Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Jesus Fonseca

19, of Marietta, Georgia.
Fonseca died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near his position. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Casey, Korea. Died on January 17, 2005.

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"8 years later and I still remember you like I saw you yesterday.You were the best friend I ever had. Words can't describe how much I miss you. I'm sorry brother. And to the Fonseca family, I hope you find a little solace in the thought that your son will never be forgotten and will always be loved like the brother he was."
Chris Cazinha of Battle Creek, Michigan

"Fonzy. I'm sorry bro. Like Herman said, we know what actually happened. There were two people there with you till the end. i was one of them. As we were hauling * back to the COP I was in the back with you trying to bring you back. You were hit in the worst place. I will never forget the moment your eyes glazed over and I knew I failed you. I'm sorry man. I think about you everyday. I will never forget you."
Biddy Boo

"One more thing.

Out of everyone in the open you got sniped? Thats what I couldnt figure out. You were down the street from us?

Its nothing. GOD was watching over us the entire time."
Nicholas Herrman of The Desert

"To the family of:Jesus Fonseca
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""

"hola..vivo en la paz,b.cfa.sur..soy prima hermana de jesus fonseca villaseñor..nuestro mas sincero pesame por el deceso de tu hijo jesus..nos unimos a tus sentimientos ahora y siempre primo..."
rosa elena cortes fonseca of la paz, b.cfa sur,mexico.

""Hello First giving condolences to you and your family. My name is Patricia Roberts and I am the mother of the first soldier to die for Ga. (Spc.Jamaal Addison) Please contact me concerning a event on April 18, at Lakeside H.S. 404-509-1001"
Patricia Roberts of Lithonia, Ga"
Patricia Roberts of Lithonia, Ga

"You died the same day I WAS REBORN...

You were down the street and others said a giant gun fight broke out and you ran to take cover. You got sniped by someone across the street I think near Easy Street which doesnt surprise me, their was a crowd near me before I got blown up...

RIP BRO... see you when I see you.

1st Platoon 1st Sqaud C. Co.

FIRST ROCK"
Nick

"I've never, your memorial is so messed up, unlike a few of the posts on here I was really in your company and platoon, and I know you didn't die from a VBID, you got shot in the femoral artery and bled out, I was there, I remember, all the way up on market st. Ssgt V and geer died that day too. 1/503 Cco 3rd plt 2nd squad"
Morgan, Allen

"Familia Fonseca yo soy hija de el ya fallesido Sr. Salvador Rodriguez Lopez y de Sra. Sara Quezada Quezada soy su hija mayor estamos con ustedes en su gran dolor que es la perdida de su hijo JESUS FONSECA yo tambien soy de degollado y les expreso mis mas sentidas condolensias a nombre de toda mi familia."
Yazmin Rodriguez de Velasco of Aguascalientes , Mexico

"En tu memoria Sobrino Dios te tenga a su lado,la vida no la entiendo pero se que hay un proposito para todo y a Dios no questiono poque nosotros no sabremos nuestro proposito pero El si!! .. save!!>>> tu ya isiste tu trabajo, y nosotros a un no terminamos pero pronto terminar nuetra jornada, el nos jusgara de acuerdo a nuestros hechos, Juan Reyes fonseca. Love you all.
John 3:16-17."
Juan Ryes of las limas Jalico

"I was in Fonsecas Plt in Iraq and was close to him. He was a great soldier, friend, and brother. Never complained. He was always happy. He always talked about his wife and family. That night when we had the memorial service for him there was a ring around the moon like God was saying everything will be ok. I will never forget him and he will always be in my heart...miss you and love you brother"
Jeremy Bullard of Afghanistan

"mimacentido pesame paralafamilia dejesus fonseca que dios lotenga ensusanta gloria que murio siendo un heroe"
silvia garcia of aberdenn sd 57401

"I was in fonseca's platoon in iraq. i remember him always being a very giving honest person the kind of guy that would alway try to help others. i think about him often"
ryan lockwood of san francisco, ca

