always be in my heart in my prayers in my dreams and every where i go...u meant so much to me and you still do....I MISS YOU SO MUCH!! it all still feels so unreal...but i love you so much!!!!

my prayers and thoughts go out to his family Elyse, Julie, Scott, and Mark...the family members i have met and goes out to the rest of his family....

Love Always and 4 ever!!!!
**Chantel Nicole**
Thank you and we will remember
I am saddened by the loss of you and I thank you for your service..You are a hero.......
Thank you Marine
Hello, I don't know Brandon or the family, but just wanted to say how sorry I am at his loss. Having a son in Iraq, I know the feelings of worry, and I am so sorry that this has happened. I thank you Brandon for your service and sacrifice for all of us. Thank you.
I will be keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Jeanne WA state PAM of Dan in the sandbox.
3/1 Lima Co. Mom
As I looked at the pictures of Lcpl Brandon Dewey on the gallery you provided for us, the first thing I noticed about this handsome young Marine is his smile. What a beautiful smile.

Though I didn't personally meet Brandon, I'm thankful to have become aquainted with Julie on the Thundering Third Yahoo group. I remember meeting her last year and was so excited that you were from a town named after me!

I am so very sorry for your loss. There are no words created to express the deep sorrow I feel for your family at this time. Brandon will forever be a hero and he will NEVER be forgotten. I hope you feel the love and support from those that are praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

Tracy DaMico
Proud Marine Mom of a 3/1 Marine,
currently deployed in Iraq.
3/1 Mom
I did not personally know Brandon, but as the mother of a 3/1 Marine, I mourn his loss with all of you. You have my prayers and my support.

~~~His life made him a Hero. His noble path, an American Hero. His ultimate sacrifice, a Fallen Hero.~~~

We will never forget.
Military Moms Tracy
Brandon this is so hard to say goodbye to you. You are a HERO and a very special young man. I always said see ya to any of the military guys and gals leaving from home. I never wanted to say goodbye. I have known you from church when we had so many great times in the youth group, and all the retreats we used to go on. I remember so well when you, Michael, Stuart and Robin put on the formal gowns for confirmation and we took the last traditional picture. And then I got to know you even more with the weekly updates about you from your mom with the Military Moms Tracy and how proud we were of you serving our great country and how afraid we were when you went to Iraq and then when Michael followed you over to Iraq as an Army Soldier we just prayed and prayed. The Military Moms Tracy will stand by your mom and take care of her like you always did. You are her hero and be assured you are a HERO in all our eyes. Michael sends his love to your family as does Tom and Jason.
The Name of Brandon Dewey
My heart broke when I awoke to the news about the loss of Brandon. Although I never met Brandon in person, I knew him as one of my "adopted Marine grandsons" of the 3/1. All through the first deployment last year, the families of the 3/1 became very close online and then we met in person at Homecoming. I remember Julia's wanting to wait until Brandon returned for her "big day" to take place. All of the 3/1 families grieve for the loss of Brandon, our Hero. In the words of one of the 3/1 moms: "It was his life that made him a Hero. It was his noble path that made him an American Hero. It was his ultimate sacrifice that made him a Fallen Hero." Rest in peace Brandon. You will never be forgotten.

Donna Sims aka Gramma Donna
Adopted Gramma to Hundreds, all Marines
My brother
i miss you so much. You were not supposed to go, we were supposed to raise our kids together and they were supposed to be close like us with our cousins. You were supposed to be at my wedding and i was supposed to be at yours. your supposed to make me laugh when my heart gets broken. im supposed to make fun of your big nose. YOu were the one guy who didnt deserve it you were supposed to come back. I love you brudder...your my hero and my guridian angel i love you
We are praying for your family!
