Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Edward J. Anguiano


24, of Brownsville, Texas.
Spc. Anguiano was in a six-vehicle convoy on Highway 7 in Iraq when enemy forces ambushed them on March 23, 2003. His remains were recovered on April 24, 2003. Anguiano was assigned to 3rd Forward Support Battalion, Fort Stewart, Georgia.

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"I think of you often brother, may you rest and peace and I will never forget you."
Patrick Campbell of Augusta Ga 30813

"I remember the last time I saw you!
We where outside the tents talking just days before we cross the border! R.I.P.

"ROCK of the MARNE""
SSG MARTINEZ, DENNIS of FORT CAMPBELL, KY

"Mrs. Anguiano, a math teacher at South Texas Community College wrote you a letter published in the Valley Morning Star on Monday, May 26, 2003. He writes about your young soldier, Mrs. Anguiano, your Edward. He describes the new world of your son's existence and how your Edward revealed, in a spiritual way, this message: "Tell my mama that I'm OK. Tell her not to worry. Tell her my soul is at peace." That teacher volunteered to serve in Afghanistan in 2005. Unlike your son, though, that teacher came home. But he died recently. Now his mother repeatedly reads his letter to you, Mrs. Anguiano, and she finds consolation in the words that he perceived your Edward was speaking. It is like that teacher is still talking to you--and now to his own mother. I know, Mrs. Anguiano. I am that teacher's mother. God bless you."
Julia Alaniz of Harlingen, Texas

"I still remember you, Eddie....your sense of humor, your sweetness, and how you looked so innocent with that smile and those freckles.... but boy were you a stubborn *, too! Always saying, "Anguianos never give up!" It's heartbreaking that remembering and honoring our fallen heroes on Memorial Day should include you, but I take comfort in knowing that the heart and soul you had while you were with us mean you're one of God's warriors now. We can never repay your sacrifice, but still, thank you and may you rest in peace in soldier paradise. I'll never forget you, Eddie."
Evelia Santamaria of Los Fresnos, TX

"Son ; Becky your sister had a baby boy his name is James Edward he will go to be strong and brave like his uncle; for l know you'll be his guardian angle. Love you always your mother"
janie of olmito. tx.

"Son, Merry Christmas in haven where everlasting life is. Watch over us as always. We love always your family. May God watch over us and keep us in good health always in Jesus name Amen. 2014"
MOM(janie) of brownsville, tx

"Eddie just stopping by bro. Thank you so much for fighting for us. Still remember the times we would hang out during lunch and pay hacky sack in Palo Verde. Peace be with your family."
Oscar Torres Jr of Brownsville, Tx

"Thank you for your sacrafice Edward. What happened on that day was a true American Tragedy. May you rest in peace.""
Jeffrey K. Heck USAF 82-86 of Columbus, Ohio

"eddie; your sister becky just got married at padre island. I could feel your present and spirit at the chapel. We place a picture of you at the chapel. It was a beautiful wedding son I know you were watching over all of us.love you always MoM"
MOM(janie) of brownsville, tx

"I remember Edward Anguiano every day. I took care of the soldier and saw him often in the Battalion area. I can not, nor will not forget his poitive influence upon my life. I am forever grateful. Son, you are not forgotten."
Maj Jim Arnold of Hinesville/Ft.Stewart, GA

"I remember you and SSG Buggs beating me at spades , at the other end of the tent in Kuwait . I Miss those times , when we had Downtime. I hope you and SSG Buggs hold a place for me !"
James Potter of Sweetwater tn 37874

"Hey brotha, remember cruzing in your black car you even let me drive it lol.. had a blast that night.. I always told you that you looked live Elvis lol.. stay safr hoorah"
Louie of Brownsville Tx

"I remember playing basketball with you on Saint Charles street and cruising around town in my delta 88 going to different parks to look for people to play basketball against. Wow, this was like in 2000 or 2001. How time goes by! RIP"
Alex Flores of Brownsville texas

"edward, In june the 1st of 2013, It would have been your 35 birthday. God only gave you almost 25 years of march 23, 2003. But I know (according to the bible)and feel (according to Gods love)that he gave you everlasting life in his kingdom. Watch over MOM, jennifer,toni,and becky. love you forever My son MOM"
janie anguiano of olmito, texas

"edward, In june the 1st of 2013, It would have been your 35 birthday. God only gave you almost 25 years of march 23, 2003. But I know (according to the bible)and feel (according to Gods love)that he gave you everlasting life in his kingdom. Watch over MOM, jennifer,toni,and becky. love you forever My son MOM"
janie anguiano of olmito, texas

"Although I have never met your family I still remember reading about you in the paper and seeing your face. My heart aches for your family. From an Air Force Mom and wife I would like to thank your family for raising a wonderful son."
Sandi of San Antonio

