Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Joshua M. Pearce

21, of Guymon, Oklahoma.
Pearce died in Mosul, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Stryker military vehicle during patrol operations. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. Died on February 26, 2006.

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"10 years ago today you sacrificed yourself for our country so that we may continue to live free. Thank you for your brave and selfless service and sacrifice. Being the same age you were when you died, I feel a deep sadness for you and your family. You truly are a hero and will be remembered."
Morrison of Ohio

"I have never met you but I met someone who loves you more than the world ,you are not forgotten .Happy angles birthday and enjoy valhallah until we regroup"
Alkhamisi,mari

"To the family of:Joshua M. Pearce
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""

"You are my hero!! You are not forgotten"
SSG Fischer, Jonathan of Ft. Bliss, TX

"Our son did not contact us for several months, which left us wondering if he was "alright". Not long after his mother and I began wondering about his welfare,we learned why his communications were not as frequent as we would have liked. His best friend had been killed when their vehicle (He was one of the passengers) was hit by an IED.
The loss of a fellow soldier, a good friend, survivors guilt, sudden and unexpected horror, makes it extremely difficult. Honorable memories; and often tears, help to heal.
Our lives are bound together by the life you shared with my son, and the honorable memories of your name, in the name of his son.
Your service, your time, and your name, will not be forgotten"
J. Anthony of W.F., Texas

"Joshua was a great young guy, full of life and energy. I remember seeing the rest of the squad after what happened, all were huddling together in tears by the TOC building. I cried at the funeral ceremony we had in Mosul later during that week. Not one person left that room with dry eyes. That day was the worst of my deployment and I have never forgotten Joshua. I wish I could have known Joshua better because everyone said great things about him. I wanted to let the family and friends know that someday when I can I am going to have a custom mask painted for my goalie equipment and I am going to have a tribute to Joshua on it. For those that don't know I was Joshua's supply specialist under SSG Eric Reich. We did our best to give Joshua all the equipment we could to keep him safe and able to do his duties."
SPC Robert Mccaughtry of Woodbury, MN

"Pearce I remember the day you died like it was just yesterday, how could I forget it, it was one of the worst days of my life but as the days continue to go bye I still continue to think of how proud I am of you. I ordered one of those bracelets with your name on it the day you died and I havent taken it off since except to go through metal detectors. I tell your story often and I always include the fact tht you were one of the funniest cats Ive ever met and you never stopped smiling. Ill never forget as long as I live talking to you on that morning in the motor pool as we both got ready to head out for our missions and if I had known it would be the last time I would ever talk to you I would have said a few more things to you but I have said them in my prayers and I have continued to pray for the strength of your family even now, three and a half years later. Something crazy actually happened one night as I was watching T.V. I was watching DOG the bounty hunter and a guy had a RIP tattoo on his arm and it was you.When Dog asked him the story of it he told it to a tee. I got out of the army after we returned from Iraq, we got a 4 month extension by the way, and they actually just recently called me back in to go back to Iraq. I will never remove your bracelet from my arm and I will never stop telling your story of courage and ability to make everyone around you smile. You are one of my heroes and I will continue to make sure that everyone I come in contact with over the rest of my life knows it! I made a shirt with you on it a couple memorial days ago too. I miss you brother!!!"
Pvt Manning, Clinton of Georgia

"Josh,
It's been 3 yrs. sure don't seem like it.but pain has no time line. I love and miss you and think about you all the time. Thank you Josh"
Robbie of Guymon, OK.

"February 4, 2009
To the family of Spc. Joshua M. Pearce:
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

"Josh...just another day in Iraq and thinking of you! The time is coming and were about to be 24! I still think of the day we were spitting spit wads on the ceiling of the band room. HAHA And of course English class with MRS. Roberts. I wonder how our teachers got through the days! If only I could turn back the time and be back in grade school, junior high and high school. No one can take the memories away. I miss you Josh and THANK YOU so much for always having my back over here. I know you are my shield and protector. I love you brother!"
SSG Christina Kidwell of Al Kut, Iraq

"I miss you Josh. I wish you could see my little one. He smiles so much like you used to. It's hard to believe it's been almost two years now since you've been gone. I'll always remember you."
SSG Anthony, Aaron of Fairbanks, AK

