Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Zeferino E. Colunga


20, of Bellville, Texas.
Colunga was initially evacuated to the 28th Combat Support Hospital in Iraq on August 4, 2003. He was then evacuated to Landstuhl Army Regional Medical Center and later to Homburg University Hospital in Germany for further evaluation. He remained at Homburg until his death. His death was unrelated to the recent cases of pneumonia in Southwest Asia. Colunga was assigned to 4th Squadron, 2nd Armored Calvary Regiment, Fort Polk, Louisiana. Died on August 6, 2003.

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"Just checking in with you, Bro'. Missing your laugh."
Ellison Brown III of Orange Park, FL

"Sometimes I wonder about you, I wonder how it would be if you were here with me, the way it feels to have a big brother that you can tell anything to 😔 I hear stories about you but it kills me because I can't rememeber them I was to young to 😫 I would give up anything in this world just to get you back to have memories to cherish ❤️ I just want you one last time 😫 I rememeber you as my brother 💯 I wish you were here with me I know you are but I can't see you 😔 I wish you were here my life would be half complete if you were here with me ❤️ Anyways, I miss you a lot i can't wait to see you, everyday is a day closer to seeing you 😌❤️ I can't wait to tell you everything ! Ily brother 😘 R.I.P 🙏"
Gissell Colunga of Texas

"Just thinking about my favorite AIT student. I see your class picture on my desk everyday, and think about my time with you. You are missed!!!"
SSG Ellison Brown III of Orange Park, FL

"You will never be forgotten."
Dre Wright of texas

"Just stopped by to say missing you doll. Me and Morgan went to visit you not to long ago. We just laughed and told old stories of our Pagoda days. It was nice. Love and miss you....hope you are looking down at us and we are making you proud. xoxo"
Jessica Ledesma of Bryan, TX

"hey bro have been thinking about you allot this past year. I have been dealing with allot of problems form all my deployments and I find streanth in your memory. my flag I used to have hanging over my bed when ever I deployed is flying outside of my house every day but today it is flying with lights on it till midnight for you bro. I still remember the last day I saw you getting loaded on the blackhalk out of Bagdad like it was yesterday. I miss you bro your memory always lives on and you will never be forgotten. I went for a walk in the woods today and even though I was deer hunting you were all I could think about and before I knew it I was over 5 miles away from my truck. happy veterans day cowboy."
Matthew Blanchard USA RET of Springdale Arkansas

"Hey Buddy,

I was looking at the class picture you, and the guys in your AIT class, gave me. I decided to Google your name one morning at work and came across this page. I originally discovered what happened to you on the CNN casualty webpage a few years ago. You were one of my best students. You had a great future ahead of you in the military. My condolences go out to your family. You will never be forgotten. Your family is in my prayers."
SSG Ellison Brown III of Orange Park, FL

"Hey,
Came across your memorial page and wanted to leave a THANK YOU for fighting for our country. You have left many great memories with friends and family. Even though it's been a long time since God called you to duty in the heavens , just know that your family and friends miss you greatly. Thank You Again for your bravery."
CHRISTINA RODRIGUEZ of BELLVILLE, TEXAS

"HEY COWBOY I WAS JUST THINKING OF YOU BEFORE MY BIG GAME FOR VOLLEYBALL. I JUST WANTED TO KNOW IF YOU COULD LOOK AFTER ME AND MY NEENA SINCE YOUR IN HEAVEN EVER SINCE I TOLD NEENA HOW MUCH YOU LOVED HER,NEENO,TELLY,MY PARENTS, AND MY SISITER I WONDER IF YOU EVER THOUGHT OF ME WHEN YOU WERE GONE. I KNOW I WAS TO YOUNG TO KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON BUT MY NEENA SHES GETTING REAL SICK BUT SHE'LL BE BETTER ONCE YOU VISIT HER. YOU KNOW SHE STILL CRIES FOR YOU AT NIGHT I HEAR HER. I READ SOME MESSAGES AND NOW I KNOW YOU WHERE LOVED AND MISSED BY A LOT OF PEOPLE. I WISH I COULD BE LIKE YOU BUT MY PARENTS DONT MOTIVATE ME TO DO ANYTHING EXCEPT FOR SPORTS. BUT NOW THAT I THINK OF IT THEY GIVE ME EVERYTHIUNG TO GET MOTIAVITED BY I AM OLD ENOUGH TO DO IT MYSELF BUT SOMETIMES I JUST GIVE UP BUT THIS 7TH GRADE YEAR I GOT MOTIVATED BY YOU AND I TRIED SO HARD IN VOLLEYBALL TO GET A AWARD AND I GOT THE MOST VALUEABLE PLAYER IM GOING TO TAKE IT TO YOU WHEN I GO OVER TO SEE YOUR GRAVE BUT I GOT TO GO KNOW I LOVE YOU SO MUCH."
YVETTE COLUNGA of TEXAS

"hey Cowboy I just wanted to stop by and tell you hey,and that I truly miss you. I don't really know a lot about us and well I had a dream about you on my birthday you stopped by to tell me happy birthday and well I just didn't know what to say to you, so I just cried you said that you'll always be watching over me,and that grandma is doing alrigh. I haven't told anyone about my dream about you I want to keep a secret.Your birthday is coming up and well that day is going to truly sad for neena ,neeno,my parents, telly really miss you. I looked threw your pictures and you looked so happy,the family was happy together. I wish I was old enough to know about you.Im taking care of neena and neeno don't worry they are in good hands well I hope to see you soon.I'm going to get you some metals and hang them on your grave. well I hope your looking after me. PLEASE for my 15 birthday you'll come down from heaven and tell me something I always wanted to know and something you'll always wanted to tell me tell grandma I miss her with all my heart as well as grandpa.LOVE YOU LOTS. NEVER FORGOTTEN. Love you truly <3"
YVETTE COLUNGA of WESLACO,TEXAS

"What up "Big C", man can't believe it's been this long since I visited your page. Never forget you bro. Memorial Day 2014."
Malcolm Glover aka G Love of Amarillo

"I was in the middle of packing the other day since Im headed home finally...and guess what I found! All our old pics and letters. I read them all and it was very bittersweet to read some of that stuff again. I sent your sister some pics a couple of years back. I hope they made her happy. I miss her and I miss you sooo much. Life has been hard for alot of people since you left us. I love and miss you and grateful I got to know you and had you in my life. Hope you are thinking of us as we do you and that we are making you proud. Love you always and forever. :o)"
Jessica of Las Vegas, NV

"Hey Cowboy,
They say time heals all but I still remember this day and the days that led up to it like they happened yesterday. I really miss you man, you always had the biggest smile on your face no matter how bad it got, you kept everyone's spirit alive most of all mine. and to this day it is the memory of you my hero that keeps me fighting for a better life. you are such an inspiration to me and I know you already see that but I cant wait to be able to tell you face to face and thank you for showing me the way. love you bro"
SSG Matthew Blanchard of Fort Wainwright Alaska

"it's been ten yrs since we all lost a great person i lost my buddy my brother . Your memory lives on. Armament Dogs!!"
SSG Rodriguez of C CO 1/ 19 TH SFG (A)

"Hey man it's Memorial Day 2013 and I've been thinking about you again. I just wanted to say that my family and I had a toast in your honor the other night and for your family. I wish them all the best and know they deserve the utmost respect for their sacrifice and yours. I am still remembering all the times we played soccer together. You were great man and I do wish you were still here. To your family, I am so sorry for your loss and hope that you have found peace. You all will remain in my thoughts forever."
Chad Parsons

"Colunga still love you bro. Days like this remind us how precious friendships are"
SSG Rodriguez of SA TX