"son, Memorial Day 2013 we are going to march a mile in honor of all the fallen soldiers,for those that didn't come home to their families. But they went home to our heavenly father where his kingdom has no ending. watch over us eddie love you forever MOM"
MOM of brownsville, tx

"My father wears your name along with SSG Buggs on his wrist every day. I haven't seen him take it off. He'll retire soon, and I guarantee while he may take off his uniform he will never take off that bracelet. Your sacrifice means so much to us all, especially to aspiring Soldiers likey myself."
Patrick Towery of Carlisle, PA

"edward my son the year is 2013. On march the 23 will be the 10 years of your passing. I just can't believe that how the years pass so fast. Though you are still more alive then ever. Jessica lynch,and all those who surive the ambush went on with their lives. We still miss you very much mi hijo please watch over us. Love you forever son."
MOM(janie) of brownsville, tx US

"edward my son the year is 2013. On march the 23 will be the 10 years of your passing. I just can't believe that how the years pass so fast. Though you are still more alive then ever. Jessica lynch,and all those who surive the ambush went on with their lives. We still miss you very much mi hijo please watch over us. Love you forever son."
MOM(janie) of brownsville, tx

"My dearest son, many people are coming out saying that they have died and seen haven,and came back to there bodies to talk about it. I'am shock because some of the people are doctors,lawyers and just normal people. I know there is a haven,and you are watching over us, because you will always be alive in our hearts. love you and missing you. Mom"
janie of brownsville, tx

"Edward me and my brother met in you Victoria heights elementary we all used to hang out we will miss you when I saw you in the news I couldn't believe that it w you I was in shock thank you for fighting for our freedom"
Greg Alvarado of Brownsville tx USA

"son I pray every night that you watch over us. We miss you very much,as the years go by we wonder how you look if you were alive. Anyway I know you are in gods paradise. I love you always MOM''"
janie of brownsville, tx

"son I pray every night that you watch over us. We miss you very much,as the years go by we wonder how you look if you were alive. Anyway I know you are in gods paradise. I love you always MOM''"
janie of brownsville, tx

"Edward I miss you so much my brother. Not a.day goes by where you are not in my heart. I live each day to honor your memory. I love you so much! You are my angel."
Your sister Becky

"May you rest in peace Edward. I did not know you but i knew of you through mutual friends. I wanted to thank you for your service and bravery during your time in service.

SSgt Amanda Quilantan
USAF
Brownsville, TX"
amanda quilantan of cheyenne, wyoming

"son, even though all U.S. soldiers were pull out from iraq and the war is over. That country needs alot of praying for peace. Anyway son we miss you very much and sometimes we feel your present, I wish you would look down on your uncle Jr. and Anut Estella they have been very rude to you and us please pray for them that evil spirit goes away. You are closer to heaven maybe god will hear you. Watch over us Eddie love you always. MoM"
Janie of brownsville, tx.

"son, even though all U.S. soldiers were pull out from iraq and the war is over. That country needs alot of praying for peace. Anyway son we miss you very much and sometimes we feel your present, I wish you would look down on your uncle Jr. and Anut Estella they have been very rude to you and us please pray for them that evil spirit goes away. You are closer to heaven maybe god will hear you. Watch over us Eddie love you always. MoM"
Janie of brownsville, tx.

"Nov 9th 2011
I am here to pay my respects. I heard of the terrible news, when I was doing my tour in South Korea (2002-03). But I have not been able to show my love until now. When I knew Ed, he was this wild, fun kid who wanted to have a good time. Well, Anguiano and I mostly hung out at back behind the barracks in Ft. Stewart, while having a few beers. We would stop to listen to all types of Spanish music out his new Firebird, while he would talk about good times in Brownsville. He could not stop cleaning or messing with his car. Anyway, I now realize how much Ed has meant to so many people. After my tour of duty in Iraq/Kuwait in 2006-07, I found out how scared my family was for me and how much they cared.
Well, I drank a beer for you today Anguiano. We will see each other again. There is a purpose to everything and trust me there is a light on the other side."
Jordan Rangel (Veteran, SPC) of Marquette, MI

"To the family of Edward, My name is Roger Anguiano. I'm from Los Angeles California. I have never meet him but I did meet a lot of his friends in Fort Stewart. I was in 1st bn 41st field artillery in 2004, in the same brigade as him and believe it or not i ended up in the same unit as him 3rdfsb. All the time I would hear that I some what looked like him and if I was related to him. I would of liked to meet him and got to know him. May he rest in peace and weather he is my family or not, an Anguiano is an Anguiano and he will never be forgotten. Edward you are a brother that I never knew but will never forget."
Roger Anguiano of Naples Italy

