Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Hector R. Perez


40, of Corpus Christi, Texas.
Killed north of Al Hawd, Iraq, when his military convoy came under enemy fire. Perez was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on July 24, 2003.

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"I had the great honor of first knowing, hector Perez. I also had the great honor of serving with him . I was with ssg Perez in Kosovo, ran into him in Korea, and back at fort Campbell. The first sgt. Rank I ever wore he gave me when he got promoted. I will always remember and be thankful that I got to know him and call him friend. Sgt. Day abus for life brother."
Chuck Day of Grafton W.va.

"I served with SGT Perez when I was the BMO briefly for our BN in Darmstadt. He was an awesome NCOIC and soldier. He also brought the much sought after burritos prior to the start of STT. God speed SSG Perez, rest in peace."
Matt Orris of Sanford, NC

"I have not forgotten! RIP! And thank you for your sacrifice! We met Hector and then his family while in Darmstadt GE. I became good friends with Elisa and the girls and I will cherish the memories and all the many family barbeques -- women n kids inside while the men grilled n ate most of it! Lotsa great memories! I wish the best for all the family, as I know you all loved him very much!
Patricia Johnson
Alabama"
Patricia Johnson of Alabama

"S/Sgt. Perez,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just during OIF but also when you served in Kosovo as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. After reading all the messages left here for you from your fellow soldiers all I can say is that I wish that I had the privilege of serving with you when I was in the Military.

Air Assault!"

"I met SSG Hector Perez at Ft Sill 1993 we were E-4's in 3/9 FA MLRS. He was talking about going back to his Infantry MOS and we both PCS'd to Germany but lost touch. Met back up at Ft Campbell in the winter of 2002 just in time for the invasion. I visited him and his family once before we deployed and was informed by another friend in Mosul when it happened. I wish I would have made the time to visit more and now I deeply regret it. RIP Hector never forget the times we spent in Sabinas and Laredo Brother."
SFC Richard J LaFace of Ft Lewis WA

"Coming up on 8 years SSgt Perez. I was there with him that night of our mission. He was my squad leader and mostly like my older brother. We had some good times and always talking about comida and familia. I can see him smiling still. I miss you so much bro. You will be remembered deep down to mi corazon, we will meet again. Mrs Perez and to his 3 daughters. I was proud to serve with your father, he was a good man. I'm sorry for your lost. You can contact me at saucedo3272000@yahoo.com"
Moses Saucedo of Fredericksburg, Va

"SSG.Perez was my squad leader in iraq he was the most down to earth caring leader i have ever served with and under not a day goes by i dont think about you... your being is imbedded in my soul! REST IN PEICE MY BROTHER MAY FOREVER YOU STAND TALL FOR IN DEATH YOU HAVE BEEN IMMORTALIZED IN THE HEART OF OUR PRESTIGIOUS BASTOGNE AND OUR BELOVED AIRBORNE! YOUR NEVER FORGOTTEN WERE BROTHERS FOREVER!""
SPC. DAVID HEIMANN IRAQ O3' of San Diego, California

"SSG. was my squad leader in iraq he was the most down to earth caring leader i have ever served with and under not a day goes by i dont think about you... your being is imbedded in my soul! REST IN PEICE MY BROTHER MAY FOREVER YOU STAND TALL FOR IN DEATH YOU HAVE BEEN IMMORTALIZED IN THE HEART OF OUR PRESTIGIOUS BASTOGNE AND OUR BELOVED AIRBORNE! YOUR NEVER FORGOTTEN WERE BROTHERS FOREVER!""
PFC. DAVID HEIMANN IRAQ O3' of San Diego, California

"SSG. was my squad leader in iraq he was the most down to earth caring leader i have ever served with and under not a day goes by i dont think about you... your being is imbedded in my soul! REST IN PEICE MY BROTHER MAY FOREVER YOU STAND TALL FOR IN DEATH YOU HAVE BEEN IMMORTALIZED IN THE THE HEART OF OUR PRESTIGIOUS BASTOGNE AND OUR BELOVED AIRBORNE! YOUR NEVER FORGOTTEN WERE BROTHERS FOREVER!""
PFC. DAVID HEIMANN IRAQ O3' of San Diego, California

"I can't believe it's been 9 years since you left this world. You will never be forgotten. You will always be remembered!! I will see you in another life. God Bless you and your family. You will always be my Hero!!"
G. Garza of Corpus Christi, Texas

"Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice. This is a video to the fallen and Hector Perez with his comrades will always be remembered. Please watch the video un this url http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqmqvhwyroU&feature=player_embedded"
Greg Backes of Mt Vernon, Illinois

