Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Berry K. Meza

23, of League City, Texas.
Meza died in Shuaybah, Kuwait, when a vehicle struck him. He was assigned to the 180th Transportation Battalion, 13th Corps Support Command, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on December 19, 2004.

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"To the family of:Berry K.Meza
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga""

"Barry,
I miss your smiling face and your love for life. I love you and miss you and I await the day we will see each again."
Cyndi of League City, TX

"Barry, you were always my best friend in Germany. I wish I would have known about you sooner. You were always the funniest guy around, even though we could always find ways to get into trouble. I'll never forget you dear friend....signed, crazy * white boy!!!! Miss you man, Eagle Express!!!! and your initials are tatooed on my arm....since we share the same ones....love you man"
Brandon Morris of Rome,GA

"I miss you Barry.. True friend, excellent soldier, and great father... Some say the good leave us early. This extremely true with you. God must have needed your presence in heaven and I'm sure your watching over your loved ones, family, and friends. Gotta go now but just know Ill always keep you near and dear to my heart. Love you and miss you brah!!"
SSG Sales of Lexington, Ky

"My bro is missed very much... Ilove always bro!!!! The times we had as youngsters... the laughs, the memories, the way ya kept me spoiled, always keppin me like the baby... Ur time here on this place was tooken very fast.. We still had more to come... I remember the last time we chilled... I gave you a hug and didnt want to let u go... That was right b4 u left... Barry I miss ya bro... I love you Very much Now and forever... My children know who u r and will never forget!!! I'll c u and pops one day... The fact that ya'll both left at a early age, hurts! I c he had alot of love frm every1, Thanks."
Brigida Meza of League City, TX US

"Dear Meza Family, Berry will not be forgotten. You are in our prayers. IN CHRIST,"
Pam Danny Reid of Saginaw,Tx.

"December 13, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Berry K. Meza:
Berry 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

"Man I remember when I first hit germany, you were my sponser. I remember going to the downtown club and chilling in the belows. It's hard for me man..I try not to think that you're gone but just away for awhile. I remeber talking to you for the last time before I left germany. we planned on meeting state side, buy a couple 64 impala's and cruise through texas. Thanks for everything.I love you man,,, R.I.P. To his Family, you all are in my prayers,,Dueces Wild..

Spc Stewart"
Charles Stewart of new orleans La

"Barry,
Seems like you have alot of people that miss you and think of you often! Your birthday just past a few days ago and Latonya called me.. this is something we often do to share "our" memories of our times with you. We often exchange pics... I wish you were here to see how big Julian is he looks just like you! Well miss you and happy belated birthday! Missin you like crazy"
Dana Meza of Pasadena, TX

"Well It's Been Almost Four Years Since You've Been Away.I Feel Like Your Still Here Waiting For All Of Us To Meet You But We Have No Wayy Of Getting To You. Not A Day Goes By That You Don't Cross My Mind. I Miss You Sooo Sooo Sooooo Much. I Remeber When I Was Little And You Used To Come See Dana And My Brother And You And Chuy Took Me To The Park When I Had My Broken Foot.Haha Good Times. Well Today We Had To Talk ABout Who The Most Important Person In Our Lifess Was. So I Wrote About How Brave You Are. You Stood Through Soo Much And i Thank You Everyday For It. I Lovee You Berry. Rip. :)"
Staciie. of Port Lavaca Texas.

"i remember they called us the beamer boys of 68 u had the red 3 ..jay had the green 5 and i had the grey 7... I'LL MISS U DOGG"
SPC. MCCALL,RASHAMAN of MEMPHIS ,TN

"FIRST OF ALL I WANT TO EXPRESS MY CONDOLENCES TO ALL OF BERRY'S FAMILY MEMBERS. AS HARD AS IT IS FOR THE REST OF US I CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT YOU ALL ARE GOING THROUGH. BERRY WAS A HAPPY AND JOYFUL PERSON WHO ALWAYS SAW THE GOOD IN PEOPLE. HE HAD THE GIFT TO LIGHTEN UP THE ROOM WHEN HE SMILED AND MAKE IT SEEM LIKE EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OK EVEN IF YOU THOUGHT IT WOULDN'T BE.... I KNOW NONE OF YOU KNOW ME BUT I KNEW A LOT ABOUT YOU BECAUSE BERRY WOULD ALWAYS TALK ABOUT HIS FAMILY AND SHOW ME PICTURES OF ALL OF YOU. I ALWAYS WANTED TO MEET YOU ALL BUT I GUESS GOD HAD OTHER PLANS FOR THE BOTH OF US. SO I'M SENDING MY BEST WISHES, ESPECIALLY TO THE BOYS.

