Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Irving Medina


22, of Middletown, New York.
Medina was traveling in a convoy when it struck an improvised explosive device in Baghdad, Iraq. He was assigned to 4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. Died on November 14, 2003.

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"Irving,

Te extrañamos tanto, ha pasado ya tanto tiempo pero el dolor de aquel dia sigue presente, recuerdo cuando nos estabas imitando a todos nos reíamos hasta casi hacernos pipi jaja.. nunca te olvido primito siempre estas en mis pensamientos y en cada paso que doy asi como Enriquito, siempre van a estar en mi corazón por el resto de mi vida... espero que el día en que nos reunamos podamos reír como aquel día... te amo con todo mi corazón y daría lo que fuera por volverte a ver aunque sea un segundo...

Besos al cielo mi Irvingcito adorado..."
Karen López Medina Prima of Ciudad de Mexico

"11-14-2016

Irv,
I still think of this day as the first hardest day of my entire life. I still find it hard to believe that it's been 13 years since we were notified that you were killed in Iraq. It seems like it was just yesterday that this horrible nightmare began. I often think of getting that phone call from daddy that changed all of our lives forever. We have changed and will never be the same that we were on November 13, 2003 (the day before you were called to be with God), this last 13 years have been painful but I often find comfort in knowing that one day we will be reunited. I miss you so much little brother. I often reminisce about our trips to Disney and how we talked on the phone almost everyday. You were always a positive person and would always find a way to put a smile on our face. I love you so much Irving!!! Please continue to watch over us. Rest In Peace my angel"
Jenny, A Loving Sister

"Otro año Irving desde esa tarde terrible en que nos dieron la noticia de tu muerte. Ya son trece años y no puedo arrancar de mi mente ese dia, aunque trato de pensar menos en esos momentos tristes, y pienso mas en recordar todo los bonitos recuerdos que vivi cuando estabas con nosotros. Jamas te voy a olvidar Irving y menos dejare de amarte. Cuando alguien pregunta que cuantos hijos tengo, siempre contesto cuatro pues tu y Gery siempre estan presentes en mi vida.te amo hijo y se que algun dia me reunire contigo. Jorge Medina"
Jorge Medina of Middletown New York

"I'm sorry dawg! I miss more than you know, thank you for being good to me!"
Jason ross of Sacramento,ca

"7-14-2016
Happy Birthday Irv!! I love you and miss you always. It hurts so much to think how long it's been since I last saw your smiling face. Please continue to watch us and remember that we all love you so much."
A Loving Sister, Jenny Medina-Celestin of Alexandria, VA

"5-30-16
Irv, I miss you more than words can ever express. Today we reflect on the price that many have paid for all of us to have the freedoms that we so much enjoy. One day we will be reunited again. I love you my little brother. You will never be forgotten. RIP"
Jenny, A Loving Sister of Alexandria, VA

"Today we celebrate you and all the other men and women that have made the ultimate sacrafice for this country. Thank you for your service! You may be gone but you are never forgotten. Te Amo my friend!"
April LaBagh of St. Pete FL

"12-31-2015

Happy New Year Irv!! Miss you my little brother. Until we meet again."
Jenny, A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"11-14-15
Irv, twelve years have passed since God called you home. I often wonder what life would be like if you were still here but then I remember how lucky and blessed I was to call you my little brother and to really know you for 22 years. You will always live in my heart forever. I know that one day we will get to see each other again.

Rest In Peace
7/14/81 - 11/14/03"
Jenny Medina-Celestin, A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"11-11-15
Happy Veterans Day Irv! I miss you so much. Time has passed but the pain remains there, there's always a feeling of emptiness in our hearts and more during special days such as this one. I love you and wish you could be here with us but one day we will be reunited.
Rest In Peace my little brother."
Jenny Medina-Celestin, A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"Just wanted to let you know I was thinking of you. And to say Thank you again for your sacrifice. You are gone but you are never forgotten. Te Amo my friend!"
April LaBagh of St. Pete, FL

"7-14-15

Happy Birthday Irv!! I miss you so much but I know that you're celebrating big with all of our loved ones. I love you and I miss your smile. Keep watching over us, siempre te amaremos."
A Loving Sister, Jenny Medina-Celestin of Alexandria, VA

"5-25-15 Happy Memorial Day Irving! Thinking of you today and always. I know you are looking down on all of us with that great smile and saying "Don't worry, it dont matter. It aint no big thing!" Me haces tanta falta, siempre te amare. <3 Sarita"

"You are missed so much! Te Amo my friend"
April LaBagh of St. Pete

"Just wanted to drop by and say Hi and I was thinking of you today. Te Amo"
April of St. Petersburg, FL

"11/11/14

Happy Veterans Day Irv!!!
I miss you dearly. The last 11 years have been hard but I find strength in knowing that one day I will see you again.
Rest In Peace my little brother.
I love you!"
Jenny, A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"Miss your phone calls on this day but I can feel your presence with me on this day. Love you bro!! Miss you lots. Rest In Peace"
Jenny, A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"Irving, I cant believe its almost 11 years. I can still remember your smile and your laugh. I remember hanging out in class at BOCES, I'll never forget it. You made a lasting impression on everyone you touched. Football season is here, I know you'll be watching our 49ers with me! Miss you!"
Rebecca

"7-14-14
HAPPY BIRTHDAY IRV!!

Miss you so much."
A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"I miss you so much."

"To the family and brothers in arms of Irvin Medina; time flies rapidly, but memories stay for ever. SPC Medina will always be in my memories as a great, motivated soldier with a good sense of humor. RIP my brother. dencansa en paz hermano, SSG Ibarra"
Ibarra, Bartolo of victorville CA

"Thinking of you now, rest in eternal Bliss my friend."
Sergeant Gardener of Lake Elsinore, CA

"Irving,
I would just 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.

Primes Aut Nullus"

"11/11/13
Happy Veteran's Day Irv!
Your memory will live on forever. Rest In Peace. Love you always."
Jenny Medina-Celestin, A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"Remembering you today and always. Rest in Peace."
Sergeant Gardener of Orange, California

"To the family...me and your son was in the same unit such a great guy still hurts when I think about him he was one of a kind ..I'm sorry for your loss"
Robert montgomery of anniston alabama

"There are so many good memories...it's hard to believe that you have been gone for 10years, I regret not keeping in touch after I moved and hate that all these social media sights came out after you were already gone, so I never got the chance to reconnect with you. My fondest memory of you was when we dated for a brief time and we were out in front of the school hanging out and you taught me how to say I love you in Spanish, Te Amo...I will never forget that day and although our dating relationship was short lived, you were always such a great friend with a big heart! You are missed every day! Te Amo my friend...Te Amo!!!"
April LaBagh of St. Pete, FL

"I didn't know him very much, but I was sure he was a very great man. As is with all troops that give the ultimate sacrifice for this nation. I still vividly remember the Wake ceremony, when I was very, very young. I was too young to comprehend what death really meant and what it meant to truly serve your country.
What he has done has inspired me to one day serve, as well. To return the service he has given to me and the rest of the American people. It is an honor to attend the 10 year anniversary since that tragic day. Thank you for your service, you will never be forgotten in the hearts of our family, your friends, and every comrade you've served with."
Robert Artiga of Leonardtown, Maryland

"hey brother wanted to write you to let you know that your still in my thoughts everyday. i miss you so much brother i still remember are plans to get out at the same time and hang out. brother you are gone but will never be forgotten love you brother"
william moon of houston Texas

"Love. U bro u ware from.Mexico and I was.a country boy and we lived across from him.in the.barracks we were instally became friends while on mid tour leave I.found out he died I also found my wife Was cheeting I.was onmy way to.kill.her and I knew Medina wouldlnt like it......I love and miss him"
Tracy Rubley of Sheffield,Al 35660?

"Irving, I honor your memory in this the tenth year since you returned to the maker of the Universe. I smile when I think about our discussion of faith the night before your incident and how strongly you talked about your trust and faith in God. I pray for your love ones always as i know you keep watch over us all. Te Amo mi hermano"
Sergeant Gardener (Sabre 1N) of Lake Elsinore, California

"To the Medina family;

My name is First Sergeant Antonio Rico, I was Staff Sergeant Rico almost 10 year ago and your son was my driver on that horrible day. I just retired from the military and reside in Los Angeles, CA. I have that day in my thoughts everyday and if you are willing; I would love to share your son's 10 year anniversary with you. I miss him so much and I would like to open up and share my relationship and final conversation with Irving. My number is 931-307-6823. Take care and Irving, I miss you buddy. I truly do miss you.."
1SG Antonio Rico (Retired) of Los Angeles, Ca

"Dear Irving,
I never met you but my son's name is Leland Irving.. you know his father. He went to Fort Riley with you, he served with you in Iraq. Before Leland was born his father took me to your final resting place. I saw your grave. His father said we have to have Irving as part of the baby's name in honor of you. On Sunday Andrew took Leland to meet you. Know that Andrew visits you every year. Know that I think of you when I write my son's name and know Leland Irving will also go visit you with his daddy."
Brenlie Vargas of Nanuet, NY

"5/27/13

Irving,

I did not know you for too long unfortunately, but I do have some very fond memories of you!! I remember you coming over all the time to see Sara and playing basketball and soccer with me outside. I remember a bunch of us went and played baseball in the field by the school and you graciously bought me ice cream after we all played soccer together. That was such a fun day. You also showed me some soccer tricks! You were always a great soccer player!!

I remember your smile and warm conversations with me. You were always a true friend to my family and I know I will see you again some day.

I still have your poster that says "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."

