Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Andres Aguilar, Jr.

21, of Victoria, Texas.
Aguilar died when the seven-ton truck he was riding in rolled over in a flash flood near Al Asad, Iraq. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Died on April 2, 2006.

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"A.J..... I dunno what to say man. I wish I had extended my contact, like you asked me, to go out there with you and who knows, maybe you would still be here today. You were one of my best friends while I was in the Corps and I still think about you all the time man! I've gone to your grave and had a few beers a couple of times. I'm planning on going out there this year (sometime in the next coupe of months) and trying to get a hold of your parents, so I can give them copies of all the pictures I have of you. I'm sure they would like that. Rest in peace good friend. I'll see you again one day on the other side!!!

Semper Fi!!!

If anyone out there knows how I can get in touch with the Aguilar family, please let me know @

anthony.richard.vigil@gmail.com"
Sgt. Vigil, Anthony USMC 2000-2004 of San Antonio

"Cpl Aguilar, I considered you one of my best Radio Men even though you were a Tech. I cant think of any mission you couldnt find a way to get accomplished. It was that will do attitude that we all need a little more of. I miss you man!"
SSgt. Fredd Williams of Hawaii

"I was the USMC SNOIC of Cpl. Aguilar during an operation in Haditha, Iraq during 2006. I wish to express to his mother how proud I was of him as my radio man. I only knew him for two weeks but your son was proud of being a Marine and a exceptional radioman. I say prayers for you and him daily. I miss his smile, the bright sparkle in his eye and the moment we shared an MRE. His humility brought sanity to a difficult situation."
James M. Gibbons II USMCR GySgt. Ret. of West Seneca, NY

"Thinking Of you today. Still miss each day. I will always remember our last conversation and the amazing bravery you showed up until God called you home. God has blessed me with a beautiful family that I get to share you with and my son even came on your birthday. Something tells me you had something to do with that. You will always have a piece of my heart. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten."
Kristin Gaskamp Lange of Victoria, Tx

"A.J. ITS STILL VERY DIFFICULT TO BELIEVE YOUR GONE. I STILL REMEMBER ALL THE CRAZY THINGS WE USE TO GET INTO IN HAWAII. PLAYING ON THE SOCCER TEAM TOGETHER, PLAYING SOCCER ON THE PS2, GOING OUT TO CLUBS, WHEN YOU BROKE THE TRANSMISSION ON THE CAR I SOLD ONLY A FEW WEEKS AFTER HAVING IT. OH AND THE TIME WHEN WE GOT INTO THAT LIL ACCIDENT ON THE WAY TO THE CLUB AND HAD TO DRIVE BACK WITH A BENT RIM AND A HEADLIGHT LIGHTING UP THE TREES. I WILL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOU BRO, AND JUST LIKE I TOLD YOU MANY TIMES "YOUR LIKE THE BROTHER I NEVER HAD". MAY YOU REST IN PEACE BROTHER AND ILL SEE YOU SOON."
SGT. ARMAS of SYLMAR, CA

"A.J. you are truly missed, even though it has been 4 years, I still remember that young kid with the bright eyes that I met at church that was willing to help me set up the Christmas tree. I still remember the young man that attended my religous education class even though he didn;t have to. I only wish that I had had the opportunity to tell him all of this and to tell him that he was loved. We truly miss him, Carmen and S.K. Ernest Arredondo and family"
ernest and carmen of Victoria, Texas

"Andres,
It's been over four years since you left us. I still think of you often and keep a picture of you on my shelf. You were a good friend and Marine. I know we'll meet again but until then, I'll continue miss my friend."
1stLt Joel Reynolds of Okinawa, Japan

"To the family of Andres Aguilar Jr my name is Anthony King and i am a marine vet from Fort Worth.Texas with the Marine Corps League Det#731.I have made some Gold Star Pillows for the fallen so i can let the families know we did not forget what your son did for this country my email address is (socool371@yahoo.com)"
Anthony King of Fort Worth,Texas. U.S.A

"To Olivia and Coach,
I am so glad I got to know Aj. AJ and Nadya shared the same birthday and every year on their special day I pray the Rosary. I love you both and your kids. Aj, we miss you!"
The Roman Garcia family of Victoria, tx

"Its Memorial Day May 25, 2009...its been 3 years now..I will never forget you Cpl Aguilar. you were the one who made me feel i fitted into any situation. I remember when we just returned from Afganistan and you shook my hand and said "Welcome Back Chopstix" ..and when I got the news of what happened to you..I was shocked. 3 years go by and not a moment did I not think of you..You were a great Marine. As for myself, I've finished the the service December 19, 2008. May God Bless you and you family. You are greatly missed. I just saw Moreo Latta's messages..and reading all of the other ones. I can't seem to hold in the tears..Marines don't cry, do they? Hope you're having a great time in Heaven. Semper Fi Devil Dog."
Truong Huynh (chopstix) of Plano Texas

"May God Bless the Family of this Hero. I did not know Andres, but I had my best friend killed in Iraq 4 years ago and would like to express my Thanks for another Brave Hero! May God Bless and Be with the ones left behind, And May Our U.S. Hero Rest In Peace!"
Trisha Grimshaw of Victoria, Texas

