Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Rey D. Cuervo

24, of Laguna Vista, Texas.
Cuervo was on a mounted patrol in Baghdad, Iraq when an improvised explosive device hit his vehicle. He was assigned to 1st Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Polk, Louisiana. Died on December 28, 2003.

Cuervo was promoted to Private First Class.

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"You are not forgotten Cuervito, miss you lots brother"
2LT Luis Torres of Federal Way, WA

"Remembering you and all the fallen Soldiers Love you"
Rosalba Kuhn of Lagina Vista TX

"PFC Cuervo,
I remember our troops being around you when you needed it. You are remembered and always will be. You are a great Soldier. Will visit you on Monday."
CSM Ray Houston; Dukes of SA TX

"Bro,
Just want to say you are not forgotten."
SFC Guerrero of Afghanistan

"To the family of:Rey D. Cuervo
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""

"Quisiera verte una vez mas,poder abrasarte otra vez,solo sentirte,te fuistes de aqui,es tan duro pensar mas sin ti,como te extraño,miro hacia el cielo y en el recuerdo alivias mi alma,me llenas de paz,en los brazos de un algel,estaras ahi,te llevastes momentos que no volveran a ocurrir,pero tengo esperanza que tambien yo llegare ahi,a estar junto ati mi hermano."
E.G. CUERVO PEÑA JUANITA of MORELIA MICH.

"Missing you David always Love you 12 28 2012"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista TX

"I was a Medic with 1St CAV on Camp Cuervo. Although I never had the opprtunity meet you, you have changed and helped so many Soldiers to include myself. While there on Camp Cuervo I along with some Great Americans started the Camp Cuervo Archery Club. They have helped so many Soldiers by providing Archery equipment in Iraq and Afganistan along with books videos. archery ranges were started to help Soldiers get away to escape the daily life you endure while deployed. They have even taken Soldiers and Disabled Vets hunting. I came across this site and just wanted to say you will never be forgoten. To your family I just want to say there are many people around the world that know PFC Cuervo and your Son has made an impact on a lot of people."
Rene Alejandro of Kempner Texas

"PFC Cuervo,
Your fellow troopers and Leaders will never forget you; until we meet again.
You are our hero."
Duke 7, CSM Ray Houston, of SA TX

"David, I wish you were here to see how beautiful your sisters are! I am friends with them on fb and they are just as strong and just as spunky at times as ever! You will be in my heart on Monday. Im gonna did you a nice spot n place a flag there so that should it be so, you could visit it perhaps. Much love as always! Megan e. loyd"
Megan of Chesapeake va

"Happy Birthday Mijo Love you forever.2-29-2012"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista TX

"Siempre en mi corazon te tengo precente y en mis oraciones. que la luz de la Divina Misericordia de Dios, Siempre te ilumine Descansa en Paz mi amor siempre contigo Love you Recordandote siempre hoy en tu Aniversario 12-28-2011"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista TX

"David love you forever 10-28-2011"
Rosalba Kuhn of Lagina Vista TX

"Love you always. MOM 8-31-2011"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista TX 78578

"Remembering you David on this Memorial Day: 5-30-11."
Linda Sue Pace of South Padre Island, Texas

"PFC Cuervo,
We will always remember you and will never forget your loyal dedication and all you done for us.

San Antonio"
CSM Raymond Houston of San Antonio

"David On this memorial day you are not forgotten Love you 2011"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista Tx

"David, I think of you every day. Every time I play a video game I think of how cool it was to see u play asteroids. You were the best person I knew at that game. The last time I remember being at ur house in opolis; I recall my mom saying we had to go home soon so Carla and I went in the bedroom and hid against the wall under a pile of blankets n pillows laughing so loud that even if it wasnt obvious, we could be heard all the way in the kitchen. I remember u coming in there and messing with us while we were hiding. I used to beg my mom to get off the bus at your house with Carla and Valerie. I can see in my memories you in the front room playing nintendo and your mom in the kitchen making some warm tortillas in the skillet and Carla, Valerie and I laughing and smiling and as I pan around in my memory I see Rosie smiling and your laughing at what she said. And we are all happy. We are all smiling and laughing and it's great. I had a boyfriend in Iraq in Baghdad when u were there and I think to myself all the time, man I wonder if they ever met or man I wish they were together so that they could watch each others backs. When I would talk to him on the jerky blurred webcam, I would wonder if u were able to do the same with your friends and family. When I would send a package of goodies and presents I would wish that I could send you one too. I always remember you and every day I swallow back a lump of sadness knowing that u were taken in Iraq and I think of you. I can only imagine how awesome of a soldier you were and how much of a man u became. I will be getting a tattoo in honor of you and I tell my now six year old son about you often. And if the topic of Iraq or OIF comes up it's u I talk about and it's you I tell people about. I pray for your family and I wish for their happiness. On this day that the world knows Osama bin laden has died I wish it had happened earlier and before December 2003 so that maybe just maybe you would have been called back. I know everything happens according to a more divine plan but it doesn't make the loss any less sorrowful. I know your family and friends were thankful for every laugh you shared and every word you spoke. I love you I miss you and I will always be your cousin. Love, Megan Loyd"
Megan e. Loyd of Chesapeake, Va

"Happy late Birthday Love you my Son"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista Tx

"4 21 2011 Today and always remember you David Love you Siempre mom"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna VISTA TX

"Remebering all the crazy times on patrol in sector 23 with you bro, miss ya like hell. See you one day again on the high-ground."
SSG Poisson of Ft. Benning, GA

"Missing you David Love from mom"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista TX

"I will see you on the Green, Rey. Miss you, brother. -12/28/2010"
CPT Michael Watson of Pittsburgh, Pa