It is important for your family to know how many people in the city of Tracy are holding you up in prayer during what has to be one of the most difficult times in your life. Brandon obviously loved serving his country and God as a Marine. May the same God he served and sacrificed his life for, grant you comfort, love, and peace now and in the future. The teachers at West Valley Christian Academy will continue to pray for your family. God Bless You!
we made it
How do I begin to say goodbye? You know, you and I were definitely thrown together in a "make it or break it" situation. Sometimes we made it. Sometimes we broke it.
I look back fondly on many different times. I especially remember your graduation from boot camp. To tell you the truth, I dreaded it. I went to support your father and, ultimately, show you that I was proud of your accomplishment. After a huge fight and months without speaking, your first words to me were, "Cool hair," because I got it cut really short. You know, that kind of summed the two of us right up. You later said, "Sorry Shelly. I was an ass but now I'm a United States Marine." You weren't an ass Bran, you were a kid. And I was the step-mom trying to do the right thing. You were right about one thing though. You were one heck of a Marine.
I want you to know that your parents love you deeply. Your dad is devastated and not sure if he can ever move forward. I promise to do everything I can to keep him moving forward. I won't say "get past" this because none of us ever will- your dad, your mom, your sister, gramps, your entire family, my family, your incredible group of friends, your kid brother or sister from Kazakhstan that will never get the honor of having you in their life, me, bailey..even the "young Marine" from next door whom you met briefly that cried himself to sleep because of the enormous respect he had for his "fellow Marine." Brandon, none of us will ever forget you. A piece of us all will be gone forever.
I know this would be very important to you, so I want you to know that your mom and dad are getting along and being good to one another at this terrible time.
Finally, I want to tell you two things that I regret never telling you in person. First, you should know that your "pops" is the love of my life, and I will cherish him always. Secondly, I, I pray that you know that somewhere in the middle of our relationship, I think we made it.
Love you,
Your Service
Thank you Marine for your service for paying the ultimate price for your country and the people of this great country.Thank you for keeping us safe.You gave your life for us, we are eternally grateful to you and your family.Thank you God Bless you and your family.
Its really hard to tell you much at this moment cause I'm just so devastated.
When they came to the door Friday I knew but I couldn't believe it. I held up pretty good till they left.
Your families miss you and love you.
I am so proud of you. You are a great son and a great gentle, loving man.
I love you,
You will be missed
I met Brandon my Sophmore year of Highschool. We met through a mutual friend at a WestHigh dance that I was somehow able to attend even though I went to TracyHigh. We immediatly hit it off. Even though we only dated for a short while, the time we spent together was amazing. He is the sweetest, caring person I ever met. We lost touch after I graduated in 02 and I am sadden at the thought that I won't be able to see him again but I will cherish the time we did spend together and he will never be forgotten.
I Know you only as one combat Marine can know another
I am deeply saddened and yet proud of you. Saddened by your passing but proud, that as a Marine, you served us all. While we, the whole the world are diminished by your passing, we have been enriched by you and your deeds. This is particualrly true for those who knew you personally. But also known - only in ways that Marines always know each other. Wherever you are in guarding those pearly gates, I hope, Sir, to serve there with you some day.
My most sincere condolences to all your family.
Rex Edmiston
Tracy, California
USMC '68-'69
A Hero Lost ~ Leaving Hearts Broken
To Julie and her family; and to Mark and his family our hearts and prayers are with you. Although work paths took us different directions being the family we were at UCPD has tied us together forever. Brandon was a wonderful son, a wonderful and brave Marine and we shall remember him always.
Love, Robin & Tim
BRANDON you are my HERO. You will alway's be my sweet little Brandon Boo. I miss your BEAUTIFUL SWEET SMILE that lit up my HEART and MY LIFE. I will never forget how we alway's got scolded for being silly, and your mom ( My beautiful sister JULIE) would say "Kathy your supposed to be the adult here." She would say "I'm going to separate you two if you don't stop it." We would look at each other and giggle. You are my HERO and the most WONDERFUL NEPHEW an Aunt could wish for. A piece of my heart was taken from me my SWEET BRANDON. I LOVE YOU DEARLY, I miss you so much. I will never forget your nic-name for me. I LOVE YOU SWEETHEART, LOVE YOUR AUNT KATHY.