"I got some Chente Bro l....I'll trade u for your Ramon Ayala"
Tejeda of 916 Califas

"this is one anniversary i hate but rejoice in knowing you are in a better place. we still miss ya bro! AEA '03"
Rodriguez of Austin

"I feel a warmth around me like your presence is so near, And I close my eyes to visualize your face when you were here, I endure the times we spent together and they are locked inside my heart, For as long as I have those memories we will never be apart, Even though we cannot speak no more my voice is always there, Because every night before I sleep I have you in my prayer. I know its been almost nine years but you are still in my heart you are so near. I know your watching over me and keep me so near I pray that you are safe and at the Lord side for all I know is that your an angle at my side. I will always love you no matter what and hope to meet again when the time come. I love you always....."
Crystal Pacheco of Hempstead ,Texas 77445

"It's been a longtime Cowboy, not a day passes without me thinking of you. I think about how things would be if you were still with us. This is still hard on me because growing up I always thought that I would have my cuz around. I still remember when we lived in Idaho and my family would go from Nampa to Emmett to visit you guys. The trip was pretty long but I didnt care cause I knew that I was going over to see my cousin. I remember riding bikes in and around the factories near your house. When our parents would get in their ocassional dissagreements, we were the ones that suffered because we wouldn't see eachother until they patched things up. I remember when you stopped at my house to say bye just before leaving Idaho to move to Bellville, TX. Remembering the feeling of sadness because I had just lost my cousin. But, soonafter we also moved to Texas and the cousins were back! You were a great cousin, brother, and son. I remember how much you loved Telli (Teresa), man did you love her! I remember laughing at you guys when you would fight, one time she kicked both of us out of the house, lol (goodtimes)! I wish I would see your mom more often, got to see her recently. It's hard to have lost you a second time. I know your in a better place now. I love and miss you cuz. You're never forgotten."
Cousin Sam Ramos (Samdogg) of Laredo, TX

"Thinking of you my brother today and everyday for the rest of my life. It is because of men and women like you that im able to live my Freedom, you have showed and taught me to never take that for granted because it has been at great cost that im able to keep it- I miss you so much no words can EVER express my emptiness/lonelyness without you. And to Mrs. A from Emmett Idaho, this is us."
Forever you kis sis Teresa Colunga Hernandez AKA Telli of Bellville, TX

"I just saw the picture in the Idaho Statesman and was very curious because I think I taught a wonderful family in Emmett Idaho during the summmer. I remember Zefrino and Teresa and am wondering if this is the same family. If it is my heart goes out to your family and I will always rememberyou."
Mrs. A of Emmett ID

"Hey man, I know I should have done this sooner. Just never knew what to say. It's Memorial Day 2012 and you've been on my mind for awhile now. I remember when we used to play soccer together before OIF 1. I miss you brother and I wish your family and friends all the best. I saw some comments from people I remember from then and reading the words brought back so many memories. I miss you and have never, nor will I ever, forget you."
Chad Parsons of Tulsa, OK

"Hey Cowboy its still hard to realize that you're gone. I'll never forget the phone call I got from Geri, she left me a voicemail that said call me back its about cowboy and in that instant I knew it. I fell to my knees and asked god please don't let it be true so I called her and she confirmed my worst fears. That week I couldn't go to your funeral and I hated myself for not doing everything in my power to see you one last time but looking back now I'm glad I didn't. I don't think I could bare seeing you, or something resembling you laying there. I'm glad I get to remember that happy you, the you that would pick on me or that I was stuck with because of my sister. You were like the older brother I never had, and I'm glad it was you. You showed me what a real hero is, that its not someone who just saves the day but brightens and turns the day around for the better. One who is selfless and puts others before himself. Thank you to you and your fellow brothers and sisters. It's because of all of you get to cuddle with my dogs at night and wake up to see the next morning without feeling threatened. I miss you Zef so much. I talk you all the time, sometimes I feel like a crazy person lol. I make sure I let you story be known, and I tell everyone about Cowboy! Well gotta go to bed got work in the morning so goodnight keep us safe, and ill talk to you in the AM :) love, CJ"
Crystal J. Pacheco of McAllen,TX

"Just stopping by to share another old pic. It's of you and Soto at the PX. We were all so young and with little to no worries. You'll never be forgotten bro.

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g145/infinate719/2788219f.jpg"
Greg Vasquez of Colorado Springs

"Looking on my Laptop tonight and was looking at all the fallen servicemembers. When I came across the Colunga name. Although it's going on 12 years now I wish to say that I'm sorry for the Colunga family. I to saw combat in Vietnan in 1968/1969 and was in Desert Storm. I know what it's like to be in a combat zone.I retired from the Army. My name is (Ret.SFC Johnny Colunga Jr. and I live in Port Arthur, Texas. I'm sorry to see a fellow Army brother with my last name on this Fallen Heroes Memorial. I'm very proud of all the servicemembers on this Memorial list. GOD Bliss the COLUNGAS"
Ret.SFC Johnny Colunga Jr. of Port Arthur, Texas

"LOVE YOU COWBOY, MISS YOU ALOT BABY.YOU ARE STILL IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS EVERYDAY.WHEN EVER I SEE MY KIDS I SEE YOU FOR THEY CARRY YOU WITH THEM WHERE EVER THEY GO. MISS YOU ALWAYS , YOUR TIA"
LISA RAMOS PADRON of PLANT CITY FL

"On my mind bro....

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g145/infinate719/63ed5c3c.jpg"

"Today, on Veterans day thinking of you big brother, my u rip"
Lil Sis Telli(Teresa Colunga HDZ) of Bellville,TX

"OMG BRO nice pic thanx for that man i miss all these fellaz hope all is well CHIEF."
SSG Rodriguez, F of AUSTIN, TX

"You were on my mind bro and I thought I would post this picture from AIT back in Virgina. Hopefully one of them works.





http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g145/infinate719/6a85f2b7.jpg"
Greg Vasquez of COlorado Springs, CO

"i'm going to air assault school brother can you believe that...finally haha remember when we tried to get in at FT Polk and the NCO's were like "there are no slots" how mad we were haha ok homeboy just stoppin by to say whats up..miss ya bro"
SSG Rodriguez of Austin TX

"Today,again another year,it will be 8 years that you've be gone.August6,2003,how can we forget that day.. I finally got the courage to finally post you a message.It took me this long only because I was waiting for your mom (my sister)finally accept that you are gone,,but you will always be in"Our Hearts".always.and forever ..She is with you, every year that goes by,she is by your side in Bellville..And Iam happy that she has come to terms with your "crossing over" you are in heaven in peace and happy,she has finally accepted that you are in a better place smiling down on All of Us..All I can say now is that you are an "ANGEL" and now you can sit back and travel the world with your dad and uncle from coast to coast like you wanted them to and you right there by there side in your Semi-trucks,cause it's" All you now..You made that happened thank you nephew,for being the greatest nephew ever,I love you and miss you so much,words can't express just how much, I finally did it..love u---and will miss u..sooo.much..."
aunt,Sylvia Ramos Colunga of WESLACO,TEXAS

"Cowboy, Gone but never will be forgoten. Thanks to all his brothers in the military that leave messages on this page it brings joy and happiness to our hearts to see he is still remembered and loved. Thank yall"
Teresa Colunga- Hernandez of Bellville, TX

"wow SSG Blanchard whats up man? Shout out to the fellow dogs. Thanks again C for the chance to connect w old faces. Saludos familia Colunga"
SSG Rodriguez, F of Austin TX

"AS I SIT HERE BACK IN IRAQ AGAIN, AND I START TO LOOSE FAITH ON WHY WE ARE HERE IT IS THE MEMORY OF A HERO I WORKED SIDE BY SIDE WITH THAT GIVES ME STREANTH. STILL REMBERING THE HERO SPC COLUNGA AKA COWBOY. MISS YOU MAN"
SSG BLANCHARD of FT WAINWRIGHT ALASKA

