Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Manny Hornedo

27, of Brooklyn, New York.
Hornedo died in Tikrit, Iraq, when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV while conducting convoy operations. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1569th Transportation Company, New York, New York. Died on June 28, 2005.

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"GBNF - RIP Chino

11 years today! Forever in our prayers

Love Schoolboy and Family"

"May u rest in peace I c u waz a stand up and strong individual wit good intentions did not get to meet u but hope iz well wit ur loved ones and ur greatly miss az u can c wit all da love and support u still get dat says a lot bout u I cnt say dat much but I will say this u fought for r country that describes da type of heart u had brave heart I gtta say this as well we Neva met but Hurd bout chu and waz all good my name is Jason hornedo ya cuz I will meet chu one day wen I get der R.i.P manny hornedo"
Jason hornedo of Central Islip ny Long Island

"Dear Tiny, Cookie, Melissa, Manny Jr, Marcus and Family,

Chino will Always be in our heart's and Always in our prayers!
Schoolboy & Family

P.S. If you would like to contact us our email address is FreeRidersUSA@msn.com"
Schoolboy of FreeRidersUSA

"I still remember the first time I saw Manny when he came in to apply at the Gap in his Peurto Rican Flag embellished denim jacket. He rose from a door guard to a manager and he was the friendliest nicest guy. The last time I saw him was at BBQ's , he was celebrating his enlistment and deployment with his family, he was so proud to have joined after 9.11. Memorial Day is about him and all the other brave people who had the freedom to do anything they wanted in life and chose the military life. RIP Manny Hornedo."
Estela Blandon of NYC

"Today we remember you even more, you did what you thought was right for your country, you lost your life in the hands of a coward, but today the coward has lost his life in the hands of the brave. Finally jusice has been served. What you set out to do has been done. Osama is finally dead. Rest Manny, Rest in Peace."
Y. DIaz of Newark, NJ

"Today we remember you even more, you did what you thought was right for your country, you lost your life in the hands of a coward, but today the coward has lost his life in the hands of the brave. Finally jusice has been served. What you set out to do has been done. Osama is finally dead. Rest Manny, Rest in Peace."
Y. DIaz of Newark, NJ

"Sgt. Manny Hornedo,
This Memorial Day Weekend and all the past and future are always being shared by us for your loss, you were a true friend and soldier bud of my sons, SPC C.J. Davidson, you both were Army Buds.
So during this weekend I would like you all to know that we are not so much concerned about what to put on the BBQ, but rather to say a prayer for Manny and his family along with the thousands of other soldiers that have ultimately sacrificed their lives for our prevailing freedoms!!!
God Bless,
The Davidson's
Long Island N.Y."
John Davidson of New York, Suffolk Co.

"you are still remebered to this day, and still being missed by everyone who new you ; i miss you very muchh , yu were like another uncle too mee ' you are for ever in my heart , i lovee you tio <3"
Destiny Caldero of Brooklyn // Long Island

"dear manny
though it is many years later that i find out the thought of the loss of you in this world is still hurts! you were a great guy! wow and what a great n honorable man you grew up to be ! im so sry for ya family for youre wife n kids your mom! love you always!my first boyfriend in dewey jhs!xoxo r.i.p. sweetie!"
tamara of brooklyn, n.y.

"Happy Christmas Manny. I know you are up there watching over us. And to his family God Bless and keep you this year. You are remembered in my prayers too."
Doc Steele of minneapolis, Minnesota

"TO THE HORNEDO FAMILY,

IT WAS AN HONOR TO HAVE SERVED WITH SGT. MANNY HORNEDO IN IRAQ, GOD MUST OF NEEDED A HERO, AND HE TOOK A GREAT YOUNG MAN WITH A SENSE OF HUMOR AND GREAT PERSONALITY, MY BROTHER MY FRIEND YOU'VE POPPED UP IN MANY OF MY DREAMS LIKE YOU USED TO POP UP AT MY ROOM IN IRAQ, AND IT STILL FEELS LIKE YESTERDAY.
STILL HURTING AND WONDERING WHY NOT ME INSTEAD OF YOU, MAY THE GOOD LORD REST YOUR SOUL AND KEEP YOU IN PEACE.
MAY YOUR FAMILY BE UNDER GOD'S CARE FOR MANY LIFETIMES. I ALWAYS KEEP CONTACT WITH YOUR MOM OR SHE'LL CALL ME, SHE'S DOING FINE. REST IN PEACE MY BROTHER CAUSE YOU'LL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN, IN MY HEART YOU LIVE FOREVER."
SGT. ANGEL RIVERA of THE BRONX, N.Y.

