Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Michael Paul Barrera

26, of Von Ormy, Texas.
Barrera was fatally injured when his tank was hit with an improvised explosive device in Baqubah, Iraq. Barrera was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on October 28, 2003.

Please send information, photos, and corrections for Army Sgt. Michael Paul Barrera.

Links:

Honoring a fallen warrior
Contributions to the Families of the Fallen

Messages:

Leave a message in memory of this servicemember, and/or to the loved ones left behind.

Please report inappropriate messages

"Michael,
I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Soldier who was also killed in that blast 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

"Never forget. "See you on the high ground brother". SSG Ryan Johnson, U.S. Army RET, 1st platoon Alpha Co. 3/67 Armor 2001-2004."
SGT Johnson of Richmond Va

"Hey Mike,

It's great to see how your home town loved you so much and honored you in so many ways possible. Here we are again on the anniversary of that ugly day. I'll never forget Mike.

Rav~324th MP BN NJ"

"Sgt. Michael Paul Barrera will be remembered and honored at the City of College Station City Council meeting on August 27, 2015"
Ben Roper of College Station

"Hey Mike, I haven't visited this page since the year of your loss but as mentioned, in my first message to you...you have never been forgotten. I've shared the story of that day every year and honor your loss by wearing a custom metal bracelet of you... not to relive it but in remembrance of you and my last memory. I will continue sharing you with the world."
Rav 324th MP forever of NJ

"My name is Joel Maldonado. I am a second grader from Seoul American Elementary School. I have chosen you as my fallen hero for a march for heroes on May 24, 2012. You are my hero!"
Mrs. Lundy's Class of Seoul, Korea

"My name is Joel Maldonado. I am a second grader from Seoul American Elementary School. I have chosen you as my fallen hero for a march for heroes on May 24, 2012. You are my hero!"
Mrs. Lundy's Class of Seoul, Korea

"Michael, Happy Veterans Day brother, you will never be forgotten, I miss the times we spent together. Keep those SABOT's locked and loaded."
SFC Stewart, A. of Indianapolis, IN (Stout Field)

"You will be remembered on this upcoming Veterans Day 2011 for the unselfish will to fight for out freedom, we knew each other in Somerset High School for a few years and send my condolences to your close friends and family and a reminder that you will never be forgotten."
Dion Luna of Dallas TX

"You will be remembered on this upcoming Veterans Day 2011 for the unselfish will to fight for out freedom, we knew each other in Somerset High School for a few years and send my condolences to your close friends and family and a reminder that you will never be forgotten."
Dion Luna of Dallas TX

"Hey Mikey even though i was young when we last saw each other i still remember you.You would always come over to visit my mom and I. I want to let you know that i will never forget you and that you will always be in my heart. I love you so much. Thank you for keeping us safe,your my hero. :')"
Anna Barrera (little cousin) of Laredo,Tx

"Happy 34th Birthday Michael! You'll always be 26 in heaven but here you're 34 :-p. I can't be older than you :-p. I found a dime at the movies and wondered if you were there. I think you were. Sometimes I wish you can send me a different sign instead of a dime. But I'm happy with whatever you send. I miss you Michael. Again, Happy Birthday. Hope you have a good one."
wndrwl of tx

"So sorry to here of our lost brother. i was stationed with michael in fort hood back 3/67 armor. i will miss him dearly, may God bless you all. SFC Ariel Salas (retired)"
Ariel Salas of San Antonio tx.

"Thank you"
David Alisa Emily Jake Barrera of Houston, Texas

"Everytime I am with your godson Trey and we start to argue I find a dime, and know you are watching him. When I get in my car I hear Pearl Jam I know you are there with me. I raise a glass of Guiness and salute you my friend, and will always remember you."
mike of killeen

"Remeber when we were kids & you let your sister & I paint you up like and old lady? I can't believe you let us do that.. haha. Remember that time when our families went to the beach together and we all had to stay in one room? We made sure to sleep next to each other and we held hands late at night. You were such a comforting person to be around. It's been 7 yrs today & I can't remember you voice. I hate that. All I have are memories that are starting to fade & become littile fragments. Where ever you are always now that you are missed & loved."
wndrwl of tx

