Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Christopher M. Alcozer

21, of DeKalb, Illinois.
Alcozer died in Mosul, Iraq, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces using small arms fire and grenades. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. Died on November 19, 2005.

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"My deepest condolences to friends and family of Christopher Alcozer. Though yall lost of loved one, it wasn't for nothinig.
I had the pleasure of getting knowing Alcozer as him and I were both part of a group of new privates that arrived to Ft. Wainwright around April/May 2005. I think of November 19, 2005 daily and truely wish I could exchange my life for Alcozer who left behind so much. My best wishes for all those that knew Alcozer and still have heavy hearts.
J. Patton"
Jake Patton of Houston, TX

"Chris I want to say I miss you brother I remember a few days before we got caught up in that close quarters ambush, we had a heart to heart and you talked about your family and how you were getting married and wanted to have a baby. It was on the rooftop of the IMN building late that night while you were pulling guard. I told you to keep up the good work and enjoy yourself when you go home on break next week. You never lived to see that day because you sacraficed yourself and died for your Infantry brothers making sure we saw another day! I thank you so much for that day brother I wish I could go back in time and change places with you!! I am sorry I let you down as your leader and failed on my promiss in bringing all my Soldiers home. please forgive me brother I will never stop thinking of you and letting people know you are a true American Hero and what you did that day. RIP love ya brother!!!"
1SG Peter Lara of Columbia, SC . US

"I was Chris' team mate. Nov. 19th 2005 is a day I will never forget and it seems to replay its self often in my dreams. He gave so others could be rescued from the house. I wish there was more I could have done for you Chris, sorry bro! You will never be forgotten!!"
T.M. of Texas

"we still rememember you, and miss you christopher, we will never forget you.
loving you always, your cousin"
melissa lee of whiteriver, arizona usa

"Chris,
I was there when you fell and my heart fell with you. You will always be with us and we know you are with God and the Angels and watching over us now. "No greater love has a man than to lay down his life for his friend" we love and miss you so much brother!
Sgt Roman
C Co. 2-1 INF
172nd INF SBCT"
Joseph M. Roman of Ft. Lewis, Washington

"Chris.
You deserve more messages than this. But then again, you all do.

We were friends for what seemed like forever. Middle school. High School. Wrestling.

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about you. It's an honor to pay tribute to you with the tat on my arm.

You'll always be missed. Always."
Rick Sarallo of Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois/USA

"I remember Christopher as a very young boy. He had the sweetest personality and a smile that warmed your heart. For all those who knew him-a loss too great he will remain. My condolences to all his loved ones."
Marlene of Chicago, Illinois, USA

"March 18, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Christopher M. Alcozer:
Christopher 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 was in the same squad as Chris and still replay the events of that morning in my mind even now in 2008. It is something that will stay with me the rest of my life. Chris, I hope that you are well and with the rest of our fallen brothers in heaven. Just know that you are missed and that to some of us, we torment ourselves daily thinking of why things didn't happen differently. Go in peace brother."
Former 2nd Squad 2nd platoon C Co. 2-1 INF soldier of St. Paul, MN, US

"This is my dedication to my nephew
and to all the other's that have given their lives in war

FALLEN SOLDIERS
Dedicated to Christopher Alcozer
Died November 19th 2005
By Gloria Martinez Alcozer

Rush of the wind that hastens from the red sea
Carrying the whispers of frantic pleas
of lives taken too soon while heart beat ends and hopeís decease
Their eyes were not ready to close in eternal sleep
Nor murmurs silenced into secrecy
No one could listen -to their tales of menís depravity and cruelty
Silent they became in the twilight of the sea
The sea that beckoned them away from the life they had sought to live
A life of kindness and humanity
Instead they were forced into a world in error-
of misery, deception and persecution
through death they were told would be the solution
And their life they surrendered for another being
No claim they have now of their worthy deed
They lie in a mass of souls
Upon the clouds of warriors that are no more
There is no honour amongst those who sped them off
To fight a war that was known or understood by none"
Gloria Martinez Alcozer of Cambridge United Kingdom

"To the family of:Christopher M Alcozer 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"

"To the Family of PVT Christopher Alcozer:
We have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq. Our memorial includes, as of 8/28/06, 162 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put Christopher's name on one of them. We have called our display "Arlington MidWest." It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

If you would like us to do this, please email me at arlingtonmidwest@yahoo.com.

We invite you to come to visit Arlington MidWest if you can. A friend has put us up on his website so you can see the memorial here:
www.williamgbecker.com/ArlingtonMidwest.html.

