Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Brahim J. Jeffcoat

25, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Jeffcoat died near Balad, Iraq, while conducting convoy operations and an improvised explosive device detonated his HMMWV. He was assigned to the Pennsylvania Army National Guard’s Company A, 1st Battalion, 111th Infantry, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Died on August 6, 2005.

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"My son and I participated in Wreaths for Warriors walk on Ft. Stewart on 12/14/2013. The service Sgt. Jeffcoat did for our country will not be forgotten. We placed a wreath on his tree from us for his family. God bless you all."
Tiffany Nail and Family of Fort Stewart, Ga

"It's been a while J...I hate that I was with you on that last convoy...wish I could remember us arguing if Jay Z was better than Biggie..but I can't...much love and respect to my brother in arms..we'll ride together again one day"
SSG Richard Price of Philadelphia, PA

"WHEN I CAME TO PHILLY IN 1989 FROM SELMA ALA. AND ARRIVED AT HOWE ELEMENTARY TALKING ALL COUNTRY HE WAS THE FIRST WHO MADE ME FEEL COMFORTABLE.(BASICALLY THE FIRST FRIEND I MADE WHEN I CAME HERE) GOOD GUY HIS NAME WILL ALWAYS LIVE ON"
KENTORY HOLLAWAY of PHILADELPHIA

"Yo Brahim miss you dog. I remember talking to one of your last days at Community Council and the embrace we shared at the time I didn't know what it meant.But after you passed I realized it was your way of saying goodbye. The funny thing was I had forgot your last name but just saw an honor that your father received in your Honor as a true Veteran and true hero. Will continue to listen to Beans and the State Property clique. Damn homie its been 7 yrs"
Keith A. Smith Sr. of South Philly

"To the family of Sgt. Brahim Jeffcoat:

Please know that your loved one was remembered individually by my family at the Memorial Day Services at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Lehighton PA.

We are so appreciative of your sacrifice and we pray that God bless you all always!"
The Aaron Family of Lehighton, PA

"Hey J, we had some good times in the sandbox...wish they were good enough to erase that terrible scene that haunts me till this very minute. I gave you a shot out in my first book....miss you man, by the way, Jay Z still sucks....Nas is the best (we argued this all the time) Thanks for everything you have done for your country...I am and forever will be, eternally grateful
SSG Richard Price 228 BSB PAANG"
Richard Price of Philadelphia P.A

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,550 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
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Sincerely and Respectfully,
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Kenna - Project Compassion of Manti, Utah USA

"Thank you. No more, no less...and with a lack of better words. Thank you."
Kathy & Chris Roca of Bryn Mawr, PA

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Brahim J. Jeffcoat:
Brahim 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

"Me and braheem went to J.W.Howe Elementary sch together.I remember him being one of the kindest people that I've ever met.At that age boys like to tease and he was the one boy who never picked on me he was always very nice to me and everyone around him.Braheem surely wasn't the biggest kid in class but his smile surely was. I always laugh out loud when I think about how we used to dare him to eat pencil shavings and he would!when I saw his face on the news my heart sank.God only let's us borrow his angels."
Nicole Hall of Philadelphia,PA

"I went to Washington High School with Braheem and we would sit in home room every day and listen to Wu Tang Clan and laugh and trade lyrics. He was one of the kindest people that I ever knew, and he will be missed I LOVE YOU Braheem and I look up to you. And you are truly my hero One Love brother"
Mahmoud Abdul-Malik aka Muk of Philadelphia, Pa

"I was Brahim's roommate in Iraq and I was with him the day he was killed. He was a great friend and soldier. I miss him greatly. He was so excited to get back home to see his wife and daughter. My prayers go out to the Jeffcoat family."
James Newman of Schwenksville, Pa

"To the family of:Brahim J. Jeffcoat 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"

"TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF BRAHIM
I was lucky and proud to support him as his Angel....I was given his name from Soldier's Angels and he and I have communicated for a while. He was a wonderful friend to me and I he told me I was to him. He loved getting letters and things in the mail from me and I looked forward to getting letters back. I am proud to have been a part of his life for the short time that he and I communicated. My heart goes out to all of his family, friends and co-workers that have been affected. May everyone find comfort in the fact that they were lucky to be touched by Brahim is one way or another.
Licienne(giggyone@yahoo.com)"
Licienne of New Jersey

"I also had the pleasure of working with Brahim at the Youth Advocate Program. One of the things I always admired about Brahim was his boldness - he always said what was on his mind. He had a unique energy and a sense of humor that made others comfortable; particularly the children who came in for therapy. Months after Brahim left the agency, the children and families who came in would still ask about him. He will continue to be missed and remembered by those who knew him as a strong and compassionate man. My heart goes out to his family and friends."
Sylvia Martinez of Philadelphia, PA

"To the Jeffcoat family;
I was fortunate enough not only to work with Brahim, at the Philadelphia Youth Advocate Program, but to get to know him and build a rapport with him as a person, a friend, a father, and a true American patriot. It was a truly fun time when Brahim, Derrick and myself all learned we would become fathers, but never told anyone about it, and one day while sitting around we each disclosed that we were going to be just that! I remember asking him, out of total curiosity, what he would do if he had a girl...and the conversations between he, myself, Derrick, and other staff around the office were truly classic. Ironically enough we all have girls, and even more ironic is that our daughters (Brahim and my own) are seperated by only 1 week! To the Jeffcoat family, please accept our deepest condolences, and know that we cherish the memories of Brahim, and thank you very kindly, and with the utmost sincerity, for allowing us to share your in the memories of Brahim, and for letting the world get to know this wonderful, incredible, irreplaceable human being! We will never forget you, Brahim!"
Dwyne Shoemaker of Phialdelphia, Pa. USA

