Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Henry E. Irizarry

38, of Bronx, New York.
Irizarry died in Taji, Iraq, when his unit was on patrol and an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, New York, New York. Died on December 3, 2004.

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"I hope I'm half the man you are, Izzy. You were my best friend. We always talked about God. Tell Jesus to have mercy on me. I love you and miss you."
Spc. Barreras of New York, New York

"Henry, Thinking of you on this Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, 2016."
Willie Bautista of Lodi, NJ

"its been 12 years know i will never forget you i miss you"
Edward Russo of Shirley, NY

"It is so hard to believe that it has been 10 years. Words cannot express how much we all miss you. I remember you showing me around the unit and telling me what was what when I first got to NY. God bless you and keep you Izzy."
SPC Brian Franklin of Cincinnati, OH

"Izzy I remember your smile while we were playing dominos at the hanger. You and I beat everyone that day, the funny part was that we could not play. I often cry when I talk about you and often say why you. You never cursed or got angry but GOD saw fit to take our Hero home, I wish you were here. I am still angry your gone. Love U bro have fun playing dominos. The Gonzo"
Sgt.Gonzalez R of Bronx, NY

"Dear tio we miss you a lot can't believe it's been 10 years. I love you and we miss you dearly wish you were here r.i.p tio Henry 😥😥"
Andrea Valeria colon (nease) of Meriden, conneticut

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"Para "Izzy" mi pana (My Homeboy!)
Here I am, deployed once again, this time in Camp Patriot, Kuwait. I know for a fact, that if you were still here, you'd be right here, taking part of this deployment. I remember that dreadful day clearly. I responded with CPT. Daniels, "Crazy" Barry at the gun and CSM Brett, along with the QRF. I will not go into details of what I saw, but it will live in my memory, for the rest of my life. I never got to thank Cpl. Cushman, for wining to SFC Fulton, 'til he was finally chosen as the Scouts Plt medic, over me. That action would cost him getting blasted in the face on that day. That could've been me. Thank you, Cpl. Cushman. Izzy, so you know, there isn't a day that goes by, that I don't think about you. I remember Sgt. Mojica, went through the whole deployment, wearing your helmet band on his IBA. You were always there with us. You are still here with us, no matter where we go. 'til we meet again..."
Sgt. De Jesus, R. "Doc Savage" Scouts 1-69 Medic of Camp Patriot, KNB, Kuwait

"To the family of:Henry E.Irizarry
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""

"Its been five years now.I can't be sad because I only remember the good things .We were roomates in Iraq.We joke with each other everyday.I remamber the nigth befor you passed a way. You was so happy that you was going on leave in 4 days. To see your family.I was also there we you passed into god arms. You will be missed but I no that your Godes worrier."
SSG Bates 1-69th Scouts Henry roommate Baghdad of Bronx New York

"To my brother Henry, not many days pass that i haven't thought or spoke of you. I wish we were able to spend more time together growing up and in life you will always have a special place in our hearts. Your brother Jose(PITO)"
Jose A Irizarry of BORINQUENEERS MC- CT

"His lose to me was as if I lose my son. So for me life will never be the same. I sometimes ask the load why. and I sometime think that It should have been me. For 12 years It's always been Me and him together all of the time. thats how things was with him and I. And thats how things will always be for me. Henry. I know that you are still right here with me and your family. So keep on looking out for us like you did so many times befor. And I will be looking to see you again real soon. ( what is a friend. A friend never gives up on you. cares more for you then for self. don't strut, don't have a swelled head, don't keep score of the sins of others. don't revel when others grovel. always look to help to get the best out of you. will put up with anything you do and never let you fall. Henry Iriarry have been all of these things and so much more to me. he was. is. and will always be. My Friend..."
Sgt. Wilson. Gregory of West Haven, CT.