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.""
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"My name is Cameron Schilling and I have started “Portrait of a Soldier” which donates a portrait sketch of every Illinois soldier who has fallen in Iraq or Afghanistan. All 122 sketches will be on display for a Memorial Day Presentation in Chicago, Illinois on May 26-31 in the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. After the ceremony the sketches will be given to the immediate families of the Illinois soldiers. I would invite any friends or family members to come and honor these men and women from Illinois who have given their lives to our country. For more information please contact OperationHomeFront.org at 866-417-8889 which is an organization headed by the Lt. Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois who is in charge of the Memorial Day Presentation. Thank You.

Please check out www.portraitofasoldier.org
To contact Cameron email cameronschilling84@hotmail.com
To contact Operation Home Front call 866-417-8889"
Cameron of Charleston, Illinois

"I had the sad honor of assisting in the unit memorial service conducted for Christopher Alcozer and another man killed in the same engagement. As I am part of the other soldier's unit, I did not know Christopher, but his genuine and heroism and bravery in the face of enemy fire ensures I will never forget his name. He cannot be honored enough for his life saving actions that day. In a world of faux heroes, a genuine one has walked among us and his name was Christopher M. Alcozer."
SGT Chris C. of Fort Campbell, KY

"To the Alcozer Family, I wish to offer you my deepest condolences. Your Christopher is a true American Hero. Christopher will always be remembered and honored. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless you all and God Bless you Christopher."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"To Those I Love and Those Who Love Me

When I am gone, release me, let go.
I have so many things to see and do.
You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears,
be happy that we had so many years.

I gave 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 you must,
then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It's only for a while that we must part,
so keep the memories within your 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 hear all of my love around you soft and clear.
And then, when you must come this way,
I'll greet you with a smile, and say,
"WELCOME HOME.
Author Unknown
Gone Ė but not forgotten.
Thank you for sharing your loved one with us,
and for the sacrifice made by you and your family on our behalf.
Proud mom of Lcpl Alex. Currently serving in Iraq"
Patricia of Bishop, CA

"We lost our son in Baghdad 1-7-04. It's been a rough road. However, we carry on with the same Pride and Honor as our son would have done. You can do the same. He was 23years and 11 days old. In our eyes they will always be young strong and healthy."
Becky Mizener of Stockon CA

"While there are no words to ease your pain, may you be comforted with memories of your son and blessed with God's strength. We share the same loss as you. Our son was killed during his third deployment to Afghanistan. Our sons are heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. Thank you for your son's service to our country and his bravery.
Jonnie Chandler
Proud Mother of an OEF Fallen Hero"

"Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this time of sorrow. We are grateful for the courage and sacrifice your son made for his country."
The Casey family of Glenview, IL/USA

"Christopher is truly an American Hero. We all owe him a debt of gratitude that we can never repay. Please know that we keep you in our constant thoughts and prayers. We will not forget. May the peace that passes all understanding comfort you. GOD bless and keep you all."
Jeanne May of Beaumont, TX, USA

"CHRISTOPHER YOU HAVE ANSWERED A CALLING IN LIFE THAT MANY CARE TOO!. CHRISTOPHER YOU ARE THE ELITE OF AMERICAN'S AND ALL OF THE WORLD. TO UNDERSTAND ONE MUST PROTECT AND DEFEND AGAINST PEOPLE WANTING TO KILL OTHER'S. SINCE, 911 YOU HAVE HELPED TO STOP TERRORISM FROM EXPANDING. AN AMERICA HAS BEEN ALOT SAFER. ALONG WITH YOU HELP TO GIVE THOSE IN IRAQ FREEDOM AND HOPE. YOU ARE A BROTHER TO OUR SON AS HE FELT OF YOU. KIA BALAD, IRAQ 05-03-4 SGT GREGORY L. WAHL US ARMY. SO MARCEL IN GERMANY DOESN'T GET IT, SHAME! CHRIISTOPHER YOU ARE AN AMERICAN HERO! STILL YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN MUCH MORE TO THOSE THAT LOVE YOU. YOU ARE SOMEONE'S SOMEONE AND SOMEONE TO OUR FAMILY. PLEASE I URGE YOU! TO CONTACT YOUR POLITICAL LEADERS TODAY AND YOUR COMMUNITY. REQUEST A STREET BE NAMED AFTER CHRISPOTHR. HE SERVED HIS COMMUNITY, COUNTY AND STATE. AS AN AMERICAN! GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

""The consciousness of being loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring." - Oscar Wilde
What a beautiful if but short life. Always cherished...never forgetten."
Jane Stein of Columbus, OH

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

"Thank you Christopher Alcozer, 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 Pfc. Christopher Alcozer:
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 Christopher 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. Christopher Alcozer:
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 Christopher, 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