Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Johnny J. Peralez, Jr.

25, of Kingsville, Texas.
Peralez died in An Najaf, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during convoy operations. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on January 5, 2006.

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"I hope this reaches you well, I have written in the past. I just wanted to send a note to say that I have never stopped wearing my bracelet with Johnny's name on it and it remains an honor to do so. Even though I didn't know him personally, his CO told me a lot about him and what an incredible person he was. Thank you for allowing me to carry on his legacy of honor and sacrifice."
Michael Einstein of Milwaukee, WI

"Johnny J Peralez, I never had the opportunity to meet you but I have met your sister and the honor I have for knowing you through her is in my opinion unbelievable! Your sister is my best friend in the world and I wish you were here to meet in person but I feel like I know you through Nina! I appreciate everything you gave so that I can feel safe at night with my kids! Johnny J. Peralez, you helped mold an amazing woman in Nina and I'm glad that I have had the opportunity to meet her and through her I know you! I pray from the depths of me that you are happy and in a good place now! Thank you Johnny for serving our country so that I didnt have to! You are a hero and will always be in my heart! Thank you for giving all!"

"You've been on my mind so much these days. I miss you so much and I just ask that you watch over all of us till we get to see you again. I love you always and forever cousin. <3"
Ashley Pena of Lubbock, Texas

"I miss you so much these days my friend! Thinking about you and our good ol' days!
I love you ALWAYS! =)"
Carla Romero of Pensacola, Florida USA

"johnny!!

next week will be 5years!! thank you again johnny for being in our lives!! marc is 7 now , he just asked me what happend to you!! please watch over him(garden angel) we miss you!!!!"
of premont texas

"I didnt know Johnny personally, but I remembered seeing him at school, always with a cheerful attitude and warm smile. I was so proud of him when I heard he joined the army, it was an honor having him as a fellow comrade.
I want to express my deepest gratitude for his sacrifice. He will never be forgotten. My prayers are with the family."
Staff Sergeant Aynsley, Crissy of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo

"I asked my friend, Captain Brian Covert, if I could have the honor of wearing a Hero Bracelet of one of his troops and without thinking, he mentioned Johnny. Brian told me many stories of him and the dedication he put into his career and to others. He told me a story of how Johnny was training other soldiers on suturing wounds, and to make sure they were totally proficient and trained, he cut himself multiple times and allowed the soldiers to practice on him. It is my true honor to wear his name on my wrist and never will it leave it. I am truly proud to have learned of Johnny and his story and will continue to tell it to others."
Michael Einstein of FOB Sharana, Afghanistan

"I came across this page because I bought a Hero bracelet and I wanted to find out about the man whose name I wear. It seems to me like he was an amazing person and I am honored to wear his name."
Lisa of Boston, Massachusetts

"Hey cousin,
Ive been thinking about you a lot lately. Its already been a couple of years, but not a day passes that I dont miss you. But I know your always by my side. I know I havent gone to the cemetary much, but its just too hard for me. But Memorial day is 2 days away. & Im gonna visit you I promise. I see your grandma everyday, and Im taking care of her for you. I know she misses you terribly. But thank you for watching over her and my grandma for me. I love you. & I cant wait to see you again. Give God a hug for me. ILOVEYOU!"
Ashley (his little cousin( of Premont, Tx

"Johnny,

I don't know what to say really except I know your in a better place looking down on us. Its been 3 years now it just seemed like yesterday when I found out you were killed in the line of duty. I will not forget the times we hung out when you came to see your big sister NINA- in dallas.. she loved you so much and was very proud of you. You both looked very much alike but unique in your own ways.. I will miss the laughs and the food we ate and the time we all spent together when you were in dallas.. I will never forget you..

I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR DEFENDING OUR COUNTRY your flying high now."
Yvette Jacques of Dallas Tx

"to johnny, marc and i will always remember you,thank you for been in marc's life! we have a picture in his room and your army(hat)is near that picture! thank you ! he will always remember you! marc is only 5yrs old ,he remembers and ask question when we go to the cemetary! when the windchime ring, marc says johnny is there!! when we are about to leave the windchime are calm! i (his mom) have notice that!!!
JOHNNY, WE LOVE YOU AND WE WILL MISS YOU , WE WILL SEE EACH OTHER AGAIN SOME DAY!! KEEP US SAFE AND BE MARC'S GARDEN ANGEL! COUSIN RITA"
COUSIN RITA of PREMONT TX USA

"January 4, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Johnny J. Peralez, Jr.:
Johnny 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

"Sgt. Johnny J. Peralez Jr. I love and miss you still. Fallen but not Forgotten~Untill we see each again, Your Best Friend & Aunt Bel."
Belinda Vasquez of Kerrville, Tx. Texas