"I rember when MICHAEL would play freeze tag and hide n go seek with me and my sister. Every time i would go to my grandmas house MICHAEL would be wating to play. I was happy that MICHAEL was my uncle if we wernt playing we were watching t.v. MICHAEL was the best because, what he would do for us what ever we needed he was there. I rember that one day when i went to my grandmas house and MICHAEL wasnt there. My aunt vanessa told me that he went to go fight the bad guy so that we would be safe and she also told me that i might not see him for a while. He would alway call or write because of corse you no MICHAEL he is the type to do stuff like that. I rember the sad day when my aunt called and she was crying and said that she wanted to talk to my dad. When they got off the phone we rushed to my grandmas house.standing in the living room were two guys dressed up so i thought
MICHAEL was there so i ran around calling his name because, i new he would try to scare me. My dad grabbed me and told me that MICHAEl had died i started bursting out in tears screaming his name and i will never forget that day or MICHAELS face. I am now 13 and i still cry to this day thinking about MICHAEL but i just have to tell my self he is now in JESUS kindom and will be safe....... I no MICHAEL isnt my uncle anymore but i will always rember him as my HERO UNCLE AND NOTHING WILL CHANGE THAT.. MICHAEL " WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY". When i grow up i want to be a MARINE and become a VETERAN like the people in my family... R.I.P. MICHAEL PAUL BARREA I LOVE YOU."
BY MICHAEL ELIAS of San,Antonio tx

"mikey, i often think back to the days we used to sit in the motorpool and talk. being as kolin mentioned, one of the only white guys at your wedding. driving around in you isuzu truck, or riding sfc mays old motorcycle you bought. you were one of the good guys, a true friend. always in my thoughts and prayers, you will be missed. see you on the other side."
james "gravy" pierce of peoria, az

"To A Fallen Hero..........I recall when you first arrived to this unit (3/67th) as a private...I would tell people that you were my little brother. I was Miguel Barrera from Brownsville Texas and you were Michael Barrera from San Antonio. We had a great time with it. You recieved orders to PCS to Germany, it hit us hard but knew you would do well in this career. I soon Retired shortly and remained in Killeen. One day I heard your name mentioned in the news. I wasn't sure what had happened. The next day I got the paper and read it that you had fallen in Iraq. What's funny my friend, you never did fall. The lord promoted you ahead of all of us to the highest ranking. You my friend, you are a true hero. You gave up your life for our freedom. I will never forget you my little brother. Hope you take care of me like I did you when I reach you.
Your Amigo
Miguel Ricardo Barrera
US Army Retired
254-248-7443"
SSG Barrera of Killeen,Tx

"Mikey... it was 6 years ago today... I'm sorry you were taken from us... you are a great guy and a really fine NCO. I talked to Gies via FB today. We all remember you and Campoy. Never forgotten..."
Scott Farrell of Colorado Springs, CO

"HAPPY 32nd BIRTHDAY MICHAEL!!!! NOT A DAY GOES BY WHEN I DON'T THINK OF YOU AND MISS YOU. THANKS FOR THE DIME I FOUND BEHIND MY WASHER! LOL MISS YOU TONZ & LOVE TONZ!!"
WNDRWL

"To the family of:Michael Paul Barrera 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"

"Hey Mikey,
It's been a long time. i can't believe it's been so long since you left our lives. I just want to say you were one of the best soldiers and best friends I ever knew. Working on your tanks was always fun since we would argue about them cowboys. To the Barrera family I would like to tell you happy holidays and remember Mikey is still with us. I will remember him forever he was a great soldier and friend."
Joshua Nicely-ssg. of clifton forge,va

"Hey Mikey.....I miss you. It is so hard for me to belive you have been gone five years. Some days it feels like yesterday. But as my birthday slowly is approching I am reminded of you and wishing that life was different and you where here. The kids are growing up so fast. Samy is playing baseball like you hoped he would and is on the football team at school. Sissy is in high school, can you belive it, and is on the swim team. They miss you too. We still sit around and talk about you. I know that you are looking down on them and keeping a watchfull eye out. Keep heavn laughing and smile. I cant wait to see you again.....talk to you soon. I love you forever.....your one and only sunshine!!!!"
Deni of Copperas Cove, Texas

"happy be-lated birthday michael. i promise i didn't forget but i didn't get a chance on sat. i hope wherever you are you're happy and had a great birthday. don't forget i'm here and i know i won't forget you. like i said before don't be afraid to say hi every once in a while. i miss you tonz!!"
wndrwl of texas

