Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Joshua J. Munger

22, of Maysville, Missouri.
Munger died near Baghdad, Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on November 2, 2005.

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"Sure wish you were here .... Love and Miss you a bunch ! Momma Tanya"
Momma Tanya of Mo

"Hello my love--
It's been another year. Man how time flies. Your son is getting so big. He's beautiful, so smart and such an awesome athlete. He plays Baseball, Basketball && Football. His football team was pretty awesome and he did amazing for his first year. We miss you so much. Colton looks just like you & I tell him that all the time!! I hope you're watching over him especially this weekend while he's deer hunting with his papa. I hope Heaven is treating you good. We love you && miss you.

Love--
Your Wife && Son
11.2.2013"
Alysha Munger of Warrensburg MO

"Having one of those day bubba remembering you wishing u where here with us we miss u a lot Colton really misses you and u have a nephew I named after u. You would love him he is hard headed like both of us lol and now going to have agirl well I miss u brother and when we meet again I will give ya a hug then we can fight some more maybe next time u can try not to get Ur butt whipped by Ur lil bro"
austin of warrensburg,mo

"My Goodness where time has gone ! Happy 30 th AngelBirthday .
I miss you a bunch.
I can't believe how much Colton looks like you , and oh my gosh , acts like you. He is a Hot Mess :-)
Thankyou for blessing us with him .
Don't you and Grandpa kick it to hard up there today . I know how your Birthdays are Legal Holidays in your mind.
Thinking of you every day
Love ya momma Tanya"

"I know you will forgive us for not going out to that Cemetery... I.just see no point ! Because I KNOW you are not there ! I KNOW you will be walking right beside YOUR SON and his Papa on him First Ever YOUTH DEER Hunt !.
I know your just as excited as he is . We have talked about how you will be with him and your watching over him .
I know you would not miss his milestones for anything . So come join us and let's shoooo a big one his way ! We Love and Miss You , love YA Momma Tanya .....p.s. Thanks to all that have wrote here or via email and even text we are fine its YOU we are thankful for write a not to us any time momwithwings1963@ Yahoo.com"
momma Bush

"One more week until Coltons first Youth Deer season . He is So So excited ...hang out with him from above and watch him have fun . Maybe even spook one his way :+) hugs and Miss you so So much !Mommy Tanya"

"Hey Son, well Colton bought his very own Double Tree stand for deer hunting . I felt you there as Colton started climbing that ladder and I know you will be there always ! We miss you a lot ! And Love you More ! I heard u say look mom he is gettin so big ......and I realized you were still keeping watching over him . He is quite the little man . We love and miss you to"
momma Tanya

"I was there that horrible day. When the I.E.D. went off it was like it wasn't real. I was in denial. I remember it like it was yesterday yet its been almost 7 years now. Not a day goes by Josh that I don't think of You, Smith, and MaKenzie. We will meet again my brother."
Nick Dunn of Bethlehem, PA

"We love you to the moon && back <3
Save us a spot!!"
Your Wifey of Warrensburg MO

"Please take care of Rainey Girl. Colton Cried and Cried so so hard. That little guy loved her and was getting pretty active with her when she got sick.She took me many miles and i was in hope she could Colton also. I will never forget that little buddy sitting on her Salt Block Cowboy hat and Fox T shirt on, just sitting there talking to her, she just put her head down as to tell him it was ok, but in my heart looking threw the barn door i knew it was not ok. He said "We TRIED TO SAVE HER LIFE, I know it was for the BEST AND SHE IS WITH GOD AND MY DADA IN HEAVEN BUT IT HURTS NANA IT HURTS REAL BAD....broke my and PaPa's heart! She was such a pretty horse, please take care of her for us its hard for me to be strong all the time but i try!this weekend as we did our Celebration of Your Life he Caught some nice fish,he said you would be so proud ! Then he let all 7 (because he is 7 he says :) he let all the balloons go as you know he WROTE HIS OWN NOTE this year he was so proud. And i know you were to ! And what about that kids arm ...How proud are you that he can throw like that! Taking 1st place in his Football Throw out of all the 1 st graders... He is so into wanting to do sports...Everything is a competition with him (Thank Papa for that one :) Coach Pitch started he made the SCORE on his first game, i felt you there :) and BasketBall Camp is soon , and he says Football but idk about that he is pretty small lol So skinny just like you and HARD HEADED OMGOSH ! He is SO SMART. The most he missed was 1 word on a spelling test all year. We are so proud of him and I know you are also... We Love you and Miss you Momma Tanya"

"I still remember and always will."
SFC Fuller, Leslie W. of Ft. Campbell, KY

"Son, I spoke to a amazing Vietnam vet today . I saw in his yard the most amazing memorial. I just had to stop. I had a hard time getting it out but I ask about there memorial. The fine lady said her husband would call me . His name is Big Buddy I enjoyed his stories and admire him and others. But u know he understands me... Maybe this meeting will be healing for us both. He gets me.... He told me I am amazing and strong... I don't feel like it and have aged so much but not a day goes by I don't think of you . Colton is growing so much its about fishing season"
momma tanya

"Your baby boy turned 7 today. Wow how he has grown, he is so smart, and at times a handful, kinda like you... You are proud of him i know you are. We are headed to Kleinschmidts to get him his boots he wants and his BELT BUCKLE .. it will not be a dinner plate like yours but it will be nice and what he wants. He says it has to have a C or M on it for his First or Last name.... I will put your name on the Belt Buckle and it can be his special gift from you :) we miss you BRAT :) love Momma Tanya..oh and watch over Jacob as he is leavin for AFGAN again this time as a contractor keep him as safe as you can. LOVE ... momma T"

"6 yrs,we are surrounded by your memories, we are walking forward one step at a time.

