Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Pfc. Steven Acosta

19, of Calexico, California.
Acosta died from a non-hostile gunshot wound in Baqubah, Iraq. He was assigned to C Company, 3rd Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on October 26, 2003.

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"You showed me loyalty unrivaled til this day and I thank you. I miss you my brother and always will. Ft. Hood family"
David Jackson of Carroll county Ga

"Steven,
I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"Happy 29th Birthday, Steven. I miss you everyday."
Kiani Palacio of Calexico

"i had 6 months left in the military. i am so grateful i still alive. many people never came back alieve from war. you are a true warrior and your family as well. todays date July 19, 2013"
Hiram of South Korea

"ItS STILL SO UNREAL TO US THT U ARE GONE..WE LOVE AND MISS YOU SOO MUCH....LOVE YOU ALWAYS YOUR PRIMA BLANCA"
Blanca Mack of california

"Steven I miss u so much, keep an eye on your new nephew :-), siempre estaras en nuestros corazones, este dolor inmenso que siento es irreparable, vivir día a día es un reto para mi, fuiste un hermano muy único, tu incondicional compañía y sincero cariño hacia los demás son de los muchos valores que tenias.. I would like To thank the people who wrote in this wall, I hope u have a lot of success in life, Sincerely Christian Acosta"
Christian acosta of Calexico, Ca, USA

"Steven I remember meeting you and finding u a bit intimidating....we laughed so much about that later, how u might have seemed like a ferocious bear but u were in actuality one big lovable Teddy bear. Thanks for being such a great friend, for always having listened to my stupid problems, for introducing me to the wonderful music of LOS FABULOSOS CADILLACS, but most of all I thank God that I had the chance of meeting u and having u light up my life. Watch over all of us from heaven. Love u."
Jessica Gonzalez of Calexico, CA

"Happy 27th Birthday Steven. I miss you."
kiani of calexico,ca

"Today is June 16, 2011. A full month after my Father's 7 year memorial anniversary, it never fails to get to me though as strong as I try and make myself every year I visit my Father's grave I too go over to my Good old friend Steven's grave. I am in tears right now as I write this, just as I was as soon as I saw his headstone once again, time will never take away the pain of losing a loved one or a very dear friend, his time came too soon. The last time I posted on Steven's page was back in 2005 you are very much still missed Steven. To the family of Steven... I would do anything for you guys just as Steven would have for any of his friends and family."
Laura Martinez of San Diego, CA (CHS Alumni 2002)

"I meant to say not 28 hes 13"

"Omg my best frienfs name is steven acosta and hes like 28"

"Happy 26th Birthday Steven:) I miss you! Still haven't forgotten you. and I never will. I love you and Rest In Peace."
Kiani of Calexico

"Just dropping in to let you know you are never forgotten. To the family of Steven Acosta, I didn't realize he was on this website, so many of my other friends are unfortunately. Steven and I were close during my first deployment, we had a lot of great talks on our missions together I would love to be able to speak to someone in his family and I'm so sorry for your loss. He was a great kid, so funny, and giving. I read an article about him and how his mother always sent those sweets, I want to say thank you because I looked forward to those packgages myself, He always shared those suckers with me. Growing up in Nebraska, I had never tasted anything like that. Anyways, if you would like to contact me denarmoss@yahoo.com I hope to hear from you."
Dena Brannan of Hershey, Nebraska

""To the family of Steven Acosta ,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church,Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015""

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3"
Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Steven Acosta, David Jackson has not forgotten you since the day this happened. you are someone he holds dear to his heart and does all he can to expose the corrupt government! you did not die in vain and you will never be forgotten. i did not know you but according to David, you were his best friend and a wonderful person with a heart of gold... may you be blessed by the Creator. Thanks for your service. Please watch over David he needs you and has severe PTSD. to anyone reading this who knew David and Steven please please please contact me as soon as possible misschelle1184@aim.com 5/2009"
Michelle Gonzalez of Austin-Dallas, TX/ USA