Our Hearts and Prayers are with you
Our family was sadden to hear of the loss of your son, our prayers are with you and extend our deeptest sympthany to you.

Your son was a hero, he died in the defense and freedom of this nation. He did not die in vain as others would have you believe.

In the Marine Corp Hymm, its is said if the Army and the Navy looks on heaven's scene they will see the streets of Heaven are guarded by United States Marines.

God Bless You

Al, Patricia, Shina & Trevor
A true American hero...
My sister Colleen already recalled the memories of babysitting Brandon, and his vacuuming skills! That will forever be a memory of that cute kid I will never forget! In November 2004, my Aunt Polly a dear friend of Julie for 20+ years, had a wedding reception that Julie attended with her soon to be husband. Julie was so proud of her son showing me pictures of the young handsome soldier, who was currently serving our country. I couldn't believe the little guy that used to cry for the vacuum was all grown up! I have been thinking a lot about you since that day I spoke with your mom. Brandon, you are an inspiration to us all. My son is only 8 months old now, but I hope he grows up to have the heart and dedication you withheld. You are a true American hero that will not be forgotten!
To My Beloved Grandson
You are truly "My Hero". I have always been so proud of you. Yor smile always lit up my heart. Your voice was wonderful to hear when you said "HI Grandma". You were so funny, I loved your jokes. You made me feel so special to you And i know we had such a strong bond. I will always miss you. I feel you around me. I Love You so much and always will. Your loving Grams
love ya man
i'll always remember the good times we had in school from the class to the partys. You will be missed and never forgotten. I know that you will live on in our hearts.

love ya bro
You will be Greatly missed Brandon - My Hero!
I will always remember the "Dew"meister! He was like a second son to us. I met Brandon when Chris and he first started going to the Recruiters office. The two of them were like brothers from the start, and were always together. They followed each other within weeks of boot camp, through their first deployments in Iraq together. When I sent Moto mail to one I always sent to both of them! Dewey was always a great friend to Chris and our family will not be the same without him. I loved hearing him talk about his tattoo's and what a Star Wars freak he was. He stood up for Chris in his wedding even on crutches but managed to walk without them when it came time for the ceremony, I asked him if he was ok, he said Yes, I'm a Marine I can take it! He was an amazing young man with such a wonderful spirit, ever faithful to his country but absolutely loved his family and talked about his Mom and Sister all the time.
So here is to you Lance Corporal Brandon Dewey, my friend, my Hero! I can never repay you for your ultimate sacrafice given to me and our country for fighting for our freedom and freedom for others.

Semper Fi Dude, you may be gone but NEVER forgotten.

All my love,
Cyndi Huckaby
Chris' Mom
Dewey, teach us how to live without you!
We never saw eye to eye on the idea of millitary. But I could never change your mind after you had already decided, no one could. I guess that's what I admired about you the most! When you had your mind and heart set on something, there wasn't an obstacle that you couldn't cross. You had the biggest heart out of all of us... even if you did ditch us for women, you were ALWAYS there for your friends and family. You may have complained about it for the next week, but you put us at the top of your list. I'm sure I speak for all of us when I say that you will never know how much we love you Brandon, or how much we appreciate you. Life will never be the same without you. No party will be complete without your impersonations and crazy ideas. So keep the party going until the rest of us make it there, ok? Saying goddbye to one of the greatest men I know, is the hardest thing I've ever had to do. So, I won't say goodbye just yet. Please watch over us. Watch over the other troops who still have to fight the war that you could not finnish alone. Guide us through life, and help us find that tunnel were you wait patiently on the other side to great each of us. We will meet again someday my good friend. I promise you that! Until then, we will remember you as the person you always wanted to be, and the hero that you are. I love you Brandon Dewey! I will carry you with me wherever I go.