"I know michael when he first enlisted and was stationed at fort hood with my ex husband Jason Cogan. He would come and stay with us at our house. I would cook and do his laundry for him. He was such a sweet person. He had a good heart. He loved our little girl Erica. I just found out about his death today. I am sorry for your lose and I pray for the family. He is deeply missed."
Laura Cogan of Texarkana, tx

"Hi Hilda!
It's been so long and yet I remember so clearly the day I got the news about Mikey. I am the person that wrote that poem for Mikey and I ran across it today and it brought back so many beautiful memories about Mikey especially his SMILE.:) Just sitting here thinking about him brings a smile to my face and makes me remember his character. No one could ever compete with that. Hope that you guys are all in good health and tell Chela we miss her. email: Arambula_sandra@yahoo.com
God Bless!
*Mikey, thanks for the fond memories."
Sandra Arambula of san antonio, tx

"Mikey I miss you all the time.
I hate being here with out you.
I truly love and miss you always."
Alyssa of Alice, TX

"hi michael, thank you for my first dime in almost 5 years and for the song i listen to as i type this to you. miss you tonz!"
wndrwl of tx

"Mikey,

I am still trying to say Goodbye to you but I am still unable to, it's too much to let go of you. My heart still aches knowing that you are gone and this is not a dream, knowing that my Tia & Tio really did lose their son and that Chela really did lose her brother. We all lost. You are still frozen in my mind, not as the man who was the brave soldier that you were. When I think of you I can't help but think of the the kind of child you were. The little boy who had to watch CHiPs every week because they were cops on motorcycles, the little boy who adored the Dukes of Hazzard and wanted to be a "good ol' boy" just like them. You also took pride in your wearing your Superman Underoos, it didn't matter that it was underwear because who cares? They came with a cape! I used to love it when I would watch your Mom blow dry your hair with the round brush and then finish it off with a nice layer of hairspray. Well Mikey, you are better than the guys on CHiPs, they protected the highways of California on their motorcycles, you protected a whole lot more and you got to drive a Tank while doing it. I don't think anyone would argue with me in saying that you were more than a "good ol' boy", you became a Great Young Man and died with honor & without fear like a Man of Steel but you didn't need a cape to be a hero after all.... I love you Primo."
Your Cousin Gina of San Antonio, TX

"April 13, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Michael Paul Barrera:
Michael 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

"is Michael Barrera a Filipino? just want to ask.."
linel of philippines

"We would like to thank all of you for all the kind words and the awesome stories you all have shared with us. Please feel free to email us at anytime. We are so blessed with all the wonderful friends that Mike left us with. Sending all of you Tons of God's Blessings today and Always
Mike's Mom & Dad
Gabe & Hilda B. Guardiola
guardiog@aol.com"
of Von Orm, Tx

"I was one of the only three white boys at your wedding and remember that great day as if it were yesterday. Your easy going personality and great smile are the things I remember most about you. Eddie broke the news to me years back and I was shocked. You were a brave man and a good friend. See you on the other side brother."
Kolin Williams of Sacramento, CA

"To the Barrera Family,
My Name is Kevin Rosas and I was a soldier of Sgt Barrera in Germany, he was the first person I met when I was assigned to Alpha company, and from day one he treated me like a little brother,
he was one of the best frieds Ive ever had, and the best tanker Ive ever known,
he use to tell me "there's three things you could be in life good, great, and excellent, he said those who settle for good will never get passed great and those who strive for excellent will be great when they're alive and for those who know you, will think of you as excellent when you die". he always had good way of putting things. I really miss him alot and hope to get know you guys a little better, he will always be in my heart and will never be forgotten."
Kevin Rosas of Sweetwater, Tx

"To the family of Mike Barrera, this is Jonathan Campoy,Isaac's brother just droppn in to wish you guys a warm and happy holiday season.Us here are okay.Hoping to keep in touch.Lots of respect and care."
Jonathan Campoy of Tucson,AZ

"SGT Barrera was a great NCO and Person, He always thought I was trying to take him down when he walked by but little that he knows is that I was just making way for an NCO. Just coming out of basic he would mess around and try to get me to mess up so that he would smoke me. He let up on me when he found out that I loved the Cowboys to. He would never let anyone talk down about them. I remember playing base ball with him and Campoy in Balad using some BII as a bat and some tape as a ball. Good times. We miss you."
SGT Villegas of Fort Sam Houston, TX