"My heart goes out to you Steven and may god be with your family and friends left behind. I was one of the very first on the scene as a combat medic. We did everything we could to save you. I hope you help me with having peace in mind in that! It has been haunting me since it happend. I always think what could I have done better what else could I have done. I pray for your family to have peace of mind your in a better place steven. You were a great person, and I like you had been down that road about the same time. It was you who saved me though. Thank you for that....."
Spc. Michael Coggan of Phoenix,AZ

"The soldiers do not speak. Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses: who has not heard them? They have a silence that speaks for them at night and when the clock counts. They say: We are young. We have died. Remember us. They say: We have done what we could but until it is finished it is not done. They say: We have given our lives but until it is finished no one can know what our lives gave. They say: Our deaths are not ours: they are yours they will mean what you make them. They say: Weather our lives and our deaths are for peace and a new hope or for nothing we cannot say: it is you who must say this. They say: We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning. We were young. they say. We have died. Remember us:"
William D. Taylor Jr. of Bonita Springs, Fl.

"We all remember you!!"
Sergio Arredondo of Calexico, CA

"steven Calexico will always remember you.."
Felix Leon of Calexico, Ca.

"Steven, it's almost your 24th birthday. I wish I could see you again. Just one last time. I've been sad lately and I think it's because it's close to your birthday and I miss you. I can't believe it's been almost 5 years since you left us. Me&Kimmie miss you. The skate park reminds me of you:) At least you're in a better place now. Watch over me please:) Rest In Peace Steven Acosta. I love you."
Kiani Leah of Calexico, Calif.

"STEVEN WE ALL MISS YOU , I STILL REMEMBER WHEN WE USED TO JUST PLAY IN THE STREET WHEN WE WERE SMALL,
SOMETIMES WHEN WE ARE WITH IRVING WE REMEMBER WHEN WE WERE SMALL AND HOW WE DID SO MANY THINGS TOGETHER ... REST IN PEACE BRO.."
GUILLERMO M. of PHOENIX, AZ

"Thank you Steven for your sacrifice."
Cortnay of WA

"February 24, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Steven Acosta:
Steven gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"My thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends. May your soldiers sacrifice NEVER be forgotten."
of IL

"Steven,I miss you so much.I never got to say bye to you.Yesterday was your birthday,you would've been 23,I wish you were here to celebrate it.I cried so much when you left and I still do.Every time I see Irving it reminds me of you;he's so full of happiness and so full of life.You would be proud of him.We all miss you.You're gone but never forgotten,always in our hearts.We love you.


The Palacio Fam."
kiani p of calexico,ca.

"I did not know Steven, but it is obvious that he had so much life ahead of him, and that he had barely begun. Unfortunately, I know Steven only as a name on a piece of paper and a photo on a memorial wall. At a recent meeting of the California Democratic Party, the Veterans' Caucus arranged for the credentials badge of every member of the Democratic State Central Committee to carry the name of one of the fallen heroes of Afghanistan and Iraq. My badge had Steven's name on it. Being a former military officer, I felt that being paired with Steven imposed upon me a duty to give personal meaning to the words of the graveside honor guard, "On behalf of a grateful nation," and to find out who Steven was. My heart goes out to those who knew him in life. As for those of us who did not know him, we are grateful. Let none forget. Vade in pace."
Thomas Gangale, Capt, USAF (Ret.) of Petaluma, California

"there alot of things stuck in side,
i wish you were by my side,
you were special like no one else,
thats why we miss you so much,
everyday that goes by is a day that gets closer, to see you again in the after life..."
Irving of Phoenix

"Siempre tendremos en nuestros corazones a steven y siempre lo vamos a recordar por que fue una gran persona y siempre estuvo en contacto con nosotros y en especial con Mario y lety que fueron muy buenos amigos desde la niñes y que apesar de no vivir tan cerca siempre nos contactaba, que Dios lo tenga en su Gloria y que cuide de el para siempre y que Dios consuele su alma y la de sus padres, hermanos y muy ayegados"
Fam . Santoyo Ortiz of Mexicali B.C.,Mexico

"You made a big impact on my life Steven, and I will always remember You. Miss You Buddy!!!"
Marco G. of San Diego

"Steven Acosta, you are a true hero and will never be forgotten. May your family find peace in knowing you now soar with the angels of the best America has."
Briana Wall of Connecticut

