Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army 1st Lt. Simon T. Cox, Jr.

30, of Texas.
Cox died in Taji, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his M2A3 Bradley. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on February 2, 2006.

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"It's another year you've been gone. I still haven't forgot about this day and I never will .god bless your family you were truly a great man.
Ssg Michael McCardel (ret)"

"I want to say god bless and thanks to everyone that left a messge on this page for my brother. I would not be where I am today without my brother. I love you Tim, If anyone would like to repond to this post, so I can thank you please do.
samuel.t.cox.mil@mail.mil."
SFC Cox, Samuel T. SR. of Grafenwoehr, Germany

"I have a a pretty funny story about Simon that is not acceptable for this page, but when I think about him and the few years we were at UTA I laugh. He was a great person and leader. He was a great source of knowledge and set the example for us college kids, his experience I am sure carried over to the mentorship he showed his platoon. About to take my staff on a run, we will stop at the 4th ID OIF memorial and I will tell them about Simon and show them his name plate. It has been 9 years this coming Monday but I still remember hearing this news in 2006, he will never be forgotten.
See you on Fidler's Green Bro!
Mavricks!"
MAJ Jay Bradley of Fort Hood, TX

"I am trying to reach the family of Lt. Simon Cox. My daughter plays competitive softball for the NTX Bombers and was given Lt. Cox name to wear on her jersey in remembrance of The Fallen. She wears this jersey with honor and pride and does her best to represent what Lt. Cox stood for. Any help in contacting his family would be greatly appreciated! My email address is Khrystaladams73@Gmail.com"
Khrystal Adams of Little Elm, Tx, USA

"CPT Cox,
On this Veterans Day I wanted to write a few words so your boys could understand what a wonderful leader and friend you were. Boys your father was always there for anyone who needed it, he treated everyone with respect. He always had a smile on his face no matter what. He was the best leader I ever had in the military. I hope that the both of you when you are older know how great of a man he was. He talked about you everyday. And how fast you were growing up. I think of him everyday and what a shame that he was taken but I can tell you that he is watching over you now and forever."
Michael McCardel(SSG)retired of Weirton,WV

"Thank you all for your kind words and prayers. It has been 7 years today we still miss him very much. Simon and Jamey are now 10 and 7 getting so big! I wish the could know their daddy :("
Jeni Cox of Garland, TX USA

"Miss you brother, you are never forgotten. I worked with Tim in 299th to start and later in Echo Company 1-66th before he went to Bravo Co. Was the easiest person to work with. I was the supply sgt, so he was always giving me a hard time about something. I went to Taji early with Tim. On Christmas Day 2005, Tim and I grilled steaks in front of his room. He was a great guy, and his memory lives on. I am thankful for having the chance to serve with Tim."
SSG (R) Jason Maynard of Argyle, TX

"On September 11, 2011, My husband and I rode in a Rolling Memorial in Montgomery, PA. Everyone was given a card with 4 names of Fallen Heros. It was our honor to carry the card that had Tim's name on. Just wanted you to know his sacriface is not forgotten."
Sue Woodhouse of Jersey Shore, PA

"I just found this today thank you all for your kind words i have printed them for Simon and Jamey to read Tim was a wonderful husband and father and he loved his soldiers!! We are doing well Simon is now 8 and Jamey is 6 Simon walks talks and acts just like his daddy he is my daily reminder i am blessed!"
Jeni Cox of Garland Tx

"CPT. Cox meant more to me than I could explain. He raised me from a private into a man. I drove the bradley that ended his life. My hero died that day. LT. Cox was a great man. His service is not in vain, but remains the example of honor and loyalty of god and country."
Kameron Coleman of Sandiego/CA/US

"I am sorry to hear about Simon. I served with him while in Hawaii and was with him in the Sinai. Lots of good times to remember. Those of us who have served with him remember that big grin and his love for football. Thanks for sharing him with us."
Tod Love of RIchmond, VA

"I am the cousin of Tim cox. He was an amazing cousin and i hate that this happened to him. but my cousin was a real soldier and i miss him dearley but i will always remember him. He was my hero along with his brother sam cox i love you timmy and dont forget it. You always told us to be the best you can be and you did exaclty that you were the best you could be and even better! Timmy now becuase of what you did for our country i see the world in such a better perspective i love you timmy..
i miss you soldier.
THANK YOU TO ALL THE SOLDIERS THAT IS FIGHTING FOR OUR FREEDOM PEACE BE WITH YOU AND BECAREFUL!!!!"
Sara Stiner of Rathdrum, Idaho United states!