"Missing you David "I want you to know you not forgotten. Love you always Mom 12-28-2010"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista TX

"My David this Christmas is different, I have found peace with you...life's going everyday...My loving son wishing you a precious Christmas in Heaven. 12-24-2010"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista, Texas

"I wish Heaven had a phone so I could hear your voice again. I thought of you today, but that is nothing new. I thought about you yesterday and the days before that too. I think of you in silence, I often speak your name. All I have are memories and a picture in a frame. Your memory is a keepsake from which I'll never part. God has you... in his arms. I have you in my heart.~ How I miss my big brother~ love you David"
Valentina Cuervo Barrientez of Okinawa, Japan

"Rey you are missed Thank you for your ulimate sacrifice..God Speed."
SSG Hector Dominguez of Ft Bliss, TX

"Thank you for your sacrifice, David. We thought of you while planning our high school reunion and while there swapping stories. May you rest in Heaven knowing you are not forgotten by your family, friends, and country. May God continue to pour Heavenly peace over your family."
Erika Almanza Brown of Silver Spring, MD

""This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave."

David you will never be forgotten. You are a true hero.

I remember when my mom use to babysit you, your sisters and Omar. I have great memories of us being kids."
Gabby Headen of Fort Campbell, Kentucky

"Thinking of you on this Veterans Day-11-11-10.
Thank you for your service."
Linda Sue Pace of Hollywood, Ca

"You will always be in our hearts and never be forgotten! You are greatly missed...."
Irma Guevara of Kyle, Texas

"I want you to know your not forgotten. I remember when you used to come in my supplyroom before missions and joke and chill before time to go. Your in my thoughts and prayers. Rest Easy."
SSG Moore, Frenandus of Fort Huachuca

"Missing you David ,Love you."
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista TX

"Happy Birthday David.Love you always.8 29 2010"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista TX

"Cuervo your still in our thoughts!"
1LT Woody of Afghanistan

"Remembering you on this Memorial Day.Love you alwais Mom.5 31 2010"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista Texas

"Today and everyday I and all the Soldiers think of you and your Family. As My wife and I walked toward CPT Funkhouser to pay respect, I noticed a name Cuervo, I know you and CPT Funkhouser guided me to you on this memorial day. We will always love and respect you. You lead the way for all of us and were warm in our arms. Always thinking of you and your Family; raymond.houston@us.army.mil, 717-713-4218"
CSM Raymond Houston of FT Sam Houston, Garrison CSM

"We toughed it out in Basic and then lived it up in Hawaii for my Army career you were there every step of the way. You were one of my best friends and a brother. You knew me and I you in ways that only those who served togeather could. I often go back to the day in Woody and Adkins room when we had had a few to drink you hugged me and told me how your precious mother always tried to steer you to the Lord. You said she may not realize it but you always believed in the one that she faithfully served. While I am saddened by your departer I am comforted with the thought that you have departed to a better and wonderful place. The Lord said proclaim me in front of men and I shall proclaim you in front of the father. You proclaimed him to me and he shall proclaim you."
Jonathan Holstein A Trp 3/4 CAV of Shady Spring, WV

"David, I'll always remember and honor you, and keep your mother near... Rosie mi amiga, te amo...
5-27-10"
Linda Sue Pace of Hollywood, Ca

"Love you Son.Mom"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista TX

"I WAS IN HHT 1/2 ACR I NEVER GOT TO MEET YOU,BUT TO ME YOU WERE A BROTHER BECUASE WE WERE THERE AT THE SAME TIME AND SERVED TOGETHER, YOUR IN A BETTER PLACE NOW MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY GOD BLESS AND THANK YOU! I HOPE 2 MEET YOU 1 DAY BROTHER GOD BE WITH YOU, YOU ARE MISSED AND LOVED... TOUJOURS PRET , ALWAYS READY ALWAYS FRIST..."
LEROY DIAZ of TX

"Son Happy Birthday Love you.4- 29- 2010"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista TX

"rosie mi sister please call me,, i love and miss you so"
theresa simons shaver of chesapeake va

"your in my thoughts today as always im missing you and love you even more. we had alot of snow this winter we could of played in rip"
theresa lawson shaver of chesapeake va usa

"Rey David We love you and always remember. 3 14 2010"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista

"You are not forgotten."
Michael Watson of Pittsburgh, PA

"12 28 2009. David Love you,mom"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista TX

"You can remember me and only that I've gone or you can cheris my memory and let it live on .Love you David. Dic 18 2009"
Rosalba Huhn of Laguna VistaTX

"11-11-2009 David Remember you in Veterans days.Love you Mom"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista Tx

"David, remembering you today and always, thanks for your greatest sacrifice."
Linda Sue Pace of San Francisco, Ca

"Sep 28 2009 David conoci a tus companeros, me dio mucho gusto conocerlos. Ablaron de ti con mucho carino y respecto asia ti. Al dejarlos mi corazon se sintio triste y feliz a la bes, fueron 8 de ellos. David tu recuerdo siempre estara con ellos. Love you Son always asta el dia que nos encontremos otra ves.you mom"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista TX 78578

"8-28-2009 Happy Birtday David.Love you"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista Texas

"You are in my dreams Son.8 15 2009"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista Tx

"You are in my dreams Son"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista Tx

