Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Jerry L. Bonifacio, Jr.

28, of Vacaville, California.
Bonifacio died in Baghdad, Iraq when a vehicle borne improvised explosive device detonated near his checkpoint. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment, Dublin, California. Died on October 10, 2005.

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"I never got to meet SSG Bonifacio. Through the soldiers I've met and served with in BCO 184, I sure feel like I have. They carry on his memory and pass it on to every joe who cares to ask, telling of his good natured and fun loving personality, and especially his qualities as a leader. He lives on, through his family and loved ones, and his brothers who fought alongside him."
Joe Snuffy of CA

"Dear Jerry, I can't believe you are gone. I loved you like you were one of my own sons. When you lived with us I will always remember when you came home from work you would come in and check on me to see if I was ok. All of us in your second family love and miss you. You will always be in our hearts.
"Mom" Champagne, Justin Ruby and Michael Champagne."
Denise Champagne of Carson City, Nevada

"We all miss you Jerry, and I am always thankful for the example you set for everyone in your platoon. Your thoughts, actions, and kind demeanor will always be present in the minds of those who valued you. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be your leader and friend."
John F. Werner of Pleasant Hill, CA

"I was private security contractor in Baghdad and met Jerry in march 2005 He was always smiling and up for a chat and it was a pleasure to know him Im sure he will be very missed

Jay McAleese"
Jason McAleese of Hereford United Kingdom

"Boni always, in my heart playing WIFFLE ball in front of trailer in iraq. never hit a ball allways striking out, but your heart and smile make you a winner ."
SGT Jorge W Bermudez of San Francisco CA

"I miss you Jerry."
Chris Wilburn of San Francisco, CA

"He was a Great Solider... and a great friend to everyone in the unit... he is and will always be missed"
"MAC" MCCANN of SACTO, CA

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

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

"I met Jerry while we served together in Bravo company. We got to know each other while he taught me to play board games while in Kuwait. He always seemed like a "cool hand luke" kind of guy. If things took a turn for the worst, just talkin to the man could brighten up yer day. He was always there for me if I needed instruction of any kind or help. A good man. He continues to live through the stories we share and the memories we keep. An awesome friend and a good leader . . . SSG Bonifacio"
Cpl Barrett "CHAINSAW" Clinton (Ret) of Oakland, CA. U.S.

"For the family and loved ones of SSgt Jerry Bonifacio Jr., I wear his Hero braclet daily as a reminer for all who see it that freedom is not free. I thank God for his comitment and service. as a Viet-Nam vet and life long employee of the D.O.D. I will see that your loved ones sacrifice will never be un-appreciated ,God bless Jerry and his family and friends"
Gregory L. Baldwin of Jacksonville Florida

"For the family and loved ones of SSgt Jerry Bonifacio Jr., I wear his Hero braclet daily as a reminer for all who see it that freedom is not free. I thank God for his comitment and service. as a Viet-Nam vet and life long employee of the D.O.D. I will see that your loved ones sacrifice will never be un-appreciated ,God bless Jerry and his family and friends"
Gregory L. Baldwin of Jacksonville Florida

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Sincerely and Respectfully,
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Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"i worked with jerry when he was a young kid and he was always a good kid with a big heart. wanting to do the right thing...it blows me away that he is gone and i think about him much"
brian of fairfield, ca USA

"I met SSG Bonificio during OIF III. I worked with him on the gate. I just wanted to say that I miss him and that he was loved by many. Not a day goes by that I do not think of him."
SPC Saylor of Ft Stewart GA

"Sgt. Boni, as we come up on three years since you gave all so we can be here today I wanted you to know how much you influenced this green platoon driver. I wish that things were different and i could have been there instead of you but god has other plans. THANK YOU JERRY you have a special place in our hearts and we miss you :D"
Adam of Orlando, Florida

"Jerry,not a day goes by that I don't think about you brother..you were my team leader,my best friend, and companion in life....I love you brother,life just isn't the same without you.."
sgt. pestoni of sonora,ca