Thanks to the amazing people we have met on this Journey.
And thanks to your "friends" that keep it real and have helped us along the way. Love and Miss you Momma Tanya.... p.s Thank you my friend for the Respect you showed my Grandson it was quite a honor and something he will never forget ! Him being Saluted by you made his day..."

"I had the honor to cross paths with your mom and amazing little man while training in Warrensburg. I was proud to render a salute to Colton, and receive one back. I didn't know you, but I will always call you brother. RIP warrior.
Dean Alexander
St. Charles (MO) Police Department
82nd Airborne Division 88-92 (ODS)
Operation Iraqi Freedom(MOARNG)2003-2004
Missouri Patriot Guard Riders"
Dean R. Alexander of St. Peters, MO

"I had the honor to cross paths with your mom and amazing little man while training in Warrensburg. I was proud to render a salute to Colton, and receive one back. I didn't know you, but I will always call you brother. RIP warrior.
Dean Alexander
St. Charles (MO) Police Department
82nd Airborne Division 88-92 (ODS)
Operation Iraqi Freedom(MOARNG)2003-2004"
Dean R. Alexander of St. Peters, MO

"well bub if u could read this i think of u every day bub i miss u alot u where my big brother and u would be proud of ur son hes gettin big and strong and even looks like u sorry i havent came and seen u it still hurts but if it helps im nameing my son after you. and he will know about u even when u where a pain and i had to kick ur butt lol miss u alot and love you dont worry meet u in those gates just be ready for me to come woop u again bye bub"
austin bush of centerview, mo

"I wanted to say that I had the chance to meet your mother at Snowball this year. Tanya is an amazing woman!!! You are very much remembered in all of our hearts. I will be eternally greatful for your sacrifice for our country. As for your wife dont worry she will pull through. Day by day is all you need to whisper to her. Thankyou all again for your sacrifice!!!"
Widow of Sgt. Eliu Miersandoval of Hopkinsville, Ky USA

"I love and miss you son my heart is sad today. Momma Tanya"

"Love you to Mr. Bill you were so good to my kids and even me when we lived out there, You were a blast to be around you and the Sinners Gang... We /I have lots of Memories from NC and i would not trade it for the world and you Josh, I Love you and miss you very very much. Love ya momma Tanya"

"5 years....it still feels like yesterday. i miss you! the days when we used to just hang out at chris and i's apartment. we had so many good times. you were like a brother to me. i am mostly sad that i don't have a single picture from that time of knowing you. lysha is doing a great job raising colton. he has turned out to be quite the little man. i believe with all of my heart that you are up there watching over chris. i don't think he would still be here if that weren't true. thank you josh. we miss you!! you will never be forgotten!!"
Crystall Miller of Ft Stewart Ga

"Yes sir Bill..."
Your wife && son of Missouri

"Hang in there Alysha, it's been a struggle I know. But you're doing so much better than when it first happend...I remember the day like it was yesterday. You know how much I liked that youngman and loved you and your HUGE Colton belly. ...Remember when you and Josh pulled into the Red Barn Campground at Charlotte Motor Speedway, NC with that loud * music playing? Hip Hop if I'm not mistaken. I just knew we were going to get kicked out or even worst beat up by all the country western lovers out there. I have some fun memories of you two when you were at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. I loved Josh like a little brother, he had that way of winning your heart and making you laugh. I still have his pool cuestick and Sinners Crew Pool Team Tee-shirt. I think of him often, he's my hero and was one hellava brave Warrior! You should be very very proud of Josh Munger. I know for a fact I am...Stay strong and pray baby girl. I love you and your family very much!!!"
Bill Rasool of Fort Bragg, NC / America

"Husband && DaDa::
We love u so much. I can't believe today September 29th/2010 has been 5 years since you last held your son && last kissed us. God how I miss you so bad. I want you to know your son is AMAZING & JUST LIKE YOU..
IM SO BLESSED TO HAVE HIM.

WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH.
GOD I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU AGAIN BUT UNTIL THAT DAY COMES...PLEASE KNOW WE LOVE YOU && MISS YOU SO BAD..

ILY."
Your wife && son of Missouri

"I love you. Please look over me. Imma need your strength to get threw this hell im being put threw. I cant believe you can't be here too stand up for me & your son.

I love & miss you"
Your Wifey of Warrensburg MO

"Happy Birthday In Heaven. We LOVE and MISS YOU VERY MUCH. Your wife Alysha, Son Colton, Momma Tanya and Steve, Bubba Austin."

"Snowball Express 2009, Dallas/Ft Worth in TEXAS. Nan Na, I want to Thank you for your message of "Thank You" that you posted with the PGR... the picture that you posted of the bearded bikers are my sons (Tim,Ken,Dave,John) and their holding your Grandson, Colton. What a wonderful time and a huge blessing Colton was to those men of mine..they no more than got their feet in the front door and they began telling the tale of your Colton and his DaDa. My family has expressed a desire to stay in contact with you & Colton and they are praying to be able to meet up with you and Colton at next years Snowball Express. Please e-mail me at nanasonx6@sbcglobal.net
Glad to have met you, even if through the guys. Praying for you and your loved ones.
Sue (a.k.a. Honey, Momma, Nana)"
Sue of Ft. Worth, TEXAS

"Well Brother, it's December 1st 2009 and The Sinners Crew still holds you dear in our hearts. Alysha sent me your cue stick and team tee-shirt. I use the stick and have on occasion worn the shirt. Josh sometimes life has a strange way of tricking us. Your death was the biggest trick of them all. You were the last person in the world I thought would be a victem of war. But rest asure my brother you will never be forgotten. You had the amazing affect of making people laugh and feel relaxed. Thanks for your service to this great country. Your death will not be in vain.That son of yours will see to that!..You Brother in Arms, Vietnam Veteran Bill Rasool"
Bill Rasool of Fayetteville, North Carolina

