Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Joseph Camara


40, of New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Camara was one of two soldiers who were killed when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device on Main Supply Route Tampa, south of Baghdad, Iraq. Camara was assigned to the 115th Military Police Company, U.S. Army National Guard, Cranston, Rhode Island. Died on September 1, 2003.

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"You will never be forgotten !"

"A true american hero. Spent time with him in his late teens,I was younger ,but had a big influence in my life. Will never forget him.love u ."
m pacheco of new bedford

"S/Sgt. Camara,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike C. of El Paso, Texas

"Miss you Joe. Sorry you had to leave us so soon. I admired you as a co-worker and the sacrifices you took on. Semper Fi."
Darin of New Bedford

"I was a member of the 105th MP CO, we responded when we heard the explosion. When we got there the humvee was already on fire. We couldn't get them out. I will never forget the feeling of helplessness. I am sorry. I am Sorry. I am sorry."
SPC, 105th MPCO of Buffalo, NY

"R.i p tee joey i love u NEVER FORGOTTIN.."
Brandon Xavier of New Bedford Massachusetts

"I was one of the medics on scene when Joseph passed. I just want to say even after eight years I feel the same heart felt sympathy for all those he left behind. God speed Joseph Camara."
Robert Garcia of Redding CA

"ti joey,
I cant believe that this year will make 8 years that you been gone. people say with time it gets easier and i dnt believe it because my heart is still bleeding with this pain.. i went from seing yu everyday to not seeing you it hurts so much.. you always said i will die for my country and you did. you were the strongest nicest guy ever.. you will forever be missed i love you so much ti joey.

love,tiffanie"
tiffanie of new bedford mass

""I has been 8 years now, but, Joe you are not forgotten. I too ran convoys between Navistar and Baghdad. I never really spent time with you other than in passing, but thank you for those moments Joe. God bless the Camara's""
Thomas Belinski of Denver, Colorado

"Joe was not only a good soldier and police officer but a really nice person. RIP Joe"
Carol OShea of Florida formerly of New Bedford, Ma

""To the family of Joseph Camara ,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church,Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015""

"A Fallen Memorial Page has been created for Joe

http://army.togetherweserved.com/profile/123420"
Steve Blackwell of Hampton, VA

"May 24, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Joseph Camara:
Joseph 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

"A great soldier"
Sam of West Palm Beach Florida

"I will never forget this man. I served with the 220th MP Company running convoy security and patrols on MSR Tampa in 2003, between Baghdad and Navistar. My Humvee broke down, and me and my troops hung with Joseph and his guys for the day waiting for parts, playing spades for hours. He encouraged me when I was down and out from our missions, supported my leadership, and was a powerful example of an NCO. When I heard of his death after my own AirEvac, I wished it could have been me instead of him. I have prayed for those he left behind ever since. He was a great soldier and the best kind of American I have ever served with. I grieve his loss still."
Michael Lemke of Colorado Springs, CO

"Joey, he was a great man and soldier. He was gentle but strong, I learn everything I know about been an MP from him. I miss him and I'm very proud to have served with him till he passed away.
My Little Portuguese, I Miss you very much."
Nando of Swansea Ma

"I had the distinct privilege and honor to serve as Joe’s Company Commander in the 115th MP Co. for 4 years. I was blessed during that period to serve with the greatest soldiers I have ever met. Joe was most definitely one of the special ones. Although I left the unit in 2000, the bonds I created during that period with my 115th brothers and sisters are still as strong today. Several of them are currently serving with me in the 43rd MP Brigade in Baghdad, some served with Joe here in 2003, and we trade stories and poke fun at the 115th days. It is surreal to travel the same roads Joe was on almost three years ago. Today is Memorial Day, 29 May 2006 and during our Memorial Service we remembered Joe, along with our 115th brothers Todd Caldwell and Mike Andrade, as well as the many other heroes we have lost in this tour and in the past. Today we do not share anecdotes, or make fun of things that happened ‘back in the day’. Today we go quietly about our business, remember our fallen friends in our own way, and pray for strength and solace for their families. Joe’s loss was difficult to bear, not only because his witty smile could defuse just about any situation, but because he was such a great soldier, father, and friend. Today, in this place, I miss him."
MAJ Javier Alexander Reina of Baghdad, Iraq

"We are all proud of the sacrafice Joe made for our country.It is hard to believe it has been two years. We will continue to support his honor(196) as we have each and every time we represent the New Bedford Police Department when we skate.
Our team proudly supports the men and women of our armed forces and the SSGT JOSEPH CAMARA MEMORIAL FUND. Everyone, please take time to visit our website and continue your support of our charitble contributions in Joe's honor.
The New Bedford Police/Fire Hockey Team(SouthCoast Heat) at www.leaguelineup.com/nbpd.
Off. David Roy
NBPD"
David Roy of New Bedford MA

"The Italian American Police Association would like to honor SGT Camara in October in Massachusetts, may we post information on this site regarding the ceremony?"
Chuck of Massachusetts