I look at it every night and it reminds me of you and to be ever thankful for all of the many patriots that made this country what it is!! Thank you!!"
Jesse of new york

"Hey Irv, thinking of you this Memorial Weekend and everyday. Can't thank you again for your sacrafice and all that you have done. I'm glad and honored to have known you and call you my friend! You are always missed but never forgotten. Te Amo!!.....never forget"
April LaBagh of St. Petersburg, FL

"Hi everyone, I'm Irving's sister. I wanted to know if any of you have pictures of my brother that you could share with me. With the 10th year anniversary of his death, I want to present my parents with a scrapbook of various pictures, quotes and other stuff that my brother did or said that might have made a small difference in someone's life. Please if you have any memories that you want to share with me so that I can put it in the scrapbook, I would truly appreciate it. Although it will be hard working on this project I think it could be therapeutic as well. I still can't believe that my little brother has been gone almost 10 years because it still feels like yesterday. I miss him so much but I hold on to my faith and know that one day I will see him again. Thank you in advance to those that can and will share a special moment that they might of had with my brother."
Jenny Medina-Celestin of Arlington, VA

"Hey Medina, today...I took the big step of trying to close some sad memories that I have of your death and I got a tattoo with your name, for what you did...there are no tattoo's, or words to express how deeply proud I am to still call you my friend! I love you! I remember speaking to you the morning before your death, and had I known that you were going to be with the Lord the next morning, I would have spent much longer speaking to you!"
Mike Clough of Grandville, MI

"3/14/2013

Irv, I can't believe that this coming November it will be 10 years since you were called home. I still remember it like it was yesterday and although I've learned to live with pain the void that your departure left behind gets deeper and deeper with each passing day. I love you my little brother. How I wish that you could be here with us, to make us smile with your amazing sense of humor. I know that you have not left us since I often feel your presence in my life. Thank you for always being my guardian angel. I miss you more and more each day. One day we will be reunited again."
JMC - A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"hola despues de todo este tiempo me doy el valor para ver si la familia de irving medina me dan el honor de conocerlos, mi nombre es antonio j de new york city por favor llamarme al 7182007944"
antonio juan of new york

"Hey Medina I wish u wère still alive I love u bto"
Tracy Rubley of Sheffield,Al 35660?

"Hi my Son, my hero. I just want to tell you that I love you and I miss you. Irv tommorrow your niners going to play against the falcons. Enjoy the game. I going to watch it,but I wish that the falcons can win the game. As always we like diferent teams. ok Irving good luck to your niners. Love my son."
Jorge Medina of Middletown New York

"We miss you little buddy! You will never be forgotten."
Jorge of Mankato, Mn

"When the guns lay silent and my weapon rests
When morning comes and greets me and puts medals on my chest;
I will weep and remember.
Don’t ask me why I cry for I might have to tell,
Show you what’s inside of me; the visions I have of hell.
For all that’s lost I remember now
And pain it racks my brow.

The eyes have seen the darkness fall, and I felt the fear of men
And here I am in the desert waste, preparing for home again.
Where is the Angel that guided me?
Where is the spirit true?
Where is my friend that I have lost?
My brother where are you?

Please join me at 1800 hours, no matter your time zone, or where you are in the world, and please take a shot for our lost brother Irving. He is always missed. I hope you are resting in peace brother."
Seth Pawli of Fort Leavenworth, KS

"11-11-12

Happy Veteran's Day Irv!!

Yesterday, I celebrated my bday and thoguht of you all day, 9 years ago yesterday was the last time that I heard your voice. You called me all the way from Iraq to wish me a happy bday. I will forever cherished that converstation, you continue to live in my heart. Thank you for always being a great brother and friend. I love you and miss you so much. Give Phil a hug for me."
JMC - A Loving Sister of Alexandria, VA

"Hi, Irving. I'm your cousin Cristian, I hope you remember me. I was just reading all the messages below and it's really touching the way they remember you. I, unfortunately, didn't have the opportunity to get to know you more, but I have heard so much about you. When someone in the family talks about you, they do it in such a joyful and happy way that surprises me and makes me realise how special and unique you were for them. Everyone does it that way, both my parents, both your parents, Ivan, Jenny, and as I have read so far, everyone who was ever related to you does it that way. I wish I could have known you a little bit more, you are still very special for all down here, and I really admire you for making all these people happy in some way. Even almost nine years after your depart, you're becoming someone's hero, and that someone is me. Thank you for doing everything you did to all those who now remember you in that way, because even it has been only by the stories I've heard, you have taught me how someone can make the difference in his/her family. Thank you for that. Receive a hug from me and mom."
Cristian, cousin of Mexico City

"ONCE AGAIN VETERANS DAY ITS ABOUT TO COME,AND EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE NOT WITH US I KNOW THAT YOUR FAMILY ITS SO PROUD OF YOU,NOT TOO LONG AGO I WAS AT YOUR GRAVE IT TOOK A WHILE BEFORE I COULD BE THERE ITS JUST THAT ITS HAS BEEN SO HARD FOR ME, I WAS RIGHT BEHIND YOU WE TRIED SO HARD TO SAVE YOU BUT UNFORTUNALETLY WE COULD NOT SAVE YOU . A TODA TU FAMILIA QUIERO DECIRLES QUE TU ERES UN HEROE"
SSG ANTONIO of NEW YORK

"I'm readin all these message's people have left for you and although it's been almost 9 years since the Lord called you home, you are never forgotten and remain in so many people's heart and memories. You will forever be a HERO and a dear friend. My biggest regret after I moved was losing touch with everybody, but I do have good memories to look back on. And I know you are in a better place and we will get to see each other again some day! But until then your in my thoughts and your family remains in my prayers! And as ALWAYS THANK YOU!!! Te Amo!!!"
April LaBagh of St. Petersburg, FL

"9/9/2012

Missing you little bro!!! Rest In Peace. I love you!"
Jenny Medina-Celestin, A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"Hey brother, I was just thinking about you and you sense of humor."
Elton of Lake Elsinore, California, USA.

"While attached to Service Battery 4/1FA as a recovery M88 driver/convoy gunner for maintenance platoon I remember speaking personally with SPC Medina a number of times and even hours before his convoy got hit while on radio watch. His death really hit home for me and I was jacked up for days after hearing about hit convoy."
SSG Christopher Gorman of Fort Campbell, KY

"SPC Medina,

You were a true trailblazer. One of the first troops to sacrifice all during OIF. The real OIF. We didn't have the vehicles, gear, knowledge, or training to protect ourselves from IEDs. It was the sacrifice of your life and others like you that have now created better EVERYTHING. You have saved so many soldiers lives. May your family be forever proud in knowing that you've saved so many after you."
Maurice Moore of Kabul, Afghanistan

"Hey mi amigo I miss you sir, but I know that you are one of my personal Angels, so I am cool with that, you are in his care. Until next time chao. I pondered about you and the others this past memorial day until sundown, twas a bittersweet day I must admit."
elton gardener of Orange, California

"Baseball season is in full swing again. I always think of our conversations of going to New York and watching a game together and just chilling in the city. I'm coming next season to see you and buy your ticket. The seat will be empty and even though I can't see you I'm gonna order you a beer and hope you enjoy the game with me. It never gets any easier knowing you're gone and seeing the pain that everyone goes through. I love you brother and I am relieved that you were chosen to walk in peace and love!! Till we meet again. Primus Aut Nullus and Te Amo!!!!"
Presley of Cupertino,CA

"28 May 2012
Irv, I wanted to let you know how proud I am to be your sister. Thank you for serving our country. Thank you for being so brave and defending the freedoms that many of us often take for granted. Although your military career didn't have a happy ending, I know in my heart that you served proudly and that you were a great Soldier. I wish that I could have saved your life, I would give mine up for you anyday. I love you little bro. On this memorial day I want you to know that I am proud to be serving and that I will continue the fight for you. I salute you SPC Medina."
Jenny Medina-Celestin of Arlington, VA

"Thinking of you this Memorial Day and remembering you and your Bravery! Thank you for all that you have done and for the sacrafice you made for this Country. You will always and forever be my HERO. You are missed but never forgotten!!! Te Amo"
April LaBagh of St. Petersburg, FL

"Was just thinking of you and wanted to drop by and say Hello!
Te Amo"
April LaBagh of St. Petersburg, FL

"Hi Irv,

I just wanted to let you know that I miss you so very much. Thank you for always looking out for me."
Jenny Medina-Celestin, A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"YA HA PASADO MUCHO TIEMPO DESDE QUE TE FUISTE NADIE PODRA REEMPLAZAR EL LUGAR QUE TUVISTE EN EL BATALLON, DESAFORTUNADAMENTE ESTO TE PASO A TI YO ESTUVE DETRAS DEL HUMVEE EN EL QUE TU IBAS , DIOS SABE PORQUE HACE LAS COSAS HACE UNOS DIAS ESTUVE EN TU GRAVE ME DIO UN SENTIMIENTO MUY GRANDE ME TOMO MUCHO TIEMPO PARA SUPERAR TODO ESTO Y POR FIN TUVE FUERZAS DE ESTAR EN DONDE ESTA TU TUMBA , QUIERO DECIRLES A TUS PADRES QUE TU ERES UN HEROE...."
SSG ANTONIO JUAN of NEW YORK

"Happy Valentine's Day Irving! Te Amo!!!"
April LaBagh of St. Petersburg, FL

"12/31/2011

Irv, I wanted to wish you a Happy New Year!! I know that you are celebrating it in Heaven along with Phil and all of our beloved ones. As I await the ball drop in NYC, I remember our crazy night out in 1998. We had fun all though you were out of control :)!! I love you and miss you so much!! Happy New Year little bro!!"
Jenny Medina-Celestin, A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"12/25/2011

Merry Christmas my little brother!! I miss you so much, Christmas has changed so much since your passing and even more now that Phil is not here either. I still remember the last time we were all hanging at mom's house eating at the table, you, Ivan, dad, Phil, mom and I. It was so much fun, we laugh and Phil felt so much like part of the family. Oh, bro how much I wish that I could turn back the hands of time, but I find the strength in all the great memories that we have of our childhood. I love you little brother. You're forever in my heart!!