"I send my condolences and also on behalf of my father, who will definitely miss him sorely. It saddens me that I never got to know Chino as well as I could have. He was my father's cousin and I never got the chance to actually meet him and if I did, I was probably too young to remember. I'm entering an essay I wrote about how losing him affected my family in a contest as my own personal tribute to the great hero I'm proud to say was part of my family. Hopefully, anyone who reads it will empathize or sympathize with all of us. To Melissa, my Aunt Evelyn, the boys, and the rest of my family who have suffered this loss I send my love. May he forever rest in peace."
Talia Rodriguez of Fort Benning, GA/USA

"My husband and I both served with Manny, I was in the vicinity wth him when he died. I can tell you that I might not be here today if it wasn't for his courage, bravery, and diligence. He was one of the best soldiers in our company and I am greatly sadened that I did not get to know him better. There is not a day that does not go by when we do not think of him. There is a framed picture of him in our office so he will never be forgotten. He was a true Hero and I am very sorry for the loss your family has endured. I can not imagine. If you EVER need ANYTHING please do not hesitate to ask. I can be reached at desiree.albrecht@yahoo.com"
Desiree Albrecht (heil) of Fort Hood, TX

"June 13, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Manny Hornedo:
Manny 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

"May god watch over your family and loved ones."
Sgt Perrier of Minnesota B/co

"To the family and friends,
I would like to extend my deepest sympathies. Losing a loved on is the hardest thing in life. I am writing to not only express my sorrow for you but to let you know about a memorial I am working on. I am creating a quilt to honor the fallen soldiers from the New York City Area. Each soldier will have a panel created. I am inviting the friends and families to get involved. If you are interested or would like some more information please contact me at nycfallensoldiers@yahoo.com"
Esther Kabalkin of Staten Island, NY

"Melissa, your interview on MSN was beautiful and heartbreaking. Losing your husband unexpectedly is the most painful experience ever. It would be easy to just curl up and sleep...just to escape. The thing that is most amazing is that it should kill you but it doesn't. You have babies to care for and a life to live. Please live it for you, Manny and your boys. It is difficult every day, but you can do it. Even when you think it is better, it isn't --but the good days come more and more often. You will be well and flourish. Take care of yourself and your boys."
J of Toledo, OH

"To the Hornedo Family, I was shocked when I heard he was killed, I was activated with him and he just to cut my hair and to the other soldier, always in a great mood, making jokes, that is the way I remember him. Good bless him and your family"
SPC A. Canales of Bronx, NY

"Melissa- I hope this message finds its way to you. My husband SSG Stanoch served with your husband Manny. I remember when we heard the news back here in Minnesota -my heart ached for you and your children. It all reality my heart continues to ache for you. There is not a day that goes by that I don't wonder how you and the children are doing. I have spoke to my husband a number of times about you and your family. I told him that I can't imagine what you are going through and to know that you are the only one from our unit that had to experience this hell yourself. I truely hope that you and your family are getting the support that you deserve. I want to let you know that you and your family have not been forgotten on our end or will you ever be. My husband struggles and tears come to his eyes when he speaks about Manny and the boys. He wonders often how they are doing. You, your husband, and your children will always be heros in our eyes. I wish you the best that can be at this time. Please, if there is anything we can do for you let us know. My husband speaks highly of Manny. We lost our daughter when the guys/girls were deployed. The pain of losing a loved one is almost unbearable. Take things one day at a time or even one minute at a time. Allow yourself to grieve, smile, and cry. Please give the boys hugs and kisses from your family. God Bless! The Stanoch Family
tgstanoch@charter.net"
Tamara Stanoch of St. Cloud MN

"Melissa and Boys,
Our prayers are with you today. Manny will always be remembered.God Bless you today and always.6/28/06"
The Graciano,Fernandez and Abell Families of 435-44th street