"son, Tony is retiring from his job. He will be seeking another career probably as a photographer. Edward I wish you were alive, I need alot of help around the house and the cars. The girls help me, but they are not strong like you. Anyway I have to pay somebody to cut the grass and trim the trees and also to do and oil change on the cars. Thank god I haven't gotten a flat tire because I wouldn't know how to change one. I can't carry heavy things anymore because of my back. I can't call anyone because everybody wants money. Anyway eddie we are surving somehow,but I wish you were here so you could help in cleaning the attic and cutting our yard and fixing my roses. But you didn't belong to me you belonged to God he needed you more than I did. I had you for 24 years and I thank God for those wonderful, loveable years we had together son. So as your in god's house fix his garden as it was my garden."
Miss you son "MOM" of brownsville, tx

"The first time I really met you was in Kosovo. A buddy and I had to stay in your room when we had to spend the night at your camp, and you kept us up nearly all night playing that guitar.

After that, we would always speak when we encountered each other, though we never really formed a tight bond. That is until a conversation we had one night in Kuwait. You had inquired about the ankle I had broken just months before that, and I informed you that I could have gotten out of the deployment for it, but I chose not to.

What really sticks out to me is the reason I gave you for not getting a profile to keep me away from combat. I informed you that these were my brothers and sisters, and I would never be able to forgive myself if something had happened to any of them and I had not been there.

Well, something did happen, and you and Buggs didn't make it back with us. It is now over 8 years later, and I know in my heart that there is nothing that I could have done to have helped you. It was just sheer misfortune that of all the convoys that got stuck in the dessert, you and Buggs stopped and helped the 507th, unknowingly sealing your fate. The mess you ran into in Nasiriyah should have been avoided, but it wasn't, and many brave soldiers and marines died there.

You would be proud to know that Jessica Lynch (the girl who was in the back of the Hummer with you and Buggs) has spoken highly of you two, saying that y'all were the real heroes.

I miss you bro, and still think of you often. I even have a tattoo on my forearm dedicated to you and Buggs, lest I ever forget the sacrifice you two made."
(SGT) Christopher McKinney of Lexington, NC...formerly C co. 3rd FSB

"Edward in June 1,of 2011 you would of been 33 years old. It's the summer of 2011, its been 8 years since you have left us. We miss you alot. The war in Iraq is still going on. It seems every day American soldiers are been kill over there. Please greet them as they make the stairsway in haven. I know Gods house is full of love and peace. We are praying for peace. I love you son "MoM""
Janie Anguiano of Brownsville,

"The first time I heard, from my mom, of Eddie's passing I was in Oklahoma n cldnt believe it. It was unreal to know someone from my past that had been taken from us so soon and with so much more to offer. I had the pleasure of sharing a piece of life with Eddie. I got to know him as a respectful,protective, caring, funny but serious looking guy. He was a gentleman in every sense of the word. Its funny the other day I found an old album with our picture in it, we went to homecoming together, it was my first high school dance, we had a good time. I regret n am deeply sorry we didn't stay in touch regardless of why we parted. I miss how n who u were, there have not been any other guys like you out there or ever will be I imagine. I visited you the other day n I didn't know what to say so I cried a little n left you some morning glory's cuz somehow the name of them is how u make my mornings feel when I think of u. I hope n pray you can hear me n forgive me for not staying in touch. To your family my deepest condolences n prayers go out to them. I keep u in my thoughts n I will visit u more often, hopefully with something to say this time."
Milagros Mary Diaz of Harlingen, TX USA

"i definitely remember the good times we had at my house during high school and also going to mexico. gosh how much i miss you buddy. remember the time that i left my house and you stayed behind and told you i be back. i came back for you buddy and we had a blast that night. but what i remember best were the nights we had in mexico.you are in my heart forever and i will never forget you. thanks for keeping me safe despite my situations. i always felt safe around you. i love you forever my brother and take care. when i die i will see you again okay. wherever you are i hope that you are thinking about all of us in your life just like i am my boy."
Raymundo Capetillo of Brownsville

"Hey man, I think about you and Buggs all the time, the last time I saw you in our tent in Kuwait still makes me laugh! It feels good to leave a message here and in some strange way i know you'll read it one day!"
Jaquet Guilbeau of Texarkana Ar,

"Edward, this is mom we had a wonderful thanksgiving this year 2010. We miss you alot son, but your still alive in our hearts. Tony had a great time with us in our Thanksgiving dinner. We love you so much and miss you alot mi hijo. I know Jesus Christ has alot of work for you in haven and on earth. watch over us,love mom."
mom (janie) of Brownsville,tx.