"I will never forget your father, your husband and my friend, we served together while in Darmstadt Germany 165th MI. SSG Perez greeted everyone with a warm smile and a kind word, never a stranger. He is truly missed by all who had the honor of knowing him and serving with him. Respectfully"
SFC (Harrison) Keller, Linette of Fort Hood, TX

"To the Perez Family
My name is David Gonzalez Jr. I served with SSG Perez in A-Co 1-187th Inf. I was the supply guy in ABU. We would always talk about home (South Texas). Their would be some trying times being in the Army and when I needed to talk to someone it was always SGT "P". Thank you for everything- RIP brother."
David Gonzalez Jr. (Gonzo) of Ashland City tn

"I had the pleasure of knowing and serving with Hector in A co 1/187 at Ft Campbell and in Kosovo.He was an outstanding soldier but more than that he was my friend.I will never forget Hector,He will be missed.
"Go easy my friend I'm sure we'll see each other again someday"
SSG Christopher Cappel of Clarksville,TN

"It's hard to believe that it's been six long years since we lost Hector. We had some great times in the 2nd Infantry Division. I can remember that he hated the computer and could only type two words a minute.

What he lacked in admin skills, he more than made up for with his glowing personality. Always smiling and enjoying any task - "P" was a joy to work with.

I continue to pray for his family.

Army Strong!"
SFC(R) Shed Davis of The Pentagon

"SSG Perez was a once in a lifetime soldier and friend. We shared some awsome times while serving together in Iraq. I has been 6 long years since then and most have moved on, but the momory of SSG Perez will always remain in my heart especially during this time every year. He has a wonderful famaly that will always care for him. RIP my brother."
SSG (Ret)Bastean, Todd of Cave City, KY

"I served with Hector in Korea at Division HQ 2 ID. SSg Perez and I became great friends over cold beer and awesome fajitas. In fact every year on July 24 I make fajitas for my family in memory of my friend. My family understands the importance of the meal and I relay the dedication and sacrafice men like Hector has gave for our freedom. Hector and I both have three daughters whom we very much love. While visiting his family I seen the dedication and pride he had towards his girls. GOD BLESS you brother your memory will always be with us."
SSG (R) STONER, J of FRANKLIN, TN USA

"Hector, You are not forgotten. We had so much fun in Korea. I remember all the fun times. Thank you for your sacrifice. Maj Dewell told me you died doing what you loved to do. You will never be forgotten."
Andy of Atlanta, GA

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Hector R. Perez:
Hector 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

"Hey buddy just thinking of you on this special day.I dreamed a few months ago that you were standing in my hallway and when I saw that it was you all you said was I just wanted to stop by and say hi and hugged like old friends.So real.My prayers with Elisa and the kids.Will see you again"
Rob of Corpus Christi, Texas

"Just wanted to drop a line Hector, I miss ya man. The fajitas and the beer at the house, even though we had to keep them on the porch when it was cold. Ive taken alot of what you tought me as one of your team leaders at A co. 1-327 Ft. Campbell Ky. and still apply it to my carrer now. As Ozzy put it, I will see you on the other side."
Brian Emery of Mobile, Al.

"SSG P,
I remember always going to your house and eating some grub listening to some music... I had just arrived in Campbell and your house was like a second home. I remember that night... every night... I leave my prayers for you family and I hope that they are well... Know that we miss you. You will never be forgotten.."
Sgt Robby Carlson robby.carlson@us.army.mil of Albany, OR

"Just wanted to let you know I haven't forgotten you on this Memorial Day. God Bless the family and they are in our prayers."
McBurney's of Deming, NM

"Hector,
I miss the night's of fajitas & beer!! You made the guys in your squad feel more as your friends then just soldiers! Since i was only a few years younger then you, we seemed to have alot more in common then the younger guys! Going to the bars and tossing back a few with you are something i will remember for the rest of my life!
Sorry for not being there for you, and i will cry for not being there for the rest of my life! After the night i was wounded, i never got to see you again, and was hoping to rehab and get back there quicker!! When i did get back to Iraq, my best friend was not there anymore and it hit me hard! I think about you,Evan and Heighter everyday and hope i earned your respect as a soldier and most importantly, as a friend!! Take care my friend, and will see you on the other side!! Hopefully God will let us blast KISS from your stereo again!!"
Jim Strohm of Clarksville,TN

"I will never forget you I just wanted to let you know that some day I will meat you in heaven and we will have that Fajita dinner we talked about. TO To the family I hope you are doing well my prayers are with you it was an honor to serve with him. He will never be forgotten in my eyes. Myself and this county owe you a great deal."
Sgt McBurney James of Deming NM