"Meli, Manny Jr & Marcus,
I truly still have no words to explain the man Manny was and still is. Although I've only gotten just a couple of chances to know what kind of guy he was. It didn't take a long time to figure out that he knew what he was meant to do while here on Earth. He knew he had to be, and he definitely was, a great husband, a wonderful father, a loving son, a hard worker and a hilarious friend. I remember our trip to the GAP one time, the jokes and smart remarks definitely will never, ever be forgotten. And that time we ate at that Mexican restaurant while watching the Yankees play Boston and us yelling at the television, looking like the only fools. Nothing, and I mean nothing, can top Christmas 2004 when we had the secret santa and we exchanged gifts. Oddly enough I had him and he had me, I gave him a shirt that said "Your village called, they want their idiot back" and Chino stated that he definitely was going to bring it with him to Iraq. Unfortunately that was the last time that I saw him. And that was the best time ever!
Manny you are surely missed and will NEVER, EVER be forgotten. You are a hero to us all. I know you're watching over us all. And we love you very much!
Meli, you know that whenever you need me you know I'm there. Your boys are surely enough smaller versions of Manny and we all can tell. I love you guys very much. Never forget that! Always remember that we all will one day see him again and hear his jokes and see his smiling face. Call me whenever you need me!

<3 Love Always <3"
Tiffany Perez of Queens, New York

"Melissa and boys,
Manny left his footprints as a soilder a father and a wonderful leader. Although I did not directly manage him at the Gap, I manged his team and saw the legend he left behind in their tribute to him. I think of your boys and how proud they will be of their father as they grow up, I know you will keep him alive in their hearts. We will always be thankful for your sacrafice and you will always be in my thoughts and prayers. Respectfully, Janine Marin Gap Inc."
Janine Marin of Long Island NY

"I'm sorry for the lost of Manny. My name is Stephanie Hornedo. My dad died when I was 6months old, therefore; I don't know much of my father side. I was also born in Brooklyn. So somehow I think I'm related to your loved one. I find myself in the military. I'm active army and will deploy in August. I'm sorry for your lost, I'm sure he was a wonderful person. May God bless you and your family. I will keep you in my prayers. If you would like to contact me please email me at stephanie.hornedo@us.army.mil"
Stephanie Hornedo of FT Hood, TX US

"To the family of:Manny Hornedo 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"

"sigh...still to this day i can't believe your not around bro...i remember when we first met...training at 34th st to become LPA's...i remember our days of the rovering patrol...i remembered when u joined the guard & conviced me to join...i said hell nah...lol but when u go back from basic...i told u i joined...u got mad at me bcuz i didnt join wit u so we could go thru the training together...
i remember when i got the call that my unit was leavin for iraq in 2004...you wanted to go,so u tried to switch over to my unit...we kept intouch during my training and early days of being in iraq...letting me kno that if there was anythin thing i needed jus to let you know...then i found out that you were being sent as well...i had mix emotions about it...i was happy to be around my boy again...whom i made arrest with back at the GAP...now we'll be enduring the freedom of many...but i didnt what u expose 2 the ugly truth of iraq...
you were happy to be there...unlike most..hell i hated it there...lol couldnt understand you at the time...
when my unit returned home in sept05...i stopped by our 2nd home(34th st)and saw tributes and love the company had for you...helped me realize...how passionate you were to your jobs in life...FAMILY MAN...LPM..SOLDIER...FRIEND...you would always put us first and thats is why i'm proud to call you my brother...i miss u man...luv u bro
your memory lives on in me...god bless"
Sgt. Rashon Thompson

"I would like to thank everyone for your support its been a hard seven months since my brother inlaw passed away and I still cant beleive he's not comming home. chino was and will always be a main influence in mine and my familys life, chino was a great man and will forever be missed. we would play video games late or until my sister told him to get his butt to bed,I remember him giving me boxing lessons in his moms back yard, and him always borowing my car. Im thankful he was always around when I had questions or needed advice. Im glad I got to spend time with him in june when he got back that is time I will always cherish and remember along with the 12yrs he was in my life. without manny I wouldnt be half the man I am today. He is gone but he has left us with two clones of himself, and his legacy will live on in everyone he came in contact with. I promise you chino I will help my sister raise these boys right. I love you bro."
papo of brooklyn,ny

"HI MY NAME IS MICHELLE I'VE KNOWN MANNY HORNEDO,HIS SISTER AND MOTHER AND COUSINS AND AUNTS SINCE I WAS 7 YEARS OLD WE GREW UP TOGETHER HE WAS ALWAYS FRIENDLY AND KIND AND IF ANYONE NEEDED ANYTHING HE WOULD DO HIS BEST TO HELP YOU HE ALWAYS HAD JOKES EVERYTIME I WOULD SEE HIM HE WOULD MAKE FUN OF MY HEIGHT CAUSE I WAS SHORT HE WOULD PICK ME UP TO GIVE ME A KISS ON THE CHEEK CAUSE I WAS SHORT AND HE WAS TALL JUST SO HE WOULDN'T HAVE TO BEND DOWN HE WAS A GREAT FATHER ,SON,COUSIN, FRIEND HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED I LOVE YOU CHINO YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU YOU WERE LIKE A BROTHER TO ME"
MICHELLE of BROOKLYN NY