"In the spring of 2003 I asked my mom to order me a pow/mia bracelet. The bracelet I received bares the name of Sgt Edward J Anguiano. It never leaves my wrist, with his name on the inside of my wrist so that I can read it. Today is Thanksgiving, but everyday I look at his name I am thankful for him, as well as the many men and women in the armed forces. Thank you Sgt Edward J Anguiano for serving your country, and fighting for my freedom.Though I never got the opportunity to meet you, you will never be forgotten."
Roxanne Richardson of Raleigh, North Carolina

"edward today was memorial day we did a silent march in honor of fallen soldiers. I was impress to see many people walking a mile just to honor you and other fallen soldiers. There were young people,old people,some could hardly walk and childrens too. I also join the march. It was a good feeling to walk that mile just for you my son. Love you always Mom."
janie of brownsville, tx.

"There isnt a day that goes by without me thinking about "Aggie" and Buggs. I was their shop foreman in the 3rd FSB. I am sorry that I wasnt there with them when the ambush took place. Ever since the loss I have been trying to figure out what I could have done different that would have prevented this. I want to tell the parents of Aggie that I am sorry for the loss that you suffered. Your son was brave and it was an honor to serve with him. He was a hero to me."
Stacey Q, Smith of Talladega, Alabama, USA

"To Anguiano's family.
Ed was a great friend and Solider. We talked a lot when we were on some dumb work details on Ft Stewart. I will always miss him. He is never forgotten.
My prayers go out to. From me and Alpha Company 3rd FSB."
X-Spc. John Jillard

"I love you buddy and take care of all those you left behind. I still visit you once in a while at Rose Lawn and talk to you about all the good times we had. You were indeed a true friend. Love Ya and until then."
Raymundo Capetillo of Brownsville

"i have personally have known Edward in my my youth days going out to mexico a few instances and believe me he was of true character. he was a true believer in whatever he did and I am so sorry that I heard about his passing and I just wish that no one else dies in vain like himself in this so called war. He indeed was a good friend and I have missed him dearly. I love you brother and I will see you soon. Thanks for the good times buddy. I just wish they were still so."
Raymundo Capetillo of Brownsville

"I met him while attending Hanna HS but we only talked a few times during lunch, he would spend his lunch time in the gym lifting weights. some time later I was eating in a restuarant at the old Amigoland Mall and I saw him with an older gentleman (his father i assume). They were in the next table and i over heard him tell his dad he wanted to join the Military. I didnt want to go up to say hi since I saw they were really into their conversation and I honestly didnt think he would remember me. I dont know what brought me to this page but I am so saddened by this.
As I said before I didnt know him well but he was really nice. He would help me lift weights and cracked jokes at how I was working out in boots. My heart goes out to his family ~ especially his parents.
He is remembered~"
Krystal of Brownsville, Texas

"son this is mom this decade is almost over and we are entering the year 2010. We miss you alot. Tony,becky,jennifer and mom we will always keep you in our heart."
Mom (janie) of Brownsville, Tx.

"Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. Although I did not know you in life I thank you my fellow Texan. I hug my children a little tighter when I see your photo. Your family has a great strength."
Ohhgee Bush of Reno Nevada

"I want you to know that your sacrifice will not be forgotten by your fellow Americans. Nor will we ever forget the anguish felt by your loved ones at your loss."
Sandy Floyd of Ardmore, OK USA

"I remeber the last time i saw you i was 10 and we were moving to Indiana and you were so sad because we were leaving, It's a shame we didn't keep in touch i miss you and you will always be in my heart edward, One day we will see each other alguien dia. Youre cousion Gina"
Gina of Warsaw,IN USA

"Hey well it's me again just here with my wife showing her my old school friends and telling her how we used to play hackie sack during lunch in palo verde @ seans house.. miss you and you always in my thoughts."
Oscar Torres Jr. of Brownsville, Tx.

"ANGUIANO YOU WILL NEVA EVA BE FORGOTTEN...WE KEPT EACH OTHER LAUGHING ALL THOSE LATE NIGHTS IN THE BARRACKS @ FT STEWART DRINKING AND JUST HAVING A GOOD TIME.. YOU AND SGT BUGGS KEEP EACH OTHER IN LINE UP THERE OK!! I WANT TO LET THE FAMILY KNOW THAT YOU WERE RAISED A SWEET PERSON PEACE AND BLESSINGS TO ALL. UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN IN HEAVEN 3RD ID ALPHA CO FT STEWART BUILDING 719 FOR EVA"
GIBBS

"Happy Birthday Eddie my son. Today you would of been 30 years old. You will always be in our hearts. Happy Birthday Eddie from Mom,Becky and Jennifer."
from Mom(janie) of Brownsville, TX.