"Memorial Day weekend '11 hope all the Colunga family is doing well. Much Amor. From the Rodriguez family."
SSG Rodriguez, F of Austin Tx

"just saw your name on a wall of heroes at Camp Mabry here in Austin Tx. That was emotional BRO seeing your name up there like that. Its stll hard when i remember how we used to work out and bbq all the time. Miss ya man."
SSG Rodriguez F of Austin TX

"Just saw someting that made me think of all the brothers I had in AEA Plt. I miss all of them. Colunga was taken from us and i will never forget him or all my army brothers. If only civilians knew the brotherhood we shared and why these bonds are forever. Miss you Big "C'"
Malcolm Glover of Amarillo TX

"Missing u so much, ama went by today.. it so hard to see her like that, plz brother help her heart mend just a little plz, Miss u so much, Telli"
ur lil sis of Bellville, Tx

"Hey "C" just thinking about you man and the times we had together. I'm writing a paper about you in class and having a trouble with my emotions. It's hard to lose someone who helped you out more than they know. I will never forget you as long as I am breathing."
Mark "Mookie" Burden of Humble, Texas

"To all "C" brothers in arms, Thank You so much for never letting my brothers memory fade away. Thank you for letting me know the kind of soldier and a fighter my brother was and is. Thank yall for loving him the way yall do after all these yrs. From the Colungas Thank You!!!!!!!!!!"
C KID SIS TELLI AKA TERESA COLUNGA HERNANDEZ of Bellville, TX

"Paco you know how it goes Bro once a Dawg always a Dawg. C you will always be missed and be in our hearts and prayers. Sorry it took me so long to actually leave a message here. God knows that I have tried many times in the past and for what ever reason could not find the words."
SSG Kambhampati "K-pot" of Afghan

"Veternas day, Remembrance day. My American Hero SPC Zeferino E. Colunga- Iraq Veteran- June 8, 1983/Aug 6, 2003"
Teresa Colunga Hernandez of Bellville, TX

"shout out to all my fellow veterans wherever you may be you are all missed and appreciated. miss ya c."
SSG Rodriguez F of Austin Tx

"Kpot my good friend hope you guys are doing well in Afghan please tell Rovira hi from me. Stay safe!! You see Colunga you still bring the "dawgs" togeter."
SSG Rodriguez F. of Austin Tx

"Wow I cant believe that it has been sever years since that dark time in Iraq. Just wanted to let you know that you are still in the hearts and minds of many. I am sitting here in Afghan and just cant stop thinking about my past deployments and you always pop into my mind. You made a major impact on my life and will never be forgotten. We love and miss you Bro.

"No one is ever truly gone until there is no one left to remember them""
SSG K-pot of Deployed to Afghan

"Seven yrs ago today you were called to heavan. I carry you in my heart every sec of everyday. Till we see each other again. R.I.P Spc Zeferino Colunga
My brother, a friend and AMERICAN HERO."
Your kid sis of Teresa Colunga-HDZ Bellville, TX

"apologize to all that was supposed to be a link to a song...regardless, we miss ya bro."
SSG Rodriguez of Austin Tx

"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkJCO_WVft4

con mucho respeto"
SSG RODRIGUEZ, F of Austin Tx

"Your in our THOUGHTS in our CONVERSATIONS in our HEARTS and for sure in our PRAYERS. We MISS YOU and LOVE YOU."
Abdon and Cerise of Bellville, Tx. USA

"hi cuz jus stpn by 2 say hi i stil cnt belive ur gn 4th of july is almost cumn up 2010 it sem lik yesterday i was over there n texas i rember i wnt over there i was stil so young only abt 8 i rember u use 2 tel tile 2 stp pickin on me she use 2 listen 2 u nw im 15 abt 2 b 16 hw years fly by wish u could of seen the new members of the family bt i no u c us up n the beatiful blue sky 1 day will al b up there...u are n a better plc up there...bt wish u was here lik they say "cry 4 the ppl dat are here on earth and b happy 4 the ppl that leave becuz there n a better plce" wel its time 4 me 2 go bt ill b bck.....

Signed:Maritza Colunga
6/26/2010
In The Luvn Memory Of Zeferino E. Colunga A.K.A COWBOY"
Maritza Colunga of Memphis Tennessee

"Memorial day 2010... Thinking of you..Your lil sister"
Teresa Colunga-Hdz of Bellville,TX

"Hey Cowboy,
Another Memorial Day. Another year....still missing you havent forgotten thank you for being that Angel on my shoulder guiding through my random acts of dumbness."
SSG Hernandez "junior" of USAG Humphreys

"Another Memorial Day passes. We did a ruckmarch today to the Capitol building here in Austin it was a Great turnout man it was all in your memory brother. We miss you."
SSG Rodriguez F of Austin TX

"Hey its me erika your cuz i didnt get a chance to see you just when i was a baby but i now you where a great person.I Love You always"
erika of weslaco texas

"Hey bro I was just looking at some pics of us when we were back in VA in AIT 2001. I've met so many people throughout the military that you were able to touch. One day I'll join you and we'll talk about old times. God bless bro."
WO1 Vasquez, Greg of COS Gary Owen, Iraq

"It has been seven years... since the very last time i seen you....Easter Sunday... and then yoou gave me and ama a hug and drove off in your low white chevy truck..i seen you in your drivers side mirror wiping your tears away as i was wiping mine, how i wish i could have hugged you a little longer that day kid.. I MISS U VERY MUCH, no words can ever express my emptiness without you.....R.I.P"
LIL SIS TELLI- Teresa Colunga Hernandez of Bellville, Texas

"I was just thinking of you… Sabes, I still have the St. Sebastian medal necklace that you gave me. Remember? You gave it to me one day that I couldn’t make it to mass, back in 2001. You member! I always have it with me…. I have an 8 year old boy and a 5 month girl, why do I tell you if you already know. Just wanted to tell you that I miss you, and you’re always close to me…. Love you man!"
SGT De La Rosa of Korea

"hey bro still here miss ya man hope all you Colungas are doing well. We are having a Fallen Soldiers march in May just want to let you know in case your interested."
SSG Rodriguez F of Austin Texas

"Missing you so much Bro, My heart still aches and it still weeps as it did that day in Aug."
Teresa Colunga- HDZ"SIS" of Bellville Tx

"I sit and wonder about you all the time.Sometimes i find myself just thinking about how things would be if you were still here.Probably a whole lot better.Its crazy how time passes by so fast and i have yet not gone a day without thinking about you.Maybe its because everytime i step out my room i throw on the dagtags you moms gave me.People come up to me and see them and ask whose Zeferino?And i just smile and say hes my cousin.Only people who know me well can see the pain i hold back when i explain how crazy you and teli were growing up.They laugh and i just sit there trying so hard not to let my emotional gaurd down.lol.The only thing that brings comfort to me is the at least your in a better place.We miss you and love you Cowboy."
Omar Padron of Plant City FL,USA

""To the family of Zeferino E. Colunga ,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""

"Want to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to my Brothers family, I dreamt about C the other day, he said he was fine it was so realistic we Love you all"
SSG Rodriguez (Pancho) of Austin TX

"Veterans Day 2009 my brotha we miss you."
SSG Rodriguez F of Austin TX

"Hey C. Was just checking in on you man to make sure i paid my respects today. I still get asked about the the tatttoo i got on my arm. And when i tell them about why i got it, I always find myself telling people as much as i can about you. You where a great person and will always be remmembered and missed."
Mark "Mookie" Burden of Houston, TX