"HI MY NAME IS EVELYN I AM MANNY HORNEDO'S MOTHER I WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL THE PEOPLE FOR THERE PRAYERS AND SYMPATHY THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN TO OUR FAMILY IT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED HE WAS MY ONLY SON AND I AM PROUD OF HIM HE WAS A GREAT FATHER,FRIEND,BROTHER,COUSIN,ETC HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY EVERYONE WHO KNEW HIM I THANK EVERYONE FOR ALL THERE MESSAGES GOD BLESS YOU ALL I WILL ALWAYS LOVE MY SON AND WILL ALWAYS MISS HIM HE WILL FOREVER BE IN MY HEART IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO EMAIL ME MY EMAIL IS MICHI61842@MSN.COM"
EVELYN MANNY HOREDO'S MOTHER of BROOKLYN NY

"chino will always be in my heart and in my prayers i love you and will miss you always"
michelle of kissimmee florida

"lo lamento mucho yo no conoci a Manny pero no pude evitar leer lo sucedido por que yo pense que mi prima y yo eramos los unicos de apellido Hornedo en el ARMY mi mas profundo pesame y que dios los bendiga mucho en este momento tan fuerte si ustedes creen que Manny y yo somos parientes por favor dejenme saber yo soy parte de 2-227 AVN REGT, 1 CAV DIV mi numero personal es 254-338-4287 yo soy natural de Barceloneta, P.R."
Osvaldo Samuel Hornedo of Killeen, Texas/USA

"" Hornedo family",
I wish to extend my deepest condolence's to you and your Family.
I was deeply saddened after learning that Manny had passed.
Manny was a great friend, funny,
caring, and he deffinetly had a Heart of Gold.
i remember how we used to crack jokes on anyone at work
in Duane Reade, especially our manager's, and this 1 guy
"John Murphy", about his Hi-boot's and his rent-a-cop suit he used to wear.
most of those times i would have Manny laughing untill his stomache was hurting
,or we'd both be buggin out together.
I am very sorry that he is gone, and he will be Missed, but he will allway's have a place in my heart, and prayer's

May God Bless You, and and keep you in his Grace's
allway's.

Ya old partner from Duane reade,

Dre
1LovE"
Andre Stephens of Brooklyn ny

"I was very saddened upon hearing of Manny's passing. I used to work with him in the Gap. I began working at the Gap when I was 16 and although he played many practical jokes on me he was one of the first people to befriend me. It breaks my heart to think that he isn't here anymore. I didn't know him all too well, and although the capacity to which I did know him was only as a fellow employee at a retail store, I did know him to be a funny, conscientious and charismatic individual. My sincerest condolences to his wife, his sons, his family and his friends. God bless."
of New York, NY

"When I found out Manny had died in Iraq I was unbelievably sad and felt heart-broken. I used to work with him and he was very special. As his wife stated in the newspaper, he had a smile that was contagious. He was a good friend who made me laugh, looked out for me and I always felt there was something special about him. I will always remember when he first found out his wife was pregnant with his 1st child, the excitement and joy I saw in his eyes. He will be so missed and my heart goes out to his family. Rest In Peace, Manny, we loved you. Melissa, if you ever need anything, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me. Sara6A@aol.com"
Sara Kleipe of Brooklyn, NY

"Meli,

I just want to express how saddened I was when I found out about Manny passing. Even though I didn't really know him, I know the most important part which is the love that you both felt for eachother and your kids. We have both lost important people in our lives within the last month. And I just wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, I'm sorry that I haven't contacted you yet, but I will just as soon as I get settled with my situation. Keep a smile on your face Meli, he is watching. Here's my email address..tech_niques13@yahoo.com. Take care, Your God Sis.."
Jessica Rodriguez of Orlando, FL