Rest In Peace!! Give Phil a BIG hug for me!"
Jenny Medina-Celestin, A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"Merry Christmas Irving! I love you & miss you, don't party too hard with the other angels. Gone but never forgotten always with us :)if you get to see tio henry's son & my little brother up there tell them that we miss them very much & we wish them a merry christmas. love you cous!-Kathy"
katherine Chavarria of new windsor,ny

"11/24/11

Happy Thanksgiving Irving!! Today I am thankful for having had you as my little brother and although it was 22 short years, I am very grateful for all the great memories that I have of our childhood. I love you Irving!! Rest In Peace"
Jenny Medina-Celestin, A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"I am so sorry for your loss-I pray for him. Do you know if this was the convoy to Balad, and was he the Humvee gunner? If so, I was the gunner behind him..."
John Cummins of Murfreesboro, Tennessee

"Hola hijo, ya han pasado ocho anhos desde tu partida, ocho largos anhos y todavia no puedo superarlo, cada dia el dolor es mas profundo y aun hay dias en que no puedo contenerme y se llenan mis ojos de lagrimas y siento esta opresion en mi pecho, y me digo porque tenias que irte tu? gustoso yo hubiera cambiado mi vida por la tuya. Es muy dificil despertarme y saber que mi hijo, mi pequeno hijo no estara ahi para saludarme, para apoyarme, para decirme: Dont worry dad everything it
's going to be ok. Yo se hijo que me estaras viendo desde el cielo, puede ser que seas el angel que me cuida y me ayuda a soportar todo esto que me hace sufrir, pero te extrano, te extrano mucho y a veces me siento perdido sin escuchar tu voz. Cuando te volvere a ver no lo se, solo espero que sea muy pronto. Te amo hijito y siempre viviras en mis pensamientos y en mi corazon."
Jorge Medina of Middletown New York

"11/14/2011

Irving, I can't even put into words what I am feeling. I miss you more and more each day. I want to accomplish so much in your honor/memory, so that the world knows what a great son, brother, friend, cousin, man etc you were. You were always so positive and always so willing to help anyone in need. I have tried to adopt those ways in my life. Thank you for being a great brother, thank you for such wonderful memories that you left me with. I was the last one in the family to have heard your voice, never did I imagine that it would have been the last. I would of kept you on the phone for a lot longer. Thank you for always putting a smile on my face since you had a great sense of humor. Rest In Peace little brother. Never forgotten!!"
Jenny Medina-Celestin, A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"Wow, I can't believe it's been 8yrs ago today that you joined our Father in Heaven. You have made so many people proud and even after 8yrs your memory still lives on strong with so many people. You have touched so many lives. I am honored to have known you and be your friend and for a short time something more. You are a GREAT MAN! And you and your family as well as all the other men and women who have sacraficed their lives and their loved ones will always be my HEROS! So today we celebrate the life a Wonderful Man, his courageous acts and all the wonderful memories he left us with. R.I.P Irving, you may be gone but never forgotten! Te Amo!!!"
April LaBagh of St. Petersburg, FL

"Irvingggg!!! HOY HACE 8 AÑOS QUE TE FUISTE Y PARECIERA COMO SI FUERA AYER...SABES A VECES TE SUEÑO MUCHO,,, DE LA VEZ QUE ESTABAS ARREMEDANDO A TODOS Y QUE NOS MORIAMOS DE LA RISA...PORQUE LO HACIAS TAN BIEN QUE MI ABUELITA HASTA SE ENOJO DE TANTA RISA QUE LE DABA..JA..!!1 RECUERDO ESPECIALMENTE CUANDO TE DECIA ERNESTO Y ME DECIAS QUE YA NO ME IBAS A HABLAR...JA..!!! TE EXTRAÑAMOS MUCHO Y SIEMPRE CADA DIA DE MI VIDA SE QUE ESTAS CONMIGO...!!!!ACOMPAÑANDOME EN TODO...TE QUIERO MUCHO EN DONDE QUIERA QUE ESTES...YA SE QUE ERES UNA ANGEL Y HAS DE SER FENOMENAL...TE AMO0OO POR SIEMPRE Y PARA SIEMPRE MI PRIMITO LINDO...!!"
Prima: Karen Medina of Mexico, City

"I just wanted you to know my friend that I have never forgotten you!I miss you greatly. It's been 8 yrs since that fateful day and they never get any easier! I hope we make you proud where your at and you will always be in our hearts. Thanks for your friendship,I treasure it till this day! Primus Aut Nullus"
Presley of Cupertino,CA

"11/10/2011

Irv, Oh how much I miss your phone calls on my bday, no matter where you were you would always take time to call me on my bday. I miss you more each day. I hold our last phone converstation 8yrs ago dearly in my heart. I never thought it would have been the last. I love you and I hold you close to my heart. I have faith that when my days on earth are over, you will be there to greet me along with Gerald, Phil and all of our loved ones that are with you. Estas en mi corazon siempre. Rest In Peace Irv!!"
Jenny Medina-Celestin, A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"AUNQUE NO TE CONOCI MUCHO ESTABAMOS EN EL MISMO BATALLON Y DESAFORTUNAMENTE TE PASO ESO A TI YO ESTABA DETRAS DE TI EN EL OTRO HUMVEE PERO DIOS TE TIENE EN LA GLORIA Y ESTA VIGILANDO TU FAMILIA"
SSG ANTONIO of NEW YORK

"10.30.2011

Irv,
Today I dedicate my run at the Marine Corps Marathon to you. I know that you were there with me every step of the way. I felt your presence and I know that somehow I found the strength to keep on going. I finished it and it was great. I love you little brother, miss you terribly. One day we'll be together again. RIP Siempre te recordare y te amare!!"
Jenny Medina-Celestin, A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"Irv,
I can't help to think how life would be if the events of 9/11/2001 didn't happen. First of all thousands of families would not be grieving the loss of their loves. Although, you were not killed on 9/11/01, I believe that you would still be alive if this day never happened. I would be a sister-in-law, an auntie and most important a big sister. I miss you so much and wish that I could take daddy's and mom's pain away. Rest In Peace my Guardian Angel"
Jenny, A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"10 September 2011

10 years ago you were in Basic Training in Fort Sill, OK. You were training to defend our country but never in our wildest dreams did we think that the next day, your training would be put to a test. Our country would come under attack and you and the other trainees would prepare yourselves to defend our country. On September 11, 2001 you were made aware of the attacks and were given a chance to call home. You wrote me a letter on that day and told me that you were ready to defend our Nation. As a fellow Soldier and as your sister I was proud to have you on our team. I know that you were a great Soldier that you would have made a great leader to others but your life was taken way too soon. You excelled in the short time that you were in the Army. I am proud to call you my little brother and my brother in arms. As I reflect back on the last 10 years I can’t help but to think of what life would be like if you were still here. I miss you more than anyone can ever imagine but I find strength in knowing that you are resting in Heaven's high. You are my hero because I believe that it takes a courageous person to serve our country. You didn't find a way to hide from your commitment to serve our country. I will always admire your positive outlook on life. I miss you dearly my little brother! Rest In Peace!"
Jenny, A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"You hear things about what are you going to remember this Sept 11th as we mark the 10yr anniversary of the bombings and you came to my mind. I thought about you and all the other people who lost their lives because of that day. Even though you didn't die on that day, your life was still sacraficed because of that day and what happened that caused you to be over there in the first place, so on 9/11 I'm going to remember you and our friendship and the great memories and the sacrafice you made. I'm going to remember the people who lost their life on that day and the men and women who have sacraficed their lives to save those who needed help and for the men and women in our armed forces who lost their lives and I'm going to pray for them and their families that they may have peace in their hearts instead of pain and that they will celebrate the life instead of mourning the loss and they will know their loved ones are in a better place even though it's not here on earth with us. I want you to know how proud I am of you and how greatful I am for having the chance to know you and be part of your life. You will forever be in my heart and always in my memories. Te Amo-Never forgotten."
April LaBagh of St. Petersburg, FL

"07/14/2011

Happy Birthday Irving!!! I never pictured our lives this way. I always thought of celebrating big birthdays with you. I miss you so much and wish you could be here with us to celebrate this day. I love you so much!!! I still remember us playing when we were young with aunt Karen :-). Rest In Peace little bro!! Pray that you are celebrating in Heaven along with all of our loved ones that are in heaven with you."
Jenny Medina-Celestin, A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"Irving, your missed so much by all of us. I just wanted to say happy birthday & I hope your partying up there along with all of our other angels and heros. I saw your dad the other day and he was telling me about the time I used to pull pranks on you and ivan and he had a smile on his face knowing your in a better place. I love you so much and we all miss you. Can't wait to see you again soon! [[Your little cousin Katherine Chavarria]]"
Katherine P. Chavarria of new windsor,ny,usa

"Hey Irv, just wanted to stop by and send you some Happy Birthday wishes! Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Dear Irving, Happy Birthday to you! Hope you have a Wonderful Birthday in Heaven! You surly are missed here! Te Amo!"
April LaBagh of St. Petersburg, FL

"7/8/2011

I love you Irving, Miss you so much!!!"
Jenny Medina-Celestin, A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"hi irving happy fourth of july!!!!!!!!! i am wearing my hero bracelet in memory of you today and thinking of u i miss u so much love u!!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxoxoxoxx"
Sara of NY

"Hey Irving, it's elijah. I've been really saddened in my heart to the point where I cry just thinking about the last time we spoke. You really were a great friend and helped me out in basic training and AIT. I just feel so sad because the last time we saw each other we got into anargument...now your gone and it's been so many years since I've wanted to tell you how sorry I am and wish that day never happened. I miss you bro. I still have pictures of us from basic training goofing off and having fun. I miss you. I've been going through a lory of hard times myself dealing with ptsd from the deployment and I wish all the bad memories could just go away. God bless you Irving and I hope to see you again.oh and just wanted you to know, I wear a memorial bracelet with your name on it everyday. RIP my friend........i just can't tell you enough how much you are missed."
SSG Garcia (RET) of WA

"I love you Irving today and always! Te adoro. Me haces tanta falta!! I have been thinking of you so much lately, it has been so many years but you truly left a mark on my heart that will never be erased no matter what. I just wanted to share this with you and my eternal gratitude for your service to our great nation. Thank you for being such a great and brave man and soldier and meaning so much to so many people. Today as we celebrate patriotism day in my school, I am proudly wearing your dog tags and your class ring that you gave me to show your love for me. I am here because I want to show my neverending love for you. You are truly missed in my heart I will never forget you!!!! Estoy pensando en ti mucho, no puedo dejar de pensar en ti. Tu eres y siempre seras mi inspiracion te amo y te amare por siempre xoxoxoxo!!!!!!!! Que en paz descanse mi amor
con muchisimo carino
Sarita xoxoxo"
Sarita of NY

"05-30-2011
Irv,
On this Memorial Day, I want you to know that your sacrifice to our country has never gone unnoticed. You are my hero!! I miss you dearly but I know that one day we will be reunited again. Rest In Peace SPC Irving Medina, Beloved Son, Brother and Friend. We will always love you! Gone But Not Forgotten."
Jenny Medina-Celestin, A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"Hey it is memorial day again and I always think of you. And playing soccer, and conversations about family and friends and credit balances in kuwait. I pray god keeps you safe."
JKY of USA