"Henry 5 yrs alread, but u still in our prayers and our hearts! we miss u lot! U NEVER WILL FORGET!!
Ur sister-law Ivelisse.."
Ivelisse of Guam

"Staff Sergeant Irizarry: I have just learned about your passing on a National Geographic documentary. Any words I can put together would still be inadequate to sum up the contribution that you have made to our people and the people of Iraq. I thank you for your sacrifice, and I hope that you are enjoying our God's company. You will not be forgotten."
Staff Sergeant Roberto Rodriguez of 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California

"Dear Sgt. Irizarry,
You gave the ultimate scarifice. When my Dad passed in May 2007 on the day he was buried I vistied your grave. I don't know why I was drawn to your cross but I felt compelled to say a prayer. Every time I visit my Dad, I visit you. Every time I ask for you to watch over my son. Though I see him every day I ask that through you he may see his way back.
This past Saturday was the Wreath Ceremony for veterans. I stood with my son and sent a pray off to you and my Dad.
May peace be with you and those you left behind."
Deb of Groton, CT

"November 30, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Henry E. Irizarry:
Henry 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

"Well Izzy. I still remebered when they switch me out for olmo in 4th platoon. This is a real weird feeling. Knowing that you and the fourth platoon (Except Olmo) is in a better place now. I will never forget the conversations I shared with you about this whole war thing. I just dont understand why someone so nice and soft spoken had to go. You were one of the few that kept a cool head during the whole mission. Right after you went with the holy one; Fulton left the Scouts, couldnt believe that. It brought alot of animosity to the platoon. As a soldier that served with you until the day you passed away. You always say keep your cool and good things are bound to happen. Just wish you were here to see all of this. I also see that your loving family have posted some great things about you. Thats awesome. As I write this note three years later (even though I just found this site) I think its a great way to honor those who served. a good friend, father and husband will be missed. You take it easy buddy.

Just wish I can trade in my Purple Heart and Combat Infantry badge/everything else of great value to get you, Lwin and Ali back."
Gilkes - Scouts in Iraq of Maryland

"I miss you Bro. I think about you all the time. I think about the times at the Point. My heart and soul goes out to you and your Fam. I know your with our King just as I know our King is protecting your family. Till my time and we meet again. You are a true HERO. Gary Owen!!!"
Cpl J. Villabol of Brooklyn NY USA

"Let every nation know whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of freedom and LIBERTY. Henry some of us gave some but you were a true hero and gave all. ALWAYS ACES"
SSG. Rick Boone 1/69th inf of NEW YORK

"On 25 January 2007 my Wife and I were blessed with the birth of a son. We named him Christopher Henry in honor of a brave and honorable man, SSG Henry E. Irizarry. "Izzy" will be remembered for being a caring and dedicated soldier. He had a smile that could defuse practically any situation and a sense of humor to match. His platoon sergeant best described him as someone who would walk half way across the country to help someone change a tire. In my home he will always be honored and loved as a hero and as family."
Sam Ramos of Suffolk County, NY

"Izzy, I miss your presence and advice. How you knew what to say and do in all situations. I thank you for being there for me since the beginning and I feel graced for knowing you. I won't forget you."
Lam of 1-69 NYC

"my condolences to izzy's family
he was a great guy. it was my pleasure
to have kwon him and serve with
him. I will always remember him.
A kinder person i don't know."
Sgt Gonzalez Hector of 2044 gates ave ridgewood,ny11385