"six years brother your still in my heart..i miss you man
SSG Rodriguez, F "Pancho""
Austin of Texas

"Yesterday, was six yrs since you parted this earth. My heart aches ever hour, min., second that i have to live without you. There will never be enough words to ever express the emptiness that my heart fells with out you, my brother. Everday I wake and wished you were here. I really dont know how i have managed this far without you. All I know that you are my "AMERICAN HERO" And my you rest in peace and continue to watch out for AMA, APA and your kid sis TELLI. TE AMO TANTO Y TE EXTRANIO MUCHO "COWBOY""
Your kid sis TELLI

"To this day..not one goes by that i do not think about the friend that was lost..I miss you so much c..Everytime i look at my arm or close my eyes i think about the friend that was lost way to early..You helped me out with so much in my life and i will never forget you brother."
mark "Mookie" Burden of Houston, TX

"Memorial Day 09 stoppin to pay my respects brotha miss ya man. To your family we kinda lost touch i hope you guys are good and thank you once again for producin such a good friend i will remember eternally."
SSG Rodriguez, Francisco of Austin, TX

"Sweet Cowboy,
I think I have finally come to peace. I think. I am scared to put this out there and let all the people who love you read this but I think it could help me. It doesn’t even feel like it has been almost six years. Time has just flown by. Lately I have been thinking how I am going to be 21 soon and I feel somewhat guilty that I am having the what should seem like a privilege to outlive you. I hope that doesn't sound harsh. I am ALWAYS thinking how much you accomplished and how many people you impacted in just 20 years. It’s amazing. Your amazing. My family loves you so much. We still talk about you but it is so hard for us not to get that awkward silent, sad feeling. You know the feeling where you get that lump in your throat and it makes speaking so hard. You were such a wonderful person. You brought joy to everyone’s life. You really did. I want you to know a few years ago, Reesie handed me this picture frame, and she said, "Here norm I found this and thought you would like it." When I looked at it, I felt my heart drop to the pit of my stomach. I tell you I literally could not breathe. It was a picture from your party before you left and I was holding that bill you signed for me. That was such a happy day for everyone. I remember the love and the excitement that surrounded us all. It is one of my favorite memories. Anyways I do not think I truly expressed to my sister how much she made me happy that day. I look at you and think of you every day. I know for a fact you are in a better place. I just want you to know that we are all okay, and we miss you so very much. So much. Our family is continually growing and we make sure that everyone knows who you are. I thank God that I was one of the lucky ones who got to know you personally. You have definitely influenced my life and you make me want to be a better person. So thank you. Also this is kind of cliché because Memorial Day is coming up but know that I am proud of you and every one of your brothers and sisters that has served for my countries freedom. I LOVE YOU and THANK YOU."
Norma Perez of Huntsville, Tx

"Hey Zef,
Im sorry I haven't written u a message in a long time. It still hurts to think of u gone....but im glad to see that people still think of u as much as i do. U would be so shocked to see how everyone is doing now. I have 3 kids now and they are so beautiful. I wish they could of met u...they would love u just as much as I do. U would make fun of them though cuz they look nothing like me or look mexican for that fact...ur sister tells me that all the time. I just wanted to let u know your still in my thoughts and dreams. I still tear up thinking of you but I will have some great stories to tell my kids of one of the greatest guys I knew when I was younger and how much he ment to me and still does. I hope that ur good up there and having fun. We miss u tons sweetheart. Still thinking and loving u always.
Much Love,
Jess"
Jessica Ledesma of Houston, TX

"HEY CUZ JUZ COMIN THRU TO SAY HI.MAN BRO IM GOIN OUT FOR THA FOOTBALL TEAM AT PCH.I HOPE I MAKE THA TEAM.THA TRAININ IS PRETTY TOUGH BUT IM ILL MAKE IT THRU.YOU KNOW I READ THA MESSAGES THAT FREINDS LEAVE YOU AND THEY SAY HOW MUCH THEY MISS YOU.I DID TOO...BUT NOW I KNOW THAT YOUR WITH US ALL IN SPIRIT.WELL ALWAYZ HAVE YOU IN OUR HEARTS.WELL GOT HOMEWORK TO DO SO ILL TALK TO YOU LATER CUZ."
OMAR PADRON of PLANT CITY,FL,

"pacordz1975@yahoo.com. hit me up dawgs and colunga family. love you all."
SGT Rodriguez of Austin Texas

"HEY G LOVER IT'S ME ROD HOW YA DOIN BRO THIS INCIDENT AS SAD AND AS MUCH OF A TRAGEDY AS IT WAS BROUGHT US ALL TOGETHER MAN ARMAMENT DAWGS WE MISS YA C STILL TO THIS DAY I REMEMBER WORKING THE FARP WITH YA AND DOING PT LIFTING THEM WEIGHTS. MAKING FUN OF 3/5 PLATOON HAHA TILL NEXT TIME LATER BROTHA PEACE TO ALL MY ARMAMENT DAWGS EVERY WHERE!!"
SGT RODRIGUEZ of AUSTIN TX

"I know it took me forever to write something but I always felt like I didn't know what to say or how to say it. I am just glad that we had you in the platoon for me you where like my BIG little brother. You are and always will be greatly missed Cowboy

Spc. Malcolm Glover AKA Ugly Glugly"
Malcolm Glover of Amarillo Texas

"Cowboy my dear brother its going on 6yrs, I do not know how i have managed to live this long with out you. I still thing your coming home.... and so does ama, she misses you so much. I MISS YOU SO MUCH COWBOY.........."
You lil Sister Teresa Colunga-Hdz "Telli" of Bellville, TX

"Hey C,
Sorry it took me so long to leave you a message. There have been alot of times that you pop into my mind, especaily when Im about to do something dumb. You were always the voice of reason in the group, no matter who was there. I miss you man. You are part of the reason I continued in the Army. To the family of Zeferino. I served with your son at Ft Polk as well as Iraq. He was an outstanding individual. A very intelligent man. Always respectful. I apologize for not doing this sooner or as regular as I know I should have. I remember the nights we would go to the casino.....remember C.....You always be in my heart man."
SSG Hernandez Gabriel "Junior" of USAG Humphreys Korea

"my thoughts and prayers are for you and the rest of all the soldiers that have lost thier lives protecting our country.god bless you and all your family.may god keep them save richard"
richard chris colunga of santa ana, calif

"Cowboy,Today is Sunday January25,2009.This morning I woke up thinking of U and your parents"my compadres,&your sister"my precious"I miss U all!!!"
ROCIO RAMIREZ of Emmett,Idaho 83617

"TO THE FAMILY OF SPC. ZEFERINO COLUNGA. IT HAS BEEN AN HONOR KNOWING YOUR UNCLE JAVIER I MET JAVIER AT A TRUCK STOP IN GEORGIA AND I STOPPED HIM TO PAY MY RESPECT TO HIM, I MYSELF AM A VIETNAM VETERAN AND TO SEE YOU ON YOUR DADS AND UNCLE SEMI TRUCK JUST BROKE MY HEART TO SEE YOUNG MEN LIKE YOU GIVE THERE LIFE FOR US....I PRAY TO GOD TO BRING OUR BOYS HOME..AND AGAIN IT WAS AN HONOR KNOWING JAVIER,JUST TALKING TO YOUR UNCLE JUST SHOWS HOW MUCH LOVE HE HAS FOR YOU.AND HOW PROUD HE IS TO BE YOUR UNCLE...YOUR UNCLE A PROFESSIONAL TRUCK DRIVER IS A GREAT FRIEND I HOPE TO RUN TO HIM AGAIN. I WOULD RECOGNIZE THAT NICE WHITE SEMI TRUCK ANYWHERE WITH SPC.COWBOYS TRUCKING FROM WESLACO TEXAS..GOD BLESS YOU..FRIEND"
VIETNAM VETERAN of GA/FLORIDA CO. LINE

"Para todas estas familias de Zeferino E. Colunga dejan sus numeros y emails porfavor y gracias.Dios Los Bendiga

For all that know Zeferino E. Colunga please leave your phone number and emails and so we can contact you please and Thank You and god Bless you All!"
Francisco Colunga (colunga.francisco@yahoo.com of Nampa, ID

"Hola mijo ojala estubieras con todos nosotro,para poder platicar y darte un fuerte abraso pero, tu estas con nosotros en nuestros corazones. adios mijo ay te miramos pronto."
Francisco Colunga (colunga.francisco@yahoo.com of Nampa ID.