"5-26-2011

Irv,
As Memorial Day approaches sad memories come to mind. First of all I want to say THANK YOU for your service to our country and for your ultimate sacrifice, I know that you served proudly. I miss you so much little brother, I need you so much. I am sorry for not being there for you on your last day on earth. As a big sister my job was to always watch over you and I feel that I've failed you. I hope you know that if I could I would change everything about that horrible November 14th day. It's been 7 1/2 years since you left to be with GOD and yet it still feels like yesterday. Never did I imagine life this way. I always thought I would get to see you grow old, married with kids (my nieces and nephews). You were always so full of life, always making people laugh. You are my HERO and my motivation to keep serving our country. I love you Irv!! Rest In Peace little brother of mine!"
Jenny Medina-Celestin, A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"So we got some great news last night that they finally killed Bin Laden, and my first thought was of you and the sacrafice that you made and your family made. It made me feel like your death had a purpose and there was a sense of satisfaction knowing that they got the person that took you away from all of us way too soon. You are missed every day and will never be forgotten! Thank you for making the sacrafice that you did! You will always be my HERO!! Te Amo!!!"
April LaBagh of St. Petersburg, FL

"Irv,

I know that you are probably watching from Heaven about Bin Laden. I know how you felt when NY and DC got attack by his terrorist actions. This day will do down in history. I love you little brother. Rest In Peace."
Jenny Medina-Celestin, A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"Miss you so much Irv. Our family is not the same without you. I love you little brother!"
Jenny Medina-Celestin, A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"Hey Irving just wanted to drop by and say hi and let you know how much you are missed! Te Amo!!"
April LaBagh of St. Petersburg, FL

"1/1/2011

Happy New Year Irv!!! Love you and miss you more than ever. Thinking about our crazy night in Times Square. Wish we could of had many more. I love you little brother. Rest In Peace"
Jenny Medina-Celestin, A loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"11-14-2010

Irving,

What can I say, another year without your presence. It's been seven years that life changed for the whole family. I still remember the last time that you called me, I would have never imagined that it would be the last. I love you and miss you so much. I know that you are resting in heaven and that one day I will see you and Phil again. Please give him a hug for me and tell him that I love him. I love you so much little bro. Life will never be the same without you. Rest In Peace!"
Jenny Medina-Celestin, A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"We tell the story and remember you as a hero,time has gone by quickly and yet it seems it was yesterday.We drank for you and evan my daughter had a story of rememberance."
Sid Sizemore of Abilene,KS

"Wow, I can't believe anther year has almost passed that you departed us & went to Heaven. There is not a day that goes by that you aren't missed by somebody. I so wish we would have been able to keep in touch after I moved, I was so heartbroken when I found out what happened & even more when I found out it was years later and I wasn't there for your funeral,so to me this is still all so fresh. But know that anytime I am up that way I will always come by to visit. We have some good memories. There is always one that sticks out most and always brings me a smile-Te Amo! THANK YOU for your sacrafice & all the wonderful memories! You are always & forever will be in my heart! Te Amo!!!"
April LaBagh of St. Petersburg, FL

"Hi my son, you know how much I mist you everyday I wake up hoping that I can see you again and talk to you. But that not happen. I hope that soon I can see you again. Irving I love you my son and mist you so much."
Jorge Medina of Middletown NY

"Thank you Irving for your sacrifice. It has been an honor to meet a member of your family and learn about you."
TJB

"Miss you bro! Me and Jimmy were just talking about you."
Eli Colson of Back in Afghanistan

"Brother, you are still missed. First or Not at all!"
Aaron Emerson (former SPC HHB 4-1 FA) of Kansas City, KS

"8/15/10

Miss you Irv!
Wishing you were here still.

Love you!"
Jenny Medina-Celestin, A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"7-14-2010

Irv,

I just wanted to say Happy 29th Birthday!! I miss you dearly and hope that you are celebrating big time in heaven along with Phil and Danny. Wish I had one more day with all of you.

I LOVE YOU!!"
Jenny Medina-Celestin of Arlington, VA

"Just wanted to drop by and leave some Birthday wishes! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! You are missed & loved very much! We only got 1 more year till the big 30, where has all the time gone, it seems like yesterday we were just in High School. I wish we could go back just have anther moment together, but there are plently of good memories I am left with. Te Amo & Feliz Cumpleanos!!!"
April LaBagh of St. Pete, FL

"My Brother and friend I was just writing about our journey in Iraq, so I just came by the say that I miss you still and you and your family has a special place in my heart always.
Primus Aut Nullus Mi amigo"
E. Gardener, SGT(P), Veteran of OIF I/III. of Tustin, California/USA

"6/20/10

Miss you Irv!!"
Jenny Medina-Celestin of Arlington, VA

"Hey Irving, sorry I didn't get to stop in yesterday, but wanted to let you know I was thinking of you & how very proud I am of you & all of our fallen soldiers. Thank You for all that you did & to your family, Thank You for all the wonderful memories. You are always in my heart & forever my HERO! Te Amo!"
April LaBagh of St. Petersburg, FL

"Irving-
Thinking of you-look out for us up there!"
Melissa Loyas-Duncan of Lexington KY

"Just thinking about you on this Memorial Day weekend. You were a great friend. Never forgotten..."
J. Landon Emrick of Stuttgart, Germany

"MAY 30, 2010

Irv,
Where do I began? It's been over six year since you've been gone, but the pain still remains the same as that horrible Friday afternoon when we were informed that you had been killed in action. On this Memorial Day Weekend, I pray that you and all of our fallen heroes are resting in peace in God's arms. I miss you, I need you more than anything in this world. Our bond still hangs on strong little brother. Te quiero mucho! RIP Irv!!"
Jenny Medina-Celestin of Arlington, VA

"Hello. As the bugler that sounded Taps at his funeral, SPC Medina will never be forgotten. The Medina family continues to be in my prayers!"
Eric of West Point, NY

"Just wanted to drop in and say HI! Miss you! Te Amo!"
April LaBagh of St. Petersburg, FL

"i will never forget you IRVING!!!!!"
cono of mexico

"IRVING I MISSS U A LOT , BUT I KNOW THAT YOU NEVER leave us tanks for all the moments that you live with me your cousin ALAN"
ALAN of mexico

"missing you!"
Jenny Medina-Celestin of Arlington, VA

"Wow! I never like talking about that morning in our convoy and the ladt words you said to me. I'm so proud of you and you have only given me more inspiration to take car of my Soldiers, Always. I often think of you and why it was not me instead of you. I will always carry you in my thoughts and heart. Take care. Till we meet again."
Antonio Rico of FT Campbell, ky

"Happy Valentine's Day Irv!!

I love you and miss you!"
Jenny Medina-Celestin of Arlington, VA

"Happy New Year Irv!! I love you!! Miss you!!"
Jenny Medina-Celestin of Arlington, VA

"I love you!!"
Jenny Medina-Celestin of Arlington, VA

"Just dropping by to wish you and you family a Happy Holiday Season. Merry Christmas Buddy. Te Amo..always in my heart."
April LaBagh of St. Petersburg, FL

"11-26-09

Happy Thanksgiving Irv!!
I miss you very much. I hope that you, Phil and Danny are celebrating this day in heaven. Give them a big hug for me. I love you little bro.

Nunca te olvidare!"
Jenny Medina-Celestin, A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"11-14-09
Irv,
I can't believe that it's been six years since we got the horrible news. I still remember every second of that conversation. I miss you more than words can ever explanined. I love you little brother, you were always such a positive person and I wish that you were here to guide me through this rough time. I know that one day we will reunite. I pray that you are resting in peace, please give Phil my love and watch over him for me.

I love you!"
Jenny Medina-Celestin, A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"Just stoping by to say Happy Veterans Day! You gave the most ultimate sacrafice and you will never be forgotten for it! I still can't believe Sat will be 6yrs that you have been gone. I hope you are enjoyng Heaven & I will see you again one day there! You are always & forever will be my hero!!
Te Amo"
April LaBagh of St. Petersburg, FL

"Hey Irving, just thought I would come by & say hi. It's still so hard to believe that your gone. It's been awhile, but I don't think it's actually sunk in. We had some good times together. Hope heaven is treating you good. Miss You & Te Amo!"
April LaBagh of St. Pete, FL

"just thinking bout memories....R.I.P. Bro. im still around the Ft. Riley area.........We miss you. Tell Moreno I said whats up up there."
jonathan ellis of manhattan, Ks

"STOPPING BY TO SHOW YOU SOME LOVE. MISS YOU ALWAYS!"
KELLY SCHAEFER SCIALAMPO of CHARLESTON SC

"I just wanted to drop in and say hello & send some love your way. Miss you everyday! Lots of Love! XOXO"
April LaBagh of St. Petersburg, FL

"Irv,

I miss you so much, I have been through some really hard times this summer. Irv, I ask that you please take care of Phil and Danny, show them the way around. Please let Phil know that I love him with all my heart. My heart is broken into a million pieces. I would have never imagine that I would lose him too, I expected to grow old with him. I love you and miss you so much Irv."
Jenny Medina-Celestin, A loving sister of Arlington, VA

"Spc. Irving Medina,
I met you a few months before we deployed. Spc. Cordova and I sat and ate breakfast with you at the defac. My first impression of you was that you were a squared away soldier. You and I talked a few times after that while on details and whatnot, and I continued to think of you as a good man. It was an honor to have known and serve with you. Primus Aut Nullus, First or not at all my friend."
Sgt Everd Powell of Ft Stewart, Ga

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY IRV!!!

I Love You!! Can't believe it's been this long since we last celebrated your bday together. I love you and miss you so much! I know your spirit is helping me find the strength to go on without Phil. Please take care of him for me. I love you both so much!

Te recuerdo siempre!"
Jenny Medina-Celestin, A loving Sister and Wife of Arlington, VA

"Just wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday in Heaven! Wish we could be spending it with you. I will be by to see you next week. Te Amo!"
April of St. Pete, FL

"7/3/09
Hey Irving I found this website and wanted to leave a message. It's still so hard to believe you are gone. That our 10yr reunion is coming up and you won't be there to celebrate with us and show your smile, but you will be there in our hearts. I still cry at the thought of you being gone. I will be up in NY soon and will be by to see you.
Te Amo!! Always & Forever. You are my hero!