"Hi Britanie. This is Michael's Mom. Please email me at guardiog@aol.com"
Hilda B. Guardiola of Von Ormy, Tx

"He will always be my #1 Tanker!!!!"
Britanie of Moody,Texas US

"hi i am Britanie, me snd michael wrote to eachother i guess u could call him my pen pal.I started writing him when i was in the third grade.It was actually an little project we did and he was the only one that wrote me back.We kept writing eachother and it was the best experience ever. We had planed to meet when he came back home but that never happened.He was a great guy and in some ways i looked at him as my dad...I will always miss him and cry everytime i hear his name. He touched my heart in sooo many ways, and nobody can replace the space i had for him in my heart. I wanted to go to his funereal sooo bad but i was soo young at the time and soo sad my mom didnt want me to go. I am now 13 and i really wish i could've met him he seemed like a great guy. I will deeply miss him."
Brianie Leatherwood of Moody,Texas US

"happy 30th birthday michael!! it's been almost 4 years and not a day goes by that i don't think about you. i look for you everywhere and sometimes i think i see you in some way or another. i miss you in every way a person can miss another person. i hope wherever you are you're safe and happy. don't be afraid to say hi every once in a while. where ever you are i hope you have a great birthday!!"
wndrwl of texas

"MESSAGE FOR FAMILY OF JOSE GALVAN OF SAN ANTONIO TEXAS FROM A FELLOW SAN ANTONIONWHO RESIDES IN BELLIN GHAM WA MAY GOD BLESS YOU"
BRENDA WILLIAMS of BELLINGHAM WA

"God Bless you Michael and your family through this Memorial Day 2007, you will not be forgotten, nor will our other brothers and sisters be forgotten. You have sacraficed for a great cause. We miss you brother."
SFC John P. Bernard of Colorado Springs, CO 80913

"I never got chance to tell my friend C'Lina that I was sorry to hear about the death of her brother. I knew how much she loved him and talked about him so proudly. My heart dropped when I heard about Michael's death on the news but could not convey my condolences due to lost contact. I know this is late but if you ever need anyone to talk to please email me anytime, zygma@floresville.net. God Bless all and Especially Michael for his sacrifice in protecting us all and his country!"
Adam Reyes of San Antonio, TX

"Dearest Mike,

Just wanted to send lots of love your way today. Keep watch over your mom, dad and Chela, and keep sending the dimes...they make a world of difference.

Thoughts and prayers for you always,"
Kim Smith of San Antonio

"TO MICHAEL & THE BARRERA FAMILY
MY NAME IS MICHELLE HUERTA AND I HAVE A HUSBAND FIGHTING IN THE WAR. IT IS BECAUSE EVERYONE OF THESE SERVICEMEN AND YOU MICHAEL THAT I MAY LIE NEXT TO MY 1 YR OLD DAUGHTER AND KNOW THAT YOU FOUGHT FOR HER FUTURE AND MAY BE AT EASE THAT THE BRAVE ONES LIKE YOU MAY LIVE ON SPIRITUALLY KNOWING THAT YOU SACRIFICED YOUR LIFE FOR THE LIFE IN ME AND MY CHILD AND FAMILY. GOD BLESS YOUR SOUL."
MICHELLE HUERTA of SAN ANTONIO,TX

"I can only imagine your situation. I volunteered to go down range with 1-35 armor, but I was denied. Sometimes people forget how hard it is on families, especially the spouses. Being a military spouse is one of the hardest things to do. Worrying is apart of the job. May all bless you for your sacrifice, but I can understand if that still isn't enough. All soldiers sacrifice, and so to do their families. Thank you for your support in him, because he ultimately supports us even now."
SPC Kotselas of Baumholder, Germany