BERRY, WHEN SMITH TOLD ME ABOUT WHAT HAD HAPPENED I FELT LIKE SOMETHING INSIDE OF ME WAS JUST TEARING APART. EVEN THOUGH WE HADN'T TALKED IN A WHILE I STILL FEEL LIKE WE WERE ALWAYS CONNECTED SOMEHOW. I MEAN WE DID SPEND TWO UNFORGETABLE, GOOD, FUNNY AND CRAZY YEARS TOGETHER. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU, BABY. U WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART AND MIND. I STILL THINK ABOUT ALL THE GOOD TIMES WE SHARED LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY WHEN YOU, SMITH, SABRINA AND ME WOULD HANG OUT AND ACT FOOLS, LAUGHING THE NIGHT AWAY. REMEMBER HOW SABRINA WOULD ALWAYS COME CRYING TO YOU FOR ADVISE AS FAR AS WHAT TO DO ABOUT HER AND SMITH? LOL....
OR DO YOU REMEMBER NEW YEARS OF 2000/2001 WHEN WE WENT TO K-TOWN WITH MY PARENTS TO CELEBRATE WITH MY UNCLE AND AUNT... REMEMBER HOW MY UNCLE LIT A FIRE KRACKER, I FELL ON IT AND BURNED MY JEANS ALL THE WAY DOWN TO MY LEG? LOL... I STILL GOT THE SCAR FROM IT!
DAMN BABY I MISS YOU SO MUCH AND I OFTEN ASK MYSELF IF YOU ARE STILL THINKING ABOUT ME AND MAYBE EVEN LOOKING DOWN ON US. I SURE HOPE YOU HAVE JUST AS MANY GOOD MEMORIES OF ME AS I HAVE OF YOU!!! AND I KNOW THAT ONE DAY WE WILL MEET AGAIN. SO UNTIL THEN TAKE CARE AND KNOW THAT I STILL AND ALWAYS WILL LOVE YOU LIKE I DID THEN!
MISS YOU WITH ALL OF MY HEART!
LOVE
TAE"
SHANTAI MCCOY of KINGSVILLE, TX

"Man... Berry is gone.. i cant believe it.. I met him on BFV we became good friends.. the times at the downtown and and the natrix...lol.. I will miss him so much.. Take care wherever u are now.. I will think of u always.. Love Tanya"
Tanya of El Paso, TX

"I was a personal friend of Berry's. We went to highschool together, and had many good times. My condolences to his family and friends that lost an incredible person, father, and soldier. I still remember it like yesterday, at Walter Hall park, Berry's 16 or 17 birthday party. When he was getting his bday beating, he broke his collar bone, while wrestling with his sisters boyfriend or something like that. We were some damn fools back then. Good times old friend. You will not be forgotten..."
David Faulkenberry of Houston, Tx.

"Barry was my brother-in-law.We miss him dearly.:( ahhh all the good times we have all shared are now forever memories."
stacie trevino of port lavaca,tx,usa

"To the surviving family of Sgt Meza:
Please email me at jstjohn@centexfallenheroes.com- in reference to a request sent in to us at www.centexfallenheroes.com from Barry's friend Sean Mc Endree Thank You"
J St.John of Killeen Tx USA

"I miss Barry dearly. I was in his unit and he had help me after being injuried in April 2004. He is always on my mind and I have decided to make my Semi into a Rolling Memorial for all the fallen Heroes. On the hood of my Semi I have written in memory of SGT. Barry K. Meza KIA 19 DEC 04. Barry you are not fotgotten. Miss you!!!"
Sean McEndree of Copperas Cove, Texas/USA