"Dear mellissa and two sons
i just want to say that if you read this i want you to know that i am always there for you if you need me i am just a call away. i regret not going to your last party that you had for your sons when chino came back. i miss him very much and i even remember seeing him the last time at carmens house just when daniel was born. i even remember the last hug that i gave him right before i had to leave. even though i did not get to spend that much time with chino i knew him well and somehow i always new that he was a hero in my heart i just never got the chance really think through it. i know that you are probably tired of all this sympathy but i feel hurt in my heart just like you and i know what you are going through. like it said on the back on my shirt gone but not forgotten.and he will always be in my heart and if you dont remember me i am your cousin"
cristina velazquez of Camden NJ

"Dear Mrs. Hornedo and your sons, I wish to extend my deepest condolence to you. I want you to know that Manny is a true American Hero, that his sons can always look up to. He will never be forgotten, and you and your sons will always be in my prayers. I know that Manny is looking down from heaven on you and your sons and that Manny is safe and at peace. God Bless all of you."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"Hornedo Family,
My deepest condolences. Manny was a wonderful friend and an outstanding soldier. He will not be forgotten. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him."
SPC Dobles of Tikrit, Iraq

"To all the people who have shown a great appreciation to what my husband has done for this country. I thank you for having honored his memory by showing everyone what a great man he was .I love him so much and I have such a pain in my heart just knowing that I wont be able to spend the rest of my life with him and I miss him greatly. I LOVE YOU BABE AND I WILL MISS YOU EVERYDAY OF MY LIFE. I will take care of our boys and make sure that they grow up to be good men just like you Ilove you"
melissa hornedo of brooklyn

"Manny was not only a great soldier but was an even greater friend. He was a dear friend and will be missed dearly. I thank God I was blessed to have known him. His smirk and humor will always stay with me. To the sons he left behind, be proud as I am to have surved with him. God bless and God speed."
ELy Cartagena of Jersey City, NJ

"Melissa and Family:
Words can not express how horrible I feel about what has happened. Manny was on of a kind. He always had a smile on his face and loved to joke around. Manny was the type of person that just got along with every one and you could never find anything wrong with him. Im certain that where ever he may be, he is smiling down on his family and he knows that you will be alright. Manny will never be forgotten and his legacy will live forever through his children."
Melissa Nunez of Brooklyn, New York (Sunset Park)

"Words cannot express our sadness in losing someone. Feel comforted knowing that Manny will always be in our prayers, thoughts, and hearts. Manny was a great husband, father, son, friend and most of all, HERO!!"
Ralph of 435 of Brooklyn, NY

"Dear Hornedo family,
We are sincerely sorry for your loss. Your family will continue to be in our hearts, thoughts and prayers."
~The Abell Family @ 435 of Brooklyn, N.Y.

""Dear Melissa,Manny Jr.,and Marcus
We are all sorry for your loss.Manny is truly a hero to us all.You are in our thoughts and our prayers.""
Jose,Jose Jr., and Janet Graciano of 44th street,Brooklyn,NY

"To Melissa and Family,

We are so sorry for your loss. It showed that Manny was a good husband and father. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. God Bless!"
Amy B. Lopez and Sgt. Nato Lopez of Fort Stewart, Georgia

"My best condolences go out to your wife, your boys, mother and sister. You were a great man. God rest your soul."
Stefany Ortiz of Brooklyn, NY

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"To Manny's Family,
Over here in Iraq we still can't believe that he is gone.. We miss his jokes his smile. Regardless of our mood and how we felt being here during these endless days, he would always make everyone laugh. When he returned after being home, he was showing off pictures of his kids and telling stories of the puppy he bought for his wife (to keep her company while he was here) He was so proud of his kids and talked endlessly about them and his wife. We were all impacted by his death, many of us will miss him dearly, he made himself known to people in every company..None of us will ever forget him."
SPC Garcia of Tikrit, Iraq