"Estmada Familia yo soy la mama de un soldado que concio y estubo con Jesus en Korea. El es amigo de Armenta. Jesus lo conocia como A-Rod. Pero mi hijo se llame Sfc Rodolfo Rodriguez.El era parte de el 1-9th y 506. El va a regresar a Iraq en Octubre. Pero you les querilla decir que mi hijo y yo nos acuerdamos de su hijo, y pensamos en ustedes. Que mi Cristo los llene de paz y los bendiga grandemente."
Julie De Leon of Anton,Texas USA

"June 3, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Jesus Fonseca:
Jesus 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

"Fonseca was a great soldier and individual. I was his medic in Korea and also in Iraq till early november of 04 when i was injured myself. He will always be with me. RIP my hero"
Heath O'Brien...Disabled Vet.. of Midland, Tx

"I knew Jesus from Basic Training! We slept next to each other inside the bay. I went to Korea with him and became friends with him as well as the other mortar men of the battalion. When we went off to Iraq we kinda got alittle sperated but relocated as we got to Ramadi! He was a great soldier and a better friend. It was an honor fighting with him. My best wishes and prays are with the family of Jesus Fonseca. He will always be remembered by me with a braclet on my arm!!"
Spc. Ferguson, William of Phoenix,AZ

"Mi mas sentidas condolencias para la familia Fonseca Benavides, Jesus fue mi companero en la primaria en Degollado"
Juan Plascencia of Franklin TN/USA

"Nuestro mas sentido pesame para su familia, CON MUCHO ORGULLO TE RECORDAREMOS."
FAM.VILLASENOR ZARATE of WEST VIRGINIA

"To honor the Georgia soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and their familes, the professional portrait artists of the Atlanta Fine Arts League are offering to paint a portrait of the indvidual soldier for his family. These 16 x 20 portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrifices made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families' loss. Please visit our website www.atlantafineartsleague.org or email us at Atlantafineartsleague@Yahoo.com for further information. - The Atlanta Fine Arts League"
Leah Hopkins Henry of Atlanta, GA

"Me acuerdo cuando conosi a Jesus Fonseca. Fue cuando yo llegue a estados unidos y mi hermana me fue a recoger Atlanta, Georgia.El era un muchacho que sin conosemerme me dio su amistad sin ninguna condicion y hoy por eso estoy segura que como yo y muchos degolladensen siempre lo recordaremos con todo el corazon y lo llebaremos siempre con nosotros yo soy de degollado y me siento muy orgullosa que jesus lo haiga cido tambien.Mis condolensias y mi mas sentido pesame para la familia fonseca de su amiga que los quiere mucho."
DENICE LOPEZ of CHICAGO, IL/USA

"The American dream it was also JESUS FONSECA'S dream and joining the ARMY it was His way to make it come true as DEGOLLADENSE living in the USA I want to say THANK YOU JESUS for your example ; your dream is our dream , and your action will be always be an example for all the DEGOLLADENSES .

!!!VIVA JESUS FONSECA !!!!"
anonimo, of franklin ,tn

"I am from Degollado Jalisco my Name is Gonzalo Rizo from Chicago, IL and just learned this sad story my Sympathy for the Family I am doing a Search for Rizo Families across the U.S and People from Degollado and this came up i am sadden. Condolences to all their family. I see this was a Rizo Family please e-mail me @ gonzalorizo@yahoo.com i want to know maybe we were family."
Gonzalo Rizo Jr of Chicago, IL

"MANY BLESSINGS .MAY YOU FIND REST IN GODS GRACE."
MARK of WALES UK

"I am a retired Military E9, 30 years, two of them in Vietnam. I am grateful, and respectfully saddened by your gifts to our country. I wear a Bracelot with PFC Fonseca's name engraved, and will do so till this madness is over. Jesus is now at peace, his parents deserve our deepest, unending gratitute."
Joseph E. Bowker, CMSgt, [Ret] of Pflugerville, Tx

