Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Jose Ricardo Flores-Mejia

21, of Santa Clarita, California.
Flores-Mejia died in Mosul, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device hit his convoy. He was assigned to the 25th Transportation Company, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Died on November 16, 2004.

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"Ricky, just thinking of you buddy. It's been 10 years and almost 5 months since you've been gone. Like I've told you before, I'll always keep you in my heart and memories. I know there's many of us from 25th Trans who keep you in our prayers. You are just that special person that touched everyone's heart. Miss you buddy!"
Spc. Leila Romero of Albuquerque, New Mexico

"Still miss you brother! i am stationed back in hawaii man and still go in our old unit and see you there on the wall every now and then to say hey. Anyways we miss you and love you still bro!!"
Thomas Ward of Schofield Barracks, HI 45th Sustainment Brigade

"Here it is 9 years ago today :( i miss you bro and ill never forget you. Love ya"
scott smith of falconer, ny

"Ricky! Hey my friend, it's now Nov. 18, 2011, and time has gone by so fast. I still miss you dearly. You are still in my thoughts everyday. Your son has grown and is sooo handsome. But I'm sure you know that. I hope to take you flowers again this coming year. You are a special person and you will never be forgotten. "
Leila (Shorty) Romero of Alb, NM USA

"To the family of:Jose Ricardo Flores-Mejia
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""

"Mis pensamientos y oraciones para todos ustedes en especial a su madre y su padre.
mucho afecto y mucho apoyo.
Maria"
Maria of san francisco california

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3"
Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Im leaving Hawaii man, I think about you often , I am glad to have served with you . You were a very funny dude and you , had a way about you that made the time over in Iraq pass , well , rest well my friend I ll see you again one day.Angel looks just like you , I look forward to telling him about you when he 's old enough ,"
Gillard of Hawaii

"November 10, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Jose Ricardo Flores-Mejia:
Jose 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

"Ricky,
There is not one day that goes by, that I don't think of you and your family. You are a great person. And I miss you so much. I know your in a better place. And I know that one day we will all meet again. Everytime I think of that day, I just get sick to my stomach. Ricky, I miss your saying about "keeping your fingers out of your kool-aid." Anyways I will plan a trip to Cali to take you some flowers again. And I know you're up there watching over all of us. May God Bless you always, and Bless your family too."
Spc. Leila Romero ...Shorty... of Albuquerque, NM USA

"Ricky, I will never forget you man. You and all the electronics that you were always buying while we were in Iraq together man. You got me into listening to techno as well man. Just wanted to let you know that I miss you and never forget about you man. Like you always said " F#%$&ng right doggy!!" Love you bro!! Peace! SGT WARDY"
Thomas Ward of Savannah, GA 416th Trans. Co.

"Leaving a remembrance and assuring you you will never be forgotten."

"Hey my hermanito, it's being two years since you left us, and you are in my mind and heart every single day. CPT T. CPT B. and I talk about you all the time and how we wish we could have brought you back to your son and wife, but I know you are in a better place having fun and I can guarantee you that you will never be forgotten. I ware your name on my bracelet every day so you can be close to me all the time, I am back in Iraq and the memories are so fresh of that day, but I can only see your smile and your drawings. Thank you for your service always. Chief"

"Hey Ricky!!! I never got to tell you how greatful I am that you helped me out when i most needed it.. you had the best advices... and a way to always make me Laugh... You dont know how much I MISS YOU!!! I want you to know I will always take you with me. Let me tell you Angel is just like you. Hopefully I see you soon.
Plz. Watch over ME and help me move on cause I can't do it without you
Your Wonderful Cousin"
Nancy of Tooele, Ut

"i remember the weeks before you left, how we bulked you up with all those nasty bodybuilder shakes, the faces you made were priceless! i remember taking you to the "devil's punchbowl" where you looked like a little kid jumping all over the place while jessica and i soaked up the sun. i remember asking you a million questions about if you were scared and anxious about going to basic, i was scared, but you never were. i remember trying to take a picture but you wouldnt keep your tounge in your mouth, you were so goofy and playful. i remember you loved your family more than anything. i knew you since kindergarden, i joined the army with you... same mos and everything. i remember the day my phone rang and my mom told me that you had died. i remember that day more than anything. i wear a bracelett with your name on it. our picture of the last day i saw you still hangs in my mom's house. everytime i go home, i still go by where your body lays. when i was in iraq all i could think about was you. i got married and am about to be a mom, it scares me. i miss you. my mom has the cutest pictures of when we were in elementry school together, i miss you sooo much. ill never forget you."
sgt naomi cowen of newhall, ca

"Ricky... My brother.. i never got to tell you goodbye or that i love you when you left and im sorry I LOVE YOU RICKY!! i miss you so much! i will see you again I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!"
lostinheaven2188@aol.com of santa clarita, ca

"JOSE RICARDO FLORES-MEJIA A FRIEND,PAL,HOMEY,FATHER,AND ALSO A GOOD FRIEND,AS WELL AS A SOLDIER.I REMEMBER THE TIMES BACK WHEN WE WERE IN IRAQ.I REMEMBER THE LAUGHS,THE CRIES,OUR ENJOYMENT.I WILL NEVER FORGET THE TIME YOU CAME TO THE UNIT.YOU WAS NERVOUS AND SCARED.BUT YOU ALWAYS FOUND SOME WAY TO MAKE IT THREW.WE HAD ALOT OF GOOD TIMES IN HAWAII.I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU.I WANT TO THANK YOU AS FROM THE BOTTOM O MY HEART YOU ARE TRULY MISSED.I NEVER FORGOT THE DAY THEY TOLD ME THAT YOU WOULD NOT COME BACK.BUT I CHARRISH THE MOMENTS WE HAD TOGETHER.AS ONE OF YOUR LEADERS I MISS YOU AND NEVER FORGET YOU NOR YOUR WIFE AND SON UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN. ROADMASTERS"
DUVAL

"To "Ricky," as we all knew him. He was an extraodinary talent with the pencil, and will be missed by us, and all his friends. I will always remember our childhood hikes, and how every time he would say that "I know this place like the back of my hand...what the hell is that?!" Now that he's been laid to rest there, in those same mountains we once walked, one day, when we meet again, he will truley say to me " I know this place like the back of my hand." To my friend, Ricky."
abesroman@sbcglobal.net of Santa Clarita, CA

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

"To Jose'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 Jose Ricardo's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice. Que el Seņor les bendiga a todos!

Sincerely,

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

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

"Thank you Jose Flores-Mejia, 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 Pfc. Jose Flores-Mejia:
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 Jose 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 Pfc. Jose Flores-Mejia:
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 Jose, 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