"BROTHER, I REMEMBER US DRIVING AROUND CLARKSVILLE WE BOTH JUST GOT THERE FROM BRAGG CATCHING UP ON THE "BACK AT BRAGG" STORIES, THEN WE HAD TO FIND YOUR APT THAT YOU AND ALYSHA WERE GOING TO MOVE INTO THEN WE PARTED WAYS FOR ABOUT A MONTH LOL. BUT SOMEHOW WE ALWAYS WERE BACK TOGETHER IN THE SAME DAMN COMPANY. THEN OFF TO IRAQ WOW WE HAD SOME TIMES BUT TO THIS DAY IT STILL HURTS I HAVEN'T TALKED TO YOU ALYSHA FOR ALONG TIME I HAVE KEPT YOU AND COLTON IN MY PRAYERS. COLTON YOUR DADDY IS A HERO, ASK ME I WAS THERE."
HOUSE of TERRE HAUTE, IN

"Josh your son and your wife are at the Movies tonight this is his 1st time ever going..HE wanted to GO ON A DATE LOL ...I know you are with them in spirit. He is such a HOOT SO SO MUCH like you ! We love and Miss you very much where has 4 years gone? Love you momma Tanya"
momwithwings1963@yahoo.com

"WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU !"
mom Tanya

"DAVID "DAGS" WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU
Was in hope we could catch up with you here ... you were never far away from Josh you and Losacker...until we PCS From Bragg... DAG'S we want you to stay close to US.. write us ! We are LOOKING FOR YOU ! MomTanya and ALYSHA (momwithwings1963@yahoo.com)...we understand you need your time this has been hard on all of us but at the same time WE WANT TO KNOW YOU ARE OK and its WHAT JOSH WOULD WANT TO !"
Tanya and Alysha of Missouri

"I just wanted to say that i miss you bub and will never forget how i found out what happened. I still sometime cant sleep. Well miss you and wont ever forget you bub p.s your son is getting so Big and still looks like you"
austin bush of warrensburg,mo

"Alysha!! i haven't heard from you in a long time, i just want to know how you are doing? and how Colton is doing. Get ahold of me some time!! i would love to keep in contact with you, and i still think what he could be today!! He was a very great man!! missi_1987@yahoo.com or call me 816-646-1924"
Missi Eads of St. Joseph, MO

"November 2, 2008
To the family of Spc. Joshua J. Munger:
Joshua 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

"We Love You ! We Miss you ! Momma Tanya your darling son Colton & (Your Bufull and Wife Alysha as you would always say....) See you at his birthday party we know you will be there :)"
of momwithwings1963@yahoo.com

"Chris THANK YOU we love you and your family !!! WE NEED MORE MESSAGE'S LIKE THIS PLEASE TELL US WHO YOU ARE AND HOW YOU KNOW COLTON'S DADA and even a EMAIL ADDRESS WOULD BE WONDERFUL I have a BOOK STARTED FOR HIM ..Thanks Tanya Colton Alysha"
Alysha Tanya Colton of momwithwings1963@yahoo.com

"Lil Bro, As i sit here looking over this page for the first time I cant help but tear up. What can I say? I miss you bro. Alysha Im so sorry that I might have pushed you away. Those were not my intentions. Josh as i read these blogs i see that alot of people saw the same thing that i saw in you. A dear friend. But you will always be my lil bro. Pappy and Mama are doing great. I still cant get it out of my head. I will never forget those long trips back from home to Benning driving 100+ mphs trying to get back on time. You could always talk yourself out of a ticket. But it never failed the trooper would be sitting down at the bottom of the hill and here we come. It was always the Blue light Special. I miss you more and more every day. I remember when you came to get me and we went back up to TN to where alysha was at the hospital. If im not mistaken we got pulled over on I-75 that day too. But you would always get a warning. That was the day I met your family. We explained how you had another family in GA that adopted you. My mom and dad thought the world of you. You were their fourth son. Alot of these people knew you differently than what i did. Like so many have said "You will always hold a special spot in my heart". Well i couldnt have said it better myself. I got that pic of me and you in AFG after we whooped up on them boys in horseshoes. I have it sitting up on my mantle and i look at it everyday. When i have guest come over I always point out my lil brother to them. Alysha i pray everyday that you and Colton are safe. To the rest of his family...please know that I think of you guys everyday when i see his picture. I know he left behind a great family. I heard him always speak highly of ya'll. Josh I miss you and love you man. Alysha please call me at 706-870-5564."
SGT Christopher E. Barrett of Fort Gordon Ga.

"Almost three years and it's not any easier. I go through the motions but it's hard to connect with the rest of life without you,Tyler, Benjamin, and Ben's good friend Andrew here."
Ben's Momma

"SPC Munger was my soldier at FT Bragg NC while he was assigned to 3-504th PIR. When I heard of his death, I cried becuase I felt responsible and for the first time, I was not in control of what he did. I remember the look in his eyes when Colton was born, a look that will never leave me. He will always remain in a special place in my heart as we keep on fighting. My thoughts to his family and I know he is in a better place. May God bless your soul..."
SFC Agyarko, Jeffery of Ft Bragg NC

