Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Air Force Senior Airman Pedro I. Espaillat, Jr.

20, of Colombia, Tennessee.
Espaillat died as a result of non-hostile injuries in Kirkuk, Iraq. He was assigned to the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Died on May 15, 2004.

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"5/5/17 Almost another year man!! Gone but never forgotten!!"
OG of Goldsboro NC

"Almost another year man! You Still in my thoughts. Gone but Never forgotten Pedro!!"
O Garcia of Goldsboro NC

"I never met you but now we have crossed paths on Christmas. My parents gave me a US Flag from Flags of Valor and your dog tag and picture are attached. RIP soldier. Wishing your family the best this holiday season. If anyone would like to chat please email me at mattm122016 at eml.cc. I'd like to know more about Pedro's life. Merry Christmas"
Matt M of Ballwin, MO

"You are not forgotten."
Scott Wibberley of Danville, PA

"I served with Pedro in Kirkuk and want his family to know he will always be remembered by all of us. We will never forget the night that our brother fell. While I do not yet know the pain of losing a father or son, everyone who knew and served with him will remember him. I keep our call sign roster in the safe and take a moment from time to time to remember himand to be thankful for all that I have."
corey of ft. bragg, nc

"8/5/2011 Pedro you are still remembered. I will see you soon in heaven. Save me a spot bro!!! I think about you every day. Every time I take breath, every morning I wake up. I dont take anything for granted. I live my life to the fullest."
OG of Goldsboro,NC

"To the family of:Pedro I. Espaillat
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"1-16-11"

"Still missed Pedro."
Oscar of Goldsboro,NC

"We Love You Pedro"
Jose Espaillat Jr of Santo Domingo DR

"May he Rest In Peace"
Mario Espaillat of Orlando,Fl

"June 3, 2008
To the family of Senior Airman Pedro I. Espaillat, Jr.:
Pedro 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

"THIS IS PEDROS LITLE BROTHER KENNIE. I WAS THINKING ABOUT HIM TODAY AND I DECIDED TO DO RESHEARCH ON HIM AND I FOUND THIS PAGE. I WANT TO THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR RESPECTS. AND TO MY FAMILY THAT HAS LEFT MESSAGES. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL. AND AGAIN, THANK YOU.....I MISS YOU PEDRO. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU, I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU. KEEP LOOKING AT ME FROM ABOVE."
KENNIE D. ESPAILLAT of COLUMBIA, TENNESSEE

"I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Senior Airman Pedro I. Espaillat, Jr., who paid the ultimate price for our freedom on May 15, 2004. My own son SrA Shane L. Ward (4th Equipment Maintainance Squadron) Seymour Johnson Airforce Base NC, was just graduating from high school in May of 2004. May God comfort your hearts as only He can.
Thank you Senior Airman Pedro I. Espaillat, Jr., for your bravery & sacrifice for freedom."
Barry W. Ward of Summersville, Ky.

"Para la Familia de Pedro
Espero que DIOS les siga dando la fortaleza que necesitan para sobrellevar su perdida. Que DIOS los bendiga cada dia,ustedes estan en mis oraciones cada dia."
Oscar of Goldsbor,NC

"Querida Flia. Espaillat:

Que Dios les de valor para sequir adelante y que encuentren consuelo en saber que Dios lo tiene en su cuidado."
luz m. matos of hialeah

"Aunque no lo conocí personalmente, se mucho de su vida y de su sacrificio, por ello admiro la valentía que mostró durante su desfile por el escuadrón que arrancó a destiempo su vida.
los familiares de Pedro I.Espaillat jr. deben sentirse orgullosos de este ejemplar soldado, no solo de la patria estadounidense, sino además de Dios, quien por su trayectoria se sirvió de él para formar parte de su batallón allá en el cielo.

Pedrito no se ha ido, porque estará siempre en nuestros corazones como un ejemplo a seguir, como un joven que rompió la creencia de que la juventud no tiene juicio, demostando que fue de los buenos.

A sus familiares mucha fortaleza que su partida no es un ADIOS, sino un hasta luego."
Martha Holguin of Santo Domingo, Rep. Dom.

"5-15-07-I just want to tell Pedro's fam...Sigan siendo fuertes y nunca olviden el sacrificion que su hijo del alma hizo por todos nosotros.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!"
Oscar of Goldsboro, NC

"I want to express my deepest regards to Pedro's family this day. May GOD bless you all and give you the peace and serenity that you all deserve.
Your son will not be forgotten, he was a good friend,miss him a lot."
Oscar of Goldsboro

"I met Pedrito while I was stationed at Seymour. We spent some time together hangin'out in the dorms.
Saw him the night before he left, gave him a hug and told him to be careful. Still remember that day like it was yesterday. Haunts me every day, I wish I could've said something that would've made a difference...You will always be in my thoughts.
Miss you a lot bro!!! Latino 4 ever!!!
Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.
oscargarciarodriguez@hotmail.com"
Oscar of Goldsboro,NC

"I was passing through this page looking for my family backround when i saw Thelma Espaillat's name in one of the messages and i can't believe that Pedro was my cousin and i didn't know that....i really admire him for his courage, i hope he's better now."
Anonimo of Lawrence, Mass

