Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Joseph C. Nurre

22, of Wilton, California.
Nurre died near Samarra, Iraq, where an improvised explosive device detonated near his M916 tractor during convoy operations. He was assigned to the Reserve's 463rd Engineer Battalion, Weirton, West Virginia. Died on August 21, 2005.

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"I often walk in Elk Grove Park and often I find myself walking by Joe's Plaque and even though I have read it several time I always read it again. I just want to say that from that letter to his parents you can tell what an amazing person he was and it makes you think about what an amazing man he would have grown into, had he had the chance. His words almost make you feel that you know this young man. To be so wise and caring at such a young age just brings tears to my eyes of admiration and pride of this person. It made me think that here is a man who could have grown up to be President. To be a leader of men..To guide us all into being a country we could all be proud to be a part of..."
Susan M. of Elk Grove, Ca. USA

"Still remember you from missouri 2003 and in vallejo may your soul rest in peace brother."
George Lujano of Edinburg, texas

"I'd like to thank you brother for the service and life you gave for our country. I smile and laugh when I think of your jokes and the fun times we had. We all miss you and I know not a day goes by where I don't think of you...BTW, Notre Dame is 8-1!"
Matt Williams of Folsom CA

"Almost 10 years Joe. Think about you often. You were one of a kind and will always be missed. You and your family will always be in my heart. RIP Bro"
Matthew Kearns of Placerville, Ca

"Thinking of Joe on the day after the anniversary of his death. I didn't know him well but his infectious smile and good nature stays in my memory to this day. It makes me feel better to think that there are people like Joe in the world. My thoughts are with Joe and his family today. God Bless."
Adam Youngson of Pleasant Hill, Ca

"You and your sacrifice are not forgotten."
Bill Wilson of Pittsburgh, PA

"8 long years! Seems like a lifetime ago. I will never forget your smiling face when I was singing in church. I only wish I had known you better, I'm sorry for that. Just know you are always in our hearts and minds, Kevin and I think of you often. Always our hero!"
Erin (Rickabaugh) Ball /Sgt Ball of Madison Alabama

"SGT Nurre, I didn't know you very well but I was in Bravo 463rd with you in Iraq. The encounters I did have with you, you were always friendly and treated me with respect. I remember the day all of us lost you. That day changed my and everyone else's life forever. I think of you often, and make sure that I live my life the best I can every day because you no longer have that option. It's been almost 8 years since you've been gone, but you are hardly forgetting. So today on Memorial Day I wanted to give you my thoughts and feelings about you, for it's not something I usually share. Today the world is still without not only a great soldier, but also a great human being."
James Brown of Norton, Massachusetts

"I didn't know you well, Joe, but you are a brother all the same. I think of you often, and remember you on my hardest days. I have started a family of my own now, Joe, and I raise my son with the wisdom of knowing you never had that chance. Even though I didn't know you well, my son will benefit from your influence. In this way, and many others, you live on. I am honored to have served alongside you. My heart and prayers to those you left behind."
Ryan Smithson of Schenectady, NY

"Seven years have passed but your memory lives on. Sometimes I just remember playing soccer in that sand field, or when we would operate the equipment and Miller would talk your ear off... 2012 and many repeat commenters, Never Forgotten."
Civ. Juan C Ramirez of Dallas, Texas

"Hey so I had a random thought of you today and found a video of you on YouTube. It was so good to hear your voice. Too bad it wasn't one of your great stories you would tell of your adventures. Miss you still 7 years later. XOXO"
Christina C. of sacramento, ca

"To the family of:Joseph C. Nurre
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""

"Hey Joe. Its been 6 years now. I still miss you like crazy. I had a picture of you at work every time I deployed. Our 10 year class reunion is in a few weeks. Its just hard knowing you won't be there with us. You were one of the nicest guys I ever met. The stupid things we got away with in high school. I miss ya."
SrA Denise Hallock of Elk Grove, CA

"Hey Joe its been 6 years but that day still lives with me!! Honestly this year seems a lot harder than the last ones. Well you'll be proud to know Im getting married!! I miss you and love you!!
P.S. The Livestrong bracelet you gave me broke but I had some new ones made in your honor!!"
SGT John Carbary of Tucson, Az

"Joe was the best. I've known him since we were kids and have had the privledge to call him a friend. Never one to take things too serious he was always keeping eveyone in fun mood. He will never be forgotten. To Joe's parents, you rasied a WONDERFUL son that only wanted the best for everyone. Nothing can be said that would amount to what this world has lost."
Nick Waterman of Elk Grove CA

"SGT Nurre, I can still remember the day that this tragic event took place. I remember the morning you all pulled out on that last and final convey. I can not begin to understand the heart aches that your family must endure, but can only pray with time that the wounds will heal. Although I never had the pleasure of working with you first hand, I think of you often and the conversation we had in passing on the FOB's or at the gym. I pray we will have the opportunity to one day meet again. May God's Blessings shadow over the Nurre family for the sacrifice they have made."
SSG Reed of Syracuse, NY

"still thinking of you 5 years later! im in a different war, sucks just the same! i miss you like crazy!"
laurie W