"To the family of:Edward J. Anguiano 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"

"I watch you as a child and you grew up to be a young man with a future ahead of you nobody deserve the credit then tony he took good care of you he was like a father /mother at the same time
thank you tony for all you did to help
edward"
Vicente Anguiano,jr of brownsville,tx

"MISS YOU EDWARD YOUR FRIEND ALWAYS OSCAR TORRES CLASS OF 2000 HHS"
OSCAR of BROWNSVILLE

"IT'S NOW 2008.
STRANGE. I ALWAYS REMEMBER YOUR NAME,
AND REMEMBER WHEN THE NEWS CAME OUT THAT YOU HAD BEEN KILLED IN ACTION.
AND THAT YOU WERE FROM THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY.
WHAT A BRAVE SOLDIER.
YOU JOINED SUCH A PURE, ELITE COMPANY.
YOU ARE NOW WITH ALL THOSE GREAT BRAVE SOLDIERS THAT HAVE DEPARTED FROM US.
REST, SOLDIER. YOU'VE EARNED IT.
TO THE ANGUIANO FAMILY:
WE, THE VASQUEZ FAMILY, WILL NEVER FORGET YOUR SON/BROTHER. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS YOUNG HERO FROM THE RIO GRAND.
BENJAMIN C. VASQUEZ, VETERAN
U.S. COAST GUARD. SEMPER PARATUS
BROWNSVILLE/RICHMOND, TEXAS"
Benjamin C. Vasquez of RICHMOND, TEXAS, USA

"If you are able,
save them a place
inside of you
and save one backward glance
when you are leaving
for the places they can
no longer go.
Be not ashamed to say
you loved them,
though you may
or may not have always.
Take what they have left
and what they have taught you
with their dying
and keep it with your own.
And in that time
when men decide and feel safe
to call the war insane,
take one moment to embrace
those gentle heroes
you left behind.
Major Michael Davis O'Donnell
1 January 1970
Dak To, Vietnam. America has been built on the blood of Heros and Brave men of Honor. A fellow Veteran thanks this American Hero for his Bravery, His Service to Country, and for the Ultimate Sacrifice he has made.Thank you for our cherished Freedoms your sacrifice has protected. May you rest well in Gods loving embrace Brace Solider, and may God bring peace to your family and loved ones."
William Darby Taylor of Bonita Springs Florida

"What a handsome young man. I just want the family to know that he is not forgotten. Through my journey I have been able to put a face and personality to each young life lost. They are all heros and America is proud of our soldiers. It saddens me that we have lost so many bright young people. May God bless you and comfort you."
Shirley Billingsley of Huntsville, AL

"Edward As I'am writing to my son tears are coming down my face. Sometimes it's hard to accept that you are not here with us. I miss you so much only God knows. Today is your birthday you would have been 29 years old on earth but in haven your 4 years old so Happy Birthday My Son. Jennifer,Becky ,tony and mom will always love you and we miss you dearly. Love you always Your mother janie"
janie (mom) of brownsville,texas. USA

"Edward As I'am writing to my son tears are coming down my face. Sometimes it's hard to accept that you are not here with us. I miss you so much only God knows. Today is your birthday you would have been 29 years old on earth but in haven your 4 years old so Happy Birthday My Son. Jennifer,Becky ,tony and mom will always love you and we miss you dearly. Love you always Your mother janie"
janie (mom) of brownsville,texas. USA

"May 30, 2007
To the family of Edward J. Anguiano. Edward 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 went to high school with John... Graduated as part of the same class. I was devastated when he went missing and crushed when he was found dead... Here it is, May 19, 2007 -- and he is still unforgotten. I later found out his two younger sisters were part of my bible study when they were still teens... I still pray for them and their mother.... I wrote a letter to the editor on John's behalf when he went missing, encouraging our cities to use yellow ribbons showing our well wishes to his family. I will never regret writing that letter, even if he didn't return alive like we hoped and prayed for. John isn't forgotten... And never will be....
Blessings,"
Veronica Lucio, HHS Class of 98. of Brownsville, TX

"WOW MY LAST NAME IS A VERY STRANGE NAME IT IS ALSO ANGUIANO I AM SORRY TO HERE OF LOST I JUST WONDER WERE U MY RELATIVE"
Maira Anguiano of yakima Wa

"A GREAT FRIEND WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED. YOU WERE ALWAYS SMILING AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOUR SMILE.I REMEMBER YOU FROM LOS FRESNOS TX. WE RESIDED NEXT TO EACH OTHER FROM LAS PALMAS PROJECTS AND YOU WOULD ALWAYS BE IN THE BACK OF YOUR HOUSE WEIGHTLIFTING AND MY HUSBAND WOULD ALWAYS CHAT WITH YOU. WE WERE STAYING WITH MY BROTHER MOISES ALEJANDRO {SMILEY} . I PRAY TO GOD FOR YOUR FAMILY AND MAY GOD HAVE YOU NEXT TO HIM .TO YOUR FAMILY; MY SENCIERE RESPECTS AND BLESSINGS.MRS ANGUIANO GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR DAUGHTERS."
NEREIDA ALEJANDRO AND SMILEY of NEWTON GROVE NORTH CAROLINA USA

