Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Joseph D. Hunt

27, of Sweetwater, Tennessee.
Hunt died in Samarra, Iraq, while conducting patrol operations an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 3rd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Sparta, Tennessee. Died on August 22, 2005.

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"Joey was a friend of mine. I was in the Guard with him. I still have him in my thoughts. He is a Hero and I want his frieds and family to know he will never be forgotten. I have told my son about Joey and the fun we had being Tankers. Joey I look up to you and I never got to say thank you and to me you are a true Hero."
Mitch Sloan of Nashville, TN, USA

"my dad was a great man i didn't see him much i miss him so much i wish he hadn't died he never met his second son Joshua timothy hunt but i am proud he was my father i just wish i had gotten to know him better."
caleb rylan hunt of howard city/michigan united states of america

"Joey, thinking of you and your family on this day. 8 years ago God called you home and away from Knife Troop, we look forward to the day that we get to see you again. Never Forgotten!"
MSG Jerry Dale Asberry of Jamestown, TN

"Hi!!My name is Leslie Hunt Guilford . I am Joey's sister. I just happened to find this page while online and now I am in tears. Thank you all for such kind words about Joey. He is missed dearly and knowing people took the time to leave these kind words warms my heart, beacuse we know he is a HERO in our eyes and now I see he is to others as well. Thank you all!!! RIP to my big brother Joey!!"
Leslie Hunt Guilford of Sweetwater,Tn

"It seems such a small saying but THANK YOU Joey for giving it all to allow us to be free."
MSG Jerry Dale Asberry of Jamestown, TN

"To the family of:Joseph D. Hunt
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 still think of you often, and it will always bring a smile to my face. You were the first person to make friends with me when I came to Sweetwater so long ago :) I hope Heaven knows how lucky it is to have you, angel."
Barbara Foster of Chattanooga TN

"Joey was one of my first boyfriends and always remained a good friend of mine. He was always so fun and goofy! He was always positive and had a great smile for everyone. I will always remember Joey ( and that white Ranger riding around town) and think about fond and funny memories. He is one of our heroes and will not be forgotten."
Tracie Taylor Dillard of Decatur, TN

"Hello Joey,
As our old unit prepares to depart today I find myself thinking about all that we did in Mississippi and Iraq. I think this time our guys chances of enemy contact are much less then during our rough times we saw in 04-05. I pray that none of the soldiers departing this tour will meet you and Vic anytime soon. Watch over them and give them guidance when the fog of war affects their judgment. Guide them through the streets and narrow avenues that lay before them. God Bless you Brother and until we meet again!
Knife 6"

"I graduated high school with Joey and the loss of him still hurts to this day. He is one of my heroes, along with all the other veterans and soldiers serving today. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICE FOR MY FREEDOM - I can never repay you. Thinking of Joey and his family on this Veteran's Day. Much love!"
Brad Davidson of TN

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Joseph D. Hunt:
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

"Thinking of you Joey.

"Easy Does It""
SFC Jerry Asberry of Jamestown, TN

"I AM SSGT S MATTHEW CLINK UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS. I PLAYED BASEBALL AND FOOTBALL WITH JOEY. HE WAS GOOD MAN AND I THINK BACK TO THOSE DAYS IN HIGH SCHOOL TEN YEARS AGO. WE SERVE IN DIFFERENT UNIFORMS HOWEVER A BROTHER IS A BROTHER I WILL NEVER FORGET HIM AND THE LOSS I FELT WHEN I SAW HIS PICTURE IN THE MARINE CORPS TIMES. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP JOEY AND HIS FAMILY ALWAYS AND THAT HIS TWO SONS KNOW THAT THERE FATHER WAS AN AMERICAN SOLDIER AND A HERO JOEY WILL BE MISSED. SEMPER FI JOEY
YOU ARE MISSED."
SSGT SM CLINK U.S.M.C (OIF) of FREDERICK MD USA

"Memorial Day 2007. I served with Joey in Iraq, although I didn't know him well. I think of him often.

I will never forget.

SSG Troy Stoneberg, Medics, 1-128th INF (OIF3)"
Troy Stoneberg of Altoona, WI

"Tim and Marsha,
I am not sure if you ever read any of these messages. I have read every single one several times. I want you to know that Joey loved all his family very much. He had great respect for you guys. He taught me a lot about that. I loved your son very much. We had many great times together and he has enriched my life. There will always be a piece of my heart with him. I pray for all of you everyday. Having met you and being included in your family these past few years even after Joey's death has been a blessing to me. You helped me be strong. Especially when the boys were around. I love all of you dearly and will always love you. Thank you for all you have done for me, and loving me during this long trial. I will always remember Joey and all the love we shared. I can see his crooked smile and his laughing eyes every time I close my eyes. All my memories are good ones of you guys and of Joey. Again thank you for including me in your family. God bless you."
Devon of Knoxville, TN

"To The Family and Friend's
I rode the plane with Joey as my seat mate we talked for hours. About family and our lives in general. He was a good man and a loving man, who was taken from us way to soon. He was dedicated and honorable. Its is a privilege to have called him my friend.We will always remember you Brother."
SGT Jeffery D. Simpson of Centerville, TN

