Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Jocelyn L. Carrasquillo

28, of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.
Carrasquillo died on the main supply route in Iraq, when an improvised explosive device hit his vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 120th Infantry Regiment, Army National Guard, from Wilmington, North Carolina. Died on March 13, 2004.

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"Thinking of you and your family on this Veteran's Day. It will forever be my pleasure to have known you Joce."
Misty Vining of Oak Island, NC USA

"Missing you and thinking of you today, March 13th, 2013. You were such a gentle soul and loved by so many."
Kristie Pate of Wilmington, NC

"Hey Joce,
Love you and miss you...your dad and I went to Wilmington this weekend to visit some of the places you had been while living there. On this Memorial Day, 2012, let us never forget the ultimate sacrifice made for our continued freedom, and to always remember, "If He brings us to it, He will get us through it" (our Lord), as this life, along with its joys, can be relentless in its heartaches. Looking forward to seeing you in heaven, Joce, where we will dance with angels!"
Teresa Carrasquillo of Myrtle Beach

"Still miss you everyday...I will never forget you and what you gave for our country. Love you always...."
Dory Kincaid of Wilmington, NC

"I miss you uncle joyce, right now im going through a tough time and i brought it upon myself, but i want you to keep looking after my daddy for me. i love him to death help him stay strong like you <3"
caitlyn of grifton, nc

"Still thinking about you to this day Alphabet. Miss you and some of the others that aren't with us any more. You will never be forgotton ever."
Former Sgt Dan McNeal of Rose Hill, NC

"Thinking about you on this Veteran's Day! Miss you Joce!!"
David Price of Greenville

"Forever thinking of you, this past week another angel joined our heavens. Please take the time to say welcome to a hero from cancer. Your sister in law just lost her sister. She will now understand the magnatude of the pain I feel when losing you. However, she too will relize that her sister is okay and that life on this earth is short. As we will all be together again soon. Say hello to Mr. Graham Clark who is also dancing with Angels. We miss you and continue to protect this family from evil. Love you Joce Forever. Your big brother."
Luis of Goldsboro

Its Memorial Day 2010 and of course I was thinking of you. I wanted to say thanks again for your sacrifice and love you dearly.. I have never forgotten you. Keep smilling."
Cameron of Parrish, Florida

""To the family of Jocelyn L. Carrasquillo ,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""


I was to behind you in the convoy. I never knew you, but your name has been with me ever since. I have no idea why I think of you as often as I do, but I am in debt to you and your family for the sacrifice you made. You and your family will never know how much you mean to even the people that never had the privilege to know you. Thank you again, and I hope to get the chance to meet you one day."
Sgt. Mitchell McClain HHC 105th ENBN of Murray, KY

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"rest in the Lord; again i say rest in the Lord brave soldier."
ssg john morgan jr ncarng ret. of winston salem nc

"I miss you bud ...."
Michael of Princeton

"Ijust wanted to say that this time of year is still tough. I left a message for your mom today telling her Happy B'day. I know you would have done the same."
Chad of Wilmington, NC

We still miss you so much! You are in our thoughts every day. The holidays always have an empty spot where you should be... Your nieces and nephews are growing up so fast and although some may not remember and some were not yet born when you left us, you live on in our shared memories and love. We love you Joce and we miss you. Dance with the angels, we will all be together again some day!"
Melissa Carrasquillo of Goldsboro, NC

I have been wanting to say how much I have missed you for a long time. I will never forget your smile and laughter. I will always treasure the last evening that you spent hanging out at my house before your deployment. I can see your Army jacket hanging up like it was yesterday and you saying don't worry I will be back soon. Most of all I will always treasure your friendship and your loyalty. I have never met anyone like you that is why your passing is so hard to bear. I can't even imagine how much pain your family and Chad are in every day. You have made a foot print in my life that will never be forgotten. I miss you terribly. You always knew the right things to say and do to comfort everyone around you. I can't wait to see you again someday.
To The Carrasquillo Family,
I can only express my deepest condolences. I would like to thank you for bring Joce in to this world and making him the special person that he is.

