Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. 1st Class Ruben J. Villa Jr.

36, of El Paso, Texas.
Villa died in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from a non-combat related cause. Villa was assigned to the Area Support Group (CFLCC) , Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Died on August 18, 2006.

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"To the family of:Ruben J. Villa Jr.
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""

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"Sgt. First class Ruben Villa was one of the greatest men I have had the honor to serve under. He had a great sense of humor and really took care of his soldiers. He displayed every value that the army instilled in its soldiers and he lived by them himself. If the nation ever had a greater loss it would be that of this American Soldier. He really stuck out his neck for me and I thank him every day for his kindness. Thank you, Sgt. Villa, for all that you did for me. You cared when no one else did. Thank you! I hope you know how many people loved you and still love you. You took a piece of us with you when you died. I'm sorry I wasn't there to help you like you helped me. God bless you. You are not forgotten."
Spc. Karey E. Howard of Rochester, MN

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Sgt. 1st Class Ruben J. Villa, Jr.:
Ruben 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Ruben was my 1st NCOIC and has stayed my mentor throughout my military career. I was stationed with him in FT Lewis from 1994 to 1997. He was a leader, a friend and a great father. He has pushed me and lead me to become a NCO I hoped he was proud of my performance as a NCO and now I have become an Officer and pray for 1/2 an NCO to work for me that he was. I will never forget my mentor my friend Ruben Villa."
2LT Michael Knapp of Iraq

"We eat, sleep and live in freedom thanks to you. Please continue to watch over us as you did so proudly for our country."
Lamonde of El Paso

"Ruben looks like a good father and i like to send his family a bleesing of love. God bless him and his family."
marie p. of el paso tx

"ruben looks like a good father and i like to send his family a bleesing of love"
marie p. of el paso tx

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Ruben will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike C. of El Paso, Texas

"Thank you Ruben Jr., 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. 1st Class Ruben Jr.:
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 Ruben 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. 1st Class Ruben Jr.:
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 Ruben, 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