"Josh not a day goes by that i don't think of you. Maybe its b/c I have the same tattoo that you had on your tummy on my arm. Better yet its just the fact that your gone. Thank you so much for watching over me in Iraq. I seriously don't know how i walked away from that place. So many times i ask myself why wasn't it me but then i have to say well Only God Knows Why. Thats the same answer i get when i ask why he had to take you. Life will never be the same nor will the party be...Its not fair and i hate the fact that we all have to deal with it. You get mad respect from people in Guymon i must say. In June I went to go see you and the cemetary gate was closed so in high heels with beer in hand i jumped over that gate. I was sitting at your gravesite and low and behold the damn 5 0 came rollin up. We ran from them on occasion in high school but this time i just sat there. He drove past then turned around, he had to of known it was you b/c he just kept on going. I told Chris about it and he was like "If your there to see Josh no one is goin to mess with you"! Anyways i promise to always come see you when i'm in town. Please take care of Zayne for Jennifer. We love you and miss you so much!!!!!"
SSG Christina Kidwell of Fort Hood, Texas

"hey my baby i just wanted to say that there is not a day that goes by that i breath without you, you were my air there are no words to say how proud i am of you you are my hero and always will be, i loved you in life and i love you in hevan please feel me huggin you! life wiil never be ok without you i miss you so much it hurts, i miss your laugh and your love and youe voice you were the greatest gift from god anyone could ask for thank you for letting me be your mom. i will see you soon until then keep us safe. all my love and more, you have my heart becareful with it you momma, to the moon and back remember"
becky of guymon ok

"Hey Josh I know we never really hung out as much as me and your brother did,but Iwanted you to know how proud I am of you serving your country the way you did ... you've done a great job and your memories will live on forever inside us all. Your a strong brave man and are missed by many. Love Ya Kid,"
Jamie L. Mason of Enid,OK/USA

"Josh, Things will never be the same without you here. I know I'll see you again someday. Keep watch over our family and keep us all safe. You were more than a cousin. I love you man....."
Philip Osborne of Guymon, Ok

"Josh.....kiddo, we all miss you so much. Thank you for doing all you did...and lovin' every minute of it. We love you!"
Kori & Family of Dallas, TX

"Im Karisa Mullen, Joshua's Cousin and My Family and I would like to THANK YOU ALL SOO MUCH!! for all for your love and support. it means a great deal to us and my Uncle Rick and Aunt Beacky are doing very well and Love you all. Thank You For Remebering Joshua he smiles down on you all every day!!"
Karisa Mullen of Pampa Tx

"It was an honor to serve with Josh. I was blessed with getting to grow up with him, graduate high school with him, party with him and the most important we both got to serve our country together. Its been the toughest part of this deployment having to deal with the fact that someone killed my Brother in Arms.



Josh I will do everything in my power to let your name live on. I give you my word you will never be forgotten. I can't wait to see you in July I promise to bring a case of beer with me. Were 21 now so we have to celebrate life and the experience we have endured in Iraq. I miss you and that great smile. You were always joking around and you could brighten any dim room. Your forever my hero and you have made such an impact in people's lives. Thank you for watching my back out here. You may not be here in your boots but your here everyday watchin over me. My Soldier Guardian Angel. God Bless you I'll miss you forever.

Your Sister in Arms,
SGT Kidwell"
SGT Christina Kidwell of Baghdad, Iraq

"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.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS. "

"Dear Rick and Becky, I am saddened by the loss of your son. Although I did not know Joshua personally, I had many things in common with Josh. I myself was stationed with 5th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 6th Infantry Division (Light) at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. I was in Mosul with the 101st Airborne Division back during 2003 and I was also born in Guymon, Class of 1982. He will always be my HERO. Josh and the both of you, will always be in my everyday prayers."
SFC Socorro "Junior" Hierro 101st Airborne Division of Q-West, Iraq

"Dear Rick and Becky
I'm am so sorry to hear about Josh. I love all of you and pray for you. I know it still hurts, but remember Josh will never again feel pain or be sick or be hungry for he is and always will be by God's side. You're like my 2nd family and my heart is with you."
Nette Mason of Ninnekah OK

"Thank you Joshua Pearce, 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 Pearce:
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 Pearce:
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