For Chad I always think of you when I think of Joce. I know it must seem like the other half of you is gone. Sometimes I think WOW is this really real, then I find this web site that confirms the nightmare. I hope that life is treating you well and know that I have missed you also."
Cameron B of Parrish, Florida

"My thoughts and prayers go to the family of Joce Carrasquillo. I taught all four of the boys for five years in art. They were all good boys full of life .Joce was always kind, and happy as all of the boys were. They always took up for each other. But first and for most they loved their Mother and each other. I will miss Jocelyn even though the last time I saw him was when he came back to see me when he was in high school.Students like this you never forget."
Mrs. Julia Palmer (Scott) of Wilmington NC

"My heart goes out to you all in your loss. I read what I have been able to find out about Joce through the internet and was saddened and still am about his passing. I would like to know more about him as I am working on memorializing his life this July 4th , 2008. If anyone would like to share with me please contact me at


God's peace to all."
Steve Grimsley of Wilmington, NC

"May 25, 2008
To the family of Spc. Jocelyn L. Carrasquillo:
Jocelyn 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"On behalf of the Carrasquillo family, I have to say thank you to all of you and your kind words. It can be overwhelming reading the messages from friends, family, and those who have never met my brother. I would also like to say thank you to those responsible for developing this site. I visit this site often when I am missing my brother the most. This Memorial Day let us remember all of those who serve our country and those who have passed on. God Bless You All."
Luis Carrasquillo Jr of Goldsboro, N.C.

"Joce, It has been over 4 years now that you have been gone. I have been thinking a lot about you these past couple of weeks due to the death of my step brother who was KIA in Iraq. Everything I was feeling the day I found out about you come rushing back. I wish your family well. I miss your smiling face. Show Jesse the ropes, OK>? :)"
Erica of Buffalo, Ny


"I know this is late, but I moved away from Goldsboro in 1988. My sister Kristen Meador told me over the holidays this year that Joce had been killed in the line of duty. I remember the good times we had hanging out together, me, Laura, Robin, Junior, Kenny, Ronnie and Joce. My most sincere sympathy goes out to the family, especially Isabel. She put up with having all us crazy teenagers piling up in her house to play cards or watch movies or whatever. Like I said I know it's been a long time since it happened, but I'd rather send a message late than never."
Caroline Peter Edwards of Chapel Hill, NC

"2-25-08 *** You are missed ***"

"Sill miss you bro ..."

"he was a brave,strong and loving one.
he has hold a special place in my heart and i wil never forget him,my silly uncle joce"
caitlyn carrasquillo of n.c

"Joce, you will never be forgotten. You are in the hearts of all that knew you.
I know you're still looking after your mom because she feels your presence.
God bless you."
Nancy Candela of Clearwater, FL

"My name is Rosita and I was Jocelyns stepmother for a long time and he was one of the sweetest young men I have ever known. I only recently found out about his death and want to tell his mother Isa and his father Luis how sorry I am for their loss and the loss to his brothers and everyone who knew him. My prayers are with you on this Veterans Day."
Rosita of Virginia

"hey my name is stephanie carrasquillo me and my family live in oh. and we are looking for more carrasquillo's out there find my myspace at stephanie_ecarrasquillo@yahoo.com and leave me a message about what u know about the last name carrasquillo..."
stephanie of ohio alger

"I too didn't know jocelyn and I too share the Carrasquillo name. Jocelyn has no doubt sacrificed all for our American way of life...Whether or not it was neccessary or just; I cannot say. Just know that I recognize this scarifice and will continue to do everything to honor our namesake.......God Bless You Jocelyn..................."
Benny D. Carrasquillo of Middletown NY, USA


"This message is for the Carrasquillo family. I found a bracelette with Jocelyn's information on it when I was in North Carolina, I wasn't sure if anyone was missing it. If so, my email is jaimstan@yahoo.com."
Jaimie of New Jersey, USA

"Here it is almost 3 years later and it is still hard for me to think about your passing and thinking that could have been me in that truck instead of you. You always knew how to make us laugh even when we picked at you. I never got a chance to keep my promise to you by teach you everything I knew about supply like I said I would.I will never forget you my friend and you will always be missed."
Samuel London of Ft. Benning, GA