"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

"Sabes Henry hay momentos que mesiento y le pregunto a Dios el porque de que las cosas pasaran asi.Aunque sabia que ibas para un lugar tan peligroso,pero mesentia tan segura de que Dios te iba aguardar.Pero lo que menos pense era que lo hiba hacer de esta manera,a veces le pregunto a Dios sien algo falle.Es tan duro el solo pensar que ya no estas aqui,es tan duro el tener que olvidar el tratar de dejar el dolor de uno aun lado y para poder seguir sacando la familia hacia delante.Es tan duro tratar de esplicarle a un nino el porque ya no estas,que aun que lo sabe ,pero todavia nolo entiende.Siempre me pregunta el porque yo te deje ir para aya,siempre tratando de buscar una respuesta, ese afecto paternal en cada tio o en cada conocido que se acerca a el,preguntandole si ellos pueden ser su papa ahora.Es tan dificil,perose que Dios sabe el porque de todas las cosas y que algun dia me hara entender, aunque me duele tanto pero sigo luchando por que se que algun dia te vere alla arriba en el cielo y se que tengo que seguir luchando aca abajo por mi familia y por mi para poder cumplir ese deseo y llegar aya arriba como ya tu lo hicistes,aunque hay momentos que seme hace tan dificil que siento no poder llegar.Pero se que Dios me esta guardando y que como ha hecho hasta ahora me segira ayudando llegar,porque se que sin el no ubiese haber podido echo nada.Gracias,por ser como eras,por ayudarme a crecer,por ser buen padre,buen esposo y buen amigo,porque eso si tenias donde quiera que te parabas, siempre te ganabas ala gente con esa pasta que tenias para hacerlo, siempre buscando la manera de ayudar,de aconsejar y de dejar de ser tu para ser para otros.Gracias le doi a Dios por la dicha que me dio de conocerte y compartir con tigo. Algun dia se que alla arriba nos volveremos a ver.Que Dios te Bendiga te estranamos mucho Tu Familia tus hijos y tu Esposa."
Jessica Irizarry of Waterbury,CT

"I am sorry. I am sorry I never said good bye. I am sorry I did not get to catch the ones who did this. You remain a good friend. I thank you for your friendship over the years. not a day goes by that I do not remember your smile. I try to earn my right to live in your honor. My only comfort is that you are at Christ's side. miss you buddy.-Alex."
Alex Saavedra of new jersey

"Daddy even now I can't explain how much I miss you I want you to know that even though ur gone I will still try to do my best as if you were here and continue to make you proud of me."
your son, Alex H. Irizarry of New York

"HENRY NUNCA TE VOY A OLVIDAR TE QUIERO MUCHO Y CADA DIA QUE PASA SE Q ESTAS CERCA DE DIOS Y DESDE ALLA NOS ESTAS CUIDANDO A TODOS TE QUIERO MUCHO Y NUNCA TE VOY A OLVIDAR TU TIO KIKE"
ENRIQUE MENDEZ of LAJAS PUERTO RICO

"Henry I have a picture of your friends(you know who) at the site where your life was ended. We visited that spot (and insurgents House) often. I was there the night before trying to follow up on a report of someone digging. We were a 100 meters too short. We did raid the house at 0230 am, and take in 8, but not the one that killed you. I just wish we would have gone a little further, but you know the snafus there. Rest well"
Roy Lipscomb of Biloxi,Ms.

"Tio Henry te extrano mucho! todos te extranamos! DIOS quiso llevarte te veremos en el cielo! Te extran muchos JESSICA, ALEX,MELY,DANIEL, LAISHLA,JACOB! EXPECIAL MENTE JACOB N TITI JESSICA! TE VEREMOS EN EL CIELO!
TODA LA GENTE DE LA IGLESIA APOSENTO ALTO ESPECIAL MENTE EL PASTOR DAVID TORRES TE EXTRANAN!"
YARI of WATERBURY,CT

"henry,,nunca te vamos a olvidar!!!,,para mi fuistes mas q un cunado,,fuistes mi amigo ,fuistes un verdadero hermano,,gracias por estar con nosotros el tiempo q estuvistes,,, te queremos mucho y q Dios te tenga en su gloria!!!!,, te extrano domi!!!"
Ivelisse of new london,CT

"Izy.... Words can't express the way I feel inside ever since the news came about your passing. I know in my heart that you are in a better and peaceful place. Until we meet again my friend...."
Spc. Hemmingway of 1/69th HHC - Scout Platoon

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

"izy my brother i know you are in a better place with our lord jesus crist you will always be alive in my heart may god bless your family"
SPC BURBON of 1 / 69 INF. IRAQ

"Henry Irizarry you are a HERO and you will always be remembered. My heart goes out to your family...your wife and children and all extended family members. My family endured the same loss this year so we know your pain, sorrow, and grief. I can only pray that God will comfort, guide you, and bring you peace. God bless you all."
Bela of Woodbury, CT

"There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, 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, Henry, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Henry Irizarry, 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 Staff Sgt. Henry Irizarry:
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 Henry 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 Staff Sgt. Henry Irizarry:
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 Henry, 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