Jenny, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts & prayers. I hope this poem helps.
Do not Weep For Me

Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep.
I am Not There. I Do Not Sleep.
I Am A Thousand Winds That Blow.
I Am The Diamond Glint On Snow.
I Am The Sunlight On Ripened Grain.
I Am The Gentle Autumn Rain.
When You Awaken In The Morning's Hush,
I Am The Swift Uplifting Rush
Of Quiet Birds In Circled Flight.
I Am The Soft Stars That Shine At Night.
Do Not Stand At My Grave and Cry.
I Am Not There, I Did Not Die."
April LaBagh of St. Petersburg, FL

"Irv,

Please help Phil as he has joined you in Heaven. He has left me broken hearted and words can not explain the pain that I feel. I know that you and him are watching over all of us left here without your loving and caring ways. Irv, he was the one that helped me get through the pain of losing you and now he has left this earth. Although, I know he is no longer in pain it doesn't make it any easier. I miss you both so much and one day we will all be reunited but until then I ask you to please take care of him for me as he was my dearest husband."
Jenny Medina-Celestin, A Loving Sister and Wife of Arlington, VA

"Irving,
The last day I saw you will never ever leave my mind... you came to Hillside by chance when I lived there to see a friend.. we sat in your toyota talking..you told me you were going to the army.. i was kind of upset and told you you were crazy..you gave me a recruiters card with your cell number on the back.. I never got to call you and I regret it.. I miss the old memories of all of us on Main St. good times.. I miss you.. you were always a good friend...you will NEVER be forgotten.. :("
Linda R. of Middletown, NY

"Irving,

I know I do not stop by enough but I miss you still always and forever... I can not wait till the day when we can see eachother again and root the yankees on from that place above the clouds.."
your friend Kelly Schaefer Scialampo of Charleston SC

"HAPPY EASTER IRV!!!

I miss you and love you! May you be at peace in God's arms. I look forward to the day that I can see you again. I miss you so much Irv!"
Jenny Medina of A Loving Sister, Arlington, VA

"These four walls close in more everyday
And I'm dying inside
And nobody knows it but me

Like a clown I put on a show
The pain is real even if nobody knows
And I'm crying inside
And nobody knows it but me

Why didn't I say the things I needed to say
How could I let my angel get away
Now my world is a-tumblin' down
I can say it clearly but you're no where around

The nights are so lonely the days are so sad
And I just keep thinking about the love that we had
And I'm missing you
And nobody knows it but me

How blue can I get you could ask my heart
Just like a jigsaw puzzle it's been torn all apart
A million words just couldn't say just how I feel
A million years from now you know I'll be loving you still

The nights are so lonely the days are so sad
And I just keep thinking about the love that we had
And I'm missing you
And nobody knows it but me

The nights are so lonely
The days are so sad
I just keep thinking
About the love that we had
Nobody knows it but me

Irving, missing you more than words can say....:-("

"Hi Jenny Hope all is well with you and your family. Just checking in. antonio.norman@gmail.com"
Antonio Norman

"01-01-09

HAPPY NEW YEAR IRV!!!! I miss you so much. You will forever live in my heart. I miss getting that midnight phone call from you welcoming the new year. Te Quiero Mucho!!"
Jenny Medina, A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"12-25-08

Merry Christmas Irv,
Today I was reminiscing about our Christmas parties throughout our childhood. Do you remember staying up all night waiting to open our presents. How about playing outside with Karen, we used to have so much fun. Irv, I miss you more than words can say and as the new year approaches I can't help but to feel my heart ache since I know how much you loved bringing in the new year at Times Square. I wish that this could all be a dream but then I realize that it's real and that you will not be coming back home, but I pray that one day we will reunite in Heaven. One day we can sit and enjoy our converstaions just like old times. I love you Irv and miss you so much. You will forever live in my heart."
Jenny Medina, A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"11-27-08

Happy Thanksgiving Irv!!

Today I am grateful for having had the pleasure of having you as my little brother. God gave me the opportunity to be raised along side a great human being (my brother Irv). Today I am also grateful for all the memories that you left me with. Irv, I miss you more than words can say. You will live in my heart forever. I love you so much! Thank you for the great memories. You have taught me so much during this process. Te quiero y Extrano mucho!!"
Jenny Medina, A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"November 14, 2008
To the family of Spc. Irving Medina:
Irving 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

"11-14-08

Irv, today marks five years since our nightmare began. Your departure left an emptiness in my heart. I miss you more than words can ever explain. I sometimes find myself hoping that we can wake up from this nightmare but I realize that it's real. I wish that you were here with us, our lives will never be the same without you. Irv, I'm sorry that I could not be there to take care of you, I feel that I failed you as a big sister. How I recall our last converstation, I will forever treasure it in my heart. I pray for your brothers and sister in arms, for their safe return home.

I pray that one day we will reunite in GOD's Kingdom.

I love you little brother and miss you so much. You will live in my heart forever."
Jenny Medina, A loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"November 14, 2008

Al cielo,
le robe una estrella.
Al prado,
una rosa tan bella.
Al viento,
le pedi un momento.
contigo,
para poderte amar.
te quiero,
como nadie te quiso.
por miedo, es que no te lo digo.
Y al viento, que es mi unico amigo,
le pedi, te lo diga por mi....

te quiero, te quiero, te quiero mas no se..si puedo, si debo, por miedo, decir, que te quiero, te quiero, te quiero y
no
puedo
mas...
vivir sin ti...."

"Gone my friend yet never forgotten.You will ride with me no matter where I go."
Sid Sizemore of Abilene Kansas

"Irv,
I miss you so much!! I long to hear your voice, see your smile. Irv, a couple of days I found out that a good man, a friend died in Afghanistan (LTC JAMES WILEY). He leaves behind his lovely wife Reese, and 3 beautiful daughters. It hurts to know that he will no longer be around for his familly. He reminded me of you because while he was in Afghanistan he rediscovered himself. He wanted to help the Afghanis the same way that you did by reaching out to the children. Irv, it's hard to understand why things like this happen. Please show him around and give him a hug for me and tell him that I will pray for his family. Irv, you will always be my little brother, and I will never stop loving you, you will live in my heart forever."
Jenny Medina, A Loving Sister of Clermont, FL

"July 14, 2008

HAPPY B-DAY IRV!!

Yet another year has gone by without your smile. Irv people always said that with time the pain would ease but it's not true, I still feel the same pain and emptiness that I felt the day you left us. The whole family has missed you dearly. Irv, like I said before the only thing that keeps us going is knowing that one day we will be reunited. I love you and Happy 27th BDAY!!"
Jenny, A Loving Sister of Clermont, FL

"Happy birthday Irving. Hijo este dia cumplirias veintisiete anos. Y yo te extrano tanto como desde el primer dia que supe de tu partida de este mundo. Irving cuanto nos hemos perdido desde ese dia, no se hijo si algun dia podre acostumbrarme a sentirme asi tan solo y extranando tanto tu presencia. Bueno Irving deseo que donde estes si es que me puedes ver me ayudes a conseguir fuerzas para seguir adelante. Feliz cumpleanos hijo y sabes que siempre te ame y siempre te amare porque siempre viviras en mi corazon."
Jorge Medina of Middletown NY

"Hola hijo pronto sera otro cumpleanos tuyo sin que estes presente fisicamente, y eso me duele mucho, aunque espiritualmente siempre estas a mi lado. Te confieso algo Irving extrano tanto las conversaciones que teniamos, los juegos que jugabamos, las canciones que cantabamos juntos. Hijo recuerdo tambien tu forma de ver la vida siempre fuiste un ser humano muy positivo, extrano tu mano en mi hombro diciendo: Don´t worry dad everything is ok. Lo unico que me consuela hijo es saber que estas al lado de Dios y se que algun dia estaremos juntos otra vez te amo Irving y siempre viviras en mi corazon. Your Father Jorge medina"
Jorge Medina of Middletown NY USA

"July 4th 2008

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY IRV!!
I miss you so much!"
Jenny Medina, A Loving Sister of Arlington, VA

"We offer our thanks to this fallen comrade. One of our sons is currently deployed in Iraq after service earlier in Afghanistan. As we sing our patriotic songs over the 4th of July 2008 celebrations, we will be remembering this young hero. Thank you for your service and your ultimate gift to the rest of us.
Mr & Mrs Greg Beckwith"
Greg Beckwith of Winston Salem, NC

"I had so many oppertunities to talk to you and to get to know you better when I worked on your radios. I am truly sorry to this day I didn't. I Cant wait to see you on the other side."
Santiago Almendarez III of Seattle, Washington

"5/26/08

Irv, today we honor all of our heroes that have selflessly given the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Irv, it's so hard not having you around and to keep imagining what you went through on your last day here on earth, it makes me angry to know that we (your family) couldn't hold your hand as you took your last breath. I tried to make sense of it but I just can't. I am so sorry that I wasn't there to protect you, I feel as if I failed you as your big sister. Irv, you are my hero and I love you and miss so much!! I know that you are with GOD and that gives me the strength to go on until we are reunited in GOD's Kingdom.

I LOVE YOU LIL' BROTHER."
Jenny Medina, A Loving Sister of Clermont, FL

"Remembering the many hours we rode together and the sacrafice that you made.The blood of heroes never die!"
Sid Sizemore of Abilene Kansas

"Hello.Me and my Friend from the Family Support Group from 4-1 FA Fort Riley KS put the Memorial together for Irving.Even i never med him i felt so close to him during this time,i recordet his memorial and once the while i still watch it and it still hurts.He will be always missed."
Britta Acuna of Germany

"Hello,
I was a National Guard MP from Connecticut that was assigned to SPC. Medina's company, my platoon actually lived on the same FOB as Irving. What is even more ironic is before my platoon became MP's, we were Field Artillery for many years. Some of the younger MP's I served with actually went to basic training with Irving, we all took the loss very hard. We were all honored to attend a memorial service for Irving at the FOB that we lived in, a memory that I often think about. I for one will never forget you Spc. Irving and I am still trying to make sense of things in Iraq. I am so glad that I came upon this site and was able to write these words about a true American Hero. RIP Medina!!"
SGT. George Magrey of Voluntown Ct. USA

"Hola Irving quiero que sepas que siempre me acuerdo de ti y me acuerdo cuando jugábamos cuando éramos niños tú y tus hermanos cuando estábamos en la tienda con mi abuelita chelo y que veces cuando ya nos íbamos a muestras casas teníamos que esperar el camión en lo que lo esperábamos jugábamos a los cantantes como si fuéramos artistas nos divertíamos muchísimo

Te quiere tu prima wendy que siempre te recordara."
Wendy of Wexico

"One more thing, Irv. I became a better NCO after losing you and my relationship with you in Iraq taught me a vaulable lesson."
SGT. Williams (willie.b.williams@us.army.mil) of Illinois

"I made a promise to you that we would all make it back and that everything would be alright, but I was wrong. A piece of me died the day you left us and I will never forget you. There is not a day that passes without me thinking of our conversation when some of our comrades got injured and I tried to lift your spirits. Those words I spoke to you will haunt me for the rest of my life.

You were a great young man and soldier, and I wished it would have been me on that convoy, instead of you."
SGT. Williams of Illinois

""01-01-2008"

HAPPY NEW YEAR IRV!!