"Donít grieve for me for I am now in a safer place.
I was called upon as a solider to serve my country and now God has
called me to join him to help guard upon those that I love. Every day I
prayed for a peaceful end to all this war, and believe me I tried my hardest.
Never did a moment go by that I did not think about all of you, for all that kept me going was knowing, that I would be home soon. Little did I know that God would call me so soon?
I waited so long to just hold you close to me and to continue life as the family that we had always been. I use to go to sleep thinking of the daysí events and thinking about all of you and all those moments that we had shared. How I would trade all, for just another moment together laughing. Mom /dad you raised me to be a fine young man and itís for you that I was happy with who I was. Waiting for a letter each day was always a huge moment in a dayís work. You always brought home to me from a thousand miles away. Iím sorry that with the love for my job, I brought so much worry. It was hard to take out of my mind that people were all meant to be free, but that was what you taught me and I thank you. Upon my arrival to heaven, I was a bit lost and confused but ran into God and he showed me the way. I explained to him that I had so many people that I loved and so many that I was looking forward to see for so long. He told me, ďSolider Boy, from here you will see them all and help guide them when they need it the most.Ē I realized that just by looking down everyone was at my reach. We communicated before by letters or a phone call here and there, but now just say a silent prayer and I will be there. Remember me, with each moment that I left engraved in your heart and continue to live life to itís fullest. Donít forget that in the long run we will all be together and I will be waiting to show you the paradise that I now live in.

Love your,
Number 1 Tanker






In loving memory of: Sgt. Michael Paul Barrera




Written By:
Sandra Arambula
October 31, 2003

(I came across this site and thought it would be nice to put this poem that I wrote for Mikey) Enjoy!"
Sandra Arambula of San Antonio, TX

"I miss you mikey all of us do i will never forgot all the good times together all the rough play thanks for the awesome times we had mikey you are a TRUE HERO to all of us"
Issac Barrera (cousin) of Von Ormy Texas

"To the Barrera Family:

I came across this web site while trying to track down my cousin on the Internet. I don't believe I am any relation to this particular Michael Barrera (although I do have a first cousin with the same name), nevertheless, I wish to express my condolences and honor the memory of this fallen soldier. It is obvious from reading the postings made by those who did know him that he was loved by many and is sorely missed.

I live in Washington DC and I visit Arlington National Cemetary every Memorial Day to reflect on the debt I owe to those who have served and especially those who payed the ultimate price in the name of our freedom. When I go this year, I will include Michael in my prayers. I trust that God is looking out for him.

Mark Barrera
barrerarama@gmail.com"
Mark Barrera of Washington, DC

"Happy Birthday Cielito:) Love you and miss you sooo much."
Mom

"To the Barrera Family

Serving with Michael was an honor and a privilege. He was a great human being and I miss him very much. Que Dios lo bendiga!! Un dia nos reuniremos Miguel"
SGT Javier Antonsanti of Fort Hood, TX

"I didnt really get to know you that well. Hung out with you few times for NCO stuff in germany, and couple of other occasions. I remember when we drank at the bowling alley where we got to drink for free at the company get together for NCO night. We bowled terrible but had a good time. I think bout you, benson, tosto, and now morris from our company who have all left their mark in iraq and my army life. When i think im having a bad day, my thoughts drift back to you all and am thankful to still have a life to life. You will not be forgotten. You are missed by all who met you."
SSG Dagostino of Ft. Knox, KY

"Hi Mikey its me again. Just stoping by to say hi.
Its sad to know that you guys are not here with us but i know you and isaac are watching us from up above. Its been a year and 7 months since the day you and isaac went away but you both for sure havent left my heart and never will. We miss you guys so much and we love you & please take care of us and please take care of your mother because shes a great mom and a great person! We love you & miss you!!! The Campoy Family."
Yuseline Campoy of Douglas Arizona

"Well what can I say mikey? Its been a year and a month that you've been gone. we all miss you and Isaac. i sometimes go into a depression and wish to trade my life for yours and isaac. I just cant accept that both of you are gone. I didnt get to meet you but from the bottom of my heart, I know you were one nice and intelligent person. Take care of all of us and ill pray for both of you. Always know that you and isaac are my heroes!!!!"
Yuseline Campoy of Douglas Arizona

"To the family of Michael Barrera.
I graduated with Michael in '95 and I
just wanted to let you know that your son was a wonderful person with a great attitude. He did smile a lot as others describe and that was reflective of his attitude. I can only imagine how hard this is on your family but I can tell you that he will always be remembered. He is obviously very loved by so many people and that also shows you what kind of person he was.
God has just added another soldier to his great Army. God Bless you Michael and God Bless your family."
Sam Velez of San Antonio