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

"TO THE HORNEDO FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY OF VALLEY STREAM, LONG ISLAND. NEW YORK. OUR FAMILY UNDERSTAND YOUR LOST. WE LOST OUR SON IN MAY OF 2004. AN OUR TEARS ARE TEARS FOR MANNY. MANNY HAS NOT GIVEN HIS LIFE IN VAIN. MANNY HAS TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY! FOR THOSE IN HIS COMMUNITY, FRIENDS, NEIGHBOR'S, HIS MILITARY SISTER'S, BROTHER'S, THOSE IN IRAQ AND HIS VERY LOVING FAMILY. THESE ARE TRUELY, THE PEOPLE LUCK ENOUGH TO KNOW HIM PERSONALLY! ALTHOUGH, MY SON AND OUR FAMILY HAD NOT. wE KNOW THIS ABOUT HIM. TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY HE IS RATHER SPECIAL. SERVING IN THE MILITARY IS A CLLING IN ONE'S LIFE. MANNY HAD BEEN A MILITARY BROTHER TO OUR SON AS HE WAS TO MANNY. TO ALWAYS WATCH OVER ONE ANOTHER AND EACH OTHER'S UNIT. THE MANY REASONS WHY? AMERICA IS THE MOST RESPECTED MILITARY IN THE WORLD. AN WHY? THOSE ALL OVER THE WORLD COME TO LIVE: AMERICA!!! MANNY YOUR ACTIONS SPEAKS VOLUME'S ABOUT YOU. YOU ARE MUCH MORE THEN A PERSON, INDIVIDUAL, FAMILY MAN, SOLDIER..........AN AMERICAN HERO! THAT HAS BECOME APART OF AMERICAN AND WORLD HISTORY. YOU SERVING THIS TIME IN HISTORY WILL BE RECORDED. THAT MANNY HELPED TO FIGHT OFF TERRORISM IN AMERICA AND THE WORLD. SINCE, 911 AMERICA HAS BEEN SAFER THEN EVER BEFORE. MANNY YOU COULDN'T OF KNOWN YOUR FATE IN HISTORY. FOR TO FIGHT OFF TERRORISM YOU NEEDED ALL YOUR MILITARY BROTHER'S AND SISTER'S TO MANAGE THIS TASK. AN WHILE DOING THIS FOR ALL OF AMERICA AND THE WORLD. YOU STOOD FIRM AND RESOLVEDE FOR ALL THOSE THAT FAILED TO STAND FIRM WITH THE CAUSE OF AMERICA AND THE WORLD. THE SAME PEOPLE AGAINST YOU, YOU PROTECTED TO GIVE THEM LIBERTY, FRREEDOM AND TO SPEAK AGAINST THIS CAUSE. THE SOVIETS, FRENCH, GERMAN'S, SEAN PENN, ALEC BALDWIN, AND OTHER'S. MANNY YOU ARE A STAND UP MAN OF GOD! FOR THIS CALLING TO SERVE OUR MILITARY, TRUST ME HE HAD A HAND IN THAT. MY HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOU TODAY MANNY AND ALWAY'S. NEVER EVER TO FORGET MANNY AND ALL THOSE THAT FALLEN PRIOR AND AFTER YOU. I ALSO PRAY THAT YOUR FAMILY HEALS! IT IS EXTREMELY, HARD TO LOST SOMEONE THAT IS VERY PRECIOUS TO YOUR FAMILY. NO ONE CAN TELL ANYONE HOW? TO DEAL WITH YOUR LOST. WE ALL HAVE TO DEAL WITH YOUR LOST DIFFERENTLY. I LEARNED THAT WITH MY SON. TO ALWAYS BE OPEN MINDED TO OTHER'S SUFFERING THE SAME HURT. I PRAY ALL THIS IN THE WORLD ENDS. BUT, NOT BEFORE THE MISSION IS COMPLETE. WE TOLD THE WORLD WE STOP TERRORISM AND THOSE LEADERS KILLING IT'S OWN PEOPLE WE WOULD. AN FOR OUR SOLDIER'S THAT HAVE GIVEN THE ULTIMATE SCARIFACE; WE OWN IT TO THEM TO WIN THIS. MANNY YOUR A SON TO ALL OF AMERICA. FIND GREGORY AND BOTH OF YOU REST. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Dear Melissa and Family,
I am so deeply saddened by your loss. I saw how beautiful you were together and it really breaks my heart to know how much pain you must be passing through. I remember how happy both of you were at our picnic and how thoughtful he was to go home to get us the cooler and how he offered to take all of the extra food back to the school so we wouldn't have to carry it. He was a good father and I saw he had a good heart. It seems so unfair for him to pass at such a young age. Poor Manny Jr., he looked up to his dad so much...I will have you and your family in my prayers. I would like to go pay my respects at the funeral home. If possible please let me know where it will be held. My email: blbrowneyes@yahoo.com"
Mrs. Lassalle of Brooklyn, New York

"Thank you Manny Hornedo, 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 Sgt. Manny Hornedo:
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 Manny 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 Sgt. Manny Hornedo:
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 Manny, 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