"I still hold you in my mind and prayers brother."
Luis Torres of Wenatchee WA

""We will never forget you David you live in our thoughts, in our memories you were a part of our lives. We grew up together you were so goofy you always made me laugh even when I was sad, you were always the smartest one of the bunch that's for sure. We love you & I know your shinning down on us from heaven. Thank you for you sacrifice. We love you and we will always remember your bravery........."You won't be at our 10 year class reunion in person, but you can be sure that you will be in everyones thoughts & memories. We miss you dearly we all know that you would have been an awesome young man if you were here today. As I'am sending this message all I can see is your great big smile. you were never dull always bright, & always will be...luv ya..."
Lucy Garza of Port Isabel Texas

"5-26-2009 Alwais Love You My Son"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista TX

"Thank you for being a great friend. You will never be forgoten."
SSG Hector Dominguez of Ft Lewis, WA

"Rey, thank you for your service, and thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. I will all ways remember you.You were always happy, hyper, and sometimes a little crazy, but you were always cool. : > )"
SFC Martin J. Flores of Mosul, Iraq

"5-29-09 Whiten on this page for you Birthday you-would had been 29 yeard old this year.I know you would had been a fine man I miss you "SON" We all do. LOVE MOM."
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna VISTA TX

"you are not forgotten
15 Apr 09"
Scott Updike of Fort Irwin, CA

"I love you always. 4 14 2009"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista TX

"3-29-09...today I thought about you, like many other days...hearts do soften, but never forget..."
Linda Sue Pace of San Francisco

"David You never lef,you always here with me.In my heart my sould,you always by remember. Mom"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista TX

"I love you David"
Mom of Laguna Vista Tx

"Hi Rosalba
wanted to contact you to see if you are feeling alright. If you need to talk email me at the same email address we gave you. we are now back in FT. HOOD, TX left Hawaii, maybe we can do visit you some day."
Linda Canas of Killeen,TX

"Rey, I served with you at Schofield Barracks Hawaii. I stayed in the barracks at the end of the hallway and will always remember the times we spent together. I have been on recruiting duty for some time now and learned of your passing on through the channels of friends we have met. I finally found this page in your memory and wanted to leave a message for you now. You will be missed, even after all these years."
SSG David L. Stricker of Shelby, NC enroute to Korea

"We remember you on this day...You are still in our hearts and mind...Love you always big bro..."
Valentina Cuervo Barrientez of Mcallen, TX

"We Remember you Today Dic 28 2008."
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista Tx

"We Remember you Always.Love you Dic 24 2008."
Mom Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista,Tx

"Love you."
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista TX

"Thank you and I will never forget you little buddy"
Drew Heaton of Merrill Oregon

"Veteran's Day, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Rey D. Cuervo:
Rey 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

"I am still here bro. No te olvidare."
Juan Vega of San Antonio, Texas USA

"Love you always mom. 9-26-2008"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista Tx

"To the family of Rey Cuervo,
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. PV2 Rey Cuervo 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

"Agosto 29 2008 Happy Birthday david Love mom"
ROSALBA KUHN of LAGUNA VISTA TX

"My Memories of you will never fade."
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista TX

"David i think of you often. I miss your heavenly smile so. I wish you could see your cousin megans little boy---omarri he so cute. You never got to meet Joshua either. You guys would of loved each other so. Your still missed and loved so very much."
Theresa Shaver of Chesapeake VA

"Love you always"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista Tx

"Memorial Day~5-26-08
Remembering you David and your life."
Linda of San Francisco

"SSG Michelle Cisneros of San Antonio, TX we welcome any pictures anyone would have of my brother you can contact me by e-mail valentina_btz@yahoo.com"
Valentina Cuervo Barrientez of McAllen, TX

"I think of you often Cuervo. I remember having a drink with you and another soldier the night before we were told we were shipping out and from that day forward we weren't allowed to drink. Fortunately, we got our drink on before and after watching "Meet the Fockers." LOL Just like you said the next day "Man, I'm lucky we drank last night because it could've been the last one ever." Unfortunately, Mora got in trouble that night and was restricted to base so he never got to go to the party. Yeah, that place closed before we could drink all our beers so we stood outside in the parking lot, placed all those cups on the truck of my car and drank every last drop. It was like .25 a cup that night!!! We got tore up but it was good times to be had. But anyways, I have very fond memories of you in Polk, and in Kuwait. I have a picture of you playing spades in Kuwait as we waited to load the C130. I want to send the picture to your family, I'm sure they will cherish it as I have. Well Cuervo, I don't know what the Army has slated for me but one day I will see you again. R.I.P. my brother.
My heart is with you always!!!"
SSG Michelle Cisneros of San Antonio, TX

"Happy Birthday David.Love Mom"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista TX

"hey vito, miss you bud, but i finally made it to your memorial here. I still owe you a guiness and i will take it to you."
Luis of Iraq

"1,560 days....
(how many tears have you shed my friend?)
Did each day get easier than the last?
Every mothers nightmare.
Anguish held it's grasp.
(1,560 days, do the tears still start your day?)
If love is measured in every tear that drops.
Your love for him won't ever stop.
(your love droplets filled so many buckets.)
It hurts me too, to see your pain.
For we all know he died not in vain.
He chose to live the best he knew how.
So humble his crown and you were so proud!
(the past lives in our future.)
If you look back at the road you've travelled, so many memories, the past is unravelled.
But those lessons in life help us to grow, help us to reach out to those that don't 'know'.
So, share his life with those that will listen, and your eyes shall surely glisten.