"MI CONDOLENCIAS, PARA LA FAMILIA DE JESUS.Y QUE DIOS LES DE RECIGNACION.TALVES ES MUCHO PEDIR DE UN SER HUMANO.YO TENGO UN HIJO EN IRAK Y SOLO LE PIDO A DIOS QUE ME LO MANDE SALVO Y SANO .MI HIJO SE CRIO EN DEGOLLADO CON SU PAPA MANUEL OROZCO Y FAMILIA Y SU NONBRE ES VICTOR ALFOSO OROZCO,MIS PENSAMIENTO Y MIS HORACIONES ESTAN CON LOS PADRES DE JESUS.OTRA MADRE DE UN SOLDADO.MARIA DE ARIZONA"
MARY LEAK of PHOENIX AZ.

"Con todo el respeto ala familia de jesus escrebi un articulo y aqui lo pueden encontrar o si me lo piden se los mando escriba a chamumex@aol.com
con todo respeto SSG BARRERA US.ARMY


Association of the United States Army: In Memoriam: PFC Jesus Fonseca Jr.http://www.ausa.org/pdfdocs/ARMYMag/Barrera.pdf"
Barrera of Wahington DC

"hola antes de todo quiero decirle a ami camrada jesus, que cuando eramos niños lo sijo estimando , y que si esta en mi corazon ya que nola yevavamos muy bien , te acuerdas cuando tu yegavas a mexico , y yo te iva avuscar atu casa para aser delas nuestras, esas cosas las yevo dentro demi y que ases falta a todos, y averjuenso que sierta persona, que no te gurda luto ni creo que te recuerda como uno , adios



kikin rizoo aceves"
enrique rizo aceves of DEGOLLADO JALISCO

"I give my heart out to jesus and his family . I'm so deeply sorry for the loss of your son.I went to shs with jesus . We had the biggest crush on one another in high school.He would help me with my homework in homeroom .If it wasnt for his helping hand i dont think i would have made it this far in my life and i thank him for that he is my hero ~i truely loved him .he had a wonderful soul and a great spirit . i was heartbroken when i moved away after highschool and lost touched .Then i saw his face in the paper and broke down crying . He was a great friend ,a great person ,smart ,handsome and was always there for me helping me fight my way through high school. he will forever remain in my heart ! i love you and miss you boy ! i will one day meet with you again !"
wendy of marietta/cobb/GA

"Solo quiero dar mis condolensias para toda la familia fonseca por la perdida de su ser querido y decirles que me dolio mucho enterarme de que el joven que conosi tiempo atras que era un joven muy alegre y tranquilo no estuviera mas con su familia pero le pido a dios que les de fuerzas para seguir adelante.

con mucho carino y respeto su amigo: MIGUEL JIMENEZ"
Miguel Angel Jimenez of Salinas CA.

"Smyrna Baptist Church in Deepstep, Ga. would like to present your family with a Patriotic Quilt in memory of Jesus. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Please contact me if you are interested at 478-552-6388 or e-mail johnnytanners@bellsouth.net"
Brenda Tanner, Clerk Smyrna Baptist Church of Deepstep, Georgia

"God bless Jesus and his family...he was a true hero"
Gary of New York City

"hola a todos/as me gustaria desir una cosa,me duele mucho que un soldado degolladense aiga fallesido en especial que el fue de mi pueblo, quisiera desirle a su familia que losiento mucho me gustaria desirle a jesus fonseca donde este que siempre va ser recordado, y que es un heroe para todos/as que lo conosieron, pues yo nunca tuve la oportunidad de conoserlo pero espero que los que lo conosieron tengan buenas memorias de el, y que ojala jesus fonseca se encuntre en buenas manos con dios, es todo"
Familia Gonzalez Orozco of Salinas, CA