"Just learned of Acosta's death today. I am truly saddened by the news. I went through Basic Training with Acosta. He was a good soldier from the start and a good friend to me during some tough times. He was mature beyond his years. He spoke with pride about his brother in the USMC and wanted to serve his country. I am proud to have known him. Good bless you Acosta."
David McKenna of Syracuse, NY

"HEY GOD BLESS YOU MY HISPANIC BROTHER. YOUR A TRUE HERO LIKE ALL THE THAT PASSED AWAY NOW IN HEAVEN. CONDOLENCIAS ALA FAMILIA ACOSTA REST IN PEACE BROTHER."
JERRY LOPEZ of ANAHEIM, CA U.S.A

"Bless you and your Family. Be proud of your SOLDIER the boys have been thru hell so HEAVEN IS A WELCOME SITE I AM SURE !! My son n law is up there with him somewhere. We lost him in Nov of this year. IT SURE HITS HOME !! YOU ARE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
momwithwings1963@yahoo.com"
Tanya Bush of Centerview,Mo. USA

"Steven my heart goes out to you and your surviving friends and family that seemed so far away while we were there. I am sorry i took it not "lightly" but didnt want to believe that you were in need of a friend to cry on. we all miss you and your humor. someday i will be on your arm i hope. take care bud."
Spc Ryan Hitchcock of Aurora co

"steven. i miss you so much. i never got to say bye even when you just left to boot camp. i love you and i used to love when you'd come over and bond with my dad while they made me make you some tea! thanks for everything, taking me to the park and all! i miss you so much."
kimmie of calexico

"Always and forever in our hearts and prayers. Steven is a true American hero."
The May family of Beaumont, TX/USA

"MY broken heart responds to yours. We seem to be going up against the same brick wall. We are making progress in finding answers to questions concerning Russell's death and pray for your questions to be answered. Please let us know how you are. God Bless, and I'm sorry it took so long to respond. triciapwhite@yahoo.com"
Tricia and Gregg White of Dagsboro, DE 19939

""Let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us re-consecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.”
--Dwight D. Eisenhower""
Veteran's Day...2005

"It is because of people like this young man we are able to live in a great country. May God Bless this fallen soldiers family."
Ron Acosta of Sweetwater, TX

"nuestras mas sinceras condolencias para la familia .que dios los bendiga .nosotros perdimos a nuestra hija su nombre era karina lau ."
ruth lau

"the steven i remember was a guy who always made people laugh and was so positive and full of life and energy. i had a hard time making the connection of a fallen soilder and the guy i once had a class with in highschool. it just did not seem real or even possible. the world needs more people like him, it's not fair that he had to die."
melisa sotelo of calexico, ca.

"Thank you Steven. You will not be forgotten.

Respectfully,
SGT Paul Dayes
Operation Iraqi Freedom 1 & 2"

"Today was my father's 1yr memorial, my family and I visited my father's gravesite at Calexico. My brother in law came walking towards us saying "Steven Acosta, 19" I quickly rushed to the headstone hoping it wasn't so and was shocked... tears came rolling down my eyes as I saw the fresh headstone he had passed away more than a year ago and not till now did I find out, I remember a good friend Steven Acosta from Junior High and High School years. An awesome friend was he, I am honored to have known such a friend, he was one of the few people I was looking forward to meeting again for our highschool reunion. The picture on the grave depicted him just as he was and who he represented. My condolence's to those left behind."
Laura Martinez of San Diego, CA (2002 CHS alumni)

"QUERISO STEVEN SOLO QUIERO QUE SEPAS QUE FUISTE UN GRAN AMIGO Y QUE NUNCA TE VOY A OLVIDAR SIEMPRE VAS A ESTAR EN MI CORAZON.....Y CUANDO MIRE A LAS ESTRELLAS AI TE VOY A MIRAR.....REST IN PEACE....."
KARLA RODRIGUEZ of CALEXICO CALIFORNIA