"I served with Pedro at Kirkuk AB, Iraq. He was quiet, attentive, and reliable - these characteristics are so valuable in a place so volatile. Thank you for your service Pedro - I hope you are in a better place."
Dan of NY

"TO TH ESPALLAT FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. REMEMBER OUR FALLEN IS IMPORTANT. ESPECIALLY, SINCE HE WAS A BROTHER TO OUR SON. AS OUR BGREGORY FELT TOWARD PERDO. BOTH HAD NOT KNOWN ONE ANOTHER. TODAY BOTH ARE TOGETHER RESTING IN PEACE. PEDRO KNEW YOU ALL LOVED HIM. aS HE LOVED YOU ALL. TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A TIME. BE SUPPORTIVE AND UNDERSTANDING TOWARD ONE ANOTHER. YOU ALL HAVE MANY FOND AND PRECIOUS MEMORIES YOU SHARED TOGETHER WITH YOUR PEDRO. HE IS STILL WITH YOU MORE THEN EVER.**************************FOURTH OF JULY IN GATLINBURG TENNESSEE IS THE MIDNIGHT PARADE AND FIREWORKS. I ALONG WITH OTHER FALLEN FAMILIES WILL BE ATTENDING. TO ENETER A FLOAT TO HONOUR OUR FALLEN AND TO "SUPPORT OUR TROOPS" FATHER OF FALLEN SOLDIER US Army Sgt Gregory L. Wahl KIA balad, Iraq 05-03-04 GOD BLESS!"
leonard_wahl@hotmail.com of Spring Texas

"This is Pedro's sister... I miss him terribaly, and i think about him everyday. Its disgusting wjat the world has come to...
"Love you, babii""
Francheska of NY, New York

"FROM ONE OF THE FOUR HORSEMEN: WE ARE HAGA, JACKSON, ESPAILLAT, AND WIBBERLEY. Our lives will never be the same without you. We went to Iraq together and left with something missing in our hearts. Our frendship was true, and we could not be seperated. I know that no person can understand what we did for eachother and understand what happened in Kirkuk. We will always think about you, and we hope to see you one day. To your family and friends we say; Pedro was always there for us, and he was a man pure in heart. May his memory live through the four horsemen, his family, and friends."
Scott Wibberley of Goldsboro, NC

"While searching for history of my last name I was directed here.
I found someone who might be related to me through family ties from long ago to find out he died in a meaningless war. I commend his efforts and wish his family nothing but the best."
Jennifer Espaillat of Newark, New Jersey

"My message is for this soldier mother.Just a mother can feel the pain that you are feeling right know. God bless you and be in calm we are praying for you and your family. We love you!!"
Michelle and Vanessa Gil of Puerto Rico

"Hi, baby...this is me...te extraño horrible, chiquito. Te amo."
Ana of Santo Domingo, D.R.

"my "sobrinito"... You left too early. i love you, i miss you. I love you. Tia ."
Thelma Espaillat of West Palm Beach, Fl

"'Nacio,
Baby I loved you when I was in Basic Training with you and I love you now and always. My prayers and thoughts will be with you and your family. You brought me so much joy and were always a comfort on my darkest days. Only God really understands how much I love you. God rest your soul, baby I hope you found peace.

Always your Baby, forever your Lady,"
Robyn of Nashville, TN

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

"Though I did not know your son, I want to express my deep thankfulness for the willingness he had to give his life in service and love for his country. I pray that God will be so near to help you bear the burden of your grief, and that He will give you a supernatural peace and comfort in this time of great loss and sadness."
Cindy of Westminster, CO

"Im here in Kirkuk Iraq now and im so sorry to hear/see things like this happen. Pedro familes will be in my heart and prayers GOD BLESS US ALL here in IRAQ and all around."
AMN TRIPSET of Kirkuk Iraq

"To Pedro's family, I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Please know that many of us appreciate his service to and sacrifice for our country."
F. Smith of Pennsylvania

"My son served with Pedro, and is still in Kirkuk. My thoughts are with the Espaillat family and I pray peace will come to your hearts. My son said Pedro was a kind soul and had a big heart. He will be missed."
Deborah of Shallotte, NC

"We will never forget our cousin and nephew. Our thoughts and prayer's are with you and your family always."
Lorena and Rosa of Pompano Beach, FL

"Espaillat family,Pedro was such wonderul person. We will miss him
God Bless"
The Jackson Family of Goldsboro, NC

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

"To Pedro'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

"To the family of Pedro Espaillot -
My sincerest condolances on the loss of such a fine young man. I understand your pain and emptiness at this time. May God grant you peace."
Debora Yashinski Gold Star Mother of SGT Michael Yashinski died Kirkuk, Iraq 12/24/03 of Irondale, Alabama

"Pedro will live in our hearts forever. Our deepest sympathies to the Espaillat family and our condolences. May God bless you all and guard this hero's soul. We love YOU!!!!!
4Ever
Yours truly,
Ada C. Grimaldi and Family"
Ada of New York

"To Pedro's Family and Friends:

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

Sincerely,

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

Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"Dear Espaillat Family, Our heartfelt prayers are with you. There are no words to describe this loss. God be with you."
Laurie Miles of Coalport, PA

"Thank you Pedro Espaillat, 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 Senior Airman Pedro Espaillat, 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 Pedro 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 Senior Airman Pedro Espaillat, 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 Pedro, 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