"Man, it is hard to hear you are gone Meza, I remembered I had just seen you at our site in Baghdad with Tolson,Gardner,Sanders and the rest of the crew in 2nd PLT. You will always be in my heart man and your I know as the time passes your children will understand what a true HERO is made out of. And YOU meet and exceed every qualifactions and aspects of a HERO u are mine. LOVE YOU AND WE WILL MEET AGAIN "DEUCES WILD""
Sgt (P) Harold Marshall II of 206th Transportation Company Phenix City, Al

"Barry I still think of you as the little boy next door. Even after seeing you all grown up with your own kids. I miss seeing that smile that goes on forever. You have left behind family and friends that are so proud of you. I will miss you always."
Tamatha Aguilar of Schertz, Texas

"Meza Family,
Your memories of us just hanging will never be forgotten. From us kicking it in AIT, with the entire crew getting on orders to Germany, later even joining again to being together in the mighty,"DUECES WILD" EAGLE EXPRESS,68TH TRANS. You will never be forgotten, I want your kids to know that you were a true warrior and loved all the people around you, but most of all loved them and always bragging about your little knuckleheads. Can't believe you are gone man. The click forever. 99-01 Mannheim, Germany. We shall meet again, MIKES for life."
SGT Stevens, Tony (one life, one love) of camp casey, korea

"I would just like to take this time to remember Barry. It has been a year since his passing and the raw emotion is still so real in my heart. Entire Meza/Brazil Family, please know that you are in my heart and I think of you often!"
Jenney (Moore) Dreibrodt of Seguin, Texas, USA

"SGT Meza, You will be missed dearly by all of us. I was in 2nd Platoon "Deuces Wild" with Meza in 2001-2004 and I knew him as a personal friend. Meza was always able to make the people around him laugh and smile. His character was strong and his sense of humor contagious. From your home in Houston, through the hills in Germany, past the desert sands, now in the hands of your father, your memory will last forever. I know that your are at peace with your dad and your lord by your side. Watch over us from the heavens.

JC"
SSG BRYAN JAMES JEFFCOAT of Savannah, Ga Hunter Army Airfield

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

"To the Meza Family and Friends...
I was one of the first person s that Meza met in Germany,and our friendship was growing with the time till we became Best friends.. Meza was a happy person that loved his life.. I will miss u so much,talking to you ,making jokes.. But like i always told you no one can ever take the place that u have in my Heart,u was like my Brother..
U will never be forgotten Babyboy!! I know u are watching us down here,and u are with us!
My thoughts and prays are with you!
Much Love,"
Sabrina of Mannheim, Germany

"My condolences to the Meza family. He was one of the first soldiers I met when I came to 68 Trans Company 2nd PLT Deuces Wild in 2000.He was a good soldier and even better friend to all who knew him best.I know you are in heaven looking over us all. Take Care Barry !"
SGT DAVIS of 68 TRANS COMPANY

"To the family and friends of Meza. I first met Meza through my bestfriend, Latanya Shockley. All the times that we spent with Meza, in Germany will never be forgotten. He always made us laugh, reguardless of the situation. Meza has touched so many lives. "B" was always smiling and happy, especially when he talked about his boys. "My boys this, and my boys that", is all you heard. He couldn't wait to see his baby boy Julian Shockley-Meza, who is his little "mini me". Meza had a kind heart and a happy spirit. "B" you will never be forgotten. Your gracious spirit will shine forever in your boys. All my love!"
SPC(P) Bobbie Evans of Balad, Iraq

"I went to one year of high school with him and was shocked to come across his name and picture about ten minutes ago on the cnn.com website. He died fighting for something that would help him and the country of Iraq in the future. May we all see that. I am just in shock I know somebody who passed away in this war."
Jeremy of Houston, TX

"To Berry's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice as we lose another of Texas' sons.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, Texas
gcaldas48@aol.com"

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

"Barry we will miss you dearly. To his family there are no words that I can say to explain my sorrows for your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you and the rest of the families that has lost loved ones. "Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means you've decided to see beyond the imperfections. Remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." I love you all,and think of all of you daily. Remember that there will be brighter days in the future and this is all part of God's plan."
Dana of Pasadena,TX USA

"There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Berry Meza, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Berry Meza:
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 Berry for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Berry Meza:
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 Berry, 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