"It is so surreal to even think about you being gone. My twin as they would say...so much a like but yet so different. I am honored to even have been compared to such a hero. Your courage will live on through me. My deepest condolences to your family and may you rest in peace. God Bless."
Xavier Garza of Dallas,TX USA

"Sgt. Peralez was an outstanding NCO. I had the great chance to work with SGT.PERALEZ in the Aid station. He knew so much about the medical feild and would teach you anything you asked. He was the type that when he was around you checked your self over to make sure that you were on point. Because God knows he was always on point. God bless him and His family."
Travis Truesdell 4th ID of Tryon,oklahoma

"Bless you Johnny J. Peralez,
Jr. you will be missed."
Richard L. Peralez of Houston,Texas

"To the family of:Johnny J. Peralez,Jr. I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief. He died a hero defending freedom and we are so grateful for anyone defending our freedom.
Know that I am praying for the peace of God that surpasses all understanding for you and that one day we will all meet in Heaven where we will rest in the arms of Jesus.
If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with please call my Pastor at Gateway Community Church, Reverand John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd Covington Ga. 30016 Phone 770- 787- 1015 (fax)770-787-8215.Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew"

"Johnny & Me went to school together, I remember him always playing tennis & him acting in theater arts, we shared that class together, & I will always cherish the memories of Johnny, especially when he had his long hair, I never figured Johnny to join the army, I always saw him goin to Broadway or become an actor, but I am very proud of him for joining the army & becoming a Sgt. He will truely be missed from all of us,and his family. On Veterns Day it was an honor to spend it with his mom & his grandparents, but it was very emotional, we had a moment of silence for him & we released red, white, & blue ballons for him & the other fallen heroes, *ANGELS IN CAMOUFLAGE* We Will Miss Johnny Dearly, but We Will Forever Cherish his memories. Love U Always Johhny, Are Hometown Hero..."
Connie Arevalo of Falfurrias, Texas

"Dear brother, although you were my little bro , i have always looked up to you. You lived your life like no other. I am so proud of you. We have been threw alot and your strength will always live in me. I miss you so much and I cannot wait till we see one another again. I love you "mi hermano""
Nina"sister"Peralez of Dallas TX

"Hey Johnny,
I want to thank you for your devout love for life and freedom. We all wish your family our deepest empathy and if we can help, call us. Lots of Love to your family. God Bless you All. With Loving memories of you, Johnny.
Mari, Jaqui and Nik"
Mari Longacre and Family of Converse, Texas. USA

"Hey Johnny, I don´t know what to say. We heard what happened a while ago. Heathe was shocked. He was sooo sad and devastated. We had a good time with you in Germany. You were a great friend, even to me. It was hard for him, since he was getting ready to deploy, now quiet some time after we found out you´ve passed, he joined you... I hope you guys can have some more good times together, like you used to. I miss you ! Thank you for everything, and take care of my husband up there ;-)"
Judy Craig of Wiesbaden, Germany

"Hello, I am the aunt of an American Hero. Army Sgt. Johnny J. Peralez Jr. was raised to honor others and to live life to the fullest and that he did. Johnny is an awesome soul and today by The Grace of God is a Free Spirit. I love and miss him dearly, Fallen But Not Forgotten.
THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT, LOVE AND KINDESS ~Aunt Bel~"
Belinda Vasquez of Kerrville Texas

"hey johnny, i couldnt believe it...i thought it was a rumor, it had to be. but it wasnt. i will always remember you, you were one hell of a soldier, and an even better friend. you used to let aaron and i come over and swim with you and your family. we will always miss you. thankyou."
spc cynthia lowrey of fort hood, tx

"As a very close friend of Johnny's sister Nina I wanted to send on deepest heart filled sympathy to a fallen hero, comrade and a true patriot. He made the ultimate sacrifice for his country and his family."
Lt. Col. Ronald W. Hutchens USAF of Dallas, TX 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, Johnny will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS. "

"I offer my sincerest condolences for the loss of your loved one. May God bless you with His strength and courage to face the road ahead.

Michele Carter
Sister of CPL Gary Walters
KIA in Baghdad on 24 April 2005"

"To the Family of Johnny Peralez: Johnny was my soldier in Vilseck Germany. He was one of the smartest, brightest and caring soldiers I have ever had the pleasure of leading. I am sorry for your loss. It was a shock to me to see his name reported here. God Bless"
william Smith of HHT 3-2CR, FT. Lewis, WA.

"Thank you Johnny Peralez, 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 Sgt. Johnny Peralez, 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 Johnny 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. Johnny Peralez, 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 Johnny, 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