"I miss you dearly my bother but not a day goes by that I don't remember the days we shared together.You've always looked out for me and I know your watching every day of mine. God did not take a bother from me, he just gave me the best gardian angle there was and thats you. You are my hero you always have been. Be talking to you, Edward. I love you!!!"
Rebecca Garzoria of Brownsville, Tx

"Edward had a great heart. Great in the sense that he loved his family, his friends, and his country, and great in the sense that he was willing to sacrifice himself for his country. His death was a great loss for his country and for those who knew him. We think about him every day, and we will never forget him."
Joseph of Brownsville

"Edward,
I would like to say thank you to you and all the other soldiers from your convoy who were killed in that ambush for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. I read how you went down fighting and after reading some of the reflections left by some of your fellow soldiers, I know you must of have been one hell of a soldier."
Mike C. of El Paso, Texas

"I remember you always. Never a week goes by that I do not think of you. Taking care of your health was a major part of my time with you. My heart goes out to your family, one and all, as you are missed by so many. Three years have passed; your memory and life has not passed from us. We miss you very much. Thank-you for being you. God Bless you, your family and our soldiers. "Ready To Roll".
Ready Roc (Ancient)"
Doc Arnold of Fort Stewart, GA

"My name is Miguel Figueroa and I never got to meet Edward personally but I would ocassionally waive at him as we were neighbors at Fort Brown in Brownsville, Texas. This was around 2001/2002. I never really saw him again until the news from Iraq came. My wife and I were shocked. Years later, as I changed employers, I met a gentleman with the same last name and I curiously asked him if he was a relative of Edward and he acknowledged. We ocasionally have a chance to talk but once in a while we do speak about Edward. Edward may be gone physically but he is still around somehow, in memories and conversations. God Bless you Edward, thanks for serving our country and we will never forget."
Miguel Figueroa of Brownsville, TX

"I have been wearing Edward's MIA bracelet. If any family members would like to have it, I would be glad to send it. I can order another bracelet for myself. Email: djcaliendo@aol.com"
Mary Jo of Andover,Ks.

"THE FINAL
INSPECTION

The Soldier 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, Soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"


The Soldier 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 Soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.


"Step forward now, you Soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."

~Author Unknown~"
RA of El Paso TX

"R.I.P. my fellow solder on the 3 year annivesary, WE WILL NEVER FORGET."
adam mcmurdy of mv. ca

"Edward was one of my great buddies in high school (Hanna HS)..We hanged out in school and after school.Sometimes, when he used to work at Antonios restaurant here in brownsville, he would drop by here at home and just hang for a while before he gets home. Ever since high school he was like a soldier,gettin a job while in high school and just walking home from work in quite a far distance.. He used to like " American Ninja" the movie and the plot for that story was about an american soldier very skilled in martial arts, single-handedly takes on mercenaries in the Philippines. He really ended up as a soldier fighting a war, a war caused by a bad leadership/dictatorship from the other land..many brave soldiers had fallen and Edward was one of the brave ones fighting not only for the U.S but for peace and freedom for the other lands which is the world.You will always be remembered Edward and I know you're with God now..you're a hero to all the people in this world..
Love and Peace to the Anguiano family.."
Alain Nuval of Brownsville, Texas

"A Song for our brother SPC Anguiano. You are truly have been missed. Love, Peace, and Grace goes out to the Anguiano family members. He's a friend indeed!

Amazing Grace

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I'm found
Was blind, but now I see.
Twas grace that taught my heart
to fear, and grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hours I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils, and
snares, I have already come;
'Tis grace hath bought me safe
thus far, and grace will
lead me home.

Part of Our Hearts Forever

Could we ever forget your sparkling eyes
or the way you brightened each day,
or your smile which is etched in our memories,
so you're never far away?
Could we ever forget those priceless moments?
The answer, of course, is never.
For you were part of our lives for a brief time,
but you'll be part of our hearts forever.

In Loving Memory of SPC Edward J. Anguiano."
MSG Eric S. Magee of Fort Stewart, GA (3D Forward Support Battalion)

"I went to Kosovo with him in 2001 and he was a geat mechaniac, person, and soldier...he will be missed"
George Simmons of Columbia, SC

"Edward we miss you so much!!! my mom thinks about you everyday!! You will always be in my heart!! I LOVE YOU!"
Victoria of Pembroke Pines, FL

"Eddie,
It is hard to put into words what kind of friendship we had. Even though you are not with us anymore I can feel you near. Its funny that not long after you died I found myself in the 3rd ID and now in Iraq myself. Funny how friends fallow each other around. But deep in my heart I know you are looking out for me here just like when we used to play ball in Brownsville all thoughs years ago. Your loving friend always."
PV2 Pete Casango of Baghdad, Iraq