"We love and miss you and will never forget you ! Colton is getting to be such a little man. He is so funny and full of your energy. One can not look at that baby without knowing he is yours :) his big eyes and long eye lashes. HE is full of questions now and he talks to your picture a-lot. He wanted to light your memorial candle on your birthday. He even made me change the picture on it... he said he don't like that one lol he wanted the one with his DADA and his HUMVEE... so we did.. he even remembered to blow it out at bed time. I got the funniest video from one of your buddies from the 82nd Airborne who served with you. Dang Sgt. Chris S. was FUNNY ! I have watched that video over and over... It was nice that I was able to set the photo's that your friend sent and the video aside for Colton when he is older.. I wish more of your buddies from 82nd and 101st would send some so he could have more. We love to look at your smile. But we are just blessed to have what we have.
LOVE YA MomTanya Alysha and Colton"
Your wifes family of momwithwings1963@yahoo.com

"Josh and I met in Fayetteville, North Carolina at The Firehouse Pub. He and Alysha were new in town. It was in May and Memorial Day was coming up in a few days. The owner introduced us and the conversation finally got to NASCAR. Alysha told me they had never been to a NASCAR race track. Me being me invited them to join me and some other Soldier friends of mine. We go to the Coka Cola 600 race every year during Memorial Day weekend. I have some great pictures of Josh and Alysha. Alysha was very very pregnant. They excepted my invitaion and met us at the camp ground at Lowes Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC...I still go to that race but now it's Josh's race. We memorilize him every year at that race. I can proudly say I took him and Alysha to their first NASCAR race. We took great care of them. Got them tickets and also had a tent for them to stay in for the weekend. I will never forget that weekend as long as I live. Josh was a true fun loving American with a great since of humor. As time went on Josh joined our APA pool team. I now have his pool cue and his old Sinners Crew team tee-shirt. Thanks Alysha and Tanya I love you ladies very much."
Bill Rasool U.S. Army (Retired) of Fayetteville/Fort Bragg, NC

"Dear Family of Joshua Munger;

In honor of the Missouri soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and thier families, the professional portrait artists of the Grateful Hearts Project are offering to paint a portrait of the individual soldier for his family.

These 16"x20" original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrificies made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families loss.

For information, email us at gratefulheartsproj@sbcgloba.net

Sincerely;
The Artists of Grateful Hearts"
J.Gragg of Lee's Summit,Mo.

"Life is full of surprises and only in time can the ultimate surprise prevail!"

"son life has delt alot of things some wonderful some just awful! You continue to bless us with your presence and I thank GOD every day for that . You are very proud of Colton I know you are .... we see you in him A BUNCH !!! We love and miss you very very much .momma Tanya"
mom tanya

"I want to THANK all of you who have seen this sight in memory of Josh "MUNGER" and have contacted us wanting to send photo's and videos etc. We have alot of memories for Colton of his DADA and would love to have more. SO if you served with MUNGER and would like to contact us please feel free. Bless all of you and know we would love to hear from you!
Please contact us at
momwithwings1963@yahoo.com
Thank You again ! Alysha (wife), Colton (son), and Tanya (momnlaw)
Josh we love and miss you! Colton is growing like a weed talking so much riding his bike and 4 wheeler he is a true blessing to us you would be so proud !"
"Munger s" Family of Warrensburg MO

"What can words really say? I met Munger when he came from the 82nd. I was in transition on my way out of Ft. Campbell when he was arriving. I seen a Great Soldier in Munger. He lead by example and was always the first to volunteer. I cant say anything that everyone else here hasnt said. To his wife and son. Your Husband and Dad was a great Guy and really proud of both of you..SSG Levi B Miller...levi.miller@us.army mil
Il. National Guard Recruiter"
SSG Levi Miller of Champaign Il

"Just me here, life has been such a strugle lately. I am so confused about what you are trying to tell me. I am trying so hard and so is sis to go on with things and its just damn hard. I just have one question how am I suppose to feel about this comment.. I mentioned to some one very close to me that i just feel at times i cant go on I am just depressed and confused and hurt. But I know that i have to go on even when i dont want to. Because we need to be strong like you. The question i was ask is this ... so what are you going to do when you loose some one real close to you.... My reaction is I am numb, I am shocked and only you and I know what I seriously wanted to say! You were like a son to me we laughed we got angry and we even cried so just know that you are not going to be replaced in my heart, I love you and I will keep my promise! "Ma" nana"

"you will always be remembered in my heart"
joel holmes of greenville, sc

"Well son this is another year coming to a end. Colton and I learned alot from our trip to CA. We learned how much Support there still is for you soldiers and for us the family. I never cried so hard as to when I saw all them people lined up on the side of the streets with signs and flags and babies and they had flags they were yelling and blowing kisses to us! There was not a dry eye on the bus's. We rolled down the windows and blew kisses back with tears flowing! Then the fly over... what else can be said about that and the jumper with our wonderful nations flag! Yes Colton and I had fun, but the best time for me was when I met other children and family members that are going through what we are at this time. Thanks to www.snowballexpress.org they were/are a wonderful support system. I am sitting here trying to rememeber what we did in NC for New years, no doubt I cooked and you all played games. I sure miss it! Please take care of OUR SGT. Friend! As he is leaving very soon for that Hell Hole Iraq. Watch over the 82nd. I love you and Miss you ..."
ma "nana"

"Son, I miss you so much. Lv you NaNa"
Tanya Bush of Centerview,Mo

"To the family of:Joshua J. Munger 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"

"hope you are doing well. always thinking of Josh, Ben , Taylor. with love"
terry tammy smith of HENDERSONVILLE,TN

"Hey Beautiful~ I love you so much. I miss you so bad baby and I came up and seen you the other day and I just miss you so bad. Its almost been a year and its heart breaking. Your son is gettin so big baby. He loves you and he knows where you are. If you ask him where his daddy is he will look up and point and say DADA. We love you so much and I cant wait to see you again someday.