I miss you so much. I remember how much you loved celebrating New Year's Eve. Te Quiro Mucho!!!!!!"
Jenny Medina, A Loving Sister of Clermont, FL

"11-14-2007

Four years since we last spoke, I still pray to wake from this nightmare, but then I realize that it's real that you have gone to be with God. Irv, I miss you more than words can express, I often think about our childhood when we played jokes on mom and dad. What about when we used to play (Restaurant) when mom and dad weren't home and turn the house into a disco, and we danced and laught so hard. Those memories really help me keep going. I will never forget you, you will live in my heart until the day I die. TE QUIERO MUCHO!!"
Jenny of A Loving Sister, Clermont, FL

"Medina you were a good warrior and a solid troop. you knew no fear and I always respected that.I can still remember your first horseback ride and the fish training day.you're a good man and I'll never forget the day nov,14 at 0825.First Or Not At All."
Sid sizemore of Abilene kansas

"11-11-2007

Happy Veteran's Day!!!

Irv,
I thank you so much for your service and sacrifice to our country. I wish that you could still be here with us, but GOD knows best. I long to see your smile and hear your voice. I sometimes ask GOD to let wake from this horrible nightmare but I realize that it's reality and that the only hope I have is that one day we will reunite in Heaven's high. I miss you dearly, there are no words to describe the pain that I feel since you were laid to rest. Again thank you so much for all the wonderful memories and for being the BEST brother anyone could ever ask for. I LOVE YOU!!"
Jenny Medina, A Loving Sister of Clermont, FL

"Medina, I will never forget you! I remember talking to you when we were in Iraq, and I asked you how you were doing? And with a big smile you said I just can't wait to get home! That conversation and that smile will be with me for the rest of my life. I have dreams and nightmares atleast one time a week with you in them. Some are good and some are bad. I dream as if I were there when tradegy stuck. I can feel the pain. And I am terribly sorry to your family and my love goes to them. Take care!"
SGT Clough, Michael mike.clough@us.army.mil of Fort Polk (DeRidder), LA

"7/14/07

Happy Birthday Bro!

Not a day goes by that I don't think about you. I miss you so damn much but I know that we will see each other again. Te Quiero!"
Jenny Medina, A Loving Sister of Clermont, FL

"While I never knew Irving, I felt obligated to request his name when I ordered a KIA bracelet- also being from Orange County, NY, I'm sure we shared many of the same experiences at many of the same places over the years...I've been wearing his bracelet for 2 years now, and there isn't a day that I don't reflect on what it means....
"So That Others May Live""
2LT Rick Chersicla, IN of OCNY/Ft Benning/Ft Lewis

"irving
right now im watching the dvd of my brothers graduation into the marines while they are playing proud to be an american. all i can think of is how all of you, every man and woman serving or who has ever served in the armed forces is SO brave, courageous and wonderful people. On this day as the civilian I am, I want to give you especially, and all the fallen soldiers and currently serving soldiers all their deserved love, respect, dignity and tell you, you are truly loved and respected forever irving. miss you more than words can say.
sara"
sara of ny

"5/28/07
On this Memorial day we honor you and all of our fallen heroes, not only from OIF or OEF but from all past wars. Life is so hard without you, and the only thing that keeps me going is the faith I have that one day we will be together again. I miss you so much!!
Rest in Peace!

LOVE YOU!"
Jenny Medina of Clermont, fl

"Hey Irving. I was just thinking of you on this Memorial Day weekend. Your still thought of and missed."
SSG J. Landon Emrick of Kaneohe, HI

"Hey Irving happy new year. Sorry im late. Its been so long, I still remember New Years of 2001, the first time I really got to know you and knew you were a very special person.

From that moment on my life would never be the same. I miss you every moment of every day. You were a great man, who gave honor to his family, country, himself, and gave so much love to every person who knew you.

There could never, ever be another you. Ill miss you today, tomorrow and always. Anytime I ever listen to Mana or Luis Miguel I can not help but always think of you. I cant listen to these songs without tears coming from my eyes. In fact, Im listening to one of them right now. Ive tried to not listen to them at all, to listen to them all the time, to listen to them once in a while...

My life has changed tremendously since we first met, and since your departure from this earth.

The unbelievable thing is, no matter how my life changes, one thing is constant, and that is I will never forget you. And Ill always, even if its from time to time, continue to listen to "our songs." And the tears never stop.

And of course forever will I listen to our song, the beautiful song you sang to me... Al cielo, le pedi una estrella, al prado una rosa tan bella, al tiempo le pedi un momento, contigo para poderte amar. Te quiero, como nadie te quiso. Por miedo, es que no te lo digo. Y al viento, que es mi unico amigo, le pedi..te lo diga por mi..te quiero, te quiero, te quiero mas no se, si puedo si debo por miedo decir que te quiero, te quiero, te quiero y no puedo mas...vivir sin ti"

I could go on all day but Ill leave space for all the other hundreds, and thousands of people whose lives you touched. Te quiero mucho. You will never, ever, be forgotten.
con mucho carino,
Sara aka Sarita"
Sara of NY

"Just wanna leave my regaurds to the family of and ask that everyone still pray for all of the soldiers still in theatre and the upcoming soldiers who are coming into theatre. I went to basic training with Irving and I ask that you say a special prayer for me because im on my way to another tour in Febuary..........First or not at all........."
Jonathan Ellis SGT of Fort Riley, Kansas

"01/01/2007
HAPPY NEW YEAR IRV!!!!
I miss you sooooooo much!
I will always love you!!

One day we will celebrate New Years together again."
Jenny Medina, A Loving Sister of Clermont, FL

"12/24/06
Irv,
I just wanted to wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
You will always be in our hearts.

I LOVE YOU!"
Jenny Medina, A Loving Sister of Clermont, FL

"11-14-2006
Hey Irv,
Three years ago life as I knew changed forever. You were called to Heaven, only GOD know how much you're missed by all of your family and friends and even some strangers. I miss you so very much and still can't believe that you will never walk through the door. I keep on holding to the memories that we shared. You are the best brother anyone can have. I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH!!"
Jenny of A Loving Sister, Clermont, FL

"Hey Brother, it seems like yesterday you were asking me why you have to train for the gunners test, your headed home soon to go to school and get married. Hard to believe it's been over two years but i know you were with us the second year and even though svc btry is gone well always carry you with us!!"
stanley spears of anthem, az, us

"I'm close to his famies as well as to all families of our camerades fallen for our freedom. A brave never dies he lives in our heart and in or sons."
Cesare Fanton CDR Italian Navy of Italy

"I came across some pictures today and was remembering back during my times in the Army. Somewhere in the midst of happy thoughts and fond memories I thought of you. Right when you came to mind I started to shed tears. It's all so vivid in my mind. Attending your service in Baghdad was a tough day. Hearing roll call and knowing you weren't there to respond was the worst. Whenever I hear the bugle my heart breaks. I decided to go online and look for a site about you. I found this one amongst others. I just want to say that you're missed. Loved. You're definitely a hero in my book."
Christine Reynolds of Kissimmee, FL

"05/29/2006
Hey Irv,
As I salute you on this Memorial Day, I also want you to know that I miss you soooooo much. It's been 2 1/2 years, but it still hurts as if it were yesterday. I miss you!!! I only wish that everyone would know what Memorial Day really means. I love you!!!
Rest in Peace!"
Jenny Medina, A Loving Sister of Clermont, FL

"hey bro we made it back from the 2nd tour in iraq and i know you were looking down on all of us in svc brty 4-1fa and the rest of the battalion man i miss you so much so many memorys i have of us goofing off when we should have been working hahaha well take care bro i love and miss you. you are always in my heart."
sgt. moon william of svc btry 4-1fa ft. riley ks.

"01/01/2006
Happy New Year Irv,
Just wanted you to know that I thought about our Times Square experience, we had so much fun together with Ray. I wished that you were here to celebrate New Year's with us again. I love you and know that I think of you everyday.
Te Quiero Mucho!"
Jenny Medina, A Loving Sister of Clermont, FL

"I came upon this website by accident and was very touched by all the messages left for this soldier and his family.
To the Medina Family: There is no greater gift to us the American People than the freedom given to us by the men and women willing to put their lives on the line. I would like to thank Irving and his Family for everything you have had to sacrifice. My Grandfather Raul Medina Sr. (MAY HE R.I.P) was a Korean War Veteran, he taught us that even though we are of Mexican descent we are first American. Proud Americans! He has always been our hero for giving us all of the rights and privelages that come with living "free" in this great nation! My family always decorates a small table during our Christmas celebration with a flag and a picture of my beloved Grandpy in his Military Uniform. We know he is there with us in spirit but setting a place for him makes us feel like he is really there with us!! Once again to the family, May God Bless you always and give you the strength to take things one day at a time, for it is never easy to lose a loved one!! Dios los bendiga siempre!

A Thankful and Proud American,"
Roxanne Medina Salcedo of Siloam Springs, Arkansas

"11/14/05
Irv,
Two years have passed since you left us broken hearted. We miss you more and more each day.
We celebrated your life this weekend with a Mass at St. John's, all of your friends came to be with us on this hard day. I told Phil how funny it was that although you are not here with us, you can still bring people together. I love you and miss you sooooo much and wish that you were here with us. I think of you everyday, I look at your picture and ask why you but then I realize that I will not know until I am reunited with you. I know that you're resting in God's arms.
REMEMBER THAT YOUR FAMILY WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU!!!!!!

Siempre Te Amaremos!"
Jenny Medina, A Loving Sister of Clermont, FL

"7/14/05
Irving,
How do I wish that you were here with us to celebrate your 24th birthday, I miss you more than words can say. The only thing that keeps me going is the faith in God and knowing that you're resting in his arms.
I love you and miss you very much!
I hope that you have a GREAT Birthday in Heaven. TE Quiero Mucho!!
R.I.P"
Jenny Medina, A Loving Sister of Clermont, FL

"7/14/05
HAPPY 24th BIRTHDAY!!!!!
I LOVE YOU!!!"
Jenny Medina, A Loving Sister of Clermont, FL

"Irving,
I came across the web site your family made for you today. Its amazing. I spent about an hour going through it. I miss you a lot. Everytime I play soccer or hear about a soldier getting killed in Iraq, you come to mind. There's got to be a soccer field in heaven, so save me a spot on your team and I'll be there before you know it.

