Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pvt. Joseph R. Guerrera

20, of Dunn, North Carolina.
Guerrera was on patrol when his vehicle was hit with an improvised explosive device in Baghdad, Iraq. He was assigned to C Company, 2nd Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on October 26, 2003.

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"Joseph,
On today, the 12th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Paratrooper who was also killed in that blast for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Airborne All The Way!"

"Never Forgotten. Not a day goes by..."
Joe Curl of Charleston, SC

"10 years and it still hurts....Love and miss you everyday......10/26/2013"
Melinda Johnson of Dunn NC

"I made a promise to you and you family about flying flags over al fawf palace and getting a unit commendation signed by all those concerned and it was done with a lot of help. I have al the material and promise to get it to your family when i can."
thomas seage of jacksonville, nc

"Joseph, I miss you today and everyday."
Jenni of Kansas City, MO

"Your in My Thoughts Brother..."
Tyson of Idaho

"Joseph: I will be leaving Iraq soon and I am having a flag flown in your name at the Al Fawh palace this coming July 4, 2011. When I get the certificate I will make sure your family gets it. All the Best, Warrior."
Thomas Seage of Baghdad. Iraq

"You will always be in our hearts."
Holly of Killeen, TX

"Years later, I still think of you and your family. Blessings."
Heather S. of Seattle, WA

""To the family of Joseph R. Guerrera ,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church,Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015""

"Joe, you will be missed brother. i still remember our trip we took to Auburn University during Airborne School. Im proud to have know you brother."
Tommy of Rockford, il

"I share the same first and last name!! Lord be with this mans family and thank your for his service to this country."
Joseph Guerrera of FL

"Hey Joseph I just wanted to let you know that Angel named her little boy after you. You two were always so close. And Your mama B got your letter though it was after you had already passed. I joined the Air Force I wanted to give my part to honor those esp. you who went before me. We love you and I think of you every day when lace up my boots."
SrA Ashley Rivera-Rios of Pope AFB NC, formerly Dunn NC

"Hello, I went throught basic with Joe and we had all kinds of fun in reception just playing around.When I heard another member from our echo company was killed I just stared looking up all the names we knew.I just remebering the little pranks we pulled on Doyle and Ashcraft, man I didnt think basic was supposed to be fun but you made that way. Still think about it now.See you in heaven man.And to his family Im very sorry for your loss Joe was an outstanding young man."
brian of va,bch,va

"September 1, 2008
To the family of Pvt. Joseph R. Guerrera:
Joseph 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

"To the family of Joseph R Guerrera my condolences for your loss."
Danny Guerrera of Sydney, Australia

"joseph, we just celebrated what would have been your 25th birthday. The youth choirs from the Church put a beautiful flower in the sanctuary in your honor. It is still hard to go on without you!! We have the memories! They will never end! I love you and your light will shine forever!! Love, Aunt Debbie,NC"
Debbie Dunn of Dunn, NC

"Hi All, I didn't know Joe but I'd just like to say as a fellow American "THANK-YOU" words cannot tell how hard it must be to lose a loved one. I hope some words of encouragement from far and near will help. I came across this site b/c I share the same last name. May the family and friends of Joe remain proud of their hero for that is truly what he is.

God Bless!!!"
Rob Guerrera of Waterbury CT USA

"Hey Brother. I know that you are in a better place now, We used to ride the same school bus together when we lived back in Plain View area. We were also on the same Basketball Team for Plainview. You were a grade ahead of me, but I remember seeing you well. God Bless you brother for your service and Sacrifice. I too am in the Army, and im serving my second tour over here. God Bless you man, and thank you for your service."
SGT Morgan, Joshua of Camp Taji, Iraq