"To the family of Edward J. Anguiano,
I am saddened by the loss of your son. I saw this website and felt saddened by the loss of this young man's life. At the same time I feel much pride in the knowledge of having such a wonderful young person whom I may or may not share a heritage, fight for his country. I am also an Anguiano, of the Harlingen, TX Anguiano's, however I was raised in Mexico. I will keep you in my prayers. May God Bless all of you."
Hector Anguiano of Palmetto, FL / USA

"Hello,

I am so sorry for your loss. I too lost a loved one to this war.
We have formed a group for those of us who have experienced
the ultimate sacrifice. Gold Star Families for Peace.
www.gsfp.org.
Love and Peace to you,"
Dede Miller of Bellflower, Ca

"I am sad that you are no longer with us, but I know we will meet again. I will always remember you and the great times we shared throughout our adolescent years. Thank you."
Debbie of Austin, TX

"Edward, I am truly sorry that I did not have the opportunity to know you, I can't help wondering if we were related. My grandmother was named Vicenta Anguiano. She was from Monterrey and had family in Texas.

I am proud of your committment to your family and your country, I know you were a great son and soldier. My heart goes out to your loved ones especially your mother. She was very proud of you as were your sisters. I visited the memorial that was set up in Monterey California at the windows on the Bay. I wept to see so many fallen in battle. I found your marker and left you a necklace of flowers. I will always feel a strong kinship to you though we never met. We will honor you always.

Thank you to the warrior may he never be forgotten."
Margaret Serna Bonetti of Salinas, California

"Anguiano,
Remember when we were in Kuwait in January and it was cold in that enlisted fest tent and I went into my Supply Truck and got those space heaters for you all? Well you were the only soldier to say thank you in my seven years of thankless service as a Supply Sergeant. That meant something to me. It meant, that out of the thousands of soldiers US and Korean that I have lead and supplied, your simple thank you reminded me that my work didn't go unoticed. You keep SSG Buggs in line up there, and make sure he continues to do PT. Thank You for all you've done for me and Gators"
SSG Derrick Peay derrick.a.peay@us.army.mil of Ft Stewart, Georgia

"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 in their time of sorrow and need. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. You will not be forgotten."
a grateful citizen in arizona.

"TO THE FAMILY OF EDWARD MY NAME IS ELIZABETH VARA I HAVE GRAND RESPECT FOR YOUR SON I REMEMBER WHEN HE AND MY BROTHER (LEROY) WILL ALWAYS BE TOGETHER HIS KIND AND LOVING HEART IT IS SUCH A GREAT LOST TO LOSE A CLOSE FRIEND WITH LOVE ALWAYS TO A BRAVE SOLDIER.WE MISS YOU! MAY GOD ALWAYS BE WITH YOU. THE VARA FAMILY"
LIZ of SAN BENITO TX

"Hi, my name is Kim and I go to Barker Middle School. As soon as my teacher found the fallen heroes website she thought it would be a good idea if all of us found out some information about 2 or more soldiers who passed in the war and write to their relatives about their brave, positive influence on our economy. I know some of the pain your going through. I lost my Grandparents just 2 Mrs ago and it still hurts and it never stops hurting , like a hole in your heart but the pain fades out over time. Even though Edward passed young he passed for about the most honorable thing a man or woman could die for. He must have been very loyal to the U.S.> and everyone who cares respects him for what he did and how much he risked for our country. If I was related to him I would be very proud an I'm sure you are.

Edward
compassionate, courageous
fun-loving, caring, respecting
Solider"
7th grade student of Barker Middle School

"In loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"We Will NEVER FORGET !" As the first anniversary of the death of your loved one arrives;
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering all your family and loved ones in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Edward, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Edward Anguiano for you service to our country. You will not be forgotten. And to the family my deepest condolences. Your son was a brave man in the face of danger."
Mark Anguiano of Austin, Texas

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

"Thank you so much for sharing these pictures…it’s great to have the different photos to go with a Hero’s name. It does allows me to become closer to a person that I don’t even know – someone who has risks his life to take this war away from my door. So, young and handsome, so full of life it’s easy to see how much he loved his Country and you must be so proud of him! Dear Family and Friends; I am truly sorry for your loss. Please know he is still one of our angles and he is now watching over you as he continues to protect his fellow men and women. My words alone will never heal your pain and time can only ease the pain of your loss. Know that your son, brother, uncle, friend, etc. will never be forgotten in our hearts. I sincerely appreciate his strength and bravery, and the honor he took in protecting me – a person he never knew (our Country). Thank you again for bringing up such a fine young man who has allowed me to feel safe here at home in the USA."
Kittie Burleson of Oklahoma City, OK , USA 02-07-2004

"TO EDWARD,A TRUE FRIEND SINCE ELEMENTARY IN VICTORIA HEIGHTS. THANK YOU
FOR DEFENDING OUR COUNTRY MAY YOURE SOUL REST IN PEACE OLD FRIEND."
MAURICIO ALVARADO of AUSTIN TX.

