Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Analaura Esparza-Gutierrez

21, of Houston, Texas.
Esparza-Gutierrez was in a convoy that was hit by an improvised explosive device and rocket propelled grenades in Tikrit, Iraq. Esparza-Gutierrez died of her injuries. She was assigned to A Company, 4th Forward Support Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on October 1, 2003.

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"Spc. Esparza was a comrade of mine during OIF. I want to send prayers to her family and let her know that she may be gone but never forgotten."
Spc.Thompson of houston tx

"PFC Analaura Esparza-Gutierrez never forgotten. Your family is in our prayers. Blue Star Mothers - Houston"
Beth Gillett of Houston, TX

"Analaura,
I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"You are forever remembered.."
L of Florida

"I will always remember Esparza, she was in my platoon. May her memory forever keep her alive."
Jamie of Houston

"I was one analaura's NCO's, I still see her face full of life sometimes I wonder why not me, because I was in this same convoy right before leaving iraq. I miss her very much, and heart grieve over losted life. I still replay the events that unfolded on that day, it is something will always be with me miss my friend and folliw conrad may you rest with our heavenly father."
Sgt Mark k. Goldwire of killeen, tx

"I still have not forgot Spc Esparza, even in 2011. I could remember the her laugh, her smile, her good nature as a person. I was the Food Service Sgt. and she was the supply clerk in my company. As I write a tear falls from eye, a tear of love and respect for Esparza. I miss her, but I know she looking down at us smiling. Always I would remember her in my heart, she will never be for gotten. I have a drawing of her hanging on my wall like the true Hero she is."
Ret. SFC Kregg Y. Nettles of Killeen Texas

"I still have not forgot Spc Esparza, even in 2011. I could remember the her laugh, her smile, her good nature as a person. I was the Food Service Sgt. and she was the supply clerk in my company. As I write a tear falls from eye, a tear of love and respect for Esparza. I miss her, but I know she looking down at us smiling. Always remeber in my heart, she will never be for gotten. I have a drawing of her hanging on my wall of Heroes."
Ret. SFC Kregg Y. Nettles of Killeen Texas

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to the hero’s Mother, Father and/or spouse. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,850 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
This is a gift! We have some wonderful sponsors who help with the costs, and only want you know that we care.
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna"
Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"Thank you for protecting our country, I know you must have been a great and wonderful person and soldier."
From Ms. Stacey Esparza's class of Katy, Texas

"Thank you for protecting our country, I know you must have been a great and wonderful person and soldier."
From Ms. Stacey Esparza's class of Katy, Texas

"Analaura and I met at HCC before she went off. We had some great times in our Governement class and she had such great spirit. It seemed as if she wasn't scared of anything. I remember when she told me on a Monday that she had enlisted...I was shocked but I knew she was happy so I could only be happy and supportive for her. We stayed in touch and got together after our class was done. Even before she went off for training we got together and exchanged addresses. We wrote to each other faithfully and I still remember her telling me about a wonderful man she met and was engadged. I was so happy for her and her sweet parents. I still have my letters and will always keep them close!"
Allison of Spring, TX USA

"August 30, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Analaura Esparza-Gutierrez:
Analaura 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

"You and Jose were great people. I miss you Jose you were such a great friend to me. I know you are in heaven with Analaura looking down on all of who miss you both. Thanks for everything. We all miss the both of you. I always carry a picture of both of you together and everytime I look at I know you guys are watching over all of us.."
L

"Analaura Esparza is my cousin and I love her and miss her very much! Her family misses her and would give anything to still have her here with us. Eventhough she is in a better place then all of us are. R.I.P LIZ!! I LOVE U!!"
Nohemy Salinas of Baytown, TX

"Thank you for your unselfish service to this country. With your fiancee's passing on Apr. 28th, I hope you are both together again in the light of God's love! God Bless both of you."
Someone who cares of Indiana

"Just passing through spending some time with my heroes and getting to know them. I came upon your name and my spirit told me to stop and meet you. I bet you had so many dreams and plans for the future, but yet, you put all of those to the bottom of your list and gave priority to the welfare of others. Thank you Analaura for your sacrifice, for fighting for me, my children , my family, our great country and our way of life. You will always be my heroe."
Ive Nadal Ammoune of Houston, TX, USA

"I never met Analaura but my very good friend knew her very well. I know she was a very very sweet girl with lots of plans for her future. It hurt me very much to find out what happen to her even though I never met or even spoke to her. I do know she always had a smile on her face and I know she is smiling down from heaven on everyone who ever knew and loved her."
Laura of Florida

"It was an honor knowing Analaura. Just the night before she passed away, she shared some mail that she received from her friend. She received some comical cut-outs from a newspaper from her friend. We had a hearty laugh, and I wouldn't have it any other way...my last memory of her is a good one. She always made everyone around her smile and I am glad that this is the memory she left me with.
I ask you all to pray for her parents, as Analaura's already in a better place looking down at us, but her parents lost their ONLY child, and I can't imagine the sorrow and loneliness that they feel. These words aren't enough to convey my sorrow at her passing, I wish things could change."
Anton Rzhevskiy of Bronx, New York