"MISSIN YOU EVERY DAY HOMIE..I WEAR YOUR DOGTAG EVERYTIME I LEAVE THA HOUSE KNOWIN THAT YOUR WIT ME.WELL JUZ WANTED TO STOP BY AND SAY HEY.LOVE YOU HOMIE AND ILL SEE YOU LATERZ COWBOY."
OMAR PADRON AKA gRizzLyb3aR of PLANT CITY KILLZBOROUGH KOUNTY FL

"To the family of Zeferino Colunga,
On 25 November 2008 at 11:00 AM the 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment and the 2d Cavalry Association will gather in Vilseck, Germany, to commemorate a monument to our fallen brothers from Operation Iraqi Freedom. SPC Zeferino Colunga will be honored on that day. His name will be engraved on the face of a permanent black marble monument along with his fallen comrades. The monument will be located in a park of 50 trees which will form a living memorial to these fine young Soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation.
On that date and at that ceremony we will also honor the families of these Soldiers. We truly hope that the families can participate in the ceremony. It is the wish of the 2d Cavalry Association and the 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment to place a personalized flag case and flag for each of these fallen heroes in the hands of a family member.
We are requesting that these families contact us via email at deddygetty1@comcast.net to learn more about the ceremony and how they can participate.
Toujours Pret!
Dave Gettman
2d Cavalry Association"
"Tacoma Dave" of Washington

"DAMN WEY ITZ BEEN CHINGOZ SINCE YOU LEFT US HOMIE..PERO NOT A DAY GOES BY THAT I DONT WAKE UP AND THINK ABOUT YOU.EVEN THO I NEVER GOT A CHANCE TO KNOW YOU ALL THAT WELL I FEEL LIKE I DO BY THA WAY YOUR MOMZ AND SIS TALKS ABOUT YOU.YOUR SIS I DOIN GOOD TOO...A LIL CRAZIE BUT SHE WOULDNT BE TILLI IF SHE WASNT.MAN I LOVE HER SO MUCH SHE ONE OF THA REALIST PERSONS I KNOW AND THAT WUT MAKES HER SPECIAL.YOUR MOMZ LOOKZ TOO YOUNG FOR HER AGE.IF YOU SEE HER NOW YOU WOULD THINK SHE WAS TWENTY OR SUMIN.SHEZ DOIN GOOD TOO BUT CRIEZ ALMOST EVERY TIME SHE TALKZ ABOUT YOU.I FEEL LIKE SHEDIN A TEAR FOR YOU TOO BUT SUMONE NEEDS TO BE STRONG WHEN OTHERZ ARE DOWN TO HELP THEM THROUGH THA HARD TIMEZ.BUT SUMTIMEZ THA MEMORY HITS ME TOO QUICK FOR ME TO BLOCK THA EMOTIONZ AND TEARS STRART TO FALL.I MEMBER THA LAST TIME I SEEN YOU IT WAS AT TIO DAVIDS HOUSE ABOUT 5 OR 6 YEARS AGO AND I DIDNT TALK TO YOU.NOW THAT I LOOK BACK I SHOUILD OF TALKED TO YOU AND HUGED AND NEVER LET YOU GO.WHEN I HEARD OF YOUR PASSIN I FELL ONE KNEE AND CRIED..ONE OF THA FIRST TIMEZ IN A LONG TIME.YOU IN MY MIND ALL THA TIME WEY...SO MUCH THAT I MADE A SONG DEDICATED TO YOU.I THREW EVERYTIHG IN TO IT..EVEN TEARS HOMIE.I HOPE HEAVEN HAS A STEREO SO YOU CAN BUMP IT.BUT WAIT FOR ME UP THERE HOMIE ILL BRING THA BEERZ SO WE CAN KICK A FEW BACK UP THERE AND SH0 THEM HOW FAMILY DOES IT.SEE YOU SOON AND I LOVE YOU COWBOY PEACE."
OMAR PADRON AKA gRizzLyb3R of PLANT CITY FL KILLSBOROUGH KOUNTY

"Five years brotha wow, time flies man, I still remember getting on the plane to iraq with you man, we were so unprepared for what we were gonna face man, but you faced it like the brave soldier you still are man, never forget you homeboy!!! ARMAMENT DOGS"
SGT Rodriguez, F of Austin Tx

"Hey kid I did it I Graduate on the 8th but i have rehersal on the 6th of Aug. the day u where called for duty in heavan. I will be a nurse i wish you could have been there with me but i left you a ticket at ur final resting place, and I know for a FACT you will be there with me, u are my insperation, and i will not ever let you down your memory I will carry with me in every step i take across that stage and every day for the rest of my life. Ill graduate in the top three in my class i had to redeem myself from high school member bro. I finally did it Thanks to you for giving me the desire, drive, insperation and protecting me from heavan everyday i had to drive for three hours to go to college in the early hours of the morning. I miss you so much COWBOY, words can never explain my emptyness without you. I love you and miss you. Your kid sis Telli"
Teresa Colunga of Bellville

"July 1, 2008
To the family of Spc. Zeferino E. Colunga:
Zeferino 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

"well here we are memorial day 08. wanna let you know your still in our minds, i miss you at times man you used to give such good advice, we miss you bro thank you once again my friend. hasta la proxima homeboy. Armament dogs."
Frank Rodriguez and family of Austin, Tx

"i miss u.......simba"
John Cano Jr of Bellville

"To the Family of Pfc. Colunga, I saw the Memorial to your son on the side of his uncle's Semi-truck at a check station in Florida. I said a prayer for him. God Bless Your Family and Grant You Peace."
Dale Bond of Florida

"To the Colunga family, I would like to say how wonderful your son was. I served with your son and knew from the first time I met him that he was a special young man. He was so intelligent and respectful. He had hopes and dreams of obtaining his college degree and doing great things. Those who knew him, will forever be touched. It has been a while but I still recall memories of him. SPC. Colunga you will always be remembered for the true hero you were. I have spoken of you to my sons, hoping that one day they could possess the kind of character you had. You will never be forgotten."
Javier Nunez of Houston, Texas

"Veteran's Day, our day. Thank you to all veterans who have served. A special thank you to my bro "C". Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. OIF 1! HOOAH!"
SGT Rodriguez, F of Austin, TX

"You always knew how to have a good time, and you were always a great friend. I miss you..."
Wesley Paul of Osan AB, Korea

"Colunga, por fin me dejaron salir del ejercito, te extrano amigo. Cada vez que algo bueno me pasa se que tu tienes algo que hacer con eso. I miss ya bro, saludos a la familia Colunga."
Frank Rodriguez of Austin, Tx

"Love u and miss u every single second of every single day...... Cowboy
UR lil sis
Teresa Colunga
aka "Telli""
of Bellville, Texas

"Zeferino:

Know that you are not forgotten. There are those of us who have the privilege to continue to serve, knowing that we carry a little bit of those who have gone before us, with us.