It has been over 2&1/2 years now since we lost you. Alot has happened, As Jr. mentioned, it seems like yesterday still. I will always miss the lunches at M.O.I. in wrighstville beach. The truck has been shipped to Wilmington and I went to check it out. You will ALWAYS be a hero. Miss you everyday
your bro,"
Chad Clark of Wilmington, NC

I only knew you for a short while, but I was right behind your chaulk when it happened. I served with the NC Guard only during OIF and I was glad to get to know everyone, and your memory will always be with me."
Robert Pugh of Reading, PA

"I was there when it happened. I will never foget you bro. Your memory will never die in my life!!!"
Eric Burgos of Wilmington,NC

"uncle luis and aunt missy,
i know that the anniversary of his death wasnt an easy one...but he is in my thoughts and prayers and i love you all."
Delaney of redlands, california

"To the Carrasquillo family,
My thoughts were with you on Joce and Roni's birthday, March 31, another year has gone by and Joce is always in my thoughts. God Bless!"
Heather Sauls Zaragoza of Chicago, IL

"Just seen the announcement today but the Carrasquillo FAMILY IN florida wants to express their depest regrets may the Lord continue to uphold you and we pray that the rich memories lift you up everytime you think of him."
Victor Carrasquillo & Family of Florida, N. Lauderdale

"Joce , it is hard to believe it has been 2 years since you went home to our heavenly father . I miss & love you bro ."
Micahel King of Princeton NC

I Miss You Bro. You are a true friend to all the Scouts. You will not be forgotten."
Bob of Shallotte, NC


I'll never forget you. It was so good to know you - a guy who always was willing to help out the rest of us whenever needed. I remember you as the smiling guy who would give someone the shirt off your back. I was 2 miles behind you in the second serial when it happened in Baghdad. It took our platoon a long time to come to grips, and it hurts to this day. It always will, brother. I talked to your twin brother a few months ago... I cried again because you two are so much alike. Godspeed, Jocelyn - we miss you"
Thomas Ruyle (CPL, 1/120IN, NC National Guard) of Wilmington, NC

"It seems like it was yesterday since we shared our last lunch together, my brother you are missed. Although I felt a deep sense of sadness when you left, I never imagined this world without you pyhsically. Your smile, the way you made everyone laugh, and your positive attitude while conquering life's obstacles will never be forgotton. You said,"Everything would be alright". I know you will always keep this promise from heaven above. We all miss you.

Love you my brother"
Luis Carrasquillo Jr. of Goldsboro NC

"The Family Support Group of the HHC 1-120th..wants to check on you, and we continue to hold you in our prayers for your loss of Joce..

Kelly Hines
FRG Coordinator
HHC 1-120th Inf
Wilmington, NC




"Joce ,

You will always be remembered to me as a great friend. Your love for others will never be forgotten. I will help look out for Rony . You 2 guys have always been "brothers" to me and felt as family to us all . I lost my grandmother on Dec 4 , 2004 to cancer & she is resting about 50 yards from you at Wayne Mem. Park. I told her that you would look out for her . Tell granny I love her and miss her. You will be missed forever .

Till we meet again !

Michael King of Princeton N C

"my name is also spc carrasquillo of the 82nd 3/505 recon. i have also sereved in OIF. it is sad to hear of another carraquillo givin his life for us. his death was not in vain and he died for a good cause. my brother who was also spc carrasquillo at the time was wounded in iraq. although he came close he did not die. thank you for your sacrifice. i will never forget your name."
alex jahred carrasquillo of fort bragg NC

"To the family of Jocelyn Carrasquillo:
Althought I never met Jocelyn we share the same last name. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Wilmari Carrasquillo of Richmond, Virginia

"Dear Joce,
If you had to go away and never come back, I'm thankful the place you went is the most beautiful, serene, yet majestic place one can imagine. Your father here on earth misses you so terribly; he still can't bring himself to look at a picture of you. The whole family is trying to cope in different ways. But you knew all this even before I typed it in...
The great news is we will be with you in Heaven one day,and oh, what a rejoicing time that will be! The hard part is trying to get through the hardships, yet living the Christian life--walking daily with Jesus, so we can be assured of being with you again one day.
I've never, ever seen your dad so sad and so angry, but God is good and He is helping him through it, day by day.
Thanks for continuing to be in your dad's and in all of our hearts. We love you so much!
Luis Sr.'s wife, Teresa"
Teresa Carrasquillo of Myrtle Beach, sc