"Thank you Edward Anguiano, 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

"It's hard for me to sit here with my family this holiday season, just having returned from Iraq. I served with the 3rd ID, and came back. My first son was born while we were in Baghdad; I can't express in any words what it's like to have to know that some of the men and women I served with will not be able to do the same. I know, even though the 'news' doesn't show it, how much good we are doing for the cause of liberty. The peoples of the Middle East may not yet be prepared for the difficulties of freedom, but I HAVE to believe that the soldiers died for a serious and worthy cause. We can't let the media or the rumors of corporate greed tarnish this. I am very proud to have served my country, and I am very, very sad to know that I have friends that will not be able to see all the good they have done. God speed and may the peoples of this crazy world one day realize what a serious contribution, those who are not with us now, have made. With profound sorrow I write this and may God look after those in uniform this holiday season. LT from 3rd FSB Fort Stewart - "Rock of the Marne""
LT of Rock of the Marne

"TO EDWARD ANGUIANO, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU FOR GIVING YOUR LIFE SO THAT ME AND MY FAMILY COULD LIVE OURS. YOU ARE A TRUE HERO AND EVEN THOUGH I NEVER MET YOU, I AM VERY PROUD OF YOU AND WILL NEVER FORGET YOU. TO THE ANGUIANO FAMILY, MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND REMEMBER THAT YOU HAVE A NEW ANGEL WATCHING OVER YOU THAT WILL ALWAYS BE THERE TO PROTECT YOU THE WAY HE PROTECTED US."
AMY of SAN JUAN

"edward j anguiano alot of us out there still miss you,how could this happen to you only god knows we will never forget you, god is with you and always be."
junior of brownsville,texas

"edward john anguiano you will always be with us the american people thank you you did your best a true fighter to protect our country as many have, you are a true american l thank you edward j anguino for giving me that freedom"
a veteran who served his country of brownsville,texas

"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

"Edward had kind eyes. He must have been a gentle soul. I am truly sorry for you. God bless you in this difficult time."
Michelle of Canada

"Edward
i regret that we grew apart last time we seen each other we were saying good bye .who would of thought we would not see each other again .you called once like a couple of years back saying u where coming up north to see us .but it never happened .we did not get a chance to see or know the man you grew up to be . you will always be a little boy to us. we love you and we are proud of you.
love you always,"

"I would like to say sorry to the family of Edward. I went to high school with him when he went to Los Fresnos and had classes with him. He was always a nice/quiet guy. He will always be remembered."
Jennifer of Houston, Texas

"I would just like to say my condolences to the family of Spc Anguiano. While the pain you carry is great Spc Anguiano and his fallen comrades fought with courage and will be long remembered by all americans who understand what they went thru. May god be with you and confort you, your Edward will always be remembered as a hero"
H padilla of Los Angeles Calif

""I would like to donate a canvas portrait to the family of Spc Anguiano. Our portraits have been well recieved. I have been donating these portraits to Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom because they last forever and no-one will be forgotten. You can see what our donation portraits look like at http://lionheartcreations.net/honorfallen.htm I have wrote a poem called Fallen and we put this on the canvas portrait along with name rank and branch of service. We will ship the portrait right to your home. This cost you nothing. This is our way to serve and honor our fallen. Please let us serve you. You can email us to make arrangements for your portrait and this can all be done over the internet or US mail. Making the portraits only takes a day or so. Our email address is on our website or you can email carlosshelter@aol.com Thank you and God bless""
Carlos Kathy & Ashley Jones of Middletown Ohio

"To the family and memory of Edward Anguiano~
What Spc. Anguiano accomplished and stood for throughout his life, even unto his last moments, was remarkable. His heroism stands as an example for us all. He answered the call of his country when it was in need and he died to protect his nation and preserve freedom. He loved and honored his country, as he loved and honored his mother. The manner in which he lived and died is a testament to the goodness of humanity. God bless him in heaven and those who survive him here on earth.We will hold him in our hearts and in our prayers always. He is a true American hero."
The Kelly Family of New Braunfels, Tx

"I always remember seeing Edward at high school...he would ask me about the Army and what he had do to enlist. He was a true patriot before he ever came in uniform. I was already proud to know him as a patriot, and am now filled with more pride to know him as a hero. His loss came fighting not only for freedom, but for his friends. He will be remembered with honor."
SFC E Lopez of 1st Armored Division

"I would like to say to the family of Spc Anguiano, that your son was a true soldier. He had such a hooah hooah attitude, and I know that he did his best serving his country. I send prayers to your family and for Anguiano. He was a cool guy to be around. Sincerly, Spc Martinez. 3FSB, Ft Stewart. Aco"
J L Martinez of San Diego.

"To the family and friends of Spc. Edward Anguiano:
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 Edward 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 Spc. Edward Anguiano:
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 Edward, 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