"To the family and friends of Brahim: I also had the privilege of working with Brahim at the Philadelphia Advocate Program. I remember Brahim so fondly for all of the reasons listed below by my fellow co-workers. He was wonderful with the families at the clinic, and all of the children would stop by on their way out just to have a quick chat with him or to say good-bye. He was a great practical joker and would always find a way to make his fellow co-workers laugh. He was incredibly excited and proud to become a father and start a family. Once I shared a very special memory with Brahim. I was sitting up at the front desk with him waiting for a family to come to their appointment. I was asking Brahim questions about the military and he answered my questions and then drew me a detailed diagram explaining all of the units and ranks within the military. What I remember most about this encounter was the pride and enthusiasm with which he explained military operations to me. He was so proud of what he had accomplished and learned in the military and I'm sure that he took that same sense of pride over to Iraq. I still have the list and diagram that Brahim made for me that day. Brahim- you are deeply missed. May your daughter someday know what a wonderful person you were and how lucky she is that you were her father."
Tiffany Sawyer of Philadelphia, PA

"To the Jeffcoat family:
I had the privilege of working with Brahim at the Youth Advocate Program. He brightened every day there with his smile, his sense of humor, and his warmth. He was wonderful with the families that we served, and had a particular gift for working with children--they gravitated towards him. Our clients loved him, and frequently expressed admiration for his positive attitude and warm personality. I would often go into the waiting room to find a client involved in a deep conversation with Brahim! Brahim truly loved his family, and spoke of them often and with so much love. I remember the day he told us that he was expecting a daughter; I have never seen such excitement or pride. I am sorry she will not know what a wonderful man her father was, but I hope she will know from others how special he was. My heart goes out to you, and I hope you know how highly Brahim was regarded by everyone he met. He will be deeply missed."
Amanda Allen of Philadelphia, PA

"To all those who Brahim loved:
Brahim Jeffcoat was one of the most upstanding persons I had the privilege to know. We worked together at Philadelphia Youth Advocate Program. I enjoyed seeing him every day. He made all of over lives easier and brighter. He talked about his family often and in such a loving way. My deepest sympathy in this sorrowful time. Knowing Brahim, I'm sure that he did his family and his country proud while serving in Iraq. He will be remembered for his wonderful and courageous character. God Bless to his daughter and family."
Jeanne McGowan of Conshohocken, PA

"I am involved in the soldiers angels website and I found out about the death Brahim J. Jeffocoat and I want to thank him and all the soldiers for the sacrifice they did for our country and I hope that they rest in peace and they will never be forgotten."
Tammy Beck of Goliad, Texas/USA

"To the Jeffcoat family,

I had the priviledge of working with Brahim at Philadelphia Advocate Program. Brahim and I had adjoining offices. Every morning when I came in, he had a smile on his face and would always come into my office to ask how I was. He was so honest and gentle to everyone. Our clients loved him and he knew how to make people laugh and always made people feel welcome. What I remember most about Brahim was how excited he was when he found out he was going to be a father. The love he had for his little girl even before she was born was incredible to see. She can grow up knowing that her father loved her so much and that he was a good, caring and responsible man who was loved by so many. It saddens me so much that such a wonderful person was taken from this world so quickly, but his memory and the impact he had on people's lives will never fade. Brahim was a hero before he ever went to Iraq. I was heartbroken to hear the news of his death. I can't imagine the pain you are going through at this time. You along with Brahim will remain in my prays. I am honored to have known him and to have been able to call him my friend. God bless you all during this very difficult time and know that Brahim will live in my heart always."
Erin Gallagher of Phoenixville, PA

"I worked with Brahim in an outpatient clinic in Philadelphia. He was one of the gentlest, kindest, funniest people I knew. He could play the best practical jokes one minute and the next he would be serious. All the patients and their families loved him and when he decided to leave for another job they were so disappointed. Brahim could calm anyone down and we would ask him to intervene with the ornery office supply person to get the supplies we needed. He always came through. When he told us that he would going to be deployed, someone asked him if he was scared. I will never forget his answer, "I'm not afraid of going. I'm afraid of not coming back". There was not a dry eye in the office. I am terribly saddened by his loss - his loss diminishes us all. God bless his family and his memory."
Allene Lyons of Philadelphia, PA

"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

"To the family and friends of Brahim, I am sorry for your loss, Brahim is a true hero and will never be forgotten. Our family shares in your sorrow we lost my brother SPC Shawn Davies 7-8-04. May god be with you until you are with Brahim again."
Toni Peters, (toniannp@sbcglobal.net of Concord, OH

"DEAR JEFFCOAT FAMILY; THE LOST OF BRAHIM IS ESPECIALLY HARD ON OUR FAMILY. WE LOST OUR SON LAST YEAR IN BALAD, IRAQ. WE UNDERSTAND YOU HURT AND PAIN. OUR PRAYS ARE WITH BRAHIM AND YOUR FAMILY. BRAHIM YOU WILL NEVER EVER BE FORGOTTEN PAL! THANK YOU FOR SERVING ALONG SIDE OUR SON AND FOR OUR COUNTRY. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"ARMY SGT BRAHIM J. JEFFCOAT -
You are an American Hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten by a grateful nation. Rest well brave soldier.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Brahim and may memories comfort you during this most difficult time and always.
AMERICA SALUTES SGT BRAHIM J. JEFFCOAT"
Brad and Dorothy Burt of Portsmouth, RI

"To the Jeffcoat Family, I wish to offer to you my deepest condolences. Your Brahim will always be remembered and honored. Brahim is a true hero. May God Bless you all and God Bless Brahim."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

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

"Thank you Brahim Jeffcoat, 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. Brahim Jeffcoat:
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 Brahim 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. Brahim Jeffcoat:
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 Brahim, 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