"I had the honor of meeting Analaura in AIT. From the moment i met her i knew she was special. She always had a smile and a kind word to say . We were blessed to have been room mates for five months at Fort Hood until we deployed to Iraq. Once we arrived in Kuwait i remember hearing the rumor that A Co 4th SB was about to roll out to Iraq. i walked a LONG line of vehicles for a good twenty minutes searching for her to bid her good luck. Right when i was about to give up i saw her seated in the vehicle. We exchanged good byes, prayed for her safety and the only thing she asked me was to PLEASE call her Mom and Dad and tell them she couldn't call because her leadership wouldn't let her. I missed her a lot in Iraq and thank God i got to see her in September a week before she passed away. The night of her memorial in Iraq it rained for the first time since we had been there and it poured HARD. I knew then that the world was also mournning her loss. She was special and i think too precious for this world. Maybe that is why her Father called her home.
I will never forget her and her smile and especially her singing."
SPC Catrina C. Anchondo of Fort Hood, TX, USA

"You were a very sweet nice quiet girl. I could not believe when I heard it was you. All I could think of was you had so much more life to live. I guess god has other plans for you. You don't know how much more I had rather it was me then you. You deserve life so much more. Rest in peace to you. To your family god bless. If I could had changed it all for your daughter I would've in a heart beat."
anonymous of Fort Hood, Texas

"I went through AIT with Analaura, or "Esparza" as we referred to her. I will never forget the first time I met her. It was our first day at AIT and she stood right next to me. We had to dump our bags out for the DS's to check them. She was so careful about her belongings! We went to the mall together and ate out together. She sat right behind me during one of our classes. What I remember most about her is her smile. I entered the army at a much older age and I remember thinking that she was so young. It is very hard to wrap your mind around the fact that she is not with us now.

To her family, I just thought you might have a small bit of comfort by sharing some of my memories of her. I am so very, very sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful person. She really was. She was a gentle spirit, a good person, and she is a hero. We'll never forget her. God bless."
Tiffanie Loden of Texas

"I was in AIT with Analaura and she was such a wonderful friend. Even though I was shy and didn't have many other friends she was always there for me and made the time more bearable. I can't imagine how this has affected her family and friends, but I am so glad that I was able to get to know her. She truly was an amazing human being and she touched the lives of everyone she met."
Jennifer Irvine of San Jose, CA USA

"I helped make and set out luminaria at the vigil we held in Houston for the 1,000 soldiers killed in Iraq. My group was in charge of 100 bags.

One candle kept going out. It was very important to my friends and me that each candle stay lit during the vigil as long as possible because each candle represented a life to us. I spent about 10 minutes working on the wick of this candle before I finally got it to burn steadily. I leaned over to read the name of the soldier and was shocked to see it was a young woman from Houston, Analaura.

I can't say that I completely understand the grief of those who knew and loved her, but in that moment I felt a deep sense of loss. This is a woman who could have been my peer. I offered a silent prayer for her, committed her name to memory and continue to think of her when I hear news of Iraq. My prayers remain with her family. God bless."
Heather Narbit of Houston, TX

"Our girlhood dreams have ripened, and we've learned a thing or two from hopes we've seen fulfilled, assorted troubles we've been through... we're looking back astonished at how fast the years have flown, how much we've done, how far we've come, how-well-mature we've growm. Our lives have many strories-- countless memories remain. She was my best friend for years and now the memories will last for years. You meet new people almost everyday I was lucky I found Ana. Shes what I concider a needle in a hay stack. When I look back at our 2nd garde class picture and I see her and I see me, and I see us trough the years the memories I would not change a thing. Ana, me and you best friend for ever and memories for a life time."
Sharon Garcia of Houston, TX, USA

"AnaLaura, i knew you very well and can't deal with the fact that I will never see you again. You were a terrific person to have as a friend. I will always remember the good times we had together in school, especially our senior year. I go back and recall you sitting behind me in English class and I just can't imagine you out of this world. Me and you were supposed to be roomates in college, why did you leave me? I don't quite understand everything that happened, but I do know for sure that God had you accomplish your mission in this world. I hate this war, but at the same time I know the cause of it and I admire your courage to fight for the freedom of those people and for our country's safety. Thanks for everything Analaura. I, nor all the citizens of this country, will ever be able to thank you enough for being our hero. Rest in peace, I love you!"
Elba Zamarron-Tamez of Houston, TX USA

"Thank you for fighting what we all believe in. You will be missed and I will always consider you a hero"
Martin of Edmonton, AB Canada

"VOW TO A FALLEN SOLDIER

I did not know her by name, and I did not know her story, but the overcoming sorrow and grief of the loss of yet another American soldier shook the very core of my heart and soul. She wore the same uniform, stood behind the same principles and values of freedom, protected the same colors, and wore the same patch as I do. She stood beside me to defend and protect our country, and she paid the ultimate sacrifice to our country with her life.

We came here to free the Iraqi people. To offer and protect freedoms that were taken form them so long ago by a tyrant dictator. We wanted them to live free and happy lives full of hope and promise.