"You were once my one companion,
You were all that mattered.
You were once a friend and brother,
Then my world was shattered.

Wishing you were somehow here again,
Wishing you were somehow near;
Sometimes it seems If i just dream,
somehow you would be here!
Wishing i could hear your voice again,
Knowing that i never would,
Dreaming of you won't help me to do
All that you dreamed i could!

Passing bells, and sculpted angles
Cold and monumental,
Seem for you the WRONG companions
You were warm and gentle!

Too many years fighting back tears,
Why can't the past just die?

Wishing you were somehow here again,
Knowing we must say goodbye.
Try to forgive, teach me to live!
Give me the strength to try!

No more memories,
No more silent tears,
No more gazing across the wasted years.

Help me say goodbye, help me say good-bye!"

- Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Wishing you were somehow here again"
Brandon, I love and miss you so badly. I wish I could be there with you. Take care of Gramps for us. You are my greatest Hero! I have the best of memories growing up with you and I'll never forget how you always made me laugh. I love you Cuzo.
Our hearts are with you.
Brandon and his sister went to school with our children during their Jr. High school years. He will be remembered fondly and our hearts and our thoughts are with the Dewey family-

God bless-
Brandon Dewey- One of America's Greatest Heroes
I have one very special memory of Brandon from when he was a little kid. When my mom Sandy, sister Traci and I would babysit him and his sister, he would LOVE to vacuum! He knew exactly where we kept our vacuum cleaner in the house and would run over to the hall closet and plead with us to take it out. A toy vacuum wasn't sufficient, he had to have the real thing. On those days he was over, our house was never cleaner!

I never got the opportunity to see him as a grown man, but will forever remember the little sweet Brandon I knew and loved. He'll be in our hearts until we meet again in heaven.

God Bless You Brandon!!
You will never be forgotten!
I met Dewey at my cousins house in Tracy in 2004. He was about to deploy to Iraq. His Company was replacing my husbands Company so he could come home. We mostly talked about our tattoos and how he couldnt wait to get more. Once he was back a bunch of us would always party together...we had such great times...and he would always make me laugh with all his movie quotes and immitations. When he smiled he lit up the whole room! I am so glad that I got to atleast say goodbye to him. Me, Christopher and Jessica took him to Pendleton on the night that he was leaving for this deployment and stayed there with him until he got on that bus at about 3am. It was hard to see him go, but we all gave our last hugs and said our goodbyes. Dewey was a wonderful man who always thought of others before himself and had a lot of love to give. He was a great friend and will never be forgotten! We love you Dewey and will miss you forever!!
<3 Jenna
He is a hero!
I did not know Brandon but as a former Eagle Scout and as a veteran I know something of him already. As a member of this community I can take pride in how a young man from our community served his country. As a father I am horrfied by even the thought of the loss of a son. My prayers are for his family but I pray that the family knows that he was a young man who had, from what I have read, some very fine values. God bless this family.
He was a good kid...
Hard to believe I used to hold that strapping young man when he was a newborn baby...I'm so proud of Brandon - not only for the person he became, but for the true hero he is. He gave his life for all of us and we will never, ever forget him. God bless you Brandon, heaven just got another angel in you.

I will especially remember you on the birth date we share, May 15th. See you in heaven Brandon, say hi to your Grandpa.

I love you,
My Best Friend, My Brother.