I LOVE YOU SO MUCH BABY!!!"
Wife Alysha Munger of Warrensburg, MO

"Dear Josh, you were one of my best friends in the world. We hung out all the time to the point it made me sick! But i miss you and wish you were here with us. Until the next time we meet again..."
SPC. Richard J Mungo of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky

"9-11-06
yhd5hfyrf4yfhtderri3efy9rruj,r7e83igguid Thinking of you We miss you Love Colton and Mom Tanya"

"Josh, when Chris and Amber came to visit you last week Chris left with you his Infantry Cord as you well know. Chris then decided that he wanted Colton to have it so it did not go into the trash or someones hands. I called the care takers and they sent it to Colton, at Chris and Ambers request, we got it TODAY. Your GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL Cert.came this week also, I read it to Colton, he walked around with it some and then we put it on your and Colton's shelf for him to hold any time he wants. We miss you so so much! Sgt. H. has been a wonderful gift of strenght to me, just when I think everthing is falling apart in my heart he has broke my fall and talked me thru it. We even had a good laugh the other day about comment's YOU made to me in NC when we were living there. Its hard to let loose, and well I am trying but I just can not do it. I know things are going to hit REAL HARD, REAL SOON and well all I ask is give me the strength to hold your WIFE AND CHILD UP AGAIN! I love you, and miss you a bunch, mom tanya"
of Centerview MO

"Hey Beautiful its your wife! I just wanted to let you know how much I miss you and how much I struggle everyday knowing that you want to be here with us. I love you so much and I am so proud of you beautiful.

Love your Wife and your son says he loves you Daddy :)"
Wife Alysha of Warrensburg MO

"Josh- man you are mybest friend in the whole world. I greive your loss everyday. But then I remind myself of the good times we had. Fishing, drinking, drivingm just getting away from the wives for a little bit. And I know that you want us to do our job and mourn your loss when we get back. And sometimes that is hard to do. I still have dreams that we are standing right beside eachother laughing having a good time and just shootin the * like we did so manytimes before. I love you brother and you will always be loved and missed in my heart and my family."
Chris Miller of HHC PSD 1-502

"There's a hero in all of us, yet we all dont let ourselves shine. Josh has a heart full of pride that refused to be left behind.
He took on this world with all that he had, he became a great man and a fantastic dad.
He is a soul that has moved on, not one that's gone, a soul who is in heaven that is looking on.
He will watch his son grow and as day's go by, he will fill Colton's heart full of pride.
We are all proud for all that Josh has done, he lived a brave life, he gave this world his beautiful son.
We can all feel safe now, filled with hope and trust because we have our own Angel watching over us.
Rest In Peace Josh, we'll see you in Heaven."
Davina Rollins of New Castle, In

"THIS STORY IS FOR ALL THE Soldiers out there and DADDY'S to.... IT HAS TAKEN ME FOREVER IT SEEMS TO FINISH THIS. We PRAY THAT PEACE WILL COME. And LAUGHTER OF CHILDREN WILL BE FREE !!LV YA SON ..tanya

When my DADDY was getting bigger he sometimes would say...
"I want to be a Police Man... or BULL RIDER...

He wantd to be IMPORTANT.. and GOD FOUND JUST THE JOB That I know he is Perfect at..

You see, there were people, that did very bad things to other MOMMIES AND DADDY'S and even KIDS. MY DADDY SAID...
He has to protect me and other little kids, so he put on funny looking cloths and went to work. My DADDY is IN THE ARMY !

ONE DAY, he came to mommy and me and said he has to go FAR AWAY,
And do his work! He said something about a FLAG and FREEDOM and well I don't understand but he said I would when I get all BIGGER!

My daddy said he needs to go make the bad people stay at there OWN houses and Be Nice. And well, he said I have to .."BE GOOD FOR MOMMY"

I ask my Daddy "IN MY OWN WAY", how long will you be gone? "OH HE SAID" I don't know. I have to do a good job. Daddy also said "THIS IS NOT GOOD-BYE SON" "DO YOU HEAR ME".. Never GOOD-BYE its see ya LATER!

My daddy left on a BIG PLANE, so I KNOW he is very IMPORTANT! Mommy and NaNa say my prayers with me, and we talk about DADDY, and how we love and miss him.
We look at Pictures and talk about how even when DADDY is gone to work, that he Thinks about me all the time, and that he says his prayers to.

Daddy don't get to call very much he is very busy keeping us safe, but no matter what..
"I AM IN HIS HEART" . NANA say's that when I get sad and my " HEART" hurts it is ok to cry if I want to.

Daddy told me that no matter what.. He will alway's love me and mom and watch over me. My Daddy talked about GOD and that he May have a VERY IMPORTANT JOB IN HEAVEN, and that sometimes there are not enough, ANGEL DADDY'S and MOMMY'S to take care of the baby's in Heaven.

I told my Daddy the best I could, I didn't want him to go there, and I would miss him and my HEART would hurt, but my daddy said " YOU WILL BE FINE SON I will ALWAYS be able to SEE YOU!
AND when you feel a TICKLE in your HEART that will be ME GIVING YOU A BIG HUG!

So you see.... MY DADDY DID have a very important job and well my heart hurts but God, Mommy, NaNa and PaPa all tell me it will be ok, because daddy is in our heart and we just need to say our prayers. NaNa says that when my heart gets SAD if I go get that picture on the fridge that my DADDY'S SMILE will make me all better.