...te amo mi amiga..muchos besos.."
Linda of San Francisco

"...thinking of you today David.
...and a happy birthday to you Rosie.
Mucho besos!
Te amo....tu amiga...
Feb. '08"
Linda of San Francisco

"Hey David,its me your favorite cousin Omar aka"chubby"!!!Well everything is going great,the lord has blessed us all and of course I can see that you havent forgotten to watch over us and my aunt rosie.Well I stil havent had any kids but you know when I do I won't forget my promise to you.Still looking for the right one to be the mother of my children.Bueno thanks for everything keep watching over everybody and again THANKYOU for your sacrifice Lord knows you have the biggest COJONES of all.See youu one of these days you BEEECH!!!!! P.S:you have more nephews from your sisters my sister is getting maried next year to Randy,Mauro is doing really good in Atlanta,we never forget about you.Well you know mom grandma mi tio my aunt and everyone sigue LOCO!!!jajajajajaTake care brother.MISS YOU CHINGOS hope to see you one of these days......"
Omar Ceballos of Brownsville,Texas

"love you always."
Mom of Laguna VistaTx

"hola rey,solo kiero decirte que se te extraña mucho,y ke vas aser tio por sexta vez,aun ke tu ya sabes ke va aser,yo aun no porke esta muy chikitin,cuidamelo mucho y mandamelo con bien,ke dios te tenga en su gloria y ke no te olvides de nosotros."
tu hermana. of morelia michoacan.

"David yo me akuerdo de ti todos los dias por que yo pido por ti donde estes, por que yo se que estas ala entrada,por lo que siempre quisiste ser y que viniste a este mundo a servir y sigues sirviendo al amor de todos los amores y yo sigo trabajando para llegar a donde tu te encuentres y le pido mucho a dios que me de mucha perseverancia y esperanza para estar con todos mis seres queridos por que me acuerdo mucho de mi padre y yo se que esta contigo hoy en este dia que es tan especial por que nada se queda en el olvido todo sige a delante y tu siempre estaras en los corazones de toda mi familia meraz cuervo."
tu madrina por siempre of tampiko tamps

"hola rey david esperamos ke donde te enkuentres estes en paz y estes con dios pronto estaremos junto ati imissiu some much te amamos."
luisa meraz cuervo of tampico tamps

"LOVE YOU ALWAYS, MOM"
ROSALBA KUHN of LAGUNA VISTA TX 78578

"12.02.07~Your never forgotten....and I keep your family close..."
Linda of San Francisco

"hola rey david en donde te encuentres me imagino que has de estar descansando pero sabes todos te extranamos mecho por tampico y donde todes te quieren mucho."
fam. chavira ortiz of tampico tamaulipas

"We miss you and love you always"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista Tx

"I am still here bro."
Juan Vega of San Antonio, Texas

"Cuervo, hey man....dont know what to say. I fell like its my fualt for going home and not staying like I was supposed to. Things with me and my girl didnt work out and then I heard about the attack. You know I lay awake at night think about you were sitting my seat. I went home and you sat in my seat. I should have stayed and been in my seat, theres no reason that I should have gone home and left you to fill my spot. If I could go back in time I would in a heart beat and tell you to jump in the back and cover my six. You know the only time I truly felt safe on mission was when you were in the rear driverside pointing the rifle were it had to go cuz I was driving like we stole it. This summer were going to make a trip out to the grave, me and valentine. we havent come to say our peace yet and we feel horrible about it. I hope your still watching my six from upstairs and know that were gonna hang when it comes time for me to pay the piper."
Cpl. Cesar V. Smart ( A46D) of Mesa, Arizona

"..remembering David on this Memorial Day..."
Linda of San Francisco, CA

"I think about you everyday, and I will never forget about you!!! love your sis."
Valentina Cuervo Barrientez of Texarkana, Texas

"Still think of you, I will never forget"
SSG Gomez, Reynaldo of Fort Hood, TX

"David your still the best!!"
Sasha Villasenor of PI, TX

"Rosie,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Te amo~"
Linda of San Francisco

"David Tu recuerdo me sostiene gracias po el privilejio de quererte, tu memoria quedara grabado en mi corazob para siempre cuando empiezo a sentirme triste,el recuerdo de tu sonrisa me hace seguir adelante Love you Mom"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista Tx 78578

"Hey Rey can't believe it has been three years already. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and that day. You will be with me forever man"
SCOTT

"I am still with you."
SGT Juan Vega of San Antonio, Texas

"I dont know where to start but first off Thanks so much for being such a good friend. I saw you like family and we all miss you. I still have your pic on my wall that I look at everyday. Mikey and I still talk about times in the past. You will always stay in our thoughts and we can never thank you enough for goin to war for ALL of us. Your smile is what makes me laugh when thinking about you. So full of life!! Its hard even now just to think of you, its hard to not shed a tear but I think of you joking around and this is not what you would want, no tears just joy. Rosie you raise a wonderful boy and I can tell you this he loves you very much and always spoke the best of you. David where did you, Mikey and Raul really get that dog from!? I love you always! Rest in piece my friend...."
Sasha Villasenor of PI, TX

"Rey, not a day goes by when I don't think of you and what you sacrificed, and today is Veteran's Day, so you are even more in our heart and minds now. The one thing I always keep with me is your attitude towards the things we had to do there. You never faltered. You were never scared. And, you were always there for your battlebuddies. Whenever I have a tough day or moment, I think of how you would smile through the long patrols and OP's, and never fail to accomplish your mission. Thanks, Bro. Happy Veterans Day. Miss you. I know I'll see you again.
-Green 1."
Michael Watson (Rey's platoon leader from OIF) of Pittsburgh, PA

"David...remembering you this Veterans' Day...and thanking you that I can still sit freely in my own home and in peace.

