Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Bert. E. Hoyer

23, of Ellsworth, Wisconsin.
Hoyer died in Baqubah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device hit his convoy. He was assigned to the 652nd Engineer Company, U.S. Army Reserve, Ellsworth, Wisconsin. Died on March 10, 2004.

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"Mr. & Mrs. Hoyer,
I am sorry for your loss and miss you guys dearly. He nor you will ever be forgotten by his fellow soldiers or our great country!"
SSG Tracy Carmon of JBER, Alaska

"Bert,

I remember us laughing so hard we started crying about the time we went grouse hunting and you were so excited to shoot this grouse that you almost took my head off. I had to lean backwards like Neo in the Matrix while you took the shot but we got em!

I also will never forget you showing up at Vermilion basketball games with your whole head painted white and all of us cheering giving the business to the other team.

I miss you bro and I am thankful what you did for this country. Your time in this life was too short. I'll never forget you."
John R of Portland Oregon

"To my fallen comrade you and your big feet, will always be with me. We will never forget."
Spc. Steven Owen of Milwaukee, WI

"TO THE WORLD YOU MAY BE ONE PERSON...BUT TO ONE PERSON YOU MAY BE THE WORLD. YOU ARE IN A BETTER PLACE NOW...IN THE ARMS OF GOD!"
JENNIFER L. JOHNSON of QUEENS,N.Y.

"To the family of:Bert E. Hoyer
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""

"I went to VCC with Bert. I have some very wonderful memories of him and will cherish them forever. I will never forget seeing his face on TV with the announcement of him giving his life for his Country. I was heartbroken. I wasn't surprised that he had gone on to be in the military. What a giving, loving and brave man. I miss you, Bert."
Clarissa 'Clair' McPherson of Centerville, MN

"SPC Bert Hoyer, you have been in my thoughts ever since the day you passed. I was with E battery, 151st FA from Minnesota, replacing your unit. I met you a couple of days before that at FOB Gabe. Your death a mere five days before you were to go home I will never forget. That was the first time I lost a fellow service member in a combat zone, and I will remember you for the rest of my life. To the family of Bert, thank you for raising such a great son and I want to grant you my sincerest condolences."
SSG John Schuster of St. Cloud, MN

"To the Hoyer family,
I honestly don't know what to say. I know I should talk to you a bit more, but the guilt is a lot to deal with. I think of your son every day and I miss him so much. Thank you for always being there for me when I've needed. The world is a darker place without Bert, but its people like you that give me strength!"
SPC Lawson, Jerad of Rochester, Mn

"I was the flight medic who cared for your son on that day i tried my best to keep him alive but his wounds were more than extensive. He was the only soldier that I lost and his memory pierces my heart daily he was the only soldier i lost out of many. My appologies for your lost and mine. sincerely Sgt. Miles flight medic 57th medivac unit dustoff."
troy miles of fayetteville nc

"Larry, Peggy and family,
We think of you often. We don't call often enough. I wanted to leave a special message for Memorial Day, to say thanks, not just to Bert for his sacrifice, but to your family for the way that you helped--during a time that must have been very hard for you--you helped each of our soldiers. It began with a small coin, I think. It was a small token to let them all know that one way or another, through God's hands, everything would be ok. I hope you're all doing well. We miss you. God Bless you and God Bless Bert."
Kristine S. of Iron Mountain, MI

"February 22, 2009
To the family of Pfc. Bert E. Hoyer:
Bert 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 knew PFC Hoyer from basic training in Fort Leonardwood, MO. Alpha Co, 35th Engineer Company. He was a big guy that would go out of his way just to say hi to anyone and and everyone."
SGT David Roland of Fort Campbell, KY

"I will never forget the night before, I remember meeting him, and his friends. He was looking forward to going home, along with the his superior's. It could have been anyone of us on that day. I will never forget meeting him,and the other soldiers that were with him! I was proud to replace the Wisconsin National Guard, in particular this unit. SGT Routzhan FOB Gabe Ist Infantry Division"
George Routzhan of Bamberg, Germany

"bert was a wonderful man, I knew him for a mere half a year and he has made an amazing impact on my life. I am grateful for the time I had with him, even though it was short and I was young I remember it and will remember it forever, I am grateful for the time i had with him, I am a better person because of him, thank you bert.
I will always miss, love, and cherish my memories of you. thinking of you."
Kahsha Hyde of Ely, MN