You see THIS IS LATER DADDY.... NOT GOODBYE..........

in Loving MEMORY of My Daddy Spc. Joshua J. Munger KIA IRAQ (loving husband,and father of a young 11 1/2 month old son Colton.
Written for me by my NaNa... Tanya M. Bush ( no copies with out written permission CR 7-5-06"
Tanya Bush of momwithwings1963@yahoo.com

", ,myuyut4u54ytryruyrdfyuiut7y56665trgfd=zz nghyvgiopiuuuoggfrfqahutt4rhyjku9oujgrhty5hy5yuy6y6u7je Love you Daddy Colton"

"to the family of Joshua Munger. I just want to say that Joshua was a great guy and that he will be missed by many. I was the Platoon Sergeant for the PSD that your husband/son replaced. As SPC Silvers said, joshua hung out in are tent and was immediately liked by everybody. he was one of those guys that everybody likes immediately. I spoke with him several times during there train up for the area and I could see that Joshua was an obvious asset to his PSD. In closing, no matter what unit we were from him and the other members of his PSD will always be in our hearts, brothers for ever."
SGT Joe Picon of Calhoun Ga USA

"We miss you and Love you !! fdoekdklknlksdlnksdlskdjgl9rioewslx,nffnj Colton says he loves you, he can still type just like he ust to."
ma "nana" and Colton

"To the Family of Joshua, I sorry I never got the chance to meet Josh. Know that I grieve with you and wish with all my heart that Josh and Tyler and my son Ben were still with us. I'm sorry I didn't write sooner but this has been the hardest thing I have ever had to come to terms with in my life. It is still very difficult to talk about but that doesn't mean I haven't been thinking of you every day and hoping you were all getting along as well as can be expected. As Ben would have said,"This is a really Craptastic situation." I know our guys would want us to get on with living and I'll do my best I hope that you folks will be able to do the same. I will always remember Joshua, Tyler and Benjamin and the dedication and honor with which they served.

Peace be with you,"
Lenore Smith of Hudson, Wisconsin

"To Josh,
I have just found out about losing you. I dont know how it took so long for this bad news to get to me but it did and my heart aches for your wife and son. I will miss you more than you know. Your were always good to me and you spoke very highly of you son. I know that he will know you in his heart. Sorry I never got to say goodbye. Thank you for reminding me of all the times we spent together that i had forgotten. You will always be in my heart."
Mary of Saint Joseph

"Josh, today your son got the warmest gift.. It was from a Marine wife who stated the quilts. OH THE WONDERFUL memories for us to read to Colton, such nice things were said about you and how much support you boys have. We read it to Colton and at times he would just lay his little head down and pat it. Then today he came to us wanting your big picture to kiss and your HAT. I have not and will not break MY PROMISE TO YOU! He prays 3 TIMES A DAY we talk to you and pray for your friends. I think back to the runt kid I first met when he came to me for a job you didnt even have your license but when you did get them oh boy!from 15-22 there were several changes but we loved ya no matter what and still do. ALYSHA, COLTON , AND I MISS YOU LV You ma"
Tanya Bush of Centerview,Mo. USA

"SGT Collins, tho we have not met I hope and pray we can. Josh talked highly of you and his other buddies to. Please know that if you need us we are here for you and think about ALL OF YOU EVERY DAY almost ALL DAY.. 6 months you are correct, it seems like yesterday. SGT COLLINS please know that if it were you that was gone and not Josh, he would feel the same way because that is the LOVE OF A SOLDIER the bond that you have. Colton is fine growing like a little weed. I was going to bring him to FT. C. with me this last time but it was going to have to be such a fast trip for me I just could not do it. I promise to bring him for a visit WHEN YOU ARE READY all you have to do is write or call. Here is my email address I would love to hear from you I ask about you all the time. We love you and wish you the best and do US A FAVOR LET US KNOW IF WE CAN BE OF ANY HELP TO YOU. I am very sorry if I have refered to you as a HERO in any of my emils I by no means want to hurt anyones feelings and I wish you the best. Take care spcmungermothernlaw@yahoo.com"
Tanya Bush of Centerview,Mo. USA

"to Josh, its been 6 months buddy, and still I have no answers to what and why it happened. I just had another surgery and the only thing I can think of is you 3 guys. I would trade places with all of you in a heart beat. Just know that while I know that you are all gone, your memories will never be forgotten. RIP...

To Alysha and Colten, I am sorry that I have not called latley and I hope that you are both doing well. I hope that if you need anything you will not hesitate to call.

Everyone back here keeps calling me a hero and I wish they would stop....the real heros are Josh, Tyler, and Ben. They gave something that I didnt and I will never forget that."
SGT Cory C. Collins of Ft. Campbell, Ky

"I met Josh when he came over from Ft. Bragg, he was a good guy who liked to laugh. He was a proud father that talked proudly about his wife and son. I only knew him for the short amount of time that I was still in the service but he made a lasting impression. To his wife and son, I just want to say that my heart goes out to you two. I wish that there was something I could do to ease the pain."
Carlos Baylor 1/502 IN..baylorcarlos@yahoo of San Antonio TX

"To Joshua's Family, I am so sorry for our loss. The tributes on this site have left me with swollen eyes from crying. Joshua how he is loved by all of you is so beautiful. You are all in our prayers. Joshua, you sir are a true American Hero. Joshua, no one will ever forget you. That would be impossible. Thank you Joshua for all you have done in your amazing life, and all you have done as a soldier in Iraq. God Bless you Joshua and God Bless your family and friends."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"The Next Room
Death is nothing at all, I have only slipped
away into the next room. I am I, and you are you.
What ever we were to each other, that
we still are. Call me by my old familiar name,
speak to me in the easy way which you
always used. Put no difference in your tone,
wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes
we enjoyed together. Pray, smile, think of me,
pray for me. Let my name be the household word
that it always was. Let it be spoken without effect,
without the trace of a shadow on it. Life means
all that it ever meant, It is the same as it ever was;
there is unbroken continuity, Why should I be
out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere
very near, just round the corner. All is well.
~by: Canon Henry Scott Holland~

Gone but not forgotten.
Thank you for sharing your loved one with us,
and for the sacrifice made by you and your family on our behalf.
Proud mom of Lcpl Alex. Currently serving in Iraq"
Patricia of Bishop, CA

