Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Gennaro Pellegrini, Jr.

31, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Pellegrini died in Bayji, Iraq, while investigating a rocket-propelled grenade incident a mine exploded and enemy forces attacked using small arms fire. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 111th Infantry Regiment (Mechanized), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Died on August 9, 2005.

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"I think of you, and honor you, every Veteran's Day since your death 10 years ago in Iraq. I think of you, most especially, whenever I think about or see our god-daughter, Caitlin. Thank you for your service and your family misses you."
Diane of Naples, FL

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"July 3, 2008
To the family of Spc. Gennaro Pellegrini, Jr.:
Gennaro 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

"Jerry,
You will always and forever be the little brother that I look up to and call my HERO. I'm sorry that I never received your phone call before you were killed and I will regret that every day of my life. To hear your voice would have been so good. To have your arms around me in a bear hug would have been better. To have you home would have been the best, but as we all know God had another plan for you. I know I'll be with you again and that you are with me at all times in my heart. Please watch over Timmy and Caitlin and keep them safe. Wisper in their ears when they need the answer to something and don't want to come to me. You remember how it is growing up, so to have a little extra guidance from someone that they love and respect would be great.
I Love You!!!!"
Dana of York, PA

"To the family of:Gennaro Pellegrini. Jr 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"

"Dear The people who read this, i am a close friend of Gennaro and my parents grew up with him also in my parents wedding and he was my god-father and his heart and soul is with all of us and thats what I have to say so Gennaro please Rest In Peace R.I.P"
J.J. of U.S.A Philadelphia PA

"TO THE PELLEGRINI FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. OUR HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH OUR SON GREGORY AND GENNARO. GENNARO THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY AND ALONG SIDE WITH OUR SON. YOU BOTH HAD NOT KNOWN ONE ANOTHER. TODAY YOU DO! MAY YOU BOTH REAT IN PEACE. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"I was formerly a Philadelphia Police Officer and although, I never truly knew Pellegrini, I met him after we had a wild police chase through out the city right before his big fight and deployment. From the short period of time that I spent with him, I knew that he was a good person. I am truly sorry that you had to suffer such a great loss, and my prayers are with you. God BLess your family."
SPC Whitaker, Dennis of HHC 2-228 Horsham Memorial Reserve Center, Willow Grove, PA

"I am involved in the soldiers angels website and I heard about Spc Gennaro Pellegrini, Jr getting KIA in Iraq and I am so sorry to hear about his death and I want to thank him and all the soldiers for the sacrifice that they did for our country and may they rest in peace."
Tammy Beck of Goliad, Texas/USA

"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

"April 12, 2005 -
ARMY SPC GENNARO PELLEGRINI, JR.
You are an American Hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten by a grateful nation. Rest well brave soldier.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Gennaro and may memories comfort you during this most difficult time and always.
AMERICA SALUTES
SPC GENNARO PELLEGRINI, JR."
Brad & Dorothy Burt of Rhode Island

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

"Thank you Gennaro Pellegrini, Jr., 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. Gennaro Pellegrini, Jr.:
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 Gennaro 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. Gennaro Pellegrini, Jr.:
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 Gennaro, 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