"SPC Bert Hoyer ... Our paths crossed in Iraq under the most unfortunate circumstances. Your name and your sacrifice are forever burned into my memory. I think of you often and when I do, the tears come readily. God Bless!"
A soldier of Ohio

"1-8-06
Bert, not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I will never forget!"
Oldie of hinckley, mn

"Bert~ Oh how you are missed. I'll never forget the day Bryan told me you were gone. He had just gotten off the phone with Annie. The first thing I could think of was your feet. We love you and miss you. YOU are a true hero and your memory lives on everyday. Love you, big guy."
Carie (Bosch) Oksendahl of New Hope, MN

"Bert~ I will always remember seeing you around the resort! How tall you were! I'll never forget how my mom teased you about your big feet, and how my brother was catching up to you!!!! You're smile will be missed very much! I am so grateful for the things you did in Iraq, for fighting for what you believed in! We are so lucky to have great soldiers like you! You are forever a HERO, who will live on in our hearts forever!
Much Love!!!!"
Ash of SSP, Mn / Danbury, Wis

"BERT, THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE, YOU GAVE THE ULITIMATE PRICE FOR EVERYONE YOU DIDNT KNOW, I WENT THROUGH BASIC WITH YOU IN LATE 01, YOU WERE A GOOD MAN, SOMEONE THAT EVERYONE COULD TRUST AND BE THEMSELVES AROUND, AS I AM ABOUT TO GO BACK TO IRAQ FOR THE SECOND TIME, I WILL HAVE YOU IN MY THOUGHTS AS WELL AS MY LT THAT HAS JOINED YOU IN HEAVEN..ONCE AGAIN THANKS AND IF YOU KNOW OR ARE REALATED TO THIS HERO, BE PROUD."
JASON THOMAS (JTHOM5548@YAHOO.COM) of FORT CAMPBELL, KY

"Bert I will never forget all of your harassment on the basketball court in Ely, MN"
Vanessa Bong of Kettle River, Minnesota

"To the Family of PFC Bert Hoyer:
We have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 6/20/05, 111 crosses. We would like your permission to put PFC Hoyer's name on a cross. We have called our display "Arlington MidWest." It is our expression of mourning for your loss. If you would like us to do this, please email martypres33@yahoo.com.

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them." Anonymous"
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"To the family of Bert E. Hoyer:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “Remembering Our Freedom.” A former Soldier and country music songwriter and performer “Rockie” will pay a special musical tribute. At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org"

"Bert, I will never forget going to North Arm in Lacey's van smelting and going to Zaverals with you!!!!"
Laura Oldenkamp of Hinckley, MN

"Bert, I will never forget all the fun times together. You will be forever missed and never forgotten. It was wonderful working with you and hanging out. You will be in my heart forever."
Jessi K of South St Paul, MN

"Dear Bert, you will never be a statistic, a number, or a name. People will always fight for what is dear to them - people like you. You gave everything so people like me can hug my children at night. I am humbled beyond words. Your unforgettable attitude and spirit of life will remain with me forever. There will never be another like you - Bert Hoyer! Thank you ... thank you ... thank you ... God bless you!"
John of Bay City, WI USA

"As a mother of a son my heart is broken for the loss of your son. As the mother of a teacher and an active parent in education, my heart is heavy for the loss of his contribution to the children with his letters and interaction with the students. My husband was in the Viet Nam Conflict/War and it hurt to know that there were many in our country, like now, who did not support our efforts. May God bless you and your family and know that our hearts are heavy and our love is real."
SueLynn Sandifer of Monroe, LA

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

"It is unbelievable that for the past couple of years we always talked in the college hallways about the army and we discussed deployments and how both of us wanted to go and do something for our country. i would have taken your place any day. your death made me realize for the first time that people i know well are dying over there, protecting this country and the believes it stands for."
melissa

"To my pal "Bubba" (Bert). You will always be remembered as the young man that always had a smile. You touched everyone you met and it was both a privilidge and an honor knowing you. God Bless my friend!"
Brenda of Luck, Wi

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

"Thank you Bert. Hoyer, 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. Bert. Hoyer:
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 Bert. E. Hoyer 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. Bert. Hoyer:
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 Bert. E. Hoyer, 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