"TO MY HUSBAND- BABY YOU ARE MY HERO AND I LOVE YOU SO MUCH & MISS YOU SO BAD. ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT I AM SO PROUD OF YOU AND ALL YOU HAVE DONE IN LIFE. YOU ARE A HERO AND WE ARE SO GREATFUL FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE FOR US. YOUR SON WILL KNOW WHO HIS DAD WAS HE IS GOING TO KNOW THAT YOU WERE MOST LOVING& WOUNDERFUL DADDY AND YOU LOVED HIS SO MUCH , THE BEST HUSBAND, AND A HERO. BABY I LOVE YOU SO MUCH & WE MISS YOU."
Alysha Munger(WIFE) & Colton Munger (SON) of St.Louis Missouri USA

"Josh was a great person and Trooper. Simply put, he'd always get things done that everybody else complained about doing. Always positive and always candid with his opinions, Josh's honesty and love of country will be missed. "Be thou at peace.""
CPT Tim Peterman of Fort Bragg, NC

"I am the grandmother of Benjamin Smith, who was also killed that tragic day that took the life of your beloved son. I sincerely sympathize with you and your family, and will keep you in my prayers. We will never forget these brave young men who gave their lives unselfishly. I can tell by the other messages that Josh was a really special young man and well loved. My heart goes out to you. I hope you will find peace with this grievous loss, someday."
Brenda Quandt of Lincoln Park, MI

"I was Josh's team leader when we were with the 82nd, when we went to Iraq and Afghanistan. I have nothing but good memories of him, except when he bought that dang motorcycle, then it was stolen. Josh was always upbeat and never went without a smile on his face. Its hard to write what I am really feeling because I was his team leader, and saw him grow as a soldier. Please accept my deepest condolence's for your loss. I to feel like I lost a little brother."
SGT Doug Thomas 3/504 Parachute Infantry Regiment of Baton Rouge, LA

"i first met josh when we were on the plane inbound for iraq.. in the moment of fear he held his head high.. it was like he didnt know what fear was. for josh's family and close friends.. i didnt know josh all that well, but he made a lasting impression on me. your son,husband,father was someone we all turned to. this world will be less of a place with out him."
solider still fighting of iraqi freedom

"Josh, Oh my goodness, what can I say?,I'm grief stricken. Josh was a very kind hearted young man. He was in Basic Training with my husband at Ft Benning, Ga.. they managed to stay in touch eversince. Josh has been to our place quite a few times for weekends away from Ft Bragg, NC. He said he had never been to the beach, so we took him. My husband and he had their fun guy time at night with spotlights in the fields 4 wheeling at night. Josh loved our horses, and dogs, and one kitty in particular he wanted to sleep with at night, when he visited. He later introduced us to Alysha. You could honestly see the love between them, it could melt you. We all went to eat, and made a trip to a fishing pier on Wrightsville Beach, and even stopped at a modular dealership and we all looked at new houses we'd like to have. I just talked to Josh on Oct16th, and he spoke of how he wanted to be home, and missed everyone, but heldfast in saying how much he prayed everyone would get through this. Josh I love you! Alysha, Colton, I love you too! Thank God for you both. If theres anything, I mean anything...please let me know."
Kelly of North Carolina

"Today is just like yesterday
I ask, "why did you have to pay?"

Today is just like yesterday
The tears just keep coming. "I miss you Josh," is all that I ever say.

Today is just like yesterday
Missing you til it hurts. Proud of you all through the day.

Today is just like yesterday
Life changed forever...hard for me to find my way.

Today is just like yesterday
"Love you forever," to you I want to say

For our HERO, we will always pray
For today is just like yesterday...

by Aunt Tammy

For your honor Josh. We miss you, we love you and we will never forget you."
Aunt Tammy Hitt of Higginsville, MO

"To a beloved friend,
Alysha, your husband died with great honors. Everyone around the world will know him for what he died doing. But unlike everyone I know what he left behind, a wonderful wife and a beautiful son. Dealing with this will be the hardest thing you will ever have to deal with. I pray as a mother and wife myself and as one of your best friends that you remember EVERYONE who loves you through this time, and in the future. Most of all may you remember the lord and seek to him when you feel helpless, baby he will help you. Honey, Josh will be alot of peoples hero and one day Colton will know that his dad died a WONDERFUL man, you are very lucky to be the wife of a fallen hero and you are lucky to be loved by so many, please honey DO NOT FORGET I LOVE YOU! I will always love you sis, I pray that you and Colton know with out a doubt that I am hear with open arms, ears and heart (or whatever you may need) anytime you may need it! I love you all the world Sis!!!!!!

To the parents of Josh, your son was a wonderful man, I respect and admire what your son died doing, many people will never know or care to know what his death really meant, but as Alysha's friend and a wife, mother and an American citizen myself, I DO KNOW! Josh will always hold a special place in my heart. May God Bless all of you in this very hard time. He will always be with you!"
Cassy Staples (Martin) of Lee's Summit, MO

"To the Family of Munger. My boys were there. We handled him with love and care as we picked him up. We grieve, we move on, But he is on our hearts forever. Know he was taken care of. All of us here wish it was not so, May God give you the strength you need."
502 Soldier. of Iraq

"My heart aches for the lost of my good friend Josh. He will always be in our hearts and memories. Alysha and Colton I know you will be OK, because you have such a stong support system in your family. If you would only let them be there for you. Always remember how much fun we had at your first NASCAR race. Those memories will always be with me. I can't forget how big your stomach got when you were carrying Colton. Dam you were large. I will always remember when your mom came down to be with you before the baby was born. We have so much to be thankful for. Josh was a guy that loved to have fun and listen to his music. Remember when we had to turn the music down at the race cause Josh wanted to blast his new speakers and system? How about when P-Dawg Broke the picnic table down dancing on top of it? Those are the times that we have to keep in our hearts and always remember Josh for the good guy he was. He was a great Warrior and will be missed a hellava lot! I love you Alysha and you too Tanya!"
SFC Bill Rasool US Army (Retired) of Fayetteville / Fort Bragg, North Carolina