SGT Jeremy L. Emrick formerly of C/1-4 ADA, Ft. Riley, KS"
SGT Jeremy L. Emrick of Ft. Bliss, TX

"To the family of Irving Medina, I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully 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 at Gateway Community Church: Rev. John B. Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 Phone 770-787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ."
Polly Ballew of Covington, Ga

"5/30/05
Irv,
Today we honor you and all of our fallen brothers, although it shouldn't be just today but everyday that we remember that "Freedom isn't Free." You and many others have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country and we are forever in debt to you and all of our other fallen brothers and sisters. This weekend a few people came by the house and thank us for your service and sacrifice, it was very touching to see strangers come by and pay tribute to you. Irving you live in my heart and I miss you more than words can say. Remember that I love you and I will honor you everyday of my life. Te Quiero Mucho!"
Jenny Medina, A Loving Sister of Clermont, FL

"Irving was god friend of mine. We played a lot of soccer together. We had a really good time together when we weren't at work. I have been looking for all the sites I could to leave messages at. This is the best I have found yet.

"I will never forget my fallen brothers,
For if it had been me I would hope the same?
Brothers at arms never forget!!
First or not at all!! 4-1 FA
God be with you on your long journey and I promise we will meet again."
Seth Pawli of Marshall, MO

"Your son brought great joy to our hearts as he did yours. My prayers are with you as you still mourn the loss of your son. I am in the same batallion as Medina. He will always be remembered. C 4-1 Field Artillery Fort Riley, Kansas/ Taji, Iraq OIF 1, OIF 3"
SGT. Joseph E. Lewis of Obetz, Ohio

"I was reading the article about your family and son Irving, when I was at the hairdresser. It caught my eye, because my husband's name is also Medina and he also lost his life in Iraq.
Believe me I know how much pain you feel, but I would like you to know something and I hope my thoughts help you.
I'm very selfish, when I cry for my husband's death, because I see me alone, missing him so much. Whenever my tears come out I try to see it from my husband's view. He wanted to be a soldier... He wanted to be where he was needed as a soldier... He always volunteered... When the war started he was in Alaska building roads and almost every phone call he told me he want to be in Iraq and fight with his camerads. He got his wish... And with his death he got more wishes fulfilled... he never wanted to be old (he died with 32)... he never wanted to retire... and he never wanted to be wounded or crippled that he can't do his job no more... and he wanted to be with his loving grandmother (who died in 2001)... He got all his wishes and that should make me happy, shouldn't it.
It was his choice to be a soldier and it was my choice to marry him. I'm greatfull for all the help I get from the US Army, because I don't take this for granted and will never do... Money or other material things like medals won't bring my husband back anyway.
The biggest treasure I have are my memories and they are wonderful.
Keep Irving in your memories and make him live through them, because believe me, he is with you every day as a guardian angel."
Beate Medina (wife of SSG Oscar D. Medina) of Hawaii

"To the Medina Family,
My name is Elijah Garcia and I just wanted you to know how very sorry I am about Irving. I knew Spc Medina pretty good. Me and him went to basic training together. I first heard about Irving when I was leaving Iraq a friend of mine who knew him also told me. When I found out I was completly crushed and I cried. I finnally had enough courage to locate a message board to leave a message. I pray for all of his family that he left behind. I love you all and hope that you are okay, I know that it ust be hard. I have a couple of photos of Irving from basic if you would like them please contact me at propheteng@yahoo.com. God Bless you all."
Spc Elijah Garcia of Elyria, Ohio

"3/16/05
Irv,
Two years ago, I hugged you and said to you "see you, when you get back" I never thought that day wouldn't come. Two years ago was the last time I saw your beautiful smile and heard your voice, Irv I miss you more and more each day and hope that I wake from this horrible dream. My heart aches everyday when I see your pictures and think why you? I guess I will not find out why until we meet again. I hope that you can remember me when I get to heaven. Irv, you will live in my heart forever. I miss you little bro. Te Quiero Mucho!!"
Jenny Medina, A Loving Sister of Clermont, FL

"To The Family of Spc Irving Medina,

First off, I would like to convey my condolences for the loss of Irving. Please know that not only is his country proud of him, but so am I. I will explain further. I am an ex-soldier, and hold each and every soldier who has fought and is fighting for us in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as those still stateside very dear to my heart.
I heard of a website called www.herobracelets.org. This is a small advertising agency in Austin, TX who makes Memorial bracelets in honor of our fallen soldiers. They make a donation for every bracelet sold to The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund in New York, NY. I have been very touched by the war in Iraq, and even though I support it, I still grieve for the loss of so many men and women who have given their lives for their country and for the citizens of Iraq and Afghanistan. I am too old to go back in the Army, so I was in search of a way I could honor a soldier in a personal way. I quickly ordered one of the Memorial bracelets for myself. While you can specify the name of any fallen soldier, and from any branch of the military, my only specification was that it be a U.S.Army soldier's name on a bracelet I purchased. I got my bracelet a couple days ago, and it has Irving's name on it. I will wear this bracelet in Irving's Honor until each and every soldier comes home, and then as long as it will last. Irving and I are not related, but we have some things in common, and I would like to share those with you. I was about Irving's age when I finished my enlistment in the U.S.Army. I served with the 101st ABN, B Trp, 2/17th Cavalry, Fort Campbell,KY. I also attained the rank of Specialist 4, the same rank as Irving. Irving's family and mine are about the same size, and there is a set of twins in my family as well. Irving was about the same age as my little brother (twin to my sister) when my little brother brother passed away, after an auto accident. Irving’s twin brother, Ivan shares that same name with my Dad, a retired U.S.Army MSGT from Fort Hood, TX.
Only The Good Lord only knows why he took Irving so early, but I know that Irving did not die in vain. I have read all about Irving in letters from Family and Friends posted on Memorial websites, and I feel as though I know Irving, in a small way at least. I believe Irving is in Heaven as I type this, looking down on us all, along with my little brother and everyone who has passed before them.
I know nothing can take away the pain from the loss of a son, or brother, but please know that this ex-soldier is keeping your whole family, and Irving in my prayers, as well as each and every member of our Military. I just want you all to know that I am proud to wear this bracelet on my arm, with Irving's name on it. Irving will not be forgotten, and he is indeed a HERO!

God Bless You all!
Patrick Bickel
Huntsville, TX
Email: texxasco@cox.net"
Patrick Bickel of Huntsville,TX

"Irv,
I just wanted to wish you a Happy New Year in Heaven. Many times I feel as if you're here with us but then I am faced with reality and know that you are in heaven watching over us.
I miss you very much and love you very much."
Jenny, A Loving Sister of Clermont, FL

"Irving,
Although this was my 2nd Christmas without you, it felt like the first. The holidays will never be the same without you, I miss you so much. I wish that you could call to say hello. Irving this year has been VERY hard, I will miss you forever. But you will always be in my heart, I will cherish our childhood memories forever. The memories that I have are what gives me strenght to go on. I love you and miss you very much!!"
Jenny Medina, A Loving Sister of Clermont, FL

"I would like to say thank you to Irving and Ivan for serving our country. I keep your family in my prayers and though I know the pain never seems to go away, I hope that you will find comfort in knowing that Irving is in a better place now and his memory will never be forgotten. Words cannot express the way it feels to loose a brother, I just wanted to say to Ivan that I am so sorry for your lose and your brother passed as a true American Hero. God Bless you and your family."
Andre Cherry Jr. of Encinitas, CA

"To the Medina Family,
I was so saddened by the recent news of the death of your son, Irving. I went to high school with him and his twin brother, as well as my twin brother. I know the feeling of having a twin brother not being close to home. It is a terrifying experience, especially after something as terrible as this happens. Words cannot describe the pain and sorrow that I feel. I believe in the words of an old friend who told me " You don't idolize the actions of a person, you admire their character". Irving was a person who gave more to others than he did to himself. He was generous, altruistic, and out-going, teaching children how to play sports and read books. His death is a testament to his character; to give up something for the greater good of others. I only wish this world could be filled with more unsung heroes such as this young man who I will miss greatly. To the family and friends of Irving, I send you my warmest prayers and my dearest thanks for giving me the opportunity to have known such a wonderful and loving person during my youth. God bless you all and rest in peace, Irving."
Daniel Guilfoyle of Middletown, NY

"July 14, 2004
Irving,
Today as we celebrate your twins 23rd b-day please know that we are celebrating yours too. I can't explain what I am feeling today, I've always looked forward for your birthday so that I could tell you that you were getting old, and today it's so hard not to be able to call you and wish you a happy b-day. I miss you so much! Today I will let 23 balloons fly to the sky so that you can get my present, I am sorry that I can't be there for the family, I promised you that I would be there to support them on the hardest days of our lives but I hope that you know that my heart is with them. Ivan, mommy and daddy sound so sad and that hurts me so much, to know that I can't make the pain stop. I wish that I could do something to keep them from hurting.
I know that one day we will all be reunited in heaven and I hope that we can be the same family that we have been the last 23 years. Irving I am so sorry that I couldn't protect you as your big sister, I hope that you can help Ivan, mommy and daddy on this day. Sara and Frank and some of your other friends are coming over to spend some time with Ivan and the family, GOD, how I wish that I could be there with them. I love you and miss you so much, there are no words to describe the pain and emptiness that I feel inside. My heart aches on this 14th of July 2004 as for not only we celebrate yours and Ivan's b-day but today it's also 8 months since you were taken to heaven.
Irving I will never stop loving you and I will never forget you and if I ever do have kids, I will make sure that they know what a GREAT uncle you would have been. Please tell grandpa and Gery that I love them and to please give you a hug for me.