"Rest well brave soldier, you will not be forgotten. Thank you for serving this grateful nation with your pride and honor."
D,. BURT of PORTSMOUTH RI

"Even those who knew Joe for a short time are affected by his passing. He was a great man with such a light around him. He made you laugh, smile, and envy him for the man he was and the way he loved his family. One would be lucky if they had what he had in his life. He was honorable in life and in death. I think of him and his family every day, (today is 3/30/05)not a day goes by that I don't think of his life and his death and what it has meant in my life. I know his family lives on with the knowledge that a man like him will always be with them. God Bless you, Camara family..thoughts will ALWAYS be with you..."
Jen of Central Falls, RI

"Joe... you are greatly missed by all who knew you. Thank you for serving our country and may you rest in peace."
Lynn Gomes of New Bedford,MA

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Erica of Fall River ma

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Erica of Fall River ma

"My father was also named Joseph Camara and he too lived in MA. May your family know peace in their hearts one day and may God take you under His heart for all time."
Daughter of a Joseph Camara

"TO: MY UNCLE,
YOU HAVE PAYED THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. THERE IS NOT A DAY THAT GOES BY THAT YOU ARE NOT THOUGHT OF..AS A GREAT FATHER, A LOVING HUSBAND, AND BROTHER THE ALL AROUND PERFECT FAMILY MAN...MY HERO. I JUST CAN'T BELEIVE IT HAS BEEN A YEAR SINCE WE HAVE LOST YOU. THE FAMILY GATHERINGS AND OUR EVERYDAY LIVES JUST DONT FEEL THE SAME WITHOUT YOU. THINGS HAVE HAPPENED IN THIS PAST YEAR THAT PROVIDES ME WITH THE REASSURANCE THAT YOU TRULY ARE AN ANGEL WATCHING OVER US.

I PRAY THAT YOU WILL CONTINUE TO WATCH OVER OUR FAMILY. WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH .. AND THANK YOU...THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING
GOD BLESS EVERYONE AT WAR AND I THANK YOU EVERYDAY FOR YOUR BRAVERY
UNLE JOEY: YOU ARE NOT FALLEN YOU STAND TALL IN OUR HEARTS I LOVE YOU"
Renee of New Bedford, MA

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..9/1/04

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.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, 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

"I am a 7th grade middle school student from western New York I am doing a report for social studies and your family member or friend caught my eye because he looks a lot like my uncle and it made me think how sad it would be if I lost my uncle in a war."
another 7th grade student of barker middle school

"I'm sorry to anyone who was related to or was a good friend to Joseph Camara because of his untimely passing away. From what i've read what from people who sent him respect on the fallen hero website, I've learned that he was a very good man and someone even said he was like a saint"
7th grade student of barker central school

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

"TO A FRIEND AND FELLOW MEMBER OF THE NEW BEDFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT, I WILL MISS YOU AND HONOR YOUR SERVICE TO YOUR COUNTRY."
OFFICER RICARDO GOMES JR. of NEW BEDFORD, MA

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

"Thank you Joseph Camara, 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

"Joseph you have the thanks of a grateful nation for paying the ultimate sacrifice to protect my freedome. In there time of grief I am sure your family is intensely proud of you. I know that I am. You will never be forgotten as you are always in my prayers. If I can do anything for your family such as someone to talk to, or to pray with please contact me at ctpoet1@yahoo.com"
Chris Decker of East Windsor CT USA

"To the family of my good friend,

My name is Spc John Marotte, I served with Sgt camara in the 115th MP Co. for six years. Sgt Camara was my squad leader, and stand in platoon Sgt.
His passing has been devastating to me as well as anybody who was lucky enough to have been graced with Joe's presence. I have not stopped crying since I heard the news on the radio while at work. There hasn't been a day that has gone bye, that I haven't wished I had been there with Joe, maybe I could have changed some small thing throughout the day, and he would still be here with us. I was discharged in April, so I am here if you need anything mpmarotte@cox.net"
Spc John Marotte of East Providence, RI

"Military Police Corps Regimental Prayer
By Chaplain Michael Yarman

Heavenly Father - We approach You today because You have called us to be a people of prayer.

We praise You because You are our Creator, our Redeemer and our Provider.

We acknowledge our great need for You as we fulfill our mission as soldiers.

We have been called to serve our nation as Military Police and we are proud of the honored heritage of the Regiment and our motto: Of the Troops and For the Troops.

Whether we are fighting an enemy, securing as area, patrolling the streets, or helping someone in distress, help us, O Lord, to always be men and women of integrity who can be counted on to do the right thing.

Give us the strength to stand for what is right and to oppose those who would do harm to our nation and the people we serve.

May we always be truthful in Word, Deed and Signature, and bring honor through our service to the memory of those in the Regiment who gave the supreme sacrifice for their country.

Guide us now, Father, by giving us wisdom and knowledge from on high, that as Military Police we will always be prepared to Assist, Protect and Defend."
CPT Glidewell

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Joseph Camara:
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 Joseph 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. Joseph Camara:
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 Joseph, 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