Growing up i never knew you. The first time Brandon and I met was at a poole function for the delayed entry program. We were friends from the start. And ultimately inseperable. Even in this big crazy world you and I managed to bump into each other time and time again. From the Depot in San Diego, to MCT/SOI on Camp Pendleton, to Camp Horno with 1st Marines. Then either by luck or fate, managed to cross paths thousands of miles from home in Fallujah, Iraq. Just knowing we were in country TOGETHER made me feel safer. In a way I had your back. . . and you had mine. Even when it was time to come home we were stateside within 30 days of each other. We never had any bad times did we? Not that i can remember. It was all fun and laughs with the movie quotes and the partying. You are more than just my best friend. You are the brother I didnt have growing up. I see you more as family. . . your part of my family as I am part of yours. I am glad I was here to see you off for Iraq. In my own way i got to say goodbye that night. But i would trade anything to have been there with you on that day. to watch over you and you watch over me. Thats how it shouldve been bro. Side by side as always. Its hard to realize that you are watching over me, but I can no longer watch over you. I will miss you always brother. With much love from your sacrafice SEMPER FIDELIS. I love you man.
May you Rest In Peace Dewey
I remember the first time I met you, in Tracy at Christophers house - you were leaving for Iraq for your first tour and your company was relieving my son in laws so that he could come home to us. We Thanked you so much. Your smile was contagious and your energy catchy. Dewey you were and always will be a wonderful young man, I want to Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your ultimate sacrfice. I can only pray that your family can find comfort and peace in remembering happy and amazing memories of you. We will Miss you Dude!
My friend..
I've known Brandon ever since elementary school.. he was such a good guy and friend. I have fond memories of collecting X-Men cards with him and playing video games. I'll never forget what you have sacraficed for our country and I will always honor your rememberance. My condolences to your family. You are in a better place now and the lord will take the very best care of you.
My grandson was in the same fire team as Brandon. They were on their second tour over there. I met Julie first through a Marine support group that Angie (Trevor's Mom) invited me to join. After being in the group for a while I just adopted all these kids as my grand children. I would send them little notes and cards for different holidays. In fact, I had just mailed their valentines a couple of days before this happened. I don't know what will happen with his valentine. Julie, if they send it to you please add it to the book you will be getting. If they send it to me, after my eyes quit watering I will send it to you.
I will forever treasure the hug I got from Brandon at last years homecoming. He will forever be in my thoughts. He is not a true American hero and will never be forgotten. I know that he and Trev were good friends and always tried to watch each others back. I am so very sorry. I wish there were words that could express my sorrow, but there are none. This has been a very personal loss:one that I am having a hard time dealing with. Julie, I am putting him on our slap list and when I get to heaven and he greets me and I get my next special hug, I will just have to slap him gently and tell him how much love we all had for him and how dare this happen!
You are in my thoughts and prayers. If you need anything, let me know. I am here, always.
aka/GrMa Pam
Remembering Brandon
Man... You were just in my old apartment the other day, along with Justin and Brandon. It pains me to have to see you go out this way. Just the stories Justin would share about you, they would always make me laugh. From the first time I met you during our Freshman year, you were a hilarious individual. My condolences go out to your family and friends. You will be remembered forever within each and every one of us. Thank You for being my friend, it was truely an honor. Farewell
Gratitude To a Marine
I met Brandon for the first time at Scott and Julie's wedding. I have known Julie for many years and heard Great stories about Brandon from his mom. I was in awe, to finally meet such a great young man. I sat and listened to Brandon talk with others about his service in Iraq. I asked him some pointed questions about his tour in the Middle East. I remember his smile and sense of duty to our country. On January 22, 2006, I was saddened to learn that Brandon made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. I know Brandon is with God and is experiencing the ultimate freedom. I grieve for his family and pray they will find peace in the days to come.

Brandon, God be with you and thank you for the service you gave to others and our Great Nation.
im gunna miss that boy!!
Brandon was such an awesome person!! ALWAYS laughing & always making me laugh!! We met in April 2005 & he had asked me to marry him not even 2 months later... Crazy boy!! Anyways I said yes!! But things just didnt work out the way we had planned... although we remained good friends I kick myself in the butt everyday for not telling him I loved him 1 more time, not squeezing him harder when I had the chance... & not sending him my letters & packages when I should have!!! He was my hero! He loved my daughter & I very much!!! ILL NEVER forget him!!! For his family...words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss!!! May Brandon live forever in our thoughts our hearts & memories!!!