"Joey; though I didn't know you very well, I remember that you were always smiling when I saw you. You seem to have had a gift to make others feel better by your presence. I'll never forget the day that we found out what had happened to you and Vic that day. I remember thinking, this can't be happening........not to us. However our worst fears were true. You and Vic went home to God that day and we were left to mourn your passing and honor to your memory. I know that you saw all of the soldiers from the 128th Infantry Battalion and members of the 278th Regimental Combat Team that were at your memorial service at FOB O'Ryan. I remember thinking of the first time I'd met you at the armory in Jamestown, you were smiling and joking around. I guess that's just what kind of person you were. You were put here to make others feel better, even through the rough times.
Even though it's been over a year since I saw you last......I will never forget you and what you meant to K Troop. Until we meet again my brother..........."
SFC Jerry Asberry of Jamestown, TN

"FOURTH OF JULY IN GATLINBURG TENNESSEE A MIDNIGHT PARADE AND FIREWORKS. i ALONG WITH MANY OTHER FALLEN FAMILIES WILL BE ATTENDING. TO ENTER A FLOAT TO HONOUR OUR FALLEN AND TO "SUPPORT OUR TROOPS" Father of fallen soldier US Army Sgt. gregory L. Wahl KIA Balad, Iraq 05-03-04"
leonard_wahl@hotmail.com of spring, Texas

"In your honor and with gratitude to you, Joseph D Hunt, Iíve planted a daffodil in your name, as have others across the United States as part of Project LIVE ON, a not-for-profit program founded to memorialize each U. S. military who has died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thousands of beautiful daffodils across the country will come up each Spring, and, like your Spirit, will LIVE ON...and ON. Blessings to you, the family, as you grieve, and heal. For details, contact projectliveon@aol.com. Jan. 23, 2006."
Gretchen Forbes of the northcentral mountains of Pennsylvania

"I have planted a daffodil for you Joey, along with 49 more bulbs to represent other soldiers who were killed in Iraq. Your flower will be seen every year and sacrifice remembered. Projectliveon@aol.com"
Ruth Anderson of Mountain View , California

"Hunt family,
I grew up with Joey and know what kind of person he was,Hhw his puppy dog smile lit up a room. The escapades him and Vince went on while traveling to MS. I also know that my brother loved him dearly. He was a strong support for him the entire time they were deployed. I know that Vince misses him dearly and so do we. My prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family. Thank you for the sacrifice he made...God Bless."
Jessica Gray of Sweetwater,TN

"Marsha--
know that we love you and are praying for your sweet family...and for those little boys. Your strong faith and confidence in Jesus has been a witness to us all. May the love of Christ fall heavily on your family."
Lindsay Oaks of Sweetwater, TN

"Tim and Marsha
Joey's smile coming down the hall and hitting Coach Allen or Coach Boruff. Joey would stay and talk about football, or something before he would go on to class. Bill and Russ remembers him in Dixie Youth. We are very proud to have known Joey and being a part of our lives. Joey's dedication to us will never be forgotten and appreciated. Our prayers are with you all."
Bill Bradberry family of Sweetwater TN

"Dear Tim and Marsha
Know that your Joey will always be remembered by our family- We share the pain of your loss, as it brings back the pain we suffered when our PJ was KIA in Fallujah 20 Oct 2003. We must always remember them- and know that they are looking out for us from above. God Bless and comfort you all.
Mom of Ssg. Paul J. Johnson"
Pat Urban of Tellico Plains TN

"To The Hunt Family,
Our Family, Our City, Our State, Our Country grieves with you. We are so saddened by your loss. Your Soldier IS OUR HERO! We will never forget him or the others who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you."
S Grogan of Lakeland, TN

"Marsha and Tim,

I didn't have Joey in class, but I remember that smile of his that would light up the hall as he went by when he was at Sweetwater High School. Eric Weaver was home this summer, and he met with some of our faculty for lunch. He praised the men in his unit from Sweetwater. He talked about their bravery, their dependability, and their sacrifice. He mentioned Joey by name as being terrific. I am so sorry for you loss. I am so appreciative of what Joey has done for me so that I am able to live here in freedom."
Judy Shope of Sweetwater, Tennessee

"JOSEPH THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY AND FOR BEING A MILITARY BROTHER TO OUR SON. YOU NOW ARE UNITED AGAIN. AN I PRAY FOR YOU BOTH AND OUR FAMILIES. JOSEPH YOU ARE A HERO! AN WILL NEVER EVER BE FORGOTTEN CHAMP! GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your
Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the loyal service and sacrifice that was made and
WE WILL NEVER FORGET.
Our cousin LCPL Michael Smith Jr. gave his life on 4-17-04 fighting for freedom.
Please know that this was not in vain and these American Heros will FOREVER be honored.
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

""REST in Peace dear soldier. We are so sorry -
VERY GRATEFUL for your service and willingness to help others find the freedoms we take for granted here.
A Montana family""

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

"Thank you Joseph Hunt, 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. Joseph Hunt:
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 Sgt. Joseph Hunt:
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