"I miss you Jerry, this is a friend i had since before I can remember. I think about him alot, watching the new's, hanging out with friends and often completely out of the blue. I just buried another friend last week and realized that i have 3 people who were close to me buried in the same square of cemetary. For those wondering Jerry was a great man, a great friend, someone who you would never catch angry. Some day we'll ride the clouds together, I love you my friend. Peace is needed."
Abe Ross of Vacaville

"April 27, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Jerry L. Bonifacio, Jr.:
Jerry 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

"Bono was one of the best friends I had, when I was serving I knew him when he was PFC and my roomate at C co 1-502nd. I just learned of his passing through a common friend and it broke my heart in a way. He was great soldier and a better person. I will always carry him in my thoughts as he was more like a brother to me than my own. I will miss you my friend. My condolences to your family whom I have never met but if ever our paths cross I would treat them as my own family because you were to me."
Gabriel Troy of Ft. Myers FL

"SSG Jerry Bonifacio was a dear friend and fellow soldier i was stationed with him during our first deployment right after September 11th, when B.CO. 1-184 INF AASLT was deployed to Kuwait, and also during deployment to Iraq. The cowards that did this will get theres in the end. He always made us laugh no matter what * hole of a situation we were in. We had a blast in Hawaii on an overnight pass from base and he was always in the best of moods. His loss is a hole in my heart. He was a brave and dedicated soldier and a caring friend. I was in Alpha team 3rd squad he was in Bravo team 3rd squad but we were all together he taught me a ot about just being a good person and a good soldier he will be missed very much and my sincerest condolences to his family. Jerry will never truly be gone because he resides in our hearts forever. God Bless."
Chris Harbour of Sonora, Ca. USA

"SGT Bonifacio, as I knew him, was a light in a dark place. Few people I have ever seen impact others during difficult time like he did. I praise God for him, and the impact he made in my life. "May God hold you close, my friend, so that you can behold forever more the richness of His good mercy, and peace.""
Morgan R. Acosta of Cincinnati, OH

"I knew Jerry since the first grade. We went through elementary school together and again in high school, and he was always a good buddy of mine. The last time I saw him was downtown in Vacaville and he told me he was going back to Iraq in a week. I gave him a big hug and told him to be careful. I had no idea that a few weeks later I'd be in the same place doing shots of Crown in his honor after the funeral. I will never forget my friend Jerry, and I look forward to seeing him again in heaven. It's been two years since his passing, and I still think of him, especially when I see the war on TV. Jerry will always have a place in my heart for his genuineness, and his sincerity, and most importantly, because I am lucky enough to have been his friend."
Craig of Vacaville, CA

"Jerry was the last person I saw in Iraq when I went home for my 2-week leave, I think he looked up to me at times when my guard was down, but I only saw him as a peer, an equal...what pisses me off was I missed his funeral....10 October is coming around again, I will be there this time."
Sgt. Avilla(Red 6) of Las Vegas, NV

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

"I didn't know Sgt. Bonifacio, I've heard so much about him from one of his
closest friends Sgt. Tejeda. I've learned not only how much he means and
is loved by many, but what a true hero he is. I've watched the pain my
boyfriend carries around with him wishing he could have done something and
the love he holds for Sgt. Bonifacio. I want to let his family and friends
know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers and that he will always
hold a very special place in the hearts of many. I'm very sorry for your
loss."
Robyn of Castro Valley, CA

"WoW I just came across this web page and read through all of them. 1st off I want to say my condoloences to the family of SSG. BONIFACIO. I was his Squad leader upon deployment through Texas, till Kuwait. Jerry my my BEST FRIEND & BEST A TEAM Leader wow they Soldier knew his stuff by the book. We hung out together, we bunked together I even bugged him late nights to come to the phones with me to make late home calls lol. I have to say deeply in my heart I think and dream of him everyday and I guess that pain is locked up inside me and comes out when triggered. Boni & I made a Great Team him being Prior Service 101St Airborne & me being Prior Service 82ndAbn we made an awesome team and we maintained the best 4th group/Squad there was. I remember Boni always coming to visit me when he got off Patrol at F.O.B. Freedom Everytime. You know what Boni I still have some of your CD's you made me watch every night because we shared foot lockers all the way through Iraq tour! My best Friend/Best Soldier I ever met and will think of you till my dying breath and hope to see you there to walk me through and catch up on things! Family friends hes always watching our backs thats just they way he is! We MISS YOU SSG. Bonifacio! HOAHH!!!!"
Sgt. Tejeda of San Leandro, CA