"Tomorrow is Memorial Day. All of those who have been injured, or given their lives are in my thoughts and prayers daily. To all of those who may read this I say a heartfelt and sincere "thank you all for a job well done beyond the call of duty". I am proud of all of my fellow countrymen and women who have done so much to protect us from harm. You are all my hero. I knew Joseph Robert Gurrera....He was the son I never had. I will always remember "my son" with fond memories. I hope God has basketballs in heaven. Joseph was taken Oct. 26, 2003 while patrolling in Baghdad along with SSgt. Jamie Huggins. I don't know how to contact SSgt. Huggins family but, my thoughts and prayers were with you also when I found out. GOD BLESS ALL OF OUR SERVICE MEMBERS! Lynn......jlmofnc@yahoo.com"
Lynn M. of USA

"It was wonderful to watch you grow up. Every summer when you came to visit us you were bigger & stronger and couldn't wait to show me & uncle Eddie how tough you were. We always got a big kick out of you. I enjoyed your yearly summer visit, and how you all had so much fun, you and your cousins Nicole, Elaine,John and Danielle. You were always a brave boy. Getting on a plane all by yourself to come and visit us, and you were only 6 years old! I always admired how much you loved and cared about your mama. How proudly you spoke of her, how much you respected her. I will always cherish the times you visited us. Thank you for giving your life for our country. I admire you and your courage.I'm so sorry that you died.I miss you."
Aunt Laura of Boothwyn, Pennsylvania

"It was wonderful to watch you grow up. Every summer when you came to visit us you were bigger & stronger and couldn't wait to show me & uncle Eddie how tough you were. We always got a big kick out of you. I enjoyed your yearly summer visit, and how you all had so much fun, you and your cousins Nicole, Elaine,John and Danielle. You were always a brave boy. Getting on a plane all by yourself to come and visit us, and you were only 6 years old! I always admired how much you loved and cared about your mama. How proudly you spoke of her, how much you respected her. I will always cherish the times you visited us. Thank you for giving your life for our country. I admire you and your courage.I'm so sorry that you died.I miss you."
Aunt Laura of Boothwyn, Pennsylvania

"Joseph: I got here in Kuwait Aug 11, 2003. I heard what happened and was unable to get home to say goodbye properly. I have stopped by to say hello and just chew the fat with you and I will continue to do so until I pass also. Just know I miss your co
mpany and I wish you the best wherever heroes go. God Bless you and all the soldiers of the U.S.A."
Thomas Seage of late of dunn still in Kuwait

"Joseph was my first born.He was a good baby and he grow up being a good boy.He would always come home and we would talk some i didn't need to know,but he would tell.I miss him so much more than anyone knows.I try to be really strong but it's hard it has been 3 years and it don't get much better.I know Joseph would want me to be strong it's hard.I just want to Thank everyone for keeping Joseph in there thoughts.THANK YOU!!!"
Brenda Tart of Dunn,NC

"Joseph was my cousin. He was my hero. We always had fun picking on each other and playing around with my mom. I remember when he talked to my dad about joining the military. I cried so hard when he died, I still cry from time to time, because he was the one person that I trusted and loved more than anything. He was a great inspiration to me. He was happy because he followed his father footsteps and I was proud of him. He was my best friend. I miss you Joseph. I love you very much! I never stop thinking about you."
Rachel Collier-Newman of Camp Zama, Japan for now until we PCS

"Joseph was my first love and I was heartbroken to hear of his death. He always wanted to be a soldier. He always said if he had to die he wanted to go like his dad did. He was finally doing something he believed in and had some direction in life when his life was suddenly taken. I think of him every day still and there will always be a place in my heart for him."
Ronda of Lillington, NC

"I knew Joseph. He was the son I never had. He was such a wonderful boy that grew up to be quite a caring young man. If someone was having a bad day, he would try his best to make you smile. If you needed help, he was there to help you. He had the most beautiful soul one could have. He used to go with me and my girls to rent movies, go to Burger King, lots of things with my family. Once we took him to a Chinese Restaurant in Dunn, we had the best time. He wasn't sure what he was eating and was a bit worried. He laughed and his blue eyes were just sparkling [they did that when he laughed]. He used to call me "Mama", I loved it. I must say that his real mom is quite a nice lady, with the same blue eyes as 'my' son. I used to tell her that if she ever wanted to let someone adopt him, I'd take him....I really would have. I never had a son and my girls never had a brother until Joseph came along. Many times we would hear him playing basketball [ca-thung,ca-thung,ca-thung], we knew Joseph was doing what he loved best...playing basketball. I really do miss him, I hope they have basketballs in heaven. I know that we'll meet again...ca-thung, ca-thung, ca-thung............"Mama Lynn""
Lynn M. of Dunn, NC