In this twisted and tangled war, a masked enemy, too coward to show their faces, are killing our soldiers. We watch and scan our surroundings with vigilance, but how do you protect yourself and each other from cowards who take blood money for the lives of our soldiers?

To the cowards who run and hide in bushes and buildings, who cannot muster the courage to face the “Forces of Freedom”: I give you this warning. We American soldiers came here with a job to do. Yes, death shakes us, but the warrior ethos, instilled so deeply in our hearts and minds are very much alive and well. You cowards have given us the determination and ammunition to fight another day. Your attempt to put us at your mercy has failed miserably. You have opened the gates of hell, and with Lady Liberty holding her torch to light the way, we will hunt you down. An American soldier paid so dearly for your acts. We will ensure you pay next.

In loving memory of PFC Esparza, A Company, 4th Forward Support Battalion. Killed in action 1 October 2003.

SGT Denise R. Vail
2 October 2003
S. Tikrit, Iraq

To the family: I am so sorry for your loss! This was a way for me to deal with it, and I thought you would like to know that you, and your daughter are still in my thoughts and prayers"
SGT Denise Vail of S. Tikrit, Iraq

"I too was once among those now serving in Iraq, and in short time I may return, and although its never easy its people like Analaura that make you apreciate evrything so much more. I take time to look at evryones picture that for some devine reason where not allowed to return and I thank them, for they are still out there evryday in a life that is not easy by any stetch of the imagination. They're out there for the hope of abetter life. My thoughts are with you the family, I can't even imagine the grief that you live, but know that Analaura and you now live in the hearts of many and our prayers are with you."
HM3 Xavier Merizalde of Camp Pendleton

"Private Esparza-Gutierrez, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"Analaura Esparza-Gutierrez thank you for giving your all for your country and fellow comrades. To the family God Bless you and comfort you. Know that your Analaura, is a true hero and your guardian angel."
Dana Husley A Proud Military Wife of Mississippi

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

"Thank you Analaura Esparza-Gutierrez, 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 would like you to know that your daughter spirit will live on. I am the step father of another soldier who was with her the day of attack. His name is Adolfo Lopez-Santini, he was criticly injured in the attack. His concern for your daughters welfare was overwhelming even during the many days he was in and out of consiousness . His first thoughts were of her welfare. He has told us many things about her and expressesd her fond plans after her stint in the Army. Your family will always be in our prayers and we can never re-pay the sacrifice she has made for all of us. Every time we see our son we will remember her love of life."
Michael Lanaro of San Diego,CA

"Que descanse en paz este alma joven, su inocencia e potencial podados en una guerra en la cual ganaran solo las grandes empresas de EEUU. En su memoria regalo libros de chomsky a mis amigos, con la esperanza de algun dia tener un mundo mas justo."
Esteban, of Freedom, OH, USA

"I just would like to express my sorrow for the lost was felt throughout the entire 4th FSB. My prayers will always be you! SGT (P) Melo HDC 4th FSB"
SGT(P) Maggie Melo of FT Hood, TX

"I WANT TO START OUT THAT I FEEL DEEPLY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR DAUGHTER ANALAURA ESPARZA. I'AM A SOLDIER IN TIKRIT, IRAQ IN THE 1ST BATTALION 22INFANTRY WHERE WE ARE SUPPORTED BY THE 4TH FORWARD SUPPORT UNIT ALPHA COMPANY IN WHICH ANALAURA WAS IN. I DIDNT KNOW HER THAT LONG BUT THE TIMES THAT I DID SEE HER SHE WAS VERY KIND AND HELPFUL TO ME AND OTHER SOLDIERS. THERE ARE ALOT OF SOLDIERS FALLING AND DYING NOW DUE TO RPG'S, HOME MADE BOMBS AND SMALL ARMS SHOOTING. YOUR DAUGHTER WAS IN THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME AND IT CAUGHT HER. SHE IS A HERO TO US FOR BEING BRAVE AND DOING HER DUTIES. EVERYDAY WE GOT A JOB TO DO AND IT INVOLVES GOING OUTSIDE THE WALL, ONCE YOU EXIT THAT WALL YOUR IN IMMEDIATE DANGER. JUST WANT TELL YOU THAT YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT SHE WAS DOING A JOB AND A JOB SHE DID WELL. SHE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AS A SOLDIER WHO LOST HER LIFE FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM AND A PERSON THAT NEVER HARMED A FLY. IN MEMORY OF ANALAURA, GOD BLESS."
SPC.SU,ANRES of TIKRIT, IRAQ

"I want everyone to remember my cousin Analaura "Lissy" as what she was, a hero.I also want for people to never take their freedom in this country for granted. She was a brave and beautiful person inside and out and that is why she will never be forgotten.She fought for this country that she loved. We should all be proud of our brave soilders that are far from home. My prayers go out to those soilders and their families. And may God grant them the wish of being home soon. God Bless."
Angelica Rodriguez Gutierrez of Dallas, Tx USA

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Analaura Esparza-Gutierrez:
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 Analaura for the sacrifice she has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Analaura Esparza-Gutierrez:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. She 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 Analaura, 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