"Joce...It is an honor and a priviledge to have grown up with you and Ronnie...You are truly missed and I am so thankful for the sacrifices you made for me, my child,my family and the rest of America....your death will not be in vain...Thank You to my hero...and until we meet again...may god bless and keep you!"
N. Daniels Gibble of Beaufort, NC

"My name is Spc. Joshua I. Carrasquillo I am also in the Army in Fort Drum I am In the Infantry I just wanna send my condolences to Jocelyn L. Carrasquillo and his family don't know if there is any relation but I wanna tell you that I am sorry for the lost of your loved one."
Spc. Joshua I Carrasquillo of Fort Drum, Ny

"to the family and friends of Jocelyn L. Carrasquillo, you are in my thoughts and prayers, as well as my grief, since I to lost someone recently. WE share a last name and grief."
Rachel Carrasquillo of Chicago, Il, USA

"Dear family and friends of Spc. Jocelyn L. Carrasquillo,
I just wanted to let you all know that I am keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers. I share in your grief. I lost my husband of only 3 years this past May 2004. I just wanted to let you all know that if there is anything I can do, you can email me at anytime. My email address is amurray@email.pittcc.edu and fill free to email me. I have been searching for someone to help me with my grief, someone who is or has actually gone through the process. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care and God Bless you all!"
Amanda L. Murray (Widow of Sgt. Rodney A. Murray 12/05/75-05/09/04) of Ayden, North Carolina

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

"Dearest Joce:"
It has been 2 months since you left us and we all miss you so much. We know you are with our Heavenly Father looking down on us and all of those who loved you so much. Jr., Kenny, Rony and Chad are all looking after your mother just as you would have wanted them to. Addison talks of her uncle Joce often which warms our hearts. Although she will only be three in July she somehow knows you are watching over her. Although Parker is just a baby, your brother and I plan on telling him all about you so he will know what a brave uncle he had. You will always be our Hero and we will always honor you and all the others that have given their lives for their country. We talk to Chad often and he will continue to be a big part of our family like he always has been. Afterall, you weren't just best friends you were like brothers. Although we hate that you were taken from us so soon, we rejoice in knowing that you are with the Lord and that we will one day see you again.
We love you Joce and we will forever be proud of the ultimate sacrifice you gave for your country! We will not forget!"
Your sister-in-law, Melissa of Goldsboro NC

"On behalf of SSG Edward W. Carman's family and friends, we extend our deepest sympathies and share in your loss. Ed is my brother, and, even a month later, his death is surreal. I expect him to still come home in December. :*( May we all find peace and may love and compassion carry us through... I know my brother is watching out for your loved one, as I'm sure your loved one is watching out for my brother...Love forever..."
Joanna May Carman of Painesville, OH

"To Jocelyn's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.

Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

"To the family,
Please accept my deespest sympathy for the loss of your son. At Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, the ROTC unit ran a mile for everyone killed in the war so far. I was privileged enough to run a mile for your son. I placed an American flag on the board that held his name on it. He did not die in vain and you should be very proud of what he did."
Samantha MacGregor of Norfolk, Va

"To the Carrasquillo Family,

I send my deepest condolences on behalf of the Ford family. My brother Jason Ford was kiiled in Iraq on March 13, 2004. Joce fought for freedom and like my brother will never be forgotten!!
God Bless you."
Sister of Jason C. Ford of the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry of Washington, DC

I will never forget you or the lessons that you have taught me. You have not only been my best friend, but you were the brother I never had. Your determination to face and overcome obstacles has taught me more than you can imagine. Your smile and positive outlook will inspire me the rest of my life and I know that your testimony will be remembered. I am so glad that you accepted Christ into your life on the night of 2/21/04. I will see you in HEAVEN. Love, Forever your friend and "brother""
Chad Clark of Wrightsville Beach, NC

"My sicere condolences to the Carrasquillo Family. Every one in my unit came up to me telling me that one of my relatives had passed away in Iraq because of the rare last name. It really frightened me because my brother is still over there, but the first names did not match. I wish I had known this fallen hero. I too was wounded by an IED on Sept, 16 2003. I have many friends who never came home. I know the hardship your family is going through right now, I went through it my self. You will never be forgotten, I'm sorry that I never got to know you. God bless your family may he ease their pain.