(to rosie)

...warm tears still fall
...remembering brings a calming lull
...time blankets me in memory
...lest i forget what you gave to me
...years may pass, but you live on
...i see you in nature and song
...that special day shall come to pass
...when we're all together at last
...but for now i'm left here
...to help another who's shed a tear
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I command you--be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
—Joshua 1:9"
Linda of San Francisco, CA

"Served with the 2nd ACR 3/2 Mike Co. 96-99.
May peace be with you Rey Cuervo. You did give the ultimate sacrifice and you will never be forgotten."
Ryan of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

"hola hermano disculpa si no te habia escrito antes,tu perdida me ha sido dificil,aun no asimilo el que no estes aqui,el que te hallas ido asi,duramos mucho tiempo sin vernos,estaba muy contenta por que ibas a venir a visitarme,se que esto era lo que te gustaba ser,era tu sueño y lo lograstes,recuerdo cuando estabamos niños y decias que querias ser soldado para ayudar a mucha gente y lo lograstes y yo enfermera para curar a todos los heridos.querido hermano me has enseñado que cuando uno quiere cumplir su sueño nada es imposible tu me has enseñado muchas cosas y que me sirves como ejemplo para seguir adelante.quiero decirte que tienes una sobrina se llama luisa fernanda y me dicen que se parece mucho ati parece que volvistes a nacer en ella,espero que sea donde estes estes orgulloso de mi,y que sepas que nunca te voy a olvidar siempre estaras en mis pensamientos y mi corazon y se que algun dia nos volveremos a ver tu ya cumplistes con tu mision yo continuo con la mia,siempre te recordare hermano."
enf.qx.cuervo of morelia michoacan

"For you Son on your Birthay Happy birday David Love today an Always"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista Tx 78578

"My name is Julie Barnes. My husband, Jason, was stationed with Cuervo at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. Rey was a great guy and he always had a smile on his face. We lived off post at Helemano Military Reservation and we had the guys out to the house a lot. Cuervo and his roommate Drew Heaton were there often along with several others from the barracks. Cuervo was always full of life and there was never a dull moment when he was around. Jason and I talk about him often. I just wanted to let you know that even though Rey is gone, he will live in our hearts forever."
Julie Barnes (wife of Spc. Jason P. Barnes-A Trp-3/4 CAV) of Monticello, AR/USA

"I called your house yesterday Cuervo trying to get a hold of you, and your mother answered and told me what had happen,I couldn't believe what I was hearing.I still can't believe it. We shared so much in common and got along so good and used to do everything together even got in trouble together.We always had each others back no matter what! And we had a bond that no one could break and never will break. We hung out so much that people used to tease us about it, but we didn't care because we were like brothers, as a matter of fact you were my brother, the brother I never had. We always knew what each of us were thinking with out saying a word. And thats pretty special. But then again your were a special person with a big heart and full life and joy and always had a smile on your face that's the Cuervo I will always remember.I love you Cuervo and I will never forget you.I want to send a big Thank You to Rey David Cuervo's MOM who he love more than anybody in this world even the lord himself.I want to thank you for raising your son to be the man that he grew up to be. Even though his life was cut short he touch so many people's lives, espically mine that will last for eternity.From everybody who had the honor to serve with you in the Cavalry family. Scouts Out! In Loving Memory of Rey David Cuervo.You will never be forgotten, I'll make sure of that Bro.I'll see you in the afterlife, make sure you save me a seat next to you.I know you will."
Alberto Martinez of Dallas , Tx

"HEY CUERVO,
IT HAS BEEN A FEW YEARS SINCE WE LAST SAT ON THOSE CHAIRS/COUCH AND WATCHED A NINERS GAME. BROTHER i MISS YOU SO MUCH MORE THAN ANY ONE KNOWS. REMEMBER WAKING EACH OTHER UP FOR THE GAME, THOUGH WE BOTH KNEW THE NINERS WOULD LOSE WE STAYED FAITHFULL. (SCREW GREENE AND HIS COMMENTS; WE KNOW WHO THE BEST IS.) ANYWAYS IT HAS BEEN A WHILE SO I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW HWY WE STARTED ACTUALLY WINNING AND HAVE A GOOD CHANCE NEXT YEAR AT FINISHING ABOVE 500. THE POINT IS MAN I MISS SITTING UP WITH YOU WATCHING OUR TEAM GET IT HANDED TO THEM BUT US BOTH THINKING THEY HAD A CHANCE,AND I KNOW NOW THAT IS WHAT YOU WERE ALL ABOUT. NO MATTER WHAT THE ODDS WE ALWAYS HAVE A CHANCE---I MAY BE THE SSG AND YOU THE SPC. BUT THE WISDOM YOU LEFT BEHIND IS A LEGACY WE CAN ALWAYS LEARN FROM. HEY BROTHER I LOVE YOU AND CAN NOT WAIT TILL WE MEAT AGIAN IN HEAVEN-------LOVE YOU
SSG STRIP NBC"

"I served with Cuervo in Hawaii. I heard of his passing,and I'am sadden. But even to this day Cuervo's name still brings a smile to my face. I can picture him dancing in the hallways of the barracks or him and me singing to our Mexican music all night long. I am sadden that he has given the ultimate price as a soldier and you his family have lost your son and you his friends have lost a great trusted man. I am truly honored to say I served with Rey D. Cuervo. So I'll say not goodbye ,but see you in the after "My Friend"."
Adrian A. Vasquez of Chino, California

"Rosie,
Tho miles now separate us, I keep David's memory close to my heart, and you even closer. Te Amo..my dear dear friend.."
Linda of San Francisco

"I am still here Bro."
SGT Juan Vega of San Antonio, Texas USA

"Feliz cumpeanos Hijo hoy como siempre.Mom"
Rosalba kuhn of Laguna Vista Tx

"I am still with you. I uttered these same words to my mother two days ago when she passed away as I did to you. I will not leave either one of you. Miss you Bro."
SGT Juan Vega of San Antonio, Texas