"To the family of SGT Barrera, I didn't know your loved one personally, but I occupied the same piece of Northern Diyalla Province as he during 2003 and worked with members of A/3-67 Armor. I just want you to know that his service mattered and I will not forget the sacrifice that he and you made to protect me and my family. In my faith, there is no greater love than giving one's life for others. Thank you"
Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Cantwell, 324th MP BN

"Michael,
I just read the horrible news today on the 4th ID website. Even though I haven't talked to you in years, I am devastated. You were the best friend I had in bootcamp. You helped make 4 of the roughest months of my life so much easier. Who else would have helped me make those damn hospital corners every day? You were always so quick to help me, even before you made sure your own things were taken care of. Every time I picture you in my mind, you're always smiling. Even in those miserable situations, you made the best of everything. I remember our wrestling matches, playing with the hackey-sac we hid in the radiator, and just sitting in our room talking. You were one of the few people I really missed after getting out of the Army. You were a great friend and the biggest hero I ever met in my life. I hope someday I will see you again. Until then, I will never forget you. Your friend-Derek
Drobertson@jetblackdesign.com"
Derek Robertson of Tallahassee, Florida

"Cousin Mikey will we always miss you forever and for always. Mi and your mom,mi tia, Hilda and, mi tio, Gabe and your sister selena and my mom Katey miss you very much and so does everybody else.
YOu will be forever missed."
Alyssa Lagesse, tu segunda prima of Alice, Texas

"I will never forget the times we spent together. You always "took me to school" in every basketball game we played, but they were good times. I miss and love you. I think of you everyday. Remember your loving family in heaven. Thank You for sticking up for the little guy. You are a true HERO."
Bec Massey (cousin) of Laredo, TX

"I miss Mike so bad. I remember the day he died he scored five touchdowns against my team. We were fixing an arm on the tank and we needed to get a tool from the mechanics at supper. I remember how proud he was to sit in the commanders position. He deserved to be there. The last thing I remember before the accident is Mike smiling. I know he is smiling now. If I could take it all back brother I would. I miss you so much. You are my inspiration to get better and I won't let you down. To the finest soldier and friend I ever served with. God bless you big buddie. I will make you proud."
Spc. Lance Gieselmann of Hartford, AL USA

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

"To the family of SGT. Barrera;
My condolences go out to you and may God bless you. Michael is a true hero and he will never be forgotten. By him serving during this time, his great contribution brought freedom and happiness to so many people. His sacrifice will never be in vain.
Michael, Gracias amigo, hermano, soldado."
HM3 Jose Barrera USN of Camp Lejuene, NC

"To the proud Barrera family,
Of course there aren't any words to express the deep sympathy we all feel for your loss. Just know that your son was loved by you and many, many friends. Because of his sacrifice the middle east will be a safer place one day. Because of that, our country and the world will one day be safer as well. God bless,

MSgt Ricardo D. Benavides
Kadena AB, Japan"
MSgt Ricardo D. Benavides of Eagle Pass, TX

"To Sgt Barrera's Family:
Though we are strangers, words are not enough to tell you how sorry we are your Michael was taken from you. There is no doubt his thoughts were of you as he served in Iraq. He is our hero. We will never forget. You are in our hearts."
Carol & Larry Miller of Tampa, Florida (2/24/04)

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

"To the Barrera family...I didn't get to know Mikey and Campoy as well as I wished now..I am with the 324th MP BN that was attached to Mikey's unit since July until November when we safely came home. Mikey's tank and crew were always rotating out but now I wish I'd have taken more time to get to know them better. I do remember always seeing him with a smile..I was face to face with him a few times on the volleyball court. I, being a female,had a quick,accidental run-in with him in the showers..OOPSY..gotta knock first.. :) and he served chow with some jokes and smiles. He seemed like a great guy and now even more i know he is. I didn't get a chance to talk to him the day we lost him do to the position of my vehicle when we dropped off his meal. But i was one of the last to wave goodbye, not knowing it was the last time. Both Mikey and Cucko are stationed in the greatest place anyone could ever hope for with the best commander there is. Being soldiers, they are among the many that are securing the area for when the rest of the world shall join them. My deepest condolenses go out to your family and friends. Sincerely, with Love,
SPC Russoniello, Jaime L.
"Ravioli"
324th Military Police BN"
SPC Russoniello of Phillipsburg, NJ USA

"TO A GREAT FRIEND AND A GREAT SOLDIER. I WILL NEVER FORGET HIM AND HE WILL ALWAYS BE IN MINE AND MY FAMILIES MEMORY."
Andrew Kwarciany of Kentucky

"We want to send our condolences for all of his family.You will always be in my prayers"
Michelle Galindo of San Antonio Tx.