May God bless your family.

LT Andrew Koy, USN
Annapolis, MD
Bellville HS Class 1997"

"After what his son did... I hope Zeferino's father gets what he deserves, to come back to the USA."
mameluke of chitown

"I did not know Army Spc. Zeferino E. Colunga however we carry the same last name. My condolences to his family and friends. I came across this page in search of other family members with our last name Colunga. My son Carlos DeLeon is currenlty serving in the US Army. I pray that all of our soldiers come home to their families. For those like Army Spc. Zeferino E. Colunga I want to say how very proud I am that he fought for our continued freedom!!"
Silvia E. Colunga (DeLeon-Reyna) of Houston, Texas

"To all that have left messages for my brother SPC Colunga, i would like to say thank you, your words have comforted my family in many ways that youll would not imagen. On behalf of the Colunga family again Thank You. To all of Zef's brothers (comrads)thank you I would love to keep in contact with each and everyone of you, i would love to hear the many memories of him and his buddies. Feel free to contact me at cmorena211@aol.com you do not know how much this would mean to me."
Teresa Colunga of Bellville,Texas

"C WAS A FRIEND OF MINE AND I WILL NEVER FORGET HIM. AFTER WE GOT BACK FROM IRAQ I GOT A TAT ESPECIALLY FOR HIM.HE WAS SOMEONE I WILL NEVER FORGET AND DON'T WANT TO EVER FORGET. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE WITH ME C."
MARK (MOOKIE) BURDEN of CONYERS, GA,US,

"It's been three years, and it doesn't hurt any less now than it did on August 6th 2003. I hope the best for your family, and hope to see you again one day. ARMAMENT DOGS!!!!!"
Michael Campbell of pittsburgh PA

"This Memorial Day my family's prayers are with the Colunga family and that of all fallen heroes. Still miss ya bro"
SGT Rodriguez, F of FT Lewis, WA

"You know today i took my finals all i could think was how would you prepare but i could think about you without tears running down my face. they say time heals even the deepest wounds but they don't know that they leave scars and each time you see that scar you remember the pain.And remember all the things you did and then think of everything you didn't do and that hurts the most. i still remember your laugh and your voice and your big smile I'll never forget them. Your still my hero and my brother and i always remember you."
Yesenia Vasquez of Bellville TX

"Cowboy if you knew how much i miss you and think about you. I'll never forget those advice you gave i'll keep them in my heart forever. Your were like my big brother i never had and NO ONE will take your place. It stills hurts to know that i'll never be able to hear you voice again or to know that am protectived by you. You will always be in my heart. I love you cowboy"
Yesenia Vasquez of Bellvile,TX

"i love you bro"
pancho

"i love you bro"
pancho

"te extrano cabron!"
frank

"To this day this is still one of the best men I have ever known. I miss you brotha. I'm a better person for having known you. ARMAMENT DOGS, we miss ya."
SGT Rodriguez, F of Ft Lewis WA

"Cowboy, I cant believe the last time i saw you in walmart...about two weeks or so before you left...i would ever be graced with your presence and that beautiful smile would be the last time i would see you alive. I will miss you. And to the Colunga family...May God Bless. I know things have been rough in the past but remember WHEN GOD CLOSES A DOOR HE OPENS A WINDOW. Stay strong and you will always be in my prayers. Love you all!!!"
Natasha Madison Bellville High School Class of 2001 of New Ulm, TX

"To the family and freinds of Zeferino Colunga, I met Zef in AIT. We never realy hung out to getter, But his free spirt always made me feel good every time we pasted each other. He aways had a smile on his face when we greated each other. When I finshed AIT and went to Fort Polk there he was and his calming smile. I was so happy to see a familer face and i'm glad it was Zef. Every time he seen me feeling sad he would allways tell me "come on it can't be that bad, give me a smile" and of coures he was standing ther with his warm conforting smile on his face and I could not help but smile back. Every time it worked, I felt better just by him and his smile. Thank you Zef I am glad to have you in my life, I wish I would of known you better. But at the same time I think what little we had to gether is special to me. When we were in Iraq when I needed a pick me up I would look for you just say hi and to experance your smile. Your son, brother,Is a wonderful carring person. I know he is still with you all looking out for you. God bless and be strong. Thank you for having a great son. He is missed by alot of people.
Zeferino E. Colunga you are a Hero to me. Thank you for being you."
Renee Moore of Ft Polk, LA

"I hope that I can be half the man Zeferino was. God bless him and the Colunga family."
Jim Dowell of Boston, MA

"God Bless you Zeferino Colunga. I miss you man."
Jess Koy of Bellville, Texas

"Al despedirnos prometimos estar encontacto siempre. Dijimos que siempre ibamos hacer amigos. Dijiste que podria contar contigo siempre, que yo sabia donde encontrarte. Todos hicimos planes y hablamos de nuestros suenos jamas imajinamos lo que el destino nos tendria preparado. Dios decidio llamarte a ti. El quiso llevarte con el dejandonos un vacio imposible de llenar. Apasado un ano desde tu partida y aun no logro aceptar que tu llano estas. A veces siento que tu partida fue un sueno y que sigues aqui con nosotros. Se que estas con Dios y que siempre vas a estar a mi lado como prometiste. Se que desde el cielo me miras y yo siempre te voy a recordar. Tu partida me sigue doliendo y no se si algun dia la herida va a sanar pero te quiero mucho y nunca te voy a olvidar.
EN MI ALMA Y EN MI MENTE SIEMPRE ESTARAS PRESENTE....

DOS OSITOS ENLA NIEVE NOSE PUEDEN RESBALAR, DOS AMIGOS QUE SE QUIEREN NOSE PUEDEN OLVIDAR.....NUNCA SE OLVIDAN

LA AMISTAD ES UN TESORO MUY VALIOSO Y LA VERDADERA AMISTAD LA ENCONTRE EN TI."
MELISSA

"I remember the day we had KP.... I couldn't get the box of trash onto the 5 ton. So you, after laughing at me came over, picked up the box and tried to get it over the side. Up it went, and down it came as we jumped back to get out of the way. It had come back for a repeat performance. Then we both laughed as you blamed it on muscle failure. I hated KP, but that day wasn't so bad. Then a few weeks later on the FARP... You had fire guard as I refueled one of our birds... That was the last time we would work together. Thank you! You could have snickered and turned away that day on KP, but it was in your nature to lend a hepling hand. Thanks again, SPC Colunga... That day, KP wasn't so bad. GOD Bless The Colunga Family!"
LaToya Guillory of FT Polk Louisiana

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..8/6/04

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

"To the colunga family i knew your son very well he was my partner all the way through ait. I never had a battle buddy that i loved more than your son. He was a big guy who loved the gym very much there wasn't a day that went by that he wasn't working out. He loved Texas, his cellphone and impressing the women i dont know how he did it, and was proud of who he was. Your son was a brave man and i wish i could have been there with him but if there's anything i could do just say so he would have done the same for me. I wish this war was all over. Battle rest in peace. I have some pics from ait if your interested its only 2 or 3 good ones. greg1882@hotmail.com"
Spc. Gregory Lynch of Ft. Campbell, Ky

"Zef,
I still think of you often. I still look at the pictures of when we went to the club and how you looked so happy and were having so much fun. I miss seeing your face and how much I loved it when you made me laugh. We had so much fun together when we were together and even when we weren't together and just friends. Even though we moved on I was still very much in love with you. I was so glad that your were a part of my life. You were the light of my days and everytime I would see you, my heart skipped a beat, you gave my butterflies in my stomach, and made my hands sweat. Looking at you made my mind go crazy, but I loved you. You were always there for me and Paul and we both miss you just as much. It touched my heart that I was near you when you left, but I just want you to know that you will always be near me, and in my heart until the day I leave. You were my first love and first heartbreak, but I am glad it was you. I am glad you were a first of lot of things, like you bought me my first mum, and I bought you your first one to. I think about those times and I smile and cry at the same time. No one will ever take your place in my heart. I love you with all my heart and soul. I am sorry I never got to tell you how much you really meant to me. You mean and meant the world to me and I will love you and miss you forever. I love you.
With much love and Kisses,
Jessica"
Jessica Ledesma of Bellville, TX