"ROSY. TU SABES QUE SIEMPRE ESTARA REY DAVID EN NUESTRO CORAZON Y QUE SIEMPRE ESTAREMOS CONTIGO.Y AGRADESCO A TODA LA GENTE QUE TE HAN DEMOSTRADO, CARIÑO Y APOYO EN TODO MOMENTO. GRACIAS."
ELENA CUERVO of tampico, mexico

""toda la vida estaras en nuestro corazon y en nuestras mentes; y que nunca olvidaremos la ultima ves que estuvimos contigo."
tus primos elizabeth y lazaro calderon cuervo of tampico, mexico

"siempre estaras en nuestro corazon y te recordaremos toda la vida"
tu prima elizabeth of tampico, mexico

"I knew David in High School. Me, him and Kenji were inseperable. He was a dear friend who I always imagined would enter my life at the most random of times. My heart goes out to you, Rosie and Tom. I will always have a great love and respect for one of the best friends I ever had."
Kelly O'Leary endlessnothing@gmail.com of Los Angeles, CA

"David, your memory keeps us strong, we miss you and love you.
Love family"
Family of Laguna Vista, Texas

"I'd like to say I'm sorry for the life lost of Ray Cuervo. I'd thought I'd send this message because my dad is Cuervo too, and maybe by some chance we'd might be related. I read message from an uncle he has in Tampico & my dad had fam there too. If any relative of Pfc. Ray Cuervo could get back to me at kantakeureyezoffme@sbcglobal.net
Thank You"
Belinda of San Antonio, Tx

"I never knew cuervo like the fourth platoon guys did. But every chance i had to talk with you, you always made me laugh. so i have to say you are my hero and i will cya soon. and for the family take care andhe is a HERO"
navarro philip

"I served in the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment a number of years ago, and would like to express my condolences to the family of PFC Cuervo. I now run a foundation devoted to helping the families of cavalrymen who died in combat. If the family of PFC Cuervo would like to contact me to discuss establishing a scholarship etc., my e-mail is scott_c_pierce@yahoo.com and our foundation website is www.2ndDragoons.org. Thanks again for your service PFC Cuervo."
Scott C. Pierce of Raleigh, NC

"Rosie,
...i'll never forget..."
Linda of South Padre Island, TX

"We love and miss you David! Thank you for being America's Hero! Love, Megan"
Megan Loyd of Brockton, Mass

"Feliz cumpleanos Rey David como todos los anos dos veces lo celebramos.Siempre te recordaremos Mom"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista TX

"I was stationed with Rey at Schofield Bks, Hawaii. I remember we went to JRTC togather and then flew to Corpus for leave. I had offered him a ride but he said his mom was going to pick him up. He will always be remembered as a carnal by me and my family. To the Cuervo family,I offer my sympathy and respect.
Bro, rest in peace."
Cirildo Guerrero SGT of Schofield BKS, Hawaii

"PFC Rey Cuervo, I was the man that took you off the battle field that day. You gave what can never be repayed. I see you everyday when its quiet. I will never forget you and what you did. I did not know you well before that day, but i will know you forever now. rest in peace."
SFC Robert Dehart of Ft. Irwin CA. (NTC)

"Yes, Thank you. I went to go visit him on 4 July. I introduced my wife and baby boy to him. It was an honor."
SGT Juan De Dios Vega of San Antonio, Texas USA

"SGT Juan De Dios Vega, I'm Valentina Cuervo Barrientez Davids sister I dont know if you live in San Antonio right now but i thought i tell you David is buried at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio
you can reach me at valentina_btz@yahoo.com
Thank you for your thoughts"
Valentina Cuervo Barrientez of Texarkana Texas

"I am still with you Bro."
SGT Juan De Dios Vega of San Antonio, Texas USA

"I was stationed with Rey in Hawaii. I remember him coming to the motor pool to work on his vehicle and just smiling. He would say to me " Como esta oiga? " And we would just talk back and forth about how we wish there were more Mexican music in Hawaii! I am from Rio Bravo, Mexico and I think he told me that he was from Tampico, Mexico. We got along very well and I will miss him. He....sorry..I tend to get choked up a bit. He was a fine young American."
SGT Juan De Dios Vega of San Antonio, Texas USA

"Happy birthday son, hijo, like always we celebrate twice. April 29, is the day you were born, August 29, is what it reads on your birth certificate. They made a mistake the real day is April 29. So happy birthday anyway. When I think of you, it brings a smile to my face. I think about you every day. Love you forever, someday we'll see you again, Your MAMA."
Raosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista, TX, US

"Happy birthday son, hijo, like always we celebrate twice. April 29, is the day you were born, August 29, is what it reads on your birth certificate. They made a mistake the real day is April 29. So happy birthday anyway. When I think of you, it brings a smile to my face. I think about you every day. Love you forever, someday we'll see you again, Your MAMA."
Raosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista, TX, US

"I just want to thank you Rey for everything you've done for me!! You are in a better place now but you will always be missed!! I can't tell you how sorry I am that you didn't get to come home. Rest In Peace!!"
Marissa Cuervo of Orange, Ca U.S.A

"I am a Desert Storm Veteran, now disabled, and I proudly wear a Hero Bracelet with Rey's name on it.