"I have read many of your messages and I can tell your are well loved and proud to be LATINO. One great thing about our race is that we have no word for Good-Bye....

I pass down Gen Mc Mullen street and I Have seen a memorial for you on the side of a house. Candles burned for you and I wanted to knock on the door but I am not sure on what to say so I will say it here. Thanks MIKE!!!! YOU ARE A HERO !!!

All of TEXAS is proud of you !!! And not GOOD-BYE

"ADIOS" "TO GOD MY FRIEND"

"BLESSED ARE THE PEACE MAKERS HEAVEN SHALL BE THEIRS" WORDS OF CHRIST"
MSGT D. RODRIGUEZ USAFR AND ALL THE FOLKS ASSIGNED TO THE 433D AIR WING LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE of SAN ANTONIO

"I would like to Thank all of you for all the love and support and kind words. This has been very hard on our family, but with all your kindness, love, and prayers we will somehow get through this. We ask for your continued prayers and support of our Troops. Although Mikey may no longer be here with us on earth, he is now our angel in heaven who will be watching over all of us. May God Bless all of you and keep you in his loving arms always.
Mikey's Mom
soldiermom@hotmail.com
guardiog@aol.com"
Hilda B. Guardiola of Von Ormy Texas

"He was one of the best N.C.O.'S I knew.You will always be rememberd as in my heart as friend\Soldier\Leader, or as you say an Aztec Warrior."
Spc.Butler of Iraq

"You will always be my SUPERMAN, Michael!I am grateful for having had you in my life.Thank You for everything.You're the greatest Tanker I'll ever know. Here's to loving you for Always and Always!"
Vanessa A. Barrera of San Antonio,TX

"Fair winds and followings seas Michael. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten."
LT Eduardo Gomez of Sicily, Italy

"To SGT Barrera's family: Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. We knew Michael in Baumholder when he was in 1/35, then again at Fort Hood through mutual friends. He was funny and kind, and a great honorary "Tio" to our friends' son. We were deeply affected by the news of his death, and wanted to let you know that neither he nor his sacrifice will ever be forgotten by our family."
The Wade Family of Fort Hood, TX

"Thank you Michael Barrera, 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

"i didnt know michael barrera but he got killed with my greatest cousin isaac campoy.i loved isaac.michael is a hero. he died serving his country.he will always be missed. he will always have a special place in our hearts.he will always be a very special hero to the campoy family.we feel ure pain barrera family. we will love michael for the rest of our lives.we always will.my condolences go out to the barrera family."
yuseline campoy of from douglas az

"Mikey was not only the man I fell in love with, but he changed my life forever. He was my best friend, my love, my heart, my life, my faith, my srength, my everything. He was a wonderful person and I would tell him "I thank the star I wished on that brought me you!" Thank you Mikey for loving me and I will miss you. And to my new family Mom, Dad, and Chela I Love You!!"
Deni Delle Donne of Killeen, 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, Tx

"We have lost another great friend. I can't put my feelings in to words all that well. Other than it's hard to breathe and when I think of Mike get choked up. I remember him totting around his sax in band and he was always smiling. Mike was one of the few people I would come back and visit after I transferred from Somerset to another school. We use to shoot basketball in the front yard. And we talked about the army and what to do and not to do at basic training. Sense I went in early under a split option. Mike, you will be missed.."
RJ (Ric) Quintanilla of Warner Robins Ga

"To the Family of Mike Barrera,My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I went to High School with Mike and had spoken to him a couple of times when he was working at HEB, he was always smiling and was always positive about every situation, He was very proud to be in the Army and was proud to serve his country...GOD BLESS YOU MIKE!!!! Danny.Gonzales@mci.com"
Danny Gonzales of San Antonio, Texas

"To the Family and Friends of Sgt. Barrera, the thoughts and prayers of myself and my family are with you. Gina Valdez (Sgt. Barrera's cousin) is a close personal friend of mine, and through her I know how painful this loss is for you all. I also know how proud you all are of Sgt. Barrera. I thank you for your sacrifice to allow all of us to continue to live in this great country. May God allow you all comfort and joy in your hearts as you remember and reflect on the life of this wonderful young man."
Aurora Nobles and Family of Wimberley, Texas/USA