"It's been a year already, and I still have trouble accepting your absence. I remember how we used to always swap DVD's with each other, to the point where we'd gone thru one another's collection a couple times over. That was when things were easier...you know, Texas. Sometimes I think that you're late coming home from Iraq, and you'll be back any day now. I wish that were true."
DB of East Bay, CA

"Rest in peace Sergeant. You were a great man, quiet and humble, yet professional and loved by all who knew him. You will be missed."
of california

"My condoloences for your loss
I came on this site while searching for a Michelle Baptiste that was stationed at the Naval Hospital Philadelphia in 1973. I am a retired Navy Corpsman"
Dan Shulla of Brockport,NY

"My Friend SSG. Jerry Bonifacio,
I've never met someone so unique in the military. He was genuine in his words and put everyone else before himself. He was as good as an Infantryman gets, had more knowledge than some of the key leadership in our unit. But he never boasted or bragged. He just had a silent confidence that reasured me and I'm sure everyone else whom he served with. I cant help but feel so angered why we went to Iraq and what the world lost on Oct. 10, 2005"
Cebola of Goleta, California

"sgt. Bonifacio was my team leader and my best friend.I love him and miss him dearly....I will never forget what a great man and soldier he was.I owe my life to him......I miss you Jerry."
kyle pestoni of sonora,ca

"My husband served with SSGT Bonifacio in Baghdad. The mere mention of his friend chokes him up. On this Memorial Day, we will have him and his family in our hearts and our prayers. I offer my deepest sympathies and sincere thanks."
The McDermott family of Sacramento, CA

"I knew Jerry very well. His life and loss touches me daily. This memorial day will be the first that I can say I truly know what sevice and scrafice cost. Thank you Jerry, for everything."
L of Elk Grove

"To the family and friends of SSG Bonifacio: I was in the International Zone the day this young man died at Checkpoint 12 and heard the blast. What he was doing was dangerous, but important. The work he was supporting in keeping the rest of us safe will hopefully pay off in a stable Iraq. When I left Baghdad in Feb 06, the blast location where he fell was still visible, but more importantly, there was an inscription in some cement nearby documenting his sacrifice. His unit didn't forget and now every person that drives by that point will not forget either. God bless!"
WS Dockery, LtCol, USAF of Ramstein Air Base, GE

"I typed in my last name and this site came up. I am so sorry about your loss and I will pray for your family."
michelle bonificio of albany, new york

"my name is Cassidy and i am a volunteer for the Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run. We are a group of people that have built a memorial wall in Marsielles Illinois for all the fallen soldiers in Mideast conflicts since Beriut. Your loved one's name will be permenently added to this wall. For any further information visit our website www.ilfreedomrun.org please e-mail me at me1196@aol.com to let me know that you have recived this message. If you decide to come to this memorial on June 19th, 2006, you will recieve VIP seating and treatment for the cermonies that day. ALL OUR WELCOMING TO HONOR OUR FALLEN SOLDIERS
**Cassidy"
Cassidy of Brookfield/ILL/red,white,blue

"My deepest sympathies are extended to the Bonifacio Family and Michelle Baptiste.

I served with Jerry in the 184 INF for six months in Kuwait in 2002. He was a good friend. Always smiling, always easy-going even when times were hard.
During the rare free hours, we battled each other playing Risk, chess, Axis and Allies...all the while listening to his favorite Kiss tunes and other heavy metal favorites. We used to laugh and joke around during off time and occasionally during duty hours.

Jerry was first and foremost a dedicated professional soldier, but also committed to his family and to his friends. I mourn his loss deeply.

Peace be with his family during this sad holiday. His sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Sincerely,

Winston Jolly"
Winston Jolly of Lynnwood, WA

"I knew jerry bonifacio. i served with him in kuwait for 6 months when i was in the 1-185th b co. i mylself served one year in iraq and still to this day it has never left me. what devastated me more was the news of an old friend and comrad passing away. it really devestated me that jerry is not with us anymore. but i know he's in a better place and i pray for his whole family. ssg. bonifacio jerry was my team leader. he was a good leader and he really cared for his men. i had the great satisfaction of having him as my leader. he was smart, unprovoked and motivated. i'll never forget him. god bless you, jerry!"
johnny of union city, california.