I am very sorry for the Cuervo family's loss of Rey. God Bless you and I'll keep your family in my prayers."
Ruben Borjas Jr of Pearland, TX

"to the family of rey
i was in his platoon and the guy who hung out with him the most he was a good friend and a brother to us we all hold his memory dear to us and to the family if you want to know anything or need anything i will be glad to answer any questions my e-mail is myangelisinthesky@yahoo.com"
SGT. Angel E. Sanabria of ft. polk, La/ untied states

"My husband, Jared, wears Rey's POW/KIA bracelet. He never takes it off - not even to take a shower. He's in Baghdad right now. There are no words to console you for your family's loss, but I wanted you to know that Jared and I know about Rey and will remember him. God Bless you all and I'll keep your family in my prayers."
Kamryn Jaroszewski of Fort Bragg, NC

"Rey David, eres un heroe, te recordare para toda la vida, ha pasado mas de un año de que te nos adelantaste y aun sigues en nuestras mentes y seguiras por muchas generaciones mas.

Gracias por hablarme donde quiera que estuviste, tenia muchos planes, queria convivir mucho tiempo contigo, y hacer tantas cosas, pero bueno solo Dios sabe porque fue asi, me duele pero es la voluntad de Dios y hay que aceptarla

Te extrañamos mucho, descansa en paz"
Tio Mauro of Tampico, Mexico

"To the family of PFC Rey D. Cuervo ,I express my condolences to everyone of you, and I honor Rey's memory. I was in 2ACR with him. I was in Comanche Troop. I did not know him personally, but I will remember his sacrifice for the good of Iraq. I lost a friend I went to H.S. with over there, so I semi feel your grief. My condolences to all the family. To the family of Travis Moothart, condolences to you also. I went to H.S. with your son, and was stationed with him in Korea. It's a small world. Rest in Peace Travis."
SPC Benjamin Ambacher of Ft. Polk, LA

"Hijo hoy se cumple un ano que partiste .siempre te recordaremos,descanza en paz.love you forever.mama"
Rosalba kuhn of laguna vista tx 78578

"David...12/28/04...It's been exactly one year since we lost you. We are still very proud of you. Rest in Peace."
Tom Kuhn of Laguna Vista, TX

"To the family of Rey Cuervo. Your sons and your sacrifice is in my thoughts and prayers and all I can say is he is a genuine hero and that I am grateful for all he has done."
Orlando De Leon, SSgt, USAFR of San Benito, Texas

"I have a fantastic digital photo of PFC Rey Cuervo's Monument along with several very proud soldiers paying tribute to Rey's contribution. Please email me at philwillis@comcast.net and I would gladly email you a photo."
Phil Willis of Baghdad, Iraq

"To the family of PFC Cuervo. I had the honor of serving with him in Iraq and although I never met him, his loss was felt throughout the battalion. The FOB that Apache Troop and 2-37 AR operated from is now named in honor of him and there is a stone monument to him there that I designed. If someone has a photo of this please post it so that the world, and not just those serving at FOB Cuervo, can see this man's memorial."
1LT Erik Garrett of Friedberg, Germany

"To the family of Rey Cuervo, I just came across some pictures and short video clips on my digital camera that I forgot I had and there are pictures and clips of Rey. I want to give you these but I need your email address. Please email me at joelvogt@yahoo.com. Rey is a dear friend of mine that I served with in hawaii. Thanks, Joel."
Joel Vogt of Rochester, NY

"TO MY BELOVED COUSIN REY D. CUERVO I WILL MISS YOU WHEREVER YOU ARE. I WILL SEE YOU AGAIN. THANK YOU FOR BEING SO BRAVE. PLEASE WATCH OVER US SPECIALY MY AUNT. I STILL REMEMBER THE PROMISE I MADE TO YOU I WILL NEVER FORGET IT. TAKE CARE YOU BEEECH!!!!!LOVE YOU THANK YOU FOR YOUR BIGGEST SACRFICE."
Omar Ceballos "Chubby" of Laguxna Vista,TX U.S.A

"I had the honor to serve with Rey in Iraq. I was a Sgt. in Reys squad. I will never forget about Rey from the first day he came to us at Camp War Eagle to the day he left us at Camp Muleskinner. Rey always had a smile on his face no matter what we were doing. From spending long days in the mech. bay to waking up at two in the morning to bust down some Iraqi door, Rey never complained. One time I will never forget, it was Rey another Sgt. and myself teaching Iraqi soldiers first aid. On break Rey made all the Iraqi guys sit back down and he started to teach them the game of football using old Iraqi helmets as player positions. It was so funny, the Iraqi soldiers didn't understand anything he was saying, but Rey didn't care. He was just have a great time. And that is how he always was. He just enjoyed what he did. To Reys mother, I am very sorry for your loss. Rey was a great guy and I am honored to say that I knew and fought along side of Rey. I WILL NEVER FORGET. Scott Olds_69@yahoo.com"
Scott of St. John, IN

"Happy 25 Rey David siempre recordaremos tu cumpleanos Love you forever. You mother Rosalba Kuhn"
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista Tx 78597

"Tu nombre estara engravado en nuestros corazones para siempre Love you Rey David Te extranamos pero algun dia volveremos a verte."
Rosalba Kuhn of Laguna Vista Tx 78598

"God bless you , Rey D. Cuervo, and all you left behind."
Fosters of in N.E. Texas

"To the Cuervo Family,
May God continue to comfort you in your lost, Know that God is able. PFC Cuervo was in the 2nd ACR with me. And we served in Iraq together.It is with honor,that Camp Muleskinner, Iraq was renamed Camp Cuervo. The ceremony was so nice, I spoke with a lot of his squad on that day and when they talked of Cuervo, their faces glowed. They,I and others are so very proud of you. Rest in Peace."
CSM Vera F. Harris (Muleskinner 7) of Al Kut, Iraq