"Colunga, man... i am truly sorry. i just got back myself, and saw you on the abc nightline report. i was shocked, honestly shocked. of the six of us that graduated together from ait, all of us in active were over there, or are over there now. it really hit home. i think of all the people i knew that have died over there, i will miss you the most. Even though we havent talked for quite some time, and now... now we never will. Good bye, Zeferino Eusebio Colunga."
Pfc Brent T. Miller of Ft Carson, Colorado

"I was stationed with Spc Colunga on Muleskinner Base, Baghdad, Iraq. I am so sadden by your loss. Please know that God will continue shine his everloving light on the family of SPC Colunga."
CSM Vera F. Harris of Al Kut, Iraq

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

"Cowboy today on April 2, 2004 i still remember the fun we had together. The little memories we had i keep in my heart. You were my brother, my friend, the one we all looked up to for many things. No matter what happens we will always remember you as Cowboy the one who loved all. The Ramirez family will always love you. I MISS YOU ZEF. YOU ARE MY GARDIAN ANGEL."
Antonia Ramirez of Bellville, Texas

"I would do anything to go back to the day he came to the vally just so that we would have been able to have seen him one last time. He is very special to us in our hearts. We will alway remember you have you in our hearts Cowboy. I'm very sorry I wasnt there for you Tilis. I just dont know how to express my self to you. I love you girl.
E-mail jasminilene@yahoo.com"
Patty & Jerry Cortez of Mcallen, Texas

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

"This is from a Mother of a Fallen Soldier ...Pvt Jason M. Ward (10-22-03, Baghdad) My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I have talked to your Sister by e-mail and I can tell that she loves you and misses you very much. You are a Hero just like my Son !!! Nanci Ward"
Nanci Ward of Tulsa, Oklahoma

"I was Colunga's battle buddy during basic at Fort Knox. He was truly an amazing person. One of the last honorable men. He lit up every time he talked about his family. I am sorry for his family's loss. I am sorry for the world's loss. I am sorry that certain people in this country will not honor his family even in their greiving. God bless you. this is everyone's fight."
Blake R. LaSalle of Springfield, MO USA

"To Spc Colunga's Family:
Though we are strangers, we want you to know how sorry we are your Zeferino was taken from you. There is no doubt his thoughts were of you as he served with the Army in Iraq. We will never forget. You are in our hearts."
With Love....Carol & Larry Miller of Tampa, Florida (2/9/04)

"HEY KID,
I DONY KNOW WHO OR WHERE ELSE TO TURN. ALL I KNOW IS THAT I HAVE MY ANGEL YOU COWBOY, LOOKING DOWN ON ME. MANY TIMES I CAN FELL YOU AND SMELL YOUR POLO COLONE.THESE MONTHS THAT HAVE PASSED HAVE BEEN REALLY HARD KID BECAUSE IM ALONE . I NOW THAT YOU HAVE SEEN YOUR GREATEST FEAR UNFOLD RIGHT BEFORE YOUR EYES. BUT DONT WORRIE MAMA IS WITH DAD ,I TRIED TO KEEP HIM HERE KID BUT NOBODY WOULD HELP ME. MAMA,DAD, ME AND DEE STILL CRY FOR YOU ALOT. I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY THIS HAPPENED, I NEED YOU HERE MORE THAN EVER BY MY SIDE. YOU MY HAVE SEEN A REALLY TOUGH ,STRONG AND BIG LILTEL SISTER BUT IM AS FRAGILE AS A FLOWER IN A STORM.I MISS YOU VERY MUCH I WOULD GIVE ANY THING TO HAVE TRADED PLACES WITH YOU IN AN INSTANT.I HAVE DREAMED OF YOU TELLING ME NOT TO CRY, BUT EVERY TIME I SEE YOU PICTURES I CANT HELP MYSELF.BUT IN MY HEART I KNOW YU ARE WITH ME IN EVERY STEP THAT I TAKE.AND ONE DAY I WILL BE ABLE TO TALK ,HUG AND HOLD YOU.AND TILL THAT DAY COMES I PROMIES I WILL TAKE CARE OF MAMA AND DAD LIKE YOU TOLD ME TO DO THAT DAY THAT YOU LEFT YOU .COWBOY YOU ARE MY HERO, KID
LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU





TILL WE MEET AGAIN
YOUR LIL SIS
TERESA ERMA COLUNGA"
TERESA ERMA COLUNGA of BELLVILLE,TEXAS

"Mi Querido Colunga,
It seems like i just saw you the other day! It's hard to realize how a beautiful and wonderful person like you would leave just like that. One thing for sure is that you are watching over me and the rest of the soldiers here in Baghdad, Iraq. Some people knew you but didn't realy know you the way that i did. Only you and me know what we had. You were always there for me and i know that you will always be chiquito. Don't matter how far you are away from me, you will always be in my corazon. The times that we were together, the times that we went out and acted like fools; i will never forget. I knew the things that pissed you off and the things that made you laugh. Simple things that you loved to do like play soccer, dance and work out. All those times that we went to the gym to work out and all the soccer games we lost. It didn't really matter to the rest but to us it was something serious. As much as we got mad because we lost, we still loved the game. We both knew we were the "gran cosa" when it came to playing soccer, remember? Haber cuando me mandas un centro? Don't ever forget that you are always remembered not only by the knowledge that you showed,but by the things that you did to make people smile. The few times that i saw you pissed off or something, you knew that i would be there! I'm glad i was able to know when and what made you upset. I was there when you needed me just like you were always there for me. Not everybody knew when you were trying to hide something, but i'm glad that i was one of the lucky ones. I wish you would have met my mom, she would always ask for you cacheton! At least i was able to meet your sister and mother. I know why your mom was so proud of you, she has the right to be! Siempre sera su nino! Your sister is lucky to have a brother like you. She always admired you and tried to look out for you even though she was younger. I never met your father but i know that certain things that a man gets in life, he gets from daddy! I know he struggled to help out the familia. He stayed strong! Of all the time that he was away from his familia, even i know; he did it because he loved you guys. Algun dia chiquito, we will be re-united. I hope you haven't lost your touch, because i can still take you out on a 90 minute game! By the way, los corridos que siempre bailabamos, i won't ever forget. All the arguments and fun that we had, will always be in my heart. Keep an eye on me, por favor! You will always be in my heart! Thank you for everything that you did for me. Chiquito usted siempre estara en nuestros pensamientos. Rest In Peace Mi Querido Zeferino Eusebio Colunga!
The One That Will Always Love You,
Siempre La Tejana,
Crystal E. Martinez-Gonzalez
Con Todo Mi Carino Y Respeto!
Para La Familia Colunga, Estoy Aqui Para Lo Que Se Les Ofresca. I'm Sorry I Couldn't Make It There.
texasmorena19@yahoo.com"
Spc Gonzalez, Crystal E. and Familia of El Paso, Tejas " El Poder Tejano"