"To my dear nephew Joseph, thank you for being so brave and sacrificing your life so we can live our lives in freedom. You could bestow no greater gift on those you loved, and those you did not know but shared our great country with. I am so proud of you and miss you very much. You took a piece of my heart with you, but we'll meet again and you can give it back to me. I take comfort knowing that you are now with the other Guerrera men who bravely served our country and have passed on - your father Robert, your grandfather Edward, and your great uncles John and Tom. I am proud of all of you, honored to share the same last name, and pray for your souls and the joyous day we will all be reunited. God Bless."
Uncle Eddie of Boothwyn, PA

"I used to take Joseph home from school when he needed me to. He was a great role model for anybody. He was like my little brother. I miss you Joseph and think about you all the time."
Friend of Dunn, NC

"Yo man, just thinking about you. We miss you man. Hope is well with your family, I'm sure if your watching over its all good. Love ya man. Miss ya."
Tyson

"Hi joseph:
is been over 3 yrs. and I still can't take that night off mi head. But I know the cause, and you did too. We were in the same combat team, the falcons team, hooaaaa!!
I have a bracelet with you and ssg Huggins, and it will be on my wrist until my last day. We didn't knew each other, but that night put us together. We were there Joseph, and we tried...
and i'll never forget you two guys. thank you so much."
SGT Anglada Muņiz of Puerto Rico

"I am a former classmate of Joseph, and knew him only a short four years. In that time I come to know him as a very caring and friendly young man. I was very saddened when I heard he was killed. I will greatly miss him, and I am always praying for his family."
Holly Jackson of Fayetteville, NC

""I want to tell you that you will be missed and we will be praying for you and that you have gone to a better place. You were my best friend back in the days at Plain View Elementary. It was an honor to know that you died for our country and freedom. Eventhough it is hard to except that you have left us phsically but you will always be in our hearts and minds. I would like to hear from his family and friends, please contact me at pesquivel@tcchc.com, or purobrownlove@yahoo.com. We'll be missing you my friend.""
Pedro Esquivel of Dunn, North Carolina, USA,

"I will never forget that night and the last time I saw you, but even more important the good memories we have. Miss you."
Tyson Hunt of Pocatello, Idaho

"As part of a nationwide project called Home of the Brave Quilt Project, Patchwork Squares of Sneads Ferry, NC wants to present a quilt in the memory of SFC Miller to the next of kin. However, we have been unable to contact his next of kin. If anybody viewing this site knows how we can get in touch with his family, please let me know. Carol Smith carolsquilts@earthlink.net"
Carol Smith of Holly Ridge, NC 28445

"I want to tell you that you are very missed. I didn't get to know you well, except to know that you could pitch a softball like no one else in the company(first impressions are lasting impressions). You will never be forgotten . I have your initial tattooed on my arm along with Huggins, Hellerman, and Gilbert. That way I can tell people about you whenever that ask about the tatoo. RLTW"
Chris Allgood of Nashville, TN

"we will miss u all we pray for u all this message is for ray kayta who was a interperter for the us army in iraq we love and miss u"
winston white jr of st pete

"Joseph,it's Christmas again. This time it's without you and Pa Slocum. I know you never wanted us to stay so sad; We're trying really hard!! It was very hard the first Christmas without you, but now we have to go through our first Christmas without Daddy!!I know that you two are helping celebrate the time of our Saviours birth. That's probably awesome like we just can't imagine!! WE still love and miss you both so much!! Tell PaPa we said Hi, and we love him very much!! I LOVE YOU!! Aunt Debbie"
Debbie Dunn of North Carolina