"I had the opportunity to work with Rey in Hawaii and served with him in my platoon for only a few short months. In my time with Rey I learned that he was a motivated soldier that brought a refreshing level of candor and competence to every day. There are few soldiers who work as hard as Rey did. The last time I saw Rey I was hounding him to give me a copy of a group picture we took at the end of our JRTC rotation in February 2002. That picture now sits in my living room as a reminder of what a great young man he was.
- And when our work is done,
Our course on Earth is run,
May it be said, "Well done:
Be thou at peace.""
Ryan Long, Captain of Fort Knox, KY

"Private Cuervo, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, 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, Rey, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi B from Montana "

"David i remember the first time you saw snow and went out and played in it, you were so excited. That smile you had could melt the coldest of snowstorms. I'm sad that i haven't seem you for years and now i will not until we meet in heaven. I do know that heaven is a much nicer place with you there. America has not only lost a great soldier but the happiest little boy with the biggest smile i have ever saw. I remember when you told me you were going to bootcamp and how excited you were to serve this country. Your name is still written on the wall in your Kansas home and will stay there.I will never forget you David, Godspeed buddy and we will play again in heavens snow. I love you! Rosie my sister I love you and your family with all my heart and you are in my prayers."
Theresa Simons of Opolis Kansas

"To the Family of Rey Cuervo,
I am deeply saddened by the loss of this young Trooper. As a member of my Platoon in Hawaii, Cuervo was always able to lighten the moment and bring a smile to everyones face. He was able to accomplish any mission given to him and was sought after by his peers for assistance in technical areas. I hold many fond memories of your son and can only offer my heartfelt sympathies to you. Your son will never be forgotten by myself or any other former soldiers that served alongside him here in 3-4 Cav.
First Sergeant Eric C. Dostie
3-4 Cavalry, Schofield Barracks Hawaii"

"To The Family of Pvt Cuervo:
Please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of this great hero.
He will be with you always and what he's given to the rest of us will NEVER be forgotten.
God Bless!!"
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Rey Cuervo was an excellent man. I was honored to have known him. He was always smiling and never held any enemies. He was the type of guy who was every body’s best friend. This is truly a great lost. My condolences and prayers go out to his family and friends. God Bless!

"Then I would have been at rest
With kings and counselors of the earth,
Who built ruins for themselves,
Or with princes who had gold,
Who filled their houses with silver...
There the wicked cease from troubling, And there the weary are at rest.
There the prisoners rest together;
They do not hear the voice of the oppressor.
The small and great are there, And the servant is free from his master."
-Job 3:13-19"
Jacques Simon of Phildelphia PA

"You are now flying with the Angels. Rest Easy Soldier...God Bless you and your family and loved ones left behind. Your name will live forever in everyone's hearts."
The Taylors in NC of USMC

"I am former soldier who served with Rey in hawaii. I knew him for the three years I was there. He was always happy and a great soldier. I remember going out partying with him having drinks and generally a good time. I used to give him a ride when he needed it and anything else that he needed. I have vivid images of him and it's surreal that he is gone, but he is never gone. Cuervo is with God and I know I'll see him again when I lay to rest. I've said a prayer for him and his family. Know that he will not be forgotten and that he is not gone. He will always be with us and me. God bless you all. Scouts out!"
Joel T. Vogt of Rochester, NY USA

"Rosie, Tom & family...my heart goes out to you, and i share your pain, yet i also share your joy in knowing David has gone to be with our Maker. You will stay forever in my prayers and heart, and I thank God for David, such a kind, dear, humble man, that was filled with so much love for his family and country. May God bless what he stood for, and God's blessings and peace to you and yours...te amo...tu amiga..Linda"
Linda of South Padre Island, TX

"I visited my nephew, Erneso Blanco's grave yesterday. He is buried right next to Rey. They are right in front of the chapel at Dodd Field. They may not have ever met each other in life, but I trust that we have two strong angels looking out for all of us. My the Lord grant you the peace needed to get through your loss."
Joan Maymi of Salt Lake City, UT

"I visited my nephew, Erneso Blanco's grave yesterday. He is buried right next to Rey. They are right in front of the chapel at Dodd Field. They may not have ever met each other in life, but I trust that we have two strong angels looking out for all of us. My the Lord grant you the peace needed to get through your loss."
Joan Maymi of Salt Lake City, UT

"I visited my nephew, Erneso Blanco's grave yesterday. He is buried right next to Rey. They are right in front of the chapel at Dodd Field. They may not have ever met each other in life, but I trust that we have two strong angels looking out for all of us. My the Lord grant you the peace needed to get through your loss."
Joan Maymi of Salt Lake City, UT

"Please accept condolences from our family. We share in your loss and in your pain. Find strength in your family, friends and faith to see you through this grief. The light of our men and women lost in combat shines on. My nephew, Capt. Ernesto Blanco-Caldas, was KIA, 12/28/03."
Jose M. Caldas of Atlanta, GA

"Thank you. It's not enough but it's all that I can think to say."
Christy Reed of The Woodlands, TX

"Cuervo was on the coolest friends that i ever had. He always had a smile on his face and had an unspoken lust for life. He was always there for a friend and a hard worker. The Army may have lost a soldier but the Nation lost a son..God rest and God speed buddy...you will be missed!"
SPC Thomspon Wesley of Baghdad Iraq

"I am the aunt of Captain Ernie Blanco and wanted to let you know that your whole family is in our hearts this week as we all are suffering the loss of these two beautiful young men. Every prayer I say for Ernesto I will say for David, when I pray for God to give my sister strength to go on, I will pray for you, Rosalba, and your entire family. God bless all of you. patti2556@aol.com"
Patti Santiago of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Rey Cuervo, 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 Pvt. Rey Cuervo:
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 Rey 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 Pvt. Rey Cuervo:
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 Rey, 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