"To the Family of Cpl Andres Aguilar, Jr. We are Herb & Bobbie Samme, proud parents of LCpl Eric A. Palmisano, who was also killed in that tragic accident on that fateful day in April 2006. As we near the 3-year anniversary of the death of our heroes, please know that there is not a day that goes by that we dont think about all of the families of these brave young men and pray for them. May God bring you His Strength and Peace as he has to us.
SEMPER FI
http://www.palmisanocarepackageproject.com"
Herb & Bobbie Samme of Florence WI 54121

"AJ there is not a day that goes by that I do not think of you. I miss you so much it hurts. All I can do is remember and cherish our time together. I will never forget. My thoughts and prayers are always with you and your family."
Angie of TX

"Aguilar, you were a great Marine and an awsome friend. I know you are in heaven now, and I will see you agin some day..... tonytex22@yahoo.com"
Sgt. Vigil, Anthony of San Antonio, Texas

"Sir,

I wear a bracelet around my arm that says your name as a memory to you and all who have fallen. Thank you for your service."
Rich Shelton of UTSA, San Antonio, TX

"I've visited your gravesite at Cenizo Hills in Mathis, TX. My father, mother, and sister are a few meters away. I will visit you again soon. God bless your soul, Semper Fi, and Thank You."
Dennis Parrish of Mobile, AL USA

"Aguilar,

i just got done leaving a message for estrella and lueken. Like i told them i still hurting man. everytime i think about yall i cry. you was a true friend. keep watch over us and dont beat them angels too bad at soccer."
Moreo Latta of MCBH Hawaii

"Aguilar, i still can't believe that you are gone and i still find it hard to your name without wondering what the hell happened. I remember your smile and your cheerful atitude and i'll never forget you sarcasim. Please continue to watch us because i know for a fact that you are in heavan.

Peace,"
MSgt George Harrison Your Radio Chief of charleston, S.C

"TO MY COUSIN CPL. ANDRES AGUILAR JR. TODAY MARKS YOUR 2 YEAR ANNIVERSARY AND KNOW THAT WE ALL LOVE & MISS YOU SO VERY MUCH. WE'LL COME TOGETHER TODAY TO HONOR YOU AND SHOW OUR LOVE FOR YOU. KNOW THAT WE'LL NEVER FORGET YOU AND NEVER STOP LOVING YOU. I KNOW IN MY HEART WE'LL SEE EACH OTHER AGAIN.

LOVE,
JACKIE"
JACKIE of SINTON, TX/US

"MY COUSIN IS BEING MISSED FROM PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD AND I KNOW THEY MUST BE HURTING AS OUR FAMILY IS TODAY MISSING YOU ALWAYS YOUR BIG COUSIN"
PATTY of SAN ANTONIO,US

"AJ, It will be 2 years tommorow.. and my heart is breaking again.... You are so missed..."
Aunt Melanie of Mathis, TX

"March 18, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Andres Aguilar, Jr.:
Andres 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

"I know it's been a while, but I just wanted to say that I knew Andres. . .we served together in Afghanistan. We were really good friends. I just got back from Iraq a few days ago and came upon this site and I wanted to say there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of him. He was an amazing friend, man, and marine. To whoever knew him, they were blessed. My email is usmarines916@yahoo.com if you need anything"
Isaac of Kaneohe Bay MCBH, HI, USA

"To the family of:Andres Aguilar,Jr. I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"It is so nice to see the amazing support and love from people who did not even know AJ personally. I did, however. He was my best friend for many years and was supposed to be my future husband. He would be so proud if he could see the great things that have happened in his name. He loved doing what he did and protecting his country. God Bless all of you...hearing words of love and support make each day a little easier to get through. It has been a difficult 5 months and it is still hard but I will always love him and take him with me! ~Semper Fi~"
Kristin of San Marcos, TX

"Whats going on man? It's Me Moreo. I know that you are up there watching over us. Man for real i cant even say you name without crying dog. you was a true friend that i never will forget ever. im tearing up just writing this. you parents had a wonderful son because you was a wonderful friend. Continue to watch over us and keep us safe."
Moreo Usmc of MCBH Kaneohe Bay HI

"You will be missed bro god bless you and your family"
Cpl Jacob Prichard of MCAS Mirimar

"To the family of AJ. I'm deeply sorry for your loss, know that we are all feeling your pain. AJ was a great man and friend and we are all going to miss him greatly. My thoughts and prayers to your family. AJ will never be forgotten, his smile and laughter will forever be with us along with the many great memories he gave us. Much love"
Araceli of Modesto, Ca/ United States

"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.
Our nations HERO, Andres will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS. "

"To the family of Cpl. Aguilar,
My son died in the same wreck as your loved one. I have thought of each of the other families many times during the last 6 weeks. I just wanted to connect on some level. Thank you for the service he gave to this country and for your sacrifice. tammydelle@yahoo.com"
Tammy Delle of Nashville, TN

"The day the death of your son was reported in the 'Advocate' my mom called me crying; not because she had the privilege of knowing your son but because she knew the pain you were going through. My brother, CPL Gary Walters, was unfortunately the first soldier from Victoria to be killed. Your family is in my prayers.

Michele Carter
Sister of CPL Gary Walters
KIA in Baghdad on April 24, 2005"

"Thank you Andres Aguilar, Jr., 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

"To the family and friends of Cpl. Andres Aguilar, Jr.:
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 Andres 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 Cpl. Andres Aguilar, Jr.:
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 Andres, 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