"Joseph,it's Christmas again. This time it's without you and Pa Slocum. I know you never wanted us to stay so sad; We're trying really hard!! It was very hard the first Christmas without you, but now we have to go through our first Christmas without Daddy!!I know that you two are helping celebrate the time of our Saviours birth. That's probably awesome like we just can't imagine!! WE still love and miss you both so much!! Tell PaPa we send Hi, and we love him very much!! I LOVE YOU!! Aunt Debbie"
Debbie Dunn of North Carolina

"for Debbie,
I sent an email and it came back, please send me one to greenecj@slu.edu."
Connie Greene of St. Louis, MO

"To the family of Pvt. Guerrera,
I have read this profile many times, I am the sister of SSG Jamie Lee Huggins. My brother died in the same accident as your loved one, and just as you so eloquently stated "our lives will never be the same". I know this has been a rough week for all of you. I will think of your loss often, as I do my own and hope that you can find some comfort in your precious memories of Joseph."
Connie Greene of St. Louis, MO

"It has been a year since you were taken away from us. The pain isn't any better. We still miss you terribly, but know you're with your Dad and Pa Slocum. He loved you so much, he couldn't fight the fight to stay here with us without you! Take good care of him! You will always be the brightest star in the sky, and I'll continue to look up always!! I loveYou ,Aunt Debbie"
Aunt Debbie of Dunn,NC,USA

"Today one year ago my world fell apart when we lost you. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you. I love you & miss you."
Melinda Johnson of Dunn, NC

"Joey, It has been almost a year, and still I find myself asking why, crying and angry. You are in heaven now, and your family here, all of us, miss you so very much! Know that I am so proud of you, and that I know your daddy is proud of you. You are in my dreams and in my thoughts with every breath that I take, I miss you more and more! My children will know they had a cousin like you who died for his country and I will always remember growing up with you. I love you now more than ever, and I will love you until the day I die. Rest in peace with Bobby and your grandpa and tell them I love them all!"
Jenni of Kansas City, Missouri

"Joseph, there are no words to explain the pain that has engulfed our family since Oct. 26, 2003. We miss you so much. It is almost like you are with us sometimes, and
maybe you are. Taylor thinks we shouldn't be sad, "you are an Angel with Jesus" I hope you, Pa Slocum and your Dad are "Walking the Streets of Gold" You will never be forgotten, you will live in our hearts forever. Since you left us I have learned to never take anything forgranted. The night before you left for Iraq, when you told us "Goodbye", I never thought it would be the last. Until we meet again, and you & I can "Walk those Streets of Gold" always know "WE LOVE & MISS YOU" Your Cousin, Aimee"
Aimee of Dunn, NC/ USA

"Words can not describe my life now that you are gone. I miss you so much it hurts. I think about you all the time. I would give just about anything for just one more knock on my window in the middle of the night; for one more morning being woke up to the sound of a basketball bouncing outside my bedroom window, one more smile. Life will never be the same without you. I'm very proud of you. I vow to never let your memory die. To never let anyone forget who you were and the sacrifice you made for us. I love now & forever and miss you with all my heart. I promiss to keep looking toward that lighthouse & knowing that one day we WILL meet again. Love you Always & Forever. Your Cousin"
Melinda Johnson of Dunn, NC

"JOSEPH I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I AM VERY PROUD OF YOU AND I WILL MISS YOU EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE. I KNOW YOU AND PA SLOCUM ARE IN HEAVEN TOGETHER LOOKING DOWN ON US. I LOVE YOU FOREVER!!! SEE YOU AGAIN IN HEAVEN. LOVEYOU ALWAYS. YOUR COUSIN SHELLIE"
SHELLIE TEMPLE of GODWIN, NC