"I do not know what words to say or use, but I am very sorry to hear about the lose of one of my greatest friends ever. We were stationed together @ Ft. Hood and he was the coolest of prims. I stood next to him at his wedding and I hope that his mother and father and sister are all right, May God Bless You All. Thank You Eddie R. Ruiz"
Eddie R. Ruiz of Mercedes, Tx

"I am deeply saddened by the death of my cousin Mikey, yet overwhelmed with pride over his bravery, safrifice and loyalty to our Country. I cannot express into words how much I am in awe of how Mikey's strength and courage has inspired and affected so many people. I feel fortunate to have so many great childhood memories of Mikey that I can keep forever in my heart as he will always be, to me, "The Greatest American Hero"."
Gina Barrera Valdez of Austin, TX

"I am deeply saddened by the loss of your loved one. The sacrafice he made was not in vain, I am deeply greatful for what he and his fellow soldiers were doing and will continue to do to make this world a safer place for my child. I had no idea who he was, even though I am from San Antonio, until my friend from high school (Gina Barrera) emailed me with a link to the story of her cousin. What a terrible tragedy. May God bless you and your family."
Roxanne Conway of San Antonio

"I was deeply saddened upon hearing of the news of Sgt. Barrera's death. He was a very loving and all around fun guy. ALthough I wasnt really close to mikey, he will be deeply missed by us all. I thank the lord that I got a chance to see him before he was sent to Iraq. I'll never forget the time I spent with him and his family when i was younger, love you Mike."
Your Cousin Alex of Laredo, tx

"I am deeply saddened by the news of Sgt. Barrera's death. I had the distinct honor to be his platoon leader in Baumholder, Germany with 1/35 Armor. He was among the best soldiers that I had the opportunity to serve with. A great soldier and a good friend. I thought of him often over the years, and remember his smile cheering us up. America has lost one of her finest children, and I express my most sincere sympathies to the family and loved ones of Sgt. Barrera. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Michael."
CPT Steve Ligday of Pittsburgh, PA

"To the family of Michael Paul Barrera, I was very saddened to see Michaels name on the fallen soldiers list. I had the honor of serving with him as his Tank Commander and Platoon Sergeant in 1-35th AR BN in Baumholder Germany 1999-2000. He was an outstanding soldier and always had a way of brightening everyone's day. I thought of him often over the years and had hoped to one day serve with him again. SGT Michael Barrera was among best at his trade, a true professional, motivator, mentor and inspiration to all he served with. God Bless you Michael."
First Sergeant Jason B. Surratt of FT. Irwin CA

"I'd like to Thank Everyone for their thoughts & prayers. I know that from Heaven Michael will be watching us to guide us through life. May the Lord keep you all and your loved one's in his prayers. May God continue to watch over the men/women who continue to serve our country. God Bless You All!"
C'Lina A. Mares (Michael's Sister) of San Antonio, TX

"I am sorry to hear about Michael's death. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I didnt know Michael, but he passed away with a friend and ex-boyfriend of mine who was riding the same tank with him October 28th. His name was Isaac. I heard Michael was in Douglas Arizona (Isaac's home town) when he came down on leave. I saw him at his house and I met him, but I didnt get to know him. I know times are hard and the pain is too much to bear, but know that God has taken them home to keep them safe now. Michael is a soldier to be proud of."
Esperanza Sanchez of Douglas, AZ

"I was sorry to hear of Michaels death. I am one of his friends and I am so sad and wish there was something I could say that would help his family through this. But I know that there is nothing I can say or do but remember him and pray for his family. He is with God as eventually we all will be, he just got there a little sooner than the rest of us. RIP Michael. God bless you and your family."
Kathy of AZ

"Our sympathy to the family of this brave soldier. Our daughter (Luvinda)is out of Fort Hood also and still in Iraq. Maybe she crossed paths with your loved one. We will pray for your family. Thank you for your sons sacrifice. In Love!"
Barbara & Joseph Baskin of Ahwatukee, Arizona, USA

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Michael Barrera:
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 Michael 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 Sgt. Michael Barrera:
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 Michael, 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