"Thank you Zeferino Colunga, 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 am saddened to hear of the Loss of a Brother. May God's Angels come to his Family in this time of Need. I know too well this loss first hand. From Gulf 1, This Man May have been Spanish, As I'm Nanicke-Cherokee Indian, and another may be somthing else, but to us We're Brothers, Soldiers, Giving our Lives to Keep America Free. I gave some, He Gave All. I was with the 10th Mountian Division, and 1st Special Forces, this is for All the Soldiers in Gulf II, from Me Gulf I
I am an American Special Forces soldier.  A professional!  I will do all that my nation requires of me.  I am a volunteer, knowing well the hazards of my profession.  I serve with the memory of those who have gone before me: Roger's Rangers, Francis Marion, Mosby's Rangers, the first Special Service Forces and Ranger Battalions of World War II, the Airborne Ranger Companies of Korea.  I pledge to uphold the honor and integrity of all I am - in all I do.
I am a professional soldier.  I will teach and fight wherever my nation requires.  I will strive always, to excel in every art and artifice of war.
I know that I will be called upon to perform tasks in isolation, far from familiar faces and voices, with the help and guidance of my God.
I will keep my mind and body clean, alert and strong, for this is my debt to those who depend upon me.
I will not fail those with whom I serve.
I will not bring shame upon myself or the forces.
I will maintain myself, my arms, and my equipment in an immaculate state as befits a Special Forces soldier.
I will never surrender though I be the last. If I am taken, I pray that I may have the strength to spit upon my enemy.
My goal is to succeed in any mission - and live to succeed again.
I am a member of my nation's chosen soldiery. God grant that I may not be found wanting, that I will not fail this sacred trust.
"De Oppresso Liber""
Joseph Redhawk of Baltimore, Md. U.S.of A.

"First, my sincere condolances at your loss and my thanks as an American for the service of your son. Also as an American, I am outraged at the deportation of this young mans father. I hope to activate people to write to their congress person and demand that this decision be reversed. True Americans would *never* deport the parent of a soldier who served his or her country."
Michelle of Washington, DC

"I have just read with great dismay that the father of this young soldier was deported to Mexico because of his status as an illegal alien. This happened shortly after his son was buried with full military honors. I am so sad that our country has done this to a man whose son lost his life for us. May you rest in peace, and may your father return to this country shortly as a citizen of the United States."
Tanya Elder of New York, NY

"Its been four months now and I am finally realizing that your really gone and that I can't keep waiting for you to come home I could never love anyone the way I will always love you. Althought I hope that I can be as Happy as you wanted to make me. I know you wouldn't want me to be sad or alone but Its so hard to stop feeling what I feel although I am talking to other people no one makes me feel the way you did but I have to move one Baby so I don't say Good- Bye Just until we meet again. I only hope that you are ok and Im not hurting you by moveing on. I know in my heart you want me to be happy so I plan to try and find someone who can make me happy although that person could never fill that emptyness in my Heart.
LOVEING YOU ALWAYS
Chula"
Crystal Pacheco of Hempstead, 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

"Although I did not know Spc Colunga, I'm sorry for the family. I also was in the Army for 22 years. I was in Vietnam and the first Desert Storm. From one Colunga to another Colunga, I'm very sorry."
Ret.(SFC) Johnny Colunga, Jr. of Port Arthur, Texas

"His Smile
by Judy Hartman

Some called him "Cowboy",
His smile was his trademark,
wherever he went.
A room would brighten
when Cowboy came in
'cause the first thing you saw,
would be his grin!

A son and brother so precious;
a friend so true!
Whatever he had,
he'd share it with you!
A thought, a deed, a kind
word for a while
But always, oh always,
He'd share 'His Smile'.

Our hearts are breaking,
our thoughts are going wild!
We've lost our friend:
We've lost our child!
"But only for a while,"
I heard Jesus say
"He's been chosen for the
Master's Bouquet!"

Hand selected by Jesus from
this 'garden of life'
Gone to Heaven!-He's
through with this strife!
Why is he gone?
God only knows.
But Oh what a treasure,
A "smiling rose!"

Missing You Always!"
Jr. & Becky of San Juan,TX

"Cowboy,
Sabes yo siempre pense que el amor era una illusion un gran sueno. Pero despues te conosi y todo cambio. Me enamore profundamente como loca. Tu sonrisa illuminava mi camino. Tus palabras me enamoraban mas y mas cada dia. Me siente segura entre tus brasos. Pense que nunca nadien ni nada nos podria separar pero el destino cambio todo te aranco de mi lado te perdi en una manera profunda y eterna. Nunca podre besar tus labios dulces ni sentir tu cuerpo junto al mio. El estar sin ti es como cuerpo si alma. Me sento sola y vasia. Tu eres todo para mi y sin ti no se vivir mi illusion de vivir se a muerto. Se que nos volveremos a encontrar pero nuca nadien ni nada occupara tu lugar in mi corazon tu eres todo para mi. Vivo por ti tu eres mi razon de viver pero ahora vivo solo por vivir. Extranado te siempre amor mio.Te amare siempre."
Crystal Pacheco of Hempstead, Texas

"Cowboy was and still is a special part of my life I will love him always. His family name will bring pride and joy to his family because it shall now be known through out the world that he died for his country and family. I will always love Cowboy and miss him dearly. until we meet again my love."
Crystal Pacheco of Hempstead, Texas

"It saddened me to hear that one of the people who I knew closely had gone. To this day I can't believe it, I feel he is still out there somewhere doing what he did. He is the greatest person in the world, and I am glad to have known him, and have him play a part in my life. He was funny, and could always make you laugh. I know somewhere wherever he is, he is spreading the light and love that he had to others. We will miss him greatly!! He was loved by many, and by me."
Christina Canada

"I served with SPC Colunga at Ft. Polk and here in Baghdad. He was the most polite young man I have ever met. He was a great soldier. He is missed by all of Stetson Troop."
SGT Reiland, Mark of Clinton, Iowa

"My son, Geoffrey Kambhampati, was stationed with your son, Zeferino. When Geoff informed me that he was in the hosptial, he was very concerned and upset, we were all deeply saddened. He spoke very highly of him and with the utmost respect and admiration for who he was. Our hearts go out to you, your family and all who personally knew Zeferino. Please know he will never be forgotten by those who never had the opportunity to know him personally. You will all be forever in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers.
With Love & Deepest Sympathy"
Susan Sumerlin of Vista, CA. 92084

"Cowboy (Zeferino) was a part of my family. I was blessed to watch him grow from a shy young boy into a wonderful, intellegent, and honorable man and soldier. He touched the heart of every person who knew him and was loved by all. Cowboy, we miss you and you have made us all proud!!! God bless our soldiers!!!"
Stefanie Janicek of Bellville, TX.

"To the Family of Zeferino
My hearts and prayers are so much with you! My son was stationed with your son and had E-mailed me about his illness just before they took him to Germany. He asked me to say a prayer for him. My son, Specialist Gerald Weishuhn, is with 4/2 S Troop out of Fort Polk and told me that he thought very highly of your son and they had become good buddies. He called me the day after he passed on in tears......and it broke my heart!!!! I can't imagine the pain you must be going through, but I do know that my son says that he knows he has an Angel looking out for him now! He left a lasting memory with my son, who admired him for his courage and strength!
My husband is also in the Army, and we are stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. Please feel free to write me at "janjoe@earthlink.net" or instant message at "mammajann" at AOL.
My son sends you his love and would like to also talk to you and just let you know what a fine soldier he was, and how proud he was to be his friend! I will pass on this web site, so that he may also write you!!!
God Bless you and your Family!"
Janice Buchanan of Fort Hood, Texas

"To the Family you are in my prayers...May God bless you. I do want to say it was a honor to have him in our military Thanks for serving our country"
Stacey (Proud Army Wife) of Zephyrhills,Florida

"To the family and friends of Spc. Zeferino Colunga:
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 Zeferino 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. Zeferino Colunga:
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 Zeferino, 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