<3 Love always Daniele
Brandon was one of the funniest guys. He used to walk into class senior year with fast food in hand EVERY DAY. We used to tease him because we all thought he'd weigh 500lbs. before he graduated. He had the best smile. Even when he was on crutches, limping down the isle at Jessica and Chris's wedding, he was smiling the whole time. I remember telling him goodbye and giving him a hug, saying "be careful, ok? Don't get killed" Well Dewey...I wish so badly that you were still with us today, but I know you're somewhere better. You're a hero to all. I'll never forget you. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Dewey family. You raised an amazing man.
One True Friend
Brandon, Ivan, Derek and I all joined the military after we graduated in 2003 from West High. We were the best of friends back then, even though I chose the different branch of service. He has always been a great friend to me since I moved to Tracy my Sophmore year from LA. He was the wacky, interesting, caring person I knew I could always trust. I will surely miss Brandon, and I send my condolences to his family.
BSA Troop 505 Committee Chairman
To the Dewey family:

I am so sorry to hear that Brandon has made the ultimate sacrafice for his family, his country and his Lord. He was one of the brave and one of the few who are willing to take up arms for our country. I first met Brandon when he joined our Boy Scout Troop. As you know, there are a large number of Scouts from Troop 505 who go on to serve our country. I remember going on hiking trips and the 50 miler with Brandon and the other scouts and scout dad's. I remember the snow trips and the winter survival training we did. It seems that Brandon was training for the Marines all along. I was always proud of Brandon both as a scout, and then especially as a Marine. julia, since you know Elaine and I already, you know that we also have a son in the Marines on his 3rd tour. We are so proud of our Marines. It was an honor to have Brandon as one of our Scouts and now to know him as a HERO.

Our sons were bothers in Scouts then they were brothers in the Marines. Our sons Chris & Brian and Elaine and I will always have only the best memories of Brandon.

God Bless you during this difficult time.

I am so sorry for your loss and sacrafice.

The Scouting Families of Troop 505 would like to help you in any way we can during this sarrow filled time.

God Bless

Mike Pulliam
Proud Marine dad of Lcpl. Chris Pulliam
BSA Troop 505, Tracy CA
committee Chairman
The three things...
Steve and I are so sad about this tragic loss. When I think of Brandon, I think of three things. The first is that he gave his life for his country and he was proud to represent us as a Marine. I hope that he knows how proud we are of him. The second thing I think of is the closeness of Brandon and his sister, Elyse. I pray that when we have two children, that they will have a bond as nice as theirs. The third thing that comes to mind, but the thing that hits me the how much Brandon loved his mom. He always stood up for her and wanted to be sure that she was taken care of. When Jules met Scott, I thought it was so neat that the two of them (Brandon and Scott) got along so well. It was touching to watch Brandon walk Jules down the aisle last February, looking so handsome in his dress blues. There he was, caring for his mom, all grown up...not yet old enough to drink in Vegas, but old enough to represent and protect our country and our freedom. While I support our country, this war, and our troops, I do pray that it's over soon. Thank you, Brandon.
When I met Brandon it was actually at homecoming the for the first deployment. He was so formal and handsome and such the Marine until he got his phone from his mom as we were heading home, then he was the typical teenager yamering on the phone and telling jokes in the car. Our son's served side by side together both tours and although I have not spoke with Trevor as of yet he is taking this hard, I know. He liked Brandon. He trusted Brandon. I would see Brandon usually on the weekends that he would bring Trevor home before heading home himself. They shared their care packs together in Iraq, they laughed together and grieved for their friends lost together. I can't imagine Brandon not being with Trevor through this anymore as I am sure he is shocked too. Julie, I loved Brandon as if he was my own. His smile lit up a room and his laugh was infectious. Although it was only a short time that I new him he will always be in my heart. He WILL be remembered forever. I love you Brandon, may you rest in peace. Your a true hero.
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