"HI, I have been trying to find other soldiers who passed away with
non-combat related injuries. I found your comment on fallenheroes memorial
and wanted to see if i could help. We have evidence suggesting their
was foul play with my brother and the army will not help us. All we
know is that they are trying to make it look self inflicted but the
soldiers say otherwise. I can get someone to help you
from military family speak out organization. Acosta family, please contact me as soon as possible.
(281)330-2170
(281)347-1269
mariano@uncoverthetruth.org

I hope to hear from you soon."
Mariano Santiago of Houston, TX

"Thank you for protecting us, you are a sweet angel!"
Violet Sepulveda of San Diego Ca

"Steven Acosta, you are a true hero - you paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. My thoughts and prayers are with the Acosta family. My daughter lost her father in this war and I know how hard it is to cope. May God bless you all."
Heidi of Killeen, TX USA

"no tuve el honor de conocer al heroe esteban acosta, soy de el centro a unos cuantos minutos de calexico, la noticia de su fallecimiento tento el corazon de una manera o otra a toda la gente honrada de la imperial valley, le mando un pesame gigante a la familia de esteban, les mando unas gracias que simplemente no puedo describir, su hijo y su familia estan en mis pensamientos y rezo por el y por su familia! que dios me bendiga a la familia acosta, y QUE VIVA ESTEBAN ACOSTA!!!!!!!!"
gerardo of el centro, cal

"i just can say thanks, to all people who give us freedom. thanks steven, dios te bendiga hermano"
Guillermo Morcos of Monterrey Mexico

"I don't speak english very well because I'm Italian but I cry when i look some name of young people die in this orrible war. We love so much everybody"
Fabio of Milan, Italy

"Through the shadow of the night and the sunlight of the day they stand up and fight for what they know to be right… they lay down and die for this same right they hold true to there hearts always willing to pay this high price…. But if we are asked what freedom means to us… we know it was our brother or son, husband , friend, cousin, our daughter, sister , or mother the one we stayed up night after night preying they would come home safe and finally the call, the knock on the door that this was not meant to be… and all our dream are set free … set free for another life… another time when we will all reunite…. And we the few we know the true price to freedom…. We know with every tear we cannot forget those who did not make it home… So we live with them in our hearts everyday and know that we will meet again some day.. To all of you how know what freedom is… don’t give up… we will never forget them… if you wish to contact me to just talk or whatever in this time of need prinzel010103@yahoo.com ….. God bless and keep all of you"
Sarah of USA

"I didn't know Steven but he is greatly missed, I lost my brother-in law in November 2003.We love you and you are deeply missed."
Antoinette Brooks of Stone Mountain, Georgia

"Steven Acosta was a hero n a friend.He always use to come to my house with his bro irvin n play nintendo.He was like a brother to me because i didnt have any brothers n sisters n Steven was a brother to me

god bless you Steven Acosta n you will always be in my heart forever until i died."
Tony of Calexico CA

"Steven Acosta was a hero n a friend.He always use to come to my house with his bro irvin n play nintendo.He was like a brothe to me because i didnt have any brothers n sisters n Steven was a brother to me

god bless you Steven Acosta n you will always be in my heart forever until i died."
Tony of Calexico CA

"Para la familia de Steven Acosta,
Fue un gran muchacho lo conoci porque era amigo de mi sobrino Jose y mi hermana Veronica Medina iba muy seguido a mi casa junto con su hermano Irvin. Fue un chico muy alegre es una lastima que haiga fallecido tan joven. Espero que Dios lo tenga en su Gloria ya que fue y seguira siendo un heroe para nuestro pais.
Que Dios te bendiga Steven y a tu Familia."
Elizabeth, Veronica Medina & Jose Chavez of Calexico Ca, USA

"How something like this can happen to such a young man is unbelieveable. I can't thank you enough for being one of thousands to stand up strong in this time of war. My brother was killed almost a year ago ( August 7, 2004; Pfc Duane E. Longstreth) fighting for the same thing and I am so proud of each and everyone of you soliders who are out there making a whole lot of difference. Thank you for being you."
Brittany of Tacoma, Washington

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort during their time of sorrow and need. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. You will not be forgotten."
a grateful citizen in arizona

"Steven Acosta is a true hero. He had a good heart to help those in his community and was a proud member of the Calexico Police athletic League who he would give his time and dedication to the younger kids. He was a great inspiration to his younger brother Irvin and I hope that others in Calexico can come forward and understand the great loss he is to us. My heart goes out to the Acosta Family and may they find peace in their heart at such a tragic loss. A true hero never dies! God bless America!"
David Sanchez Amezcua of Visalia, Ca.