"Joseph, you did not die for nothing!
But, for the life of me, I cannot find solace from that. I know I will see your smile and hear you sing again one day!! Until then, I'll have the memories!!I Love You!! Aunt Debbie"
Debbie Dunn of Dunn, N.C. United States

"This old paratrooper will never forget the brotherhood of the greatest division in the world. Although I never ran across Guerrera my heart still hurts for my brother. May you rest in peace."
Anthony of Denver, CO

"I will guard everything within the limits of my post and quit my post only when properly relieved. Soilder I will pick it up from here god bless your family and loved ones....."
Sgt Sully of 60068

"Our deepest sympathies for your loss and our gratitude for Joseph's sacrifice. The Guerrera Family -- North Andover, Massachusetts"
Nicholas Guerrera of North Andover, MA

"I will miss you Joseph, when I was home I stopped by to visit and say hello, God Bless you, Soldier."
T.Seage of Kuwait

"joseph guerrera is still my older brother. even though he died in iraq fighting for america, i still miss him. this is the second member my family has givin to america. my dad died for our country too. and i think that joseph would have wanted to have died in his dads foot steps. i miss him. i remember when he was visiting my family a couple of years ago. we had so much fun. we would rent movies and stay up all night watchin them and actin stupid. and ill never forget my oldest brother. he is still my hero."
Robert Guerrera of New Lothrop, Michigan, United States of America

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

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

"Joseph is my cousin and i love him so much especially for going to war to fight for our contury. He was always smiling or laughing. He is so strong and so brave. All he wanted to do is be like his dad and go to war and be in the army like his dad was. He just wanted to follow his dad's footsteps and I think that he did. Now he is in heavan with his dad he is now an angel watching over us. I love you so much Joseph!"
Elaine of Pennsylvania

"I grew up with Joseph he was the brother I never had , and in my heart will he never be replaced. I miss him so much, yet I know he died with honor. He truly was wonderful and captivating to be around, he always was smiling and if you weren't he would get you too. All I can think of to say now is I love you Joseph and your always with me. Your now my angel, God Rest your soul!"
Krista, a neighbor and friend of Dunn NC

"I found this website today and I am so grateful there is a place like this to read about all the soilders who had to make the ultimate sacfrifice for our country. You read about our soilders every day in the paper and it happens to frequenly it becomes just another piece of news. But this site allows family, friends, and complete strangers such as myself a place to get to know who these angels are who put their lives on the line for our country and for Iraqi people. I am so sorry for your loss - I am sure Joseph was a wonderful man, loved and appreciated and greatly missed. I pray at this moment that the Lord brings comfort and peace to his family."
Charity Z. of Bealeton Virginia

"Thank you Joseph Guerrera, 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 knew and worked with Joseph's father, Robert, in Germany, Robert was a good soldier and father. I'm sure he would have been proud of his son, Joseph. It is sad to know we have lost two soldiers from one family. My prayers go out to his family."
David Winward of Kansas City, MO

"Im going to miss you Joseph. I know I havent seen you since we went to Disney World, but you were always a person in my prayers and my mind. I love you cousin."
Jennifer Browning of Cary, Illinois

"We miss you very much Joseph and admire you greatly for your achievements. You are a brave soilder, whether you are here with us or up in heaven. We know that your family cared for you very very much and miss you a lot. Love you forever."
The Guerrera Family of Boothwyn, Pennsylvannia

"Although i havent seen my cousin is a couple of years...i still admire him for his bravery and serving his country...i love you with all of my heart Joseph and i miss you very much! He was a great person and cared for his family very much..i wish he could have seen more of the world and lived longer because i know that his family miss him terribley. i love you Joseph for today and always you will remain in my heart <3"
Nicole Guerrera of Pennsylvannia

"We were sorry to hear of Josephs death. He was a wonderful person, and he was liked by all that knew him. We're going to miss him. He was a very brave soldier. May God bless him and keep him until we are all together again."
r.j. and friends of NC

"To the family and friends of Pvt. Joseph Guerrera:
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 Joseph 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. Joseph Guerrera:
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 Joseph, 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