Jenny Medina
A Loving Sister"
of Coral Springs, Fl

"First I want to thank you for the wonderful website that honors all those who gave their life for our freedoms. I am Ivan Medina… A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Irving was my twin brother. On behalf of my family and myself, I would like to thank everyone that is making a great effort to keep my brothers memory alive. To our community thank you for everything you guys have done for us. I was a very lucky guy for not only growing up with Irving but I had the pleasure of being not just being his brother but also being his twin. Being a twin is a gift from God that most people don’t get to share. Although there are many times you wish you were not a twin, the rewards are a lot and they are great. Irving was the defender of the family and friends. Many people got to know that he had a short fuse if you mess with his love ones. Irving was a genuine person. His laugh and smile would bring a smile on your face. His kindness would bring hope that life will bring better days. His positive attitude made people realized that no matter what happens you must look at life in a positive way. His loved for soccer made people see what dedication was about. He volunteered to teach little children soccer, so they too could see the wonderful part of the sport. Irving and I weren’t born in the United States but we grew up here in Goshen, New York and this is our home and our homeland. Irving joined the army to give something back to his homeland. Even though he wasn’t born here, he loved America like any American. Like one of his friends said at Irving’s’ Memorial Services. “Most of us did not join the army because we wanted to become killers, we joined the Army out of love, for our freedom, out love for our country and out of love for the way of life that we all enjoy.” This is very true about military. In Iraq Irving befriended many Iraqi children. The children saw a great person in my brother. My brother saw the future of Iraq in the children and knew how innocent and precious they were. Irving believed no child should live in a war zone and that they have the right to be children. The time will come and go and my brother will not be back… But he left wondering memories to all those he came in contacted with. He used to say, “Just let time do its own thing”, and “Everything will fall into place”. He wrote in many letters to friends “I am such a lucky person that I have such great family and friends.” And “I just want to look back and say yeah, I made a difference in this world.” Well Irving you made a difference and we can’t thank you enough for it. We miss you and love you always. I am thankful to God for the time I had to share with you. Like you wrote to me in letters “The house is not the same with you”; “I am proud of you and miss you.” Irving I am the proudest twin brother and I love you and will always miss you until like you said in our last conversation “until we meet again.” Thank you everyone.

Ivan E. Medina
Veteran OIF
Loving and Proud Brother."
Ivan E. Medina of Middletown NY USA

"Thank you for the great dedication of your homecoming video to my brother SPC Irving Medina. I am glad to hear that your son has arrived home safe and sound. I wish that Irving would have returned also but I know that he is with GOD in a better place. Please let your son know that my family is very thankful for all that he and his unit did for Irving. Irving is missed by so many people. Please feel free to visit the website that my boyfriend created in Irving's honor. Once again thank you for sharing your video and dedicating it my brother."
SGT Jenny Medina (A Loving Sister) of Coral Springs, FL

"My son returned from Iraq to Ft. Riley on Easter Sunday. He shared quarters with Irving and was on the convoy with him when it was hit. He and Irving were good friends and I had the great fortune to meet him on the eve of their deployment from Ft. Riley. He will always be part of my son and the sadness involved in his death. We dedicated a website on the return of the 4th Brigade to Irving Medina. God Bless his family and know that you are in our hearts and prayers. The website is www.loveourtroops.us"
Pat Bratton of Kansas City, Missouri

"My son returned from Iraq to Ft. Riley on Easter Sunday. He shared quarters with Irving and was on the convoy with him when it was hit. He and Irving were good friends and I had the great fortune to meet him on the eve of their deployment from Ft. Riley. He will always be part of my son and the sadness involved in his death. We dedicated a website on the return of the 4th Brigade to Irving Medina. God Bless his family and know that you are in our hearts and prayers. The website is www.loveourtroops.us"
Pat Bratton of Kansas City, Missouri

"To all of Irving's friends, a website has been set up in loving memory of Spc Irving Medina. The site is www.spcirvingmedina.com. Irving your memory will live on forever. Rest in Peace."
Charles Celestin of Florida

"Irving,
Today Phil finished the website he created in your honor, I am really lucky to have him around. As I read your letters over and over again, I came across one that you wrote to Phil asking him to please take care of me, I wanted to say thank you for always looking out for me. It's been over 5 months since GOD called you home, it has been the hardest 5 months of my entire life. I sit back and think about you coming home and how it's all a big mistake but then I am awaken by this nightmare that I live through everyday, everyday without your smile, without hearing your voice. I miss you more than words can say, and I am sorry for not having been there for you when you most needed me. I think about why this had to happened to you and I still can't find the answer and I guess I'll never will, I just wish that you were here with us, to brighten our lifes with your beautiful smile.

R.I.P.
MY HERO, MY GUARDIAN ANGEL."
Jenny Medina, A Loving Sister of Coral Springs, FL

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

"Hey Irving,

Just wanted to say that you were a great guy for the short time that I knew you. Thanks for playing pool with me:) May your memory last forever in the hearts of those who knew you, and hopefully, you rest in peace good soldier."
Matthew Atchison of Beaumont, Texas

"Irving todavia no puedo creer que esto te ahiga pasado a ti. Pensaba que estarias haciendo en Fort Riley ahora que regresaste. Cuando vi tu nombre en la pagina de Fort Riley de la gente que habia caido no podia creer que eras tu, pues en esa foto te ves totalmente diferente. Hasta ahora me resisto a creer de lo que te paso. Pero tengo que aceptarlo. Descansa en paz Irving. Fuiste un buen amigo y muy buena gente.

Irving I cant believe this happened to you. But I have to accept it. You were always a good friend and a good soldier. Rest in peace."
Manuel Bravo of Bronx, NY

"I've move to his unit right before I was ready to leave the Army. During the short time I was there i realized he was a real team player and was ready to take a fight for me.I'll never forget that. Thank you for everything"
Jephte medois of Austin, 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, Irving, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"OUR special chosen words since day one of finding this site last year...have always been......REST IN PEACE BRAVE SOLDIERS/MARINES/WARRIORS We love you and MAY GOD BLESS you each. Your loved ones are in a beautiful place called Heaven now....When you look up to the sky at night and see the brightest star...it's your hero..shining down on you..The Taylors United States Marine Corps, North Carolina"

"I've known, and known of Irving, for the past four years. I am his sister's, boyfriend (soon-to-be-fiance), and I already consider the Medina's, my family. I was looking so much to Irving's homecoming, which would have been only a few months from now (February). I want to say that I am so proud of Irving, for he is a better man than I could ever hope to be. He gave the ultimate sacrafice, protecting the very freedoms that we all take for granted. May God bless his soul and take him in with open arms into his kingdom. I am so Proud of you Irving, your memory will always live on forever. I wrote this poem to you, based on my conversations with Jenny.

Never Did I Imagine

Never did I Imagine,
That we wouldn't meet again,
Or that the last time we spoke,
It would be the very end.

I wrote to you in my last letter,
how proud I was of you,
Your death was so unexpected,
and the letter never made it through.

When I told you, you were my hero,
I was speaking from my heart,
You were always so close to me,
though we were thousands of miles apart.

You always knew the right words to say,
to bring a bright smile to my face,
Now I can't imagine, that every holiday,
at the table, ther'll be an empty space,

Only months were left, until the day,
that you were set to come home,
But God called you up to heaven,
for reasons, to us, unknown.

Before I close my eyes at night, I pray,
I wake from this horrible dream,
That once again, we all can be,
That dynamic, sister, and twin brother team.

We played all day, and laughed at night,
Singing silly little melodies,
For twenty-two years, you filled my life,
With, so many wonderful memories.

You touched the lives of so many,
they all came to say goodbye,
I could feel you looking down at us,
your smile, shining through the sky.

We trust in God, and know that, now,
you are in a better place,
For, you're at peace, now, in God's arms,
his Kingdom, and in his grace.

Never did I imagine,
I would visit you at your grave,
Although I'm sad, I am so proud,
of the ultimate sacrafice you gave.

You stood up tall, and were so brave,
I hear you fought so gallantly,
Your tragic death, is a constant reminder,
that freedom isn't free.

I miss you so, and can't quite find,
the words that express my sorrow,
I talk to you, and ask for strenth,
to cope with the days to follow.

Little brother, although it's hard,
I know that I must now say goodbye,
But soon oned day, I promise that,
We'll reunite in Heaven's High.

Irving, we will all miss you. We are all proud of you, and the sacrafice you gave. May God bless Jenny and the rest of your family, and give them the strength that they will need in the days and months to follow. I know that you are watching over all of us now, and I want you to know that I will watch over and look out for your family now, so you can rest in peace. Again, God Bless You, Now and Forever. Take care, my brother.

Love always,
Phil"
Charles P. Celestin of Coral Springs, FL

"Thank you Irving Medina, 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

"Irving Medina was the closest person to me outside of my immediate family for the past few years. He saw me through the good times, bad times, everything. He was such a REAL person, such a wonderful friend and boyfriend. He was the most honorable man Ive ever known in my life. He was so selfless, loving, generous, hardworking, and just a wonderful wonderful man. I could talk about him lovingly for hours and not even scratch the surface of how great of a person he was.
We were eachother's first love and this man taught me what REAL love is. I will never ever forget him and always keep his memories alive in my heart.
Thank you Irving for being such an amazing man, I will always love you and miss you forever.
I am so priveledged to have known you, Irv,and I can see how you became the man you were because you have such a great family who I love tremendously. My condolences go to the entire Medina and Polanco family, may God be with you every step of the way, each minute of each day. I love you all and God bless you."
Sarah Donofrio of Pine Bush, NY

"UN AGRADECIMIENTO A TODAS LAS PERSONAS QUE EN SU MOMENTO BRINDARON TODO SU APOYO A NUESTRA FAMILIA A MI HERMANO A ANALY A JENNY E IVAN CUANDO TUVIMOS LA DESGRACIA DE PERDER A IRVING PERO EL NO SE A IDO DE NOSOTROS PORQUE SIEMPRE ESTA PRESENTE EN NUESTROS CORAZONES TE QUEREMOS MUCHO MI NIÑO Y RECUERDA QUE SOLO TE ADELANTASTE UN POQUITO PERO ALGUN DIA NOS VOLVEREMOS AVER DIOS ESTE CONTIGO"
FAMILIA MEDINA of MEXICO CITY

"To the Medina family,
I knew the Medina twins very well. I grew up with them when they went to Goshen High School. They were the only other pair of identical twins in the school besides me and my identical twin brother. However, the Medinas were indistinguishable. I wish to change that last statement. Irving has now distinguished himself as a hero because of his courage, valor, and strength. I was honored to be his friend. I don't know what I would do if I were to lose my identical twin brother like that. My heart goes out to the Medina family, especially Ivan. I wish to end with a prayer from the 23rd Psalm, in Spanish:
"Aunque ande en la valle de sombra de muerte, no temere mal alguno, porque tu estaras conmigo, tu vara y tu cayado, me infundiran aliento." Vaya con Dios, Irving."
Matthew R. Guilfoyle of Albany, New York

"Thank you for all of your support. I am SPC Medina's sister and want to thank everyone that's kept us in their prayers. It's hard loosing a brother like Irving but I know that someday we will see each other again. Irving was proud of to serve his country. He is missed by mom, dad, twin brother , Big sister (me) and many friends."
SGT Jenny Medina of Coral Springs, Florida

"To the family and friends of Spc. Irving Medina:
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 Irving 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 Spc. Irving Medina:
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 Irving, 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