"It's hard to describe the sadness I felt knowing that one of my relatives died in Iraq. May God bless Jesus and all who are still in the arm forces. Pray that all come home safe. To Jesus Family keep strong and my God bless you all.
Luis Reyes Fonseca."
Luis F Reyes of Portland,Oregon

"Hello, I'm a student from Seoul American High School in Seoul, South Korea. We are hosting a Walk for Fallen Heros on April 1st, and I would like Pfc. Jesus Fonseca's family to know that I am walking in his honor. I want to express my sincere condolences for his family and may god be with him. God Bless."
of Seoul, South Korea

"para la familia y amigos de jesus su sacrificio siempre sera recordado y decirle que como soldado y mexicano me siento muy orgulloso de el y tambien quiero darle las gracias al pueblo de Degollado por abernos tratado tan bien como lo icieron gracias de corazon de parte mia y de todos los soldados que estubieron presentes"
barrera of Washington DC

"to the Fonseca family i am sorry for your loss Jesus served and died on the same day as my brother in law Thomas Vitagliano god bless you and your family"
joe ronan of orange ct u.s.a.

"HOLA YO FUI UNA AMIGA DE JESUS SOLO POR CARTAS Y SOMETIME ME LLAMABA ME DUELE MUCHO SABER NO SE POR QUE PASO PERO REALMENTE ME DUELE TANTO TODAVIA NO ENTIENDO POR QUE PASARIA PERO SOLO SE QUE HORA JESUS ESTA EN LUGAR DONDE NUNCA MAS A SURFIR QUE DIOS LO TENGA EN SU GLORIA Y QUE YO LO QUISE MUCHO Y SIMEPRE FUE UNA GRAN PERSONA NUNCA TE VOY A OLVIDAR"
JANI of KANSAS CITY, KS

"SOY DE DEGOLLADO JALISCO MEXICO Y CREO QUE AL IGUAL QUE A TODOS LOS DEGOLLADENSES NOS A DOLIDO LA PERDIDA DE UNO DE LOS NUESTROS, PERO SABEN EN REALIDAD QUE ESLO QUE MAS DUELE QUE AYA SIDO UN MEXICNO EL QUE MURIO EN IRAK Y UNOS AMERICANOS QUE FUERONA DESPEDIRLO A NUESTRO PUEBLO IMEDIATAMENTE DESPUES DEL ENTIERRO SE FUERAN A TOMAR A UN BAR DEL PUEBLO LLAMADO TERRAZA ANDRADE ESO NO LES PARECE INJUSTO QUE MIENTRAS UN MEXICANO DIO SU VIDA POR UN ESTADOUNIDENSE ELLOS VALLAN A FESTEJAR SU MUERTE, IRONICO VERDAD SOLO ESPERO BUSH TOME ENCUENTA LAS PERDIDAS DE MEXICO AL MOMENTO DE UNA REFORMA INMIGRATORIA . POR LO DEMAS QUE PUEDO DECIR A TODA LA FAMILIA DE JESUS FONSECA JR. MI MAS SENTIDO PESAME Y DE VERDAD ME DUELE EN EL ALMA QUE SU HIJO O SU FAMILIAR AYA MUERTO SI EN MIS MANOS ESTUBIERA HUBIESE DADO MI VIDA POR EL."
DEGOLLADO DE CORAZON of MEXICO

"I WANNA SAY THAT JESES WAS A TRUE HERO I'M PROUND OF HIM MOSTLY BECAUSE HE WAS FROM DEGOLLADO,JALISCO WHERE I'M.
OVER THERE AND HERE IN AMERICA WE ALL THINK HE WAS A GREAT HERO WE ARE GOING TO MISS HIM ALOT.
REST IN PEACE"
NANCY of SALINAS CALIFORNIA