"Hi. Im Jerry's Cousin. On behalf of the family, I just want to say THANK YOU!"
Joe Allen of San Jose, CA, USA

"JERRY: there is pain in the hearts of those who loved you and knew you, as much as in the hearts of those who did not...you are an American Hero who made the ultimate sacrifice and you shall always be remembered; you are woven in the threads of freedom. God Speed. AND TO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS: Lest you think that we can forget any soldier, we cannot. Though your suffering must be unimaginable, I humbly offer you my deepest sympathy and my unending prayers...I am so sorry for your loss..."
Debbie Cichetti of Philadelphia, PA, USA

"To the Bonifacio family,

Our family extends our thoughts and prayers to you for the loss of JERRY. No words can ease your pain during this time of sorrow. It takes special people to become Heros and to protect us against evil, and JERRY served our great country with honor.

We hope you take some comfort in knowing that we celebrate JERRY's life with you and will always remember him as an AMERICAN HERO.

May God Bless You and help to ease your pain during this difficult time.

From a grateful American Family of a US Army Soldier, serving in Iraq with the 101st Avn Regt."
Sharon & Craig Erwin of Oregon, United States of America

"Family and friends of Jerry Bonifacio, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Take peace in knowing he died doing what he believed in. This country will forever be indebted to him for the sacrifice he made in the name of freedom. May God Bless you all and ease your terrible pain. God speed Jerry, and thank you. You will never be forgotten."
Terri Benezet of Philadelphia, PA

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

"TO THE BONIFACIO FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. MY TEARS NEVER STOPPED ROLLING DOWN MY CHEEKS, NOT WITH OUR SON, ALL OUR FALLEN AND WITH JERRY. JERRY HAS NOT GIVEN HIS LIFE IN VAIN! A TRUE AMERICAN HERO! THANK YOU JERRY; FOR SERVING OUR GREAT COUNTRY. ESPECIALLY; FOR BEING A MILITARY BROTHER TO OUR SON. YOU HAD BEEN AS ALL SERVING NOT TO WORRY OF OUR SON. JERRY YOU HAVE EFFECTED THOSE IN IRAQ AND HOME. FIGHTING OFF TERRORISM MAKING AMERICA ALOT SAFER SINCE 911! YOU ARE APART OF MILITARY, IRAQI, AMERICAN AND WORLD HISTORY. I SUGGEST TO YOUR FAMILY. TO REACH OUT TO THOSE IN YOUR COMMUNITY. MORE SO WITH THE POLITICAL LEADERSHIP. TO HAVE A STREET NAMED IN YOUR HONOR! IT IS THE VERY LEAST YOUR COMMUNITY CAN DO FOR YOU! THAT NO ONE IN YOUR COMMUNITY EVER FORGETS JERRY!!!!!!!AFTER ALL HE JUST DIDN'T SERVE AMERICA AS A COUNTRY. HE SERVED HIS COMMUNITY, COUNTY AND STATE! WE MUST NEVER ALLOW OUR FALLEN LOVE ONE'S, NOT TO BE REMEMBER.....TO OFTEN IN PRIOR WAR'S WE FAILED OUR FALLEN. WE CAN NOT ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN TO THOSE THAT GAVE THE ULIMATE SCARIFICE IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ! GOD BLESS!"
leonard t. wahl of VALLEY STREAM NY

"I pray that God would bring His peace to the family and friends of Jerry as they grieve. I was honored to take part in the detail transporting him on his final trip from Iraq and am deeply saddened at the loss of another American Soldier. I see daily the difference these men and women are making and want the world to know that Jerry L. Bonifacio, Jr. directly impacted world history through his service and sacrifice."
Jerry L. Ottinger II of Baghdad Intl Airport, Iraq

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

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Jerry Bonifacio, Jr.:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Jerry 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 Staff Sgt. Jerry Bonifacio, Jr.:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Jerry, 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