Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Gregory A. Cox

21, of Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Cox died in Balad, Iraq, when his military vehicle was unintentionally run off the road by a civilian vehicle causing it to rollover. Cox was assigned to 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany. Died on September 27, 2004.

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"I was with you that morning, but you didn't know me, I was one of the snipers that your patrol picked up. I got ejected out of the humvee as it rolled with you, the driver, the terp and SSG Huerta. I heard your last words because I landed near you, but was too messed up to go help, I'm sorry. I was with you in your final moments as we were air lifted towards the CSH in Camp Anaconda. I'd like to clear something up here, WE WERE NOT RUN OFF OF THE ROAD. The driver fell asleep and we started going off of a steep embankment. SSG Huerta yelled for him to wake up and the driver overcorrected on loose gravel, the humvee started sliding sideways and then we started rolling over. Lets stop covering up the truth."
J.A.Garcia of TX

"To the family of Gregory A.Cox : My deepest sympathies for your loss. I don't personally know your family, but my name is also Gregory A. Cox, so I feel a connection. I also work for Wormleysburg Public Works,i.e. Wormleysburg being where the Legion State Headquarters is located... and where your sons plaque in his honor is displayed. Once again, my condolences, and I thank your son for serving and sacrificing his life for our country."
Gregory A. Cox of Wormleysburg, Pa. USA

"I did not know SPC Cox and was still in High school when he passed, far away from my enlistment date in 2007. Today, my CSM called me into his office and told me to pick a bracelet. I took one look and choose Cox's memorial bracelet. CSM Cory Imamura told me about SPC Cox and how he was his driver’s best friend. He told me that he never got the chance to get to know Cox personally and regrets it. CSM Imamura is retiring, and did not want his soldier’s bracelets to sit in a box, forgotten. So, today, I put on Cox’s bracelet. I will pass on the memory of him through my career and this lesson; every man counts, every soldier is important and the time taken to know your soldiers is time worth spending.

Honoring those who have fallen."
SGT Sommer L Rascher of Grafenwohr, Germany

"I was with you when the vehicle rolled over..i beat myself up when i think about how I didnt reach up and pull you down. It kills me. Im sorry cox!! my First instinct was to grab ahold of something first!! I *ed up!! and im sorry troop!! Ive been wanting to contact your parents for years now but never can find it in me to do so!!I know ill see you again and we'll continue our conversations!! Id would like that..over a couple of beers..cuz i know you dont drink much..haha..You were a great Soldier!! Smart..not the fastest..lol..but your character and discipline made up for that!! I think about you alot man!! Till we meet again SPC Cox..your friend
SSG Walter Huerta"
SSG HUerta, Walter of Ft Irwin Ca

"To the family of:Gregory A.Cox
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"4-3-11"

"August 2, 2008
To the family of Spc. Gregory A. Cox:
Gregory 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

"To the Family of SPC Cox,

I served in Iraq with your son. He was a fine Soldier and good man. His ultimate sacrific hit many of us hard in 1-77. His smile and laughter was and still is greatly missed. I recently re-enlisted after a 2 year break in service. I felt the need to honor my fallen Brothers with a continuing service to my country. I am truely sorry for your loss.


You are loved and missed. Please smile down on those of us that are continuing where you left off."
SPC Baccus of Ft. Lewis, Washington

"I have been wearing this soldiers black KIA bracelet that I purchased in a store specializing in honoring our commitment to the bravery and sacrifice of the men and women of our Armed Forces in Lakewood, WA for over a year now. Many people have taken notice of it and many have asked me the reason why I would wear such a thing.
I have a stock answer that has become a sort of creed- SPC Gregory A. Cox did not know me when he did not shirk, dissemble, or trifle in protecting my freedom, the least that I could do is honor his (and also your) valor and sacrifice by wearing it.
Thank you for letting me honor and keep this small token- a reminder of all that he has done for me and my children. God bless you and lessen your grief as I pray for his repose at mass often.
I shall try to deserve his sacrifice with my dedication and service to others. Thank you once again."
Brandon Baker of Holy Rosary Church, Tacoma, WA

"May God receive the soul of this brave fallen warrior into his care andmay he look after you all."
Greg Cox of Whyalla, South Australia

"Greg was a good friend of mine. It broke my heart when he died. It was a tough day when we put him on the plane to come home. To his family I want to tell you how sorry I am. Greg was a good man, a wonderful soldier and a great friend. I will miss him."
Benjamin Sloma of Phoenix, Arizona

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

"To Gregory'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 your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Our Hero is with God Now!! May you find confort in this and know that you are in the hearts of so many. we KNOW what you are going through, we lost our Son, Spc. Shawn Davies in Baghdad on July 8, 2005. This was the blackest day of our lives but with the help of God we made it through. Our Boys will always be with us in spirit. They are True Heroes!! You are in our prayers and if you need to express your feelings, my e-mail is memum24@verizon.net."
Martha and Ron Davies of Aliquippa,(Hopewell Tws.) Pa. USA

"We are so sorry for your loss. We lost Army Spc.Joshua Justice Henry on 9-20-04. This was the hardest day of our lives. We honor these guys as our Heroes and hope no one else has to go through with what we are all dealing with. Rest in peace Gregory, and thank you for serving your country to the fullest"
Henry family of Vandergrift , PA

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Gregory will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"My deepest sympathy, our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. May God bless you and help you through this time. Forever in our hearts a HERO Gregory A. Cox."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"To Gregory's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Gregory Cox, 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. Gregory Cox:
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 Gregory 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. Gregory Cox:
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 Gregory, 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