""I am honored to have once met Jesus Fonseca, i was very young and i still remeber playing soccer outside the streets of Degollado Jalisco with Jesus and the rest of the crew. I would like to pay my respects to the Fonseca Family, la Familia Rodriguez y la familia Quezada share your loss for we are brothers not by blood but by our courage and dignity of what ever the reason is, if its to defend your country or even to become part of a great county as the one we live in today ( USA ). desde Crawfordsville Indiana/USA Cesar Salvador Rodriguez Quezada and the Rodriguez Family will keep Jesus and his family in our prayers"
Cesar Rodriguez of Crawfordsville, IN/ USA

"I don’t believe that we understand all that you gave, or how your sacrifice will affect the future for our sons or daughters. I believe you confronted the evil that has enslaved mankind throughout history, the same evil that many American soldiers have confronted in many battles.

I will teach my son and daughter of your sacrifice and your heroism.

Proud Family of Pfc. Kohler serving in Iraq"
BA of Montana

"Nuestro mas sincero pesame para la familia de Jesus Fonseca, nos sentimos orgullosos de que nuestro patriota degolladense haya tenido ese gran valor de estar en el army.
Animo y resignacion para toda su familia."
Familia Guzman of Franklin, TN.

"Admiracion y respeto para Jesus Fonseca, y mucho animo y valor para su familia."

"My appreciation and sympathy goes out to the Fonseca family, peace be with you. Jesus, Jr. was a true hero."
Joy Banfield of Ball Ground, Georgia

"I work at SouthCare Funeral Home and wanted to say that I was very humbled and priveleged to be a part of the Fonseca funeral service today. It was truly one I will always remember. The military has had a profound effect on my life, as my parents got married forty years ago after meeting one another just three weeks prior while serving in the military. They are still married today. I have great respect for the individuals who choose the armed forces for their life's work and if I weren't too old myself, I would join today. It has always been a regret of mine. The military gave my family countless opportunities and afforded my parents the ability to do so much. We lived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from 1979-1983 and I can appreciate the sacrifices Mr. Fonseca made in so many ways. I also want to say that the Fonseca family is one that I will never forget. Their loss is overwhelming and I am saddened that they are having to deal with this tragedy. I know that walking with the families I serve through their grief helps and I was honored especially today to be able to do that. Thank you, Mr. Fonseca, for your service to America and also unfortuately, allowing me to serve your heartbroken family."
Anonymous of Marietta, GA

"I went to school with Jesus, and am honored to call him my friend. I attended his funeral this afternoon and am deeply saddened. I spoke with his family and they seem to be coping well. Jesus was such a wonderful person and I am so sorry this happened. May God be with his family and friends."
Charles W of Marietta / GA/ Cobb

"My deepest condolences to the Fonseca family and all those affected by this loss. I went to school with Jesus and got to know him fairly well. He was well-liked by everybody, and honestly the nicest person you could ever hope to meet. He always had a certain determination about him, and I greatly admired him. I always knew he'd be a hero. Rest in peace, friend."
William Drew of Marietta, Georgia

"Cada vez que veo una imagen de un nino o de un anciano en Iraq tengo emociones encontradas. Pienso en que habra un futuro para ellos aunque hoy dia sufren las incoherencias del ser humano. Jesus Fonseca conocia el riesgo de estar en Iraq, pero tambien pudo conocer lo que su aportacion en ese pais haria en el futuro... Me siento muy orgulloso de saber que Jesus Fonseca hizo una diferencia en la vida de muchos iraquies"
anonimo of Atlanta

"My son is in the same unit. My heart goes out to you and your family. You are in my prayers and I honor your son for his willingness to serve his country and make the ultimate sacrifice."
MilitaryMama1503 of Salisbury,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, Jesus, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"1/21/05
Thank you Jesus for your brave actions in defending America. You are our hero and we will not forget what you did for all of us. God Bless you and may He grant your loved ones peace. From a very grateful American family."
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

"Thank you Jesus Fonseca, 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. Jesus Fonseca:
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 Jesus 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. Jesus Fonseca:
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 Jesus, 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