Spc. Bobby Carrasquillo
C co 2/325 AIR
82nd Airborne Division"
SPC Bobby G. Carrasquillo, Jr. of Ft. Bragg, NC

"To the family of Joce,
I feel as though I have known your son for so long since I am the mother of one of his dearest friends, Kelley McCall. I always looked forward to go into Sam's and see his beautiful smile that he seemed to have for everyone.
My heart goes out to each of you. Just know that God's timing is never wrong. There was a reason your son's time on this earth came to an end at the time it did. Maybe one day we will know the reason. But for now, just know that he is in God's hands and He will take care of Joce.
My thoughts, love and prayers are with each of you during this time. With deepest sympathy,"
Shirley McCall

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

"The family support Group of the 196th troop E of Elizabeth Town, N.C. extends our deepest regrets for the loss of your son, Jocelyn. Our thoughts and prayers are with you."
Brenda Crumpler of Goldsboro, N.C.

"To the Carrasquillo Family: Joce touched a lot of lives, for mine was one. His smile and laughter would fill a room and he was always so happy. I am deeply sorry for your loss. There are no words that one can say to try to take the pain away. Your son and brother was a special person. Joce was never selfish and always would listen or help a friend if he could. He will never be forgotten."

"Joce: You were one of the happiest persons I have ever met in my entire life. Your friendship was dear to me and I am so thankful I had the opportunity for your smile to touch my life. From grammer school up until the last time I saw you, you were always smiling and laughing. I am so proud of you!!!! I know you are looking down on us from heaven and that you will keep touching our lives as you did when you here, but only this time it will be in spirit. You will be missed dearly by those who loved you so much, but thank you for all the memories that I know I will cherish forever. Joce, you were one in a million............"
S. Daniels of Jacksonville, NC

"To Joce: Thank you for your friendship. I do not know if you knew what a blessing it truly was. You made me smile when I thought I couldn't and made me laugh even through tears. You were a true friend. There are so many things that I never got to say, but I hope that you know now how I feel. I'll miss you Joce and know that even though you are gone from this earth....you will never leave my heart. I love you. The world will not be the same without you. It was a true gift to know you. Thank you for that privalege.

To The Carrasquillo Family: Joce was a wonderful person to know and a true friend to have. It was a blessing to know and have him as a friend. The world is a darker place without him here. He taught me so much about myself and the kind of person that we all need to be. I am saddened by your loss and please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

To Chad: I know that the loss of Joce is a hard one for you to bear. The two of you were absolutely crazy. :) I can only imagine what you might be feeling. But I know that he will watch over you and keep you in line always. He gave you good advice and I know that he will continue to do so. You are in my prayers. Thank you for introducing me to one of the most genuine people I will ever know. He truly changed my life."
Kelley McCall of Wilmington, NC USA

"To Joce:
You will always have a special place in my heart, and that place will always be there for you. I know you are in a better place and one day I will see you again. Te amo mucho!
Carrasquillo Family:
I can only imagine the pain you are going through. Although I feel the pain of Joce’s life, it cannot compare to what you are feeling. Remember, God is always listening and so is Joce. God Bless!"
Heather Sauls Zaragoza of Chicago, IL

"To Jocelyn's Family:
There are no words that can express our deep sorrow for your loss. May God bless you and your family as Jocelyn watches over you all."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"My PRAYERS are with you all for the loss of a Son. I to have a son, over there serving in the same unit as yours. I don't sleep at night do to being so concerned. When I heard the news of your son it broke my heart into. I live in Evergreen NC and we all are praying for ALL our children to come home. May God filled the void in your hearts and lives and may he bless all your lives. Glenda"
Glenda Forrester of Evergreen, NC

"To the family and friends of Jocelyn,
May the the happy memories be forever in your hearts. May God bless you and keep you safe. I am saddened by another loss. A true hero, while fighting for our freedom."
Candy Knutson of Poynette, WI

"Thank you Jocelyn Carrasquillo, 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 Spc. Jocelyn Carrasquillo:
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 Jocelyn 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. Jocelyn Carrasquillo:
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 Jocelyn, 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