Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Myla L. Maravillosa

24, of Wahiawa, Hawaii.
Maravillosa died in Kirkuk, Iraq, of injuries sustained earlier that day in Al Hawijah, Iraq, when her HMMWV was attacked by enemy forces using rocket-propelled grenades. She was assigned to the C Company, 301st Military Intelligence Battalion, Honolulu, Hawaii. Died on December 24, 2005.

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"I have been reading about The Fallen on militarytimes.com looking for people I used to serve with, if I ever came across one. I served in both the US Army and the US Air Force. I was with the USAF during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Today, I came across you Sergeant Myla Villalosa. Thank you for your sacrifice and looking at your pictures were testament of your loyalty to this country. I cry for your nanay but I know you are in a better place. I wish we had met since we both have fascinations with living in religious orders. God Bless You sister Myla. Pagpalain ka sana ng Panginoong Diyos at pati iyong Nanay. Taos pusong pasasalamat sa iyong serbisyo.
Sgt. Vince S., San Jose, CA."
Vince S. of San Jose, CA, USA

"RIP. I've stopped by the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady Of Peace in downtown, Honolulu, HI, where there was a memorial service held in your memory. The Daughters of St. Paul have a little memorial for you in their chapel across the street. Pray for us. Mahalo nui loa, Aloha and RIP."
Capt. L. Chun (USAF, Ret).) of Kailua, Oahu, HI

"It has been over 11 years since I heard the news about her passing. I was in Iraq assigned to the 415th MI Bn, part of the same group she was assigned to. I have worn a bracelet for her for the last 11 years and still think of her even though I never met her personally. I want someone to know that she is still being remembered by those of us who had the honor of serving with her, even if we didn't know her personally. God Bless you and your family Myla! Always Out Front!"
SSgt Christopher Bock-Bacalao of Columbus, OH USA

"I remember you."
SFC K (ret.) of Honolulu, HI

"I still think of you and your family, Myla. You will never be forgotten."
CW3 Julie Gamble of McDonough, GA

"Today, September 2, 2013 I ran in the "Run for the Fallen" 5K in Djibouti, Africa in memory of my Soldier, SGT Myla Maravillosa."
SGM Robert Gessler of Djibouti, Africa

"I was deployed in Iraq in Nov 2005 and I learned about your passing the next month. In your memory I got myself a bracelet with your name on it and I remember you always especially every Christmas Eve...and next month, August 11, 2012, I will wear a Bib with your name on it when I run in the "Run for the Fallen" in Fort Campbell, KY in remembrance of you. I am now Retired and Like you, I am of Filipino descent and proud to served in the US Army. We never meet but I will always remember your ultimate sacrifice."
Armi TGA Rhodes of Fort Campbell, KY

"I will be running in the Fort Jackson "Run For The Fallen" on AUG 18, 2012 in honor of Myla. Her name will be on my number plate."
SFC J. Quebec of Fort Jackson, SC

"There is no greater glory, than to risk one's life, that others may live free from tyranny. A family's sacrifice of a loved one, deserves the un-dying honor and respect of those around them. May God bless Myla and her family. My family thanks you."
Officer J. C. Drummond of Arizona, USA

"You are never, will never be forgotten. To Sgt Maravillosa's family, thank you for giving her such a bright lightness, may you carry it with you always."

"I never met you until that fatal day. I remember that day like it was yesterday...as every day I have spent in this war. Every x-mas eve since has had you as a memory. I prayed for you and I am sorry I could not save you. You will forever be engraved in my memories."

"We will never forget her. Our Friend and Teammate."
Her Team of Oklahoma, Kansas, Hawaii, Missouri

"December 20, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Myla L. Maravillosa:
Myla 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

"To Myla, her family and friends-
I wear a bracelet inscribed,
"Sgt Myla Maravillosa USA
KIA 24 December 2005 Hawijah Iraq."
Although I have not met Myla,
I am proud to share her bravery with others. Myla will never be forgotten.
I work with children, and their reverence and prayers for Myla are true.
The blessings of her courage stand proud before God on this anniversary of her death on Dec 24. I will pray for peace in the name of our holy trinity and Myla's sacrifice.
(for other memory bracelets honoring our military: www.no-mac.com)"

""To The Family Of Myla MARAVILLOSA"

Often we hear of wars in far off places, but we do not feel the
impact of such wars until it affects someone close to us. To lose Myla
who was only 24, is a family tragedy. My only comfort is knowing that Myla was
undertaking a noble cause of protecting those around her, and has now left
us to go to a better place. Myla, you will always be missed but never forgotten by your love ones. We also lose a love one, SFC Joselito Villanueva in Balad four years ago. God Bless our BAYANI."
Raymond ONAS of Vancouver, B.C; Canada"

"To the family of Sgt. Myla Maravillosa:
Although we never met, I can tell from the comments here that she truly was a hero, and it's because of the brave men and women like her that I've decided to enlist.
Thank you for protecting us all."
Elisa of Riverside Co., CA

"god biyayaan ikaw
god bless you"
Kenley F. of San Juan Capistrano, CA

"SGT M., you trained with us, you went to Iraq with us, and you're with us now for the rest of our lives. The soldiers of the 415th MI Bn considered you one of us then, and we will forever. We miss you, M."
Jeremy White of Lake Charles, LA

"On August 26, 2006, we will dedicate a memorial stone at Punchbowl Cemetery honoring those whose sacrifice gives us the honor of carrying on their legacy of freedom and liberty. Your name will appear on the program. Mahalo from Oahu Chapter 858, Vietnam Veterans of America."
Luis Parker of Ewa Beach, HI

"Thank you, Soldier.

Salamat din po, Nanay."
Julius Mesias of Oceanside, CA

"To the family of:Myla L. Maravillosa 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. She 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 will never forget your face when you came through Kuwait for RFI. We talked for about 45 minutes, My wife is from the same place as your mother,(Bohol,Pillipines) God does everything for a reason, and only he knows, we don't question it. Much love to your family. I recently got married in Bohol, not far from your grave site. As I stood over your grave I can't help but wonder what you could have been. Never the less, you will always be in my prayers. Mahaliki Ta Myla!"
Kirk V. Sledge SGM (RET.) of Kuwait

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Myla will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS. "

"Thank you Myla Maravillosa, 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. Myla Maravillosa:
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 Myla for the sacrifice she 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. Myla Maravillosa:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. She 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 Myla, 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