Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Capt. James M. Gurbisz

25, of Eatontown, New Jersey.
Gurbisz died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during convoy operations. He was assigned to the 26th Forward Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Died on November 4, 2005.

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"My heart still ache. I can never forget this day and my prayers are with the family for we lost two fine gentlemen/Soldiers this day. I briefed the convoy that morning and I remember the faces! Be blessed and enjoy your wings!"
Felicia Stephens of Texas

"Cpt. Gurbisz mr. James and spc D. Yancy i was there in 05 i think about yall everyday i am spc. Harvey one of your favorites sir i wasnt in that convoy i went many times with you but you always been real sir POL 26 i still cant get over the fact you and spc yancy gone we all soldiers no matter what but jim gurbisz we are rock of the mourn out of ft. Stewart ga. Its 2016 i will never forget you and yancy NEVER"
Rodney Harvey of HOUSTON TX

"It's been ten years since you were taken from us. But, the tears flowed like it was just yesterday when I read the article about the fallen members of your West Point rugby team. We all miss you so very much. Your spirit and memory live on and you serve as a role model for my sons. Matt chose James for his Confirmation name to honor you. Through the years, both Mike and Matt have written about you, their hero. Last month you were the subject of Matt's college application essay. You are our Guardian Angel and we will hold you in our hearts forever."
Alice Guastaferro of Brick, NJ

"To the family of:James M. Gurbisz
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""

"Thinking of Jim and his family today, Memorial Day, 2012. I use Jim as an example often when I discuss the importance of courage and accountability in leadership. He was a magnificent leader and teammate."
BG Brian Layer of Rock Island Arsenal, IL

"I was very fortuntate to serve with CPT Gurbisz in Top Flite Platton. I was one of the soldiers who took care of him after he was wounded. Not a single day goes by that i do not think about him. I look forward to day when my sons are old enough to here my stories of my old plt leader. And i look forward to the day when i take them to arlington and tell them the only reason they are here is because this man saved my life....rest in peace sir TF1D out"
SSG Hadd of Michigan

"Even though all this time has pased from the day you were taken to this not a day goes by I don't think of, who you were or how you lived and the way you lead the Soilders of The Top Flite Platoon, may you rest in peace and may your sprit forever abide and with all that new you stay!"
CPT Wade, Howard F of Fort Lee, VA, USA

"Jim, and Family,

I had a lot of good times with you guys at Fort Benning, kayaking in February in Destin and St. Patty's Day at Columbus. You are missed my friend. My prayers for your family and you.
"No greater love hath a man than to lay down his life for his brothers.""
Jay Burkos of Philadelphia, PA

"Re: CPT James M. Girbosz

Hello,
I represent PRAYER SHAWLS 4 FALLEN SOLDIERS (PS4FS), an organization that since October 2007 has sent over 2,800 prayer shawls to military families who have lost a loved one. We are an organization of over 240 groups from all over the country. We make every effort to reach families even when post cards are returned after they have moved. Would you kindly send me a contact email/address so that we may send a loving hand-made prayer shawl to the family? Thank you!

Cozette Haggerty, Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers
Email: ps4fs@charter.net
Website Address: http://webpages.charter.net/ps4fs/shawls"
Cozette Haggerty of Wilbraham, Mass.

"November 4, 2008
To the family of Capt. James M. Gurbisz:
James 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

"I miss you Jim, and I'm proud you left the same lasting impression on the soldiers you served with as the Brothers you played Rugby with. I'll never forget you."
A Brother

"Cpt Gurbisz was always enjoyable to be around. I remember his good nature. I remember his convoy briefings. I remember when our convoy was attacked, but no one was hurt. And I remember the last time I ever saw him was after he died as I prepared his remains for transport in the mortuary. G-d bless you James Gurbisz."
SGT Bijan Mazarji, 729 Postal of Irvine, Ca

"I am SPC. Zachary Pamer
I was the medic that was there with him after the roadside bomb had hit our vehicle. I love you Jim you will always be in my life. I know you are watching over me from above and all of us from the security platoon miss you so much. You were the platoon and you were the driving force that kept us going through all the hard times. You were the best damn man I have ever served under, I miss you man so much."
SPC Zachary Pamer TF6Delta of Fort Stewart GA

"I was Jim's company commander and was with him when he died. He was a rare person who was full of life, more so then the usual person. His force of personality and absolute dedication to his men are what made him one of the best officers I've ever severed with. Jim's legacy is the elite security unit he formed, trained and led. He died leading from the front, and as any soldier/officer knows if you have to go thats the best way. He and SPC Yancy who died with him will always be remembered by the soldiers he led and the friends he shared his short life with. Godspeed Jim and Allen."
CPT Jet Mattus of Savannah, GA

"To Capt. Gurbisz's Family, I am so sorry for your loss, you are in our prayers. Thank you Capt. for all you have done in Iraq, and in helping the soldiers. You sir are a true American Hero. May God Bless you Captain and God Bles your family."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"Lord, I ask You to bless my
friend who is reading this right now.
Where there is pain, may
they find peace and mercy.

Where there is self-doubt, may
they gain a renewed confidence.
Where there is weariness or exhaustion, give
them understanding, patience, and strength.

Where there is fear, reveal your love,
and offer to them your courage.
Give them greater vision, bless their finances, and raise
up leaders and friends to support and encourage them.

May their spirit always be joyous and their
days rich and full with love and happiness,
And may they always know that they have a friend.

Gone but not forgotten.
Thank you for sharing your loved one with us,
and for the sacrifice made by you and your family on our behalf.
Proud mom of Lcpl Alex. Currently serving in Iraq"
Patricia of Bishop, CA

"CAPTAIN----------THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY, YOUR LEADERSHIP AND GUIDANCE TO YOUR MEN AND WOMEN UNDER YOUR COMMAND! THANK YOU FOR BEING A MILITARY BROTHER TO OUR SON. MEN LIKE YOU RISKING EVERYTHING FOR US ALL. THE MOST UNSELFISH ACT AN AMERICAN CAN DO! YOU HAVE NOT DIED IN VAIN! YOU ARE AN AMERICAN HERO! SADLY, YOUR RE-UNTITED WITH OUR SON. I PROMISE YOU WILL NEVER EVER BE FOGOTTEN JAMES! YOU ARE SOMEONE'S SOMEONE AND SOMEONE TO OUR FAMILY. AMERICA IS ALOT SAFER SINCE 911 JAMES. YOU PLAYED A SMALL; YET' MAJOR ROLE IN THAT. AS WELL AS TO GIVE THOSE IN IRAQ HOPE AND A NEW BEGINNING WITHOUT SADDAM! GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"I am truly sorry for your loss. May you find comfort and strength in God to face the days ahead.

Michele Carter
Sister of CPL Gary Walters
KIA in Baghdad, 24 April 2005"

"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.
Our nations HERO, James will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS. "

"Thank you James Gurbisz, 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 Capt. James Gurbisz:
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 James 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 Capt. James Gurbisz:
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 James, 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