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3"
Scott Steiner of Worthington, Ohio USA

"I SERVED WITH Sgt NURRE IN IRAQ 2005. I WAS IN THE 1436TH ENG CO (CSE) MIANG ASSND TO THE 463rd ENG BN. I STILL HAVE THE PIX OF THE 916 TRUCK THAT Sgt NURRE WAS IN WHEN HE WAS HIT. I WENT TO FOB SPICHER TO PICK UP THE TRUCK, AND WENT BACK THREE DAYS LATER TO GET THE TRAILOR, AND RETURNED THEM BOTH TO CAMP ANACONDA, BALAD IRAQ. REST EASY OLD SOILDER YOUR TOUR IS DONE."
Sgt Walter Feasel of Hesperia, Michigan USA

"still in my prayers and thoughts. youll alway be my buddie you know that. miss you terribly. i wish you could see me now doing P90X you would be sooo proud, and probably laugh at me too.
love, went"
laurie wentworth of Vermont/ohio

"It's hard to believe it's been almost 4 years now.... Your ol' friends from the 801st miss you and think of you often."
Dirty Devils of Vallejo, CA

"This is SoCal-
I remember the last conversation we had about the time we would make it back to the FOB. To this day, I wish that I could have traded places with you. I've lived and you were at the begining of your life. I met your parents and saw the sadness in their eyes. For all I'm worth I wish that I could have taken that from them. You're in a better place and I know your're watching over all your friends and family. Love you!!"
Mama G of Weirton,WV

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Spc. Joseph C. Nurre:
Joseph 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

"To all of Joe's Friends and Family. None of you have ever left thoughts and prayers. There has not been a day that has passed that I haven't thought of Joe. I miss you buddy."
Steven Potter of Fort Cambell, KY

"Sgt. Nurre,
I still have the picture your mother sent me following your passing. It remains on my mirror in my bedroom. I can't tell you or your parents the powerful memories I have of that sad day in Aug '05. I can only pray that you are giving your mom and dad strength from heaven.
We have a garden on the lawn in front of the rectory at St. Elizabeth church--a grotto dedicated to Mary, the mother of Jesus. I had a brick inscribed with your name on it and it lies on the ground to the right of Mary's outstretched hand. May she protect you and give peace to your mom and dad."
Gabriella Hackett of Pittsburgh, PA

"It's been a while now since that unfortunate day. I was with him that morning, I even asked him how the book he was reading was before we left. I still think about him often, I would like to speak to his parents so if anyone has their email send it to me at spb22@pitt.edu. Thank you, and may our love for this hero go on forever."
Sgt Bleibtrey of Pittsburgh, PA

"Wow this is kinda hard. I didnt even know you but i served in the 463rd with you we were in diffrent companys but still when we heard it was like loosing a best friend everything just stoped. I think about you alot. From what i have read about you, you were a really great guy. You have touched the hearts of so many people and have changed lives. To your family, you raised a good man and on heck of a soldier. God Bless you and take care."

"I can't get Joe out of my head. It has been more that two years now and not a moment passes that I don't feel him with me. I am sure that my wife knows him just as well as I did by now. We talk about him often. I just finished WLC and I know that Joe gave me the motivation I needed. Any time I feel down or alone I think of Sgt Nurre and I am always able to drive on. I miss you Nurre. One day I will make Colonal and that ceramony will be yours! thank you for your sacrifice and your FRIENDSHIP."
Steven Potter of Springfield, MO/U.S.A.

"hey bod-man
well its been two years and your memory or your spirit havent left one bit and i want you to know that we all love you and miss you dearly!!"
John Carbary of plymouth,ohio

"Hey Joe, I was outside and I just started thinking about you out of nowere so I came in and typed your name into google search. You wouldn't belive how much stuff there is about you on the internet. No one has forgotten you, and how could they. I am so proud to have had the time with you that I did. Going to the gym almost every night for 8 months, just you, SSG Sefsick, and I. I will forever treasure those memories. Thank you so much for being my friend, my brother. I love you and will never stop missing you. I will see you again.

*Remember the time we crossed paths between the bathrooms in FOB Endurance? You saluted me and said "Colonal." I put in a commision packet this week. When I make the rank of Colonal I will dedicate my achivements to you. You are my idol, my hero, my brother.*"
SGT Potter, Steven of Springfield, MO

"Hey Joey.

It was weird not seeing you again at Thanksgiving. Pretty much the same as usual though, Skipper kept giving away bags of m&m's to all the kids and such. Steph made some really good martinis so some of us were a little tipsy.

We all miss you so much though. I saw your mom and dad, they are looking really good. Your mom was so proud to be showing everyone the banner of you, so proud.

Notre Dame had a good season, but I know you get the best seats in the house for all of the games. :-) Check out Indiana's basketball, we're ranked again!

I'll be wearing my Notre Dame shirt for you. Keep us safe & watch over us. I love you cos!!"
Katie Gelbart of Orange County, CA

"Im sorry for your loss, and he will always be remembered as the Herd guy he was."
Steven Halverson, EG Varsity of Elk Grove

"To The Family of SGT.NURRE,May God Bless you and your family in your loss."
SFC.WOODLIEF (hsc co. 463) of Garner, N.C.