"For Alysha and Joshua's Family -

My name is Jessica, I am Tyler MacKenzie's cousin. As you know, Tyler was in the same vehicle as your husband the day that all of our lives changed. I have thought of you often, and say a prayer each night for your family, that you are finding strength and comfort through these very hard times. I also pray for the family of Benjamin Smith and for the quick recovery of the young man who survived. May God bless those families as well as ours. nikita04@hotmail.com

Thank you for writing on Tylers memorial. Our husbands and sons (and cousins) most certianly will not be forgotten. Heroes are never forgotten. Please know that our family extends the same to yours...if there is anything we can do for you we will. Thank you.

To Joshua -

No words can express the gratitude I feel for the incredible sacrafice you have made not only for your country, but for a country who is torn into itself. You knew you were strong enough to make a difference in the lives of others. Thank you. A million times over, thank you."
Jessica MacKenzie of Westminster, CO

"Josh was a WONDERFUL and COURAGEOUS Soldier that gave his Life for his country so that we can all be free. Wheter is was being a soldier, husband or father Josh gave his best. He took what life gave and gave even more back. Always happy and content. He lived to love his wife and son and to be everything to them. His wife, Alysha, lived to love him and to be a better person because of him. Pray for her and their beautiful son. Honor and remember Josh. He touched my life. We will love him always and cherish his memories. You are our HERO. God Bless you and the country you died for. I'll keep my promise Josh, Until we meet again......Love, Aunt Tammy Hitt"
Tammy Hitt of Higginsville, MO

"Thanks for everyones thoughts and prayers. My husband was my best friend and he was the worlds greatest daddy. We miss him so much. He is my HERO. When our son Colton grows up he will know that his daddy was a wonderful man and he loved him very much."
Alysha Munger of Centerview MO

"To Josh, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you...
To Josh's parents, wife and son, as hollow as it may sound, we grieve with you and thank you too for that young man who gave "the last full measure".We will not forget him nor will we forget his sacrifice."
The Marsh Family of St. Joseph, Mo.

"Alysha is Josh's wife,my best friend, and now a widow. Josh was a United States soldier that was taken from this world at an age of 22 years old. Way 2 young!!!

Josh was a man that you could talk to about almost anything. He was not a hard person to please at all. Josh was happy with a good meal, a cold bud light, his wife and son.

Josh made it his life mission to be good at what ever he was doing.Whether he was at home playing a board game or on the front line. Josh was a someone who you could learn alot from.

Josh was someone who you were happy just being around. i cant remember a time of where he didnt make me smile or laugh. Ill always cherish the last conversation i had with josh. It was about a week before he passed away. He called me to see how i was doing, because i had just lost my childrens father in Iraq in the beginning of October. Josh picked me up when i was at one of the lowest parts of my life. Josh put aside all of the stress of being in a war enviorment to comfort me. It brings tear to my eyes, just thinking of his peaceful words.it was one of the most serious conversations i ever had with him.

Josh you are missed by many. I know one day ill see you again, and until i do ill keep on praying.

For Alysha and Colton. no words can express your loss or pain. I love you and ill be here with you until the end. as you lay down to go to sleep tonight i hope god takes you in his hands and eases some of your pain."
Joanna of North Carolina

"Munger was one of my replacements. I am on the PSD of the 1st BN, 108th Armor, Georgia Army National Guard that Joshua's unit replaced. I worked with him for three weeks or so, and he always hung out in our tent before we left. Joshua always had a playful tone and a smile on his face. We made the trip back up to Mahmudiyah last week for the memorial of our friend and brothers. They are already missed by many. I knew them only briefly and the blow was a big one to me and my fellow Georgians. Thank you for your son, and I'm so sorry for your loss. Live Free."
Spc. Jonathan Blake Silvers of Calhoun, Georgia (Hillah, Iraq)

"to the family of joshua j. munger,
i am so very sorry for your loss. i am sure joshua was a great human being, and a loved and valued family member. not many have the courage, and conviction, and sense of duty your son had. i share in your pain, my son, tyler mackenzie was in the same vehicle with joshua, and was killed also. i have the greatest respect for these young men. i will honor your son along with mine always. please accept our most sincere and deepest condolence's for your loss."
david & julie mackenzie of evans, colorado, usa

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Joshua will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless you ALWAYS.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"JOSHUA AMAZING THAT YOU ARE MORE THEN A SOLDIER. YOU HAVE TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SOMEONE MANY. THOSE YOU HAVE HOLD VERY PRECIOUS MOMENTS. THAT YOU SHARED TOGETHER. AN YOU MY FRIEND HAVE NOT GIVEN YOU LIFE IN VAIN! HERO! YOUR UNSELFISHNESS WILL NEVER EVER BE FORGOTTEN JOSHUA. I THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY. AN FOR BEING A MILITARY BROTHER TO OUR SON. I REALIZE NEITHER OF YOU KNEW ONE ANOTHER. STILL BOTH OF YOU HAVE EACH OTHERS BACK. WE LOST GREGORY IN BALAD, IRAQ LAST YEAR. AN MY TEARS NEVER STOP FLOWING. TODAY THOSE TEARS ARE YOURS. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Thank you Joshua Munger, 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 Spc. Joshua Munger:
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 Joshua 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. Joshua Munger:
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 Joshua, 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