"I MET SIMON IN HAWAII AND WE BECAME VERY GOOD FRIENDS AND WE WOULD EVEN DRIVE BACK AND FORTH FROM ARKANSAS AND DALLAS I WAS BLESSED TO HAVE HIM FOR A FRIEND AND WILL ALWAYS BE GREATFUL TO CALL HIM MY VERY GOOD FRIEND, MY PRAYERS ARE WITH HIS WIFE AND KIDS. WE LOST TOUCH AFTER THE BIRTH OF MY FIRST SON AND FOR THAT I AM SORRY I WILL ALWAYS LOVE MY FRIEND OF FRIENDS SIMON MAY GOD BE WITH HIS FAMILY. I WILL MISS HIM MORE THAN I CAN SAY. ANYONE WHO KNEW HIM KNOWS HE IS WATCHING OVER HIS BABIES FROM HEAVEN."
MARSHA WALLEY TUCKER of BEE BRANCH ARKANSAS

"I was friends with Tim while he was stationed in Hawaii, I have tried finding him many times.....then I came across this posting. I am so very sorry for your loss, he was a beautiful man; and a great friend. We kept in touch a few years after I left Pearl Harbor ;then after the birth of my daughter we lost touch. I am so very saddened by this news; the world is a much emptier place. I am married to a soldier and recently lost a few other friends to the war in Afghanistan. Again, I am so very sorry to hear of his passing, my heart goes out to you."
Jaimi Lee Mandigo-Kalich of Fort Carson, Colorado

"I AM HASAN I WAS HIS TRANSLATOR IN HIS PLATOON WE DID RAIDS ME AND HIS MEN HE LOVES HIS 2 SONS HE TOLD THE IRAQIS HEY SEE THOSE ARE MY KIDS AND MY WIFE HE LIKES ME AS A TRANSLATOR HE TOLD ME TO TEACH ME ARABIC WORDS HE WAS VERY GOOD WITH ME WE TALKE ALOT INSIDE THE BRADILY ABOUT DIFFERENT THINGS ,NOW I AM HERE IN AMERICA I WISH I COULD I MEET WITH HIS WIFE TO TALK TO HER OK THANK U"
HASAN of LAKE FOREST ,IL/UNITED STATES

"June 2, 2008
To the family of 1st Lt. Simon T. Cox, Jr.:
Simon 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

"To the family of Tim Cox,

I served with Tim in Hawaii and am deeply saddened by his death. Tim and I were roommates for the entire 3 years I was stationed in Hawaii and we became the best of friends. After leaving the army I lost track of Tim and have spent quite a lot of time trying to track him down. I offer you my sympathies and condolences, he will be forever missed."
Trever Hinckley of Sandy, UT

"Rest In Peace, Sir. I served under him, he was my Platoon Leader. He trested others with the most respect and was a wonderful leader."
SPC Holmes, Timothy US ARMY of FT Lewis, WA USA

"I served with Simon in Iraq. He was my platoon leader. He was one of the only people in the Army that I actually respected. He wasn't some shallow minded, power tripping, cliche leader. He actually cared. He cared for his children and wife. He cared for his soldiers, unlike most of the other Bayonet "leaders". He was a man. I carry him with me in my dreams and thoughts. I always will. Rest in peace Sir. You've earned it.
My love goes out to his family and friends."
James P. McCready of Oakhurst, California/USA

"DEAR Mr. and Mrs. Cox,
I want to take this time to wish you and family a most happy holidays ahead.
I was at your son's grave site this veterns day. If I can be of any help please let me hear from you. I say prayers for all falled soldiers from time to time. My thoughts will always be you and your family. God bless you."
Charles Tanner of Princeton Texas collin

"We just learned today of Tim's death. We were stationed in Hawaii with Tim several years ago and have never forgotten him- or his big heart. Tim had a great sense of humor, was passionately in love with Jeni, and loved the Lord with all of his heart. He will never be forgotten- and will always be missed."
The Buhrer Family of Marysville, Ohio

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

"Tim was one of my best friends and had a very large and profound impact on my life. If it was not for Tim it would probably have taken many more years and many more people for me to find God. Tim has inspired me to my very core in how I want to live my life and the type of person I want to be. I think of him every day and pray that one day I will be half the man Tim was. Tim was my Youth Pastor at EPC and I will never forget him or his family, but maybe one day try to follow his footsteps and his example."
Andrew S. Pratz of Mesquite, Texas

"We all miss "Tim" very much. He was a good friend, husband, father, and a proud solider! His wife and children are always in our prayers!"
Brandie of Garland, TX

"I knew Lt Cox as a Platoon Leader with B Co. 299TH EN BN. I was the Platoon Sergeant for the Scout Platoon and I talked with Lt Cox numerous times and he always expressed his desire to be the Scout Platoon Leader, shortly after he did become my PL. As i spent day after day working with Simon he always had a way of keeping every one motivated. He was always focused, excited, energetic, and full of life. Simon loved his job and loved being with soldiers, and his soldiers definately loved him. My deepest sympathy goes to his family. Your loss is shared by all that knew Simon, he will be missed but NEVER FORGOTTEN!"
SFC Hixson, Timothy of FLW, MO

"I met LT Cox when he reported for duty during his 1st tour of duty with Bco 299th Eng Bn. He was a great officer and he took care of his men at all times. He came in and got respect from his men very quickly. I could tell he loved his family and was a career man who believed in what he was doing. My best to his family. God Bless"
SFC Kurt Boyd retired of luling TX USA

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Simon will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS. "

"My sincerest condolences on the loss of your loved one. May God give you the comfort and strength needed to face the road ahead.

Michele Carter
Sister of CPL Gary Walters
KIA in Baghdad on 24 April 2005"

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

"To the family and friends of 1st. Lt. Simon Cox, Jr.:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Simon 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 1st. Lt. Simon Cox, Jr.:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Simon, 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