"I'm very sorry for your loss. I am the parent of a 20 yr old soldier and have started a project to honor the fallen hero's. could you please send me a picture of your soldier."
Tammy Dell of East Freedom, PA 16637

"Private Acosta, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"To Pfc Acosta's Family:
Though we are strangers, we want you to know how sorry we are your Steven was taken from you. He is our hero. You are in our hearts. We will never forget."
Carol & Larry Miller of Tampa, Florida (2/24/04)

"You will not be forgotten. Even though I did not know you, I thank you and your family for the greatest sacrifice every made by an American."
Pat Walters of Cross PLains wi

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Steven, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To the friends and family of: PFC Steven Acosta..
May you find comfort in knowing how many people share your sadness. Thanks to Steven for fighting for our country. HE is a TRUE HERO! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless YOU ALL! WE will never FORGET!"
The Grogan Family (USMC) of Lakeland, TN

"May the Lord give you the strength to bear this terrible loss."
LT Eduardo Gomez of Sicily, Italy

"Thank you Steven Acosta, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"Acosta Family,
May god bless you all. Steven gave us all a gift that is priceless. I thank him, and his parents for his sacrifice. The world is a better place for all of us for what he has done. My he rest in peace, and may the family stay storng and love one another."
Isaac H. Silva brother of Cpl. Erik H. Silva, USMC of El Centro, California

"A short message but one that holds true to my heart: I will be missing you..."
steve zhen of calexico, ca

"My thoughts & prayers go out to all the Military men and women who are at war and especially those who have lost their lives. May God bless you forever. Thank you for everything, you are my hero! Rest in peace"
Amanda K. Casas of San Diego/Corpus Christi, Texas

"To the Family and Friends of Steven:
I met Steven a couple of times through my brother. I thought he was a real cool kid and i enjoyed talking to him. It saddens me to know he is gone and I wish only the best for his family during these hard times and always. My heart goes out to you and he will always be remembered."
Neyda Obeso of Calexico, CA

"I graduated with Steven from High School and never got the oppurtunity to thank him for all the times he made me smile and laugh. I'm sure now he is one of God's Soldiers, protecting the gates of heavan, if he can hear me from up there...Thank You Steven,I can assure you every one will remember you with a smile on their face and in their hearts:) My heart goes out to his parents,brothers, family and friends. May God Always be with you and help you through your time of grief.God Bless You Always"
Blanca of Calexico Ca.

"Fam. Acosta:
Mi mas sentidas condolencias por la perdida de Steven. Cuando me entere de que habia fallecido no podia creerlo, pero se que fue muy valiente y me siento muy orgullosa de el. Yo le pido mucho al senor para que les allude a soportar este dolor y seguir adelante."
Cynthia Bradley(Mendoza) of Twentynine Palms,CA

"Fam. Acosta solo quiero que sepan que quiero mucho a Steven y que siempre va a estar en mi corazon y en mi memoria igual que todos los que lo amamos a pesar que no he estado con todos ustedes"
Anahi Rojas of Mexicali, Mexico

"STEVEN SOLO QUIERO QUE SEPAS QUE FUESTE UNA GRAN PERSONA Y QUE TAL VEZ HOY NO ESTAS CON NOSOTROS PERO VIVIRAS EN EL CORAZON DE TODOS LO QUE TE AMABAN Y RESPETABAN TALVEZ NO HAY MUCHO QUE YO PUEDA DECIR HOY, PERO APENAS ME ACABO DE ENTERAR Y ES ALGO QUE ME IMPACTO MUCHO. AUN RECUERDO CUNDO HERAMOS NINOS Y NOLA PASABOS JUNTOS Y RECUERDO NUESTRA AMISTAD, DESCANSA EM PAZ."
Genaro Mendoza of Phoenix, Arizona

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Steven Acosta:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Steven for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Steven Acosta:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Steven, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on