"Sgt Nurre, Its been a year since the event that took your life. I still remember waking up to get ready for Duty and waking you up from time to time so you could get ready too. To your parents I can only say I am sorry for your loss. He was a great individual and he showed a leadership quality that seemed to drive anyone else around him. He was in my squad and I was able to work with him many times. I will never forget him, and I know his memory will keep on living in the heart of anyone else who saw him smile or work."
Spc Juan C Ramirez B Co, 463rd Eng BN of Garland, Texas

"Your parents have raised an upstanding young man. I hope to meet you in heaven. People like you make me proud to be an American."
Johnie Harmon of Wilton, CA

"sgt. joseph nurre the three months i spent working with you and the 463rd I worked with you on several projects i have never met anyone as driven as you and you had no problems learning new things you will be missed and allways remembered"
spc. f e wheetley of 2nd platoon 1436th eng co(cse)

"Thanks Joe for making our Village! "The Polar Bear" has gone, but the memories of it's cheeseburgers and milkshakes remain, as do your thoughts. Joe-Joe will always be on the Pier and you will always be safe inside "6 1/2". We all were blessed with your presence here in Capitola, in our Country, and in our World. We are all sorry that our Country used you in the way you were used. We thank you for your love for us and your dedication to all that is good. Thanks You! You Are Remembered!"
Bill Walden of Capitola, California

"Joseph - I never met you, but you have made a profound influence on my life. I am participating in an art project called "Faces of the Fallen," which is a national exhibit honoring the soldiers who have died in Iraq. I drew a portrait of you for the exhibit, and it was the most intense art project i've ever worked on. It was emotional, and caused me to reflect on war, patriotism, life and death. Thank you. you have touched more lives than you know."
Ashley A of Sonoma, California

"SGT Nurre,
It was an honor to work with you and your fellow soldiers from B-463rd Engineers. The 3 months that was spent with your unit in northern Iraq was an honor. A good man, hard worker, great soldier. OIF3-IRAQ...REST IN PEACE.."ESSAYONS"!!
SSG Alvesteffer
1436th Engineer Company
(463rd Engineer Battalion)"
SSG Tony Alvesteffer of IRAQ

"Joe, I was saddened to hear of your untimely death. I sincerely hope that you are in a better place and regret that I didnít spend more time with you after high school. I am proud of your sacrifice to our country and you will not be forgotten. To the family of Joe Nurre, thank you for raising such a fine American, and a great friend."
Ryan Davis of Elk Grove, CA

"To the parents and family of Joseph C. Nurre:

We are deeply saddened by the loss of your only child. He died a hero. My son (my only child) wrote me in an email that Joe was was a friend to all but a soldier above all. You are in our prayers daily. Our heartfelt thoughts go out to you. May God grant you peace and understanding.

God bless and keep you.

Charles and Ruth Downey
The parents of SPC. Chad C. Downey, Company B, 463rd Engineers
Operation Iraqi Freedom"
Ruth Downey of Pittsburgh, PA

"Joe, im gonna miss you brother! My life wont be the same....you taught me to be the person i am. I will love you for that forever. See ya when i get there....you better tell the big man to let me in when i get there alright? You were loved by so many, my love and heart goes out to you and your family. I love you bud!!!!!!!!"
Nathan Bywater of Elk Grove, CA

"Joe,
You are truly one of a kind. Your sweet smile and tender heart will stay cherished in the memories of many. You made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and for that you will be a hero in my eyes forever."
Kristen Putman of Sacramento, CA

"Joseph thank you for serving our great country. an for watching over our son's back as he did for you. two soldier's that didn't know one another. JOSEPH my heart and prays are with you and your family. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"I will never forget the sweet young man I had the pleasure of working with for 2 years. He always had a smile and kind words for others. Even the really crabby customers could not anger him. He will live in my heart forever."
Susanne of Sacramento , CA

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your
Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the loyal service and sacrifice that was made and
WE WILL NEVER FORGET.
Our cousin LCPL Michael Smith Jr. gave his life on 4-17-04 fighting for freedom.
Please know that this was not in vain and these American Heros will FOREVER be honored.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"May God Keep you and your beloved loved ones in the palm of his hand!"
MAJ Art M. Anthony of USARC G-1

""REST in Peace dear soldier. We are so sorry -
VERY GRATEFUL for your service and willingness to help others find the freedoms we take for granted here.
A Montana family""

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

"To the Family of Joseph Nurre,
We are saddened by your lost. Our prayers are with you all. Joseph is in Heaven with our other brave soldiers.

God Bless you,
Sheldon and Loretta Bridges
Proud Parents of SSGT Steven H Bridges
8/22/1970-12/8/2003
Iraq"
Sheldon and Loretta of Tracy, CA USA

"Thank you Joseph Nurre, 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. Joseph Nurre:
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 Joseph 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. Joseph Nurre:
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 Joseph, 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