"SSG. Hector Perez was an amazing man. I remember when he got to the unit every one was scared of him until he started to talk to us. He was one of the few people that actualy listen to what his soldiers had to say. On the weekends a few of us would go to his house for a night of taco's and beer and playing Stevie Ray Vaugn as loud as his stereo would play it. I learned a lot from him and miss him every day."
Johnathan Dix of Aco. 1/327 of Morrison, CO USA

"I too served with Hector in A/1-187, during our deployment to Kosovo. I was the Platoon FO, and got to know Hector a bit during that time. While we weren't close, I always respected him, and thought highly of him. He was an excellent example of how an NCO should act. Thank you, Hector, for your mentorship and for your sacrifice. The world is better for your presence in it."
Frank Maschhoff of Murfreesboro, TN

"I had the honor of serving with Hector in A Co. 1-187th INF, 101st Airborne for almost two years. Hector was first one of team leaders but was quickly promoted and became a great squad leader in another platoon. He was a great NCO who had held his soldiers well-being in the highest regard. He will be missed and may god bless his family.

CPT Chris Thompson
A Co, 1-187th INF, 101st Airborne
1999-2001"
Chris Thompson of Denver, CO

"To the family of:Hector R. Perez 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"

"Please forgive the timing on my part I just learned of SSG Perez's sacrifice; I served with him in Darmstadt Germany, 165th MI BN. My Brother Perez,great NCO, he was always there for me, he was a great friend; I never forgot about you Bro and never will. Thank you for giving the greatest sacrifice of them all, ve con Dios y algun dia nos veremos de nuevo en el cielo que es donde todos los Heroes van, to the Family I'm saddened for your loss, may God bless you."
SPC Alfaro Jose of Oxnard, Californa(Serving in Korea)

"Remember how he lived and keep God with you always."
PFC Koelher 2ND INF DIV/DMZ

"The the family of Ssgt. Perez, my heart goes out to you. Hector is not forgotten. May God Bless."
The Meade Family of McAllen, Texas

"To Hectors loved ones I give my sincere apologees. Hector was my squad leader in A 1-187's wolfpack but we were friends long before that we served in Kosovo together he was a great man and a valiant soldier and I thank him for everything he has done. I will forever remember the loss of my good friend
A 1-187 99-01"
Jonathan kelly of Nashville TN.

"My heart goes out to the family & friends of Hector R. Perez. I wish you all a blessed life."
Evana Vleck of McAllen, TX,

"Thanks to the Grogan Family for part of the poem by British poet Laurence Binyon, written for the fallen in WWI.

May I include the beginning stanzas in honor of Hector R. Perez and our brave men and women who fear not giving their lives for our nation.

FOR THE FALLEN

They shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down on the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."
Larry Knauff of Portland, Texas

"I'm a reporter from the Rio Grande Valley writing a commemorative story on the Valley's fallen soldiers.If anyone from Mr. Perez's family would like to be included for interviews, please call me at 956-867-1865"
David Robledo of Rio Grande Valley

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"Please forgive the untimliness of this posting, I only learned of Hector's sacrifice recently. Hector was my friend and I am deeply saddened by this tragic loss. I served with Hector in Darmstadt, Germany as part of the 165th MI Bn. He and I would often talk and cut up of a morning, while he was "finding" an extra breakfast burrito for me that he'd made at home and brought in to share (for a price) :-). I recall numerous times visiting with him in the Motor Pool, while he resolved problem after problem. Hector was one of those guys, in the Army, we refer to as the "Answer Man." If he couldn't get it done or solve the problem, you were probably just out of luck. I have the fondest memories of him personally and professionally. Before I left Germany in June 1999, Hector came to my going away party, in fact I think it was he who instigated having my pants yanked down, just before someone snapped an opportuned picture; what a great guy, what a sense of humor! Hector was not only a good friend, I counted on more than once, he was an outstanding noncommissioned officer and soldier. Above all, I believe he was a good husband and a loving father. His eyes lit up whenever he spoke of his family and though he might not admit it to many, he was very proud to be in a house full of girls. He loved his family and it showed. Hector was an excellent cook and he and I often shared recipes for grilling out. We shared a beer or two and we had some great laughs. I am saddened at his loss and I will very much miss him. I would like to offer to Mr. Esequial Perez, Hector's Dad, Your son is a credit to your name, Sir and I humbly salute you. To Elisa, Marla, Elisa, and Lily, I am truly truly grateful to you for your sacrifice, my heart and my continued prayers are with you as you courageously move forward, as Hector would have wanted. I pray that Hector rests in peace until the soon return of our Lord Jesus Christ, when He comes in Glory to take us all home. May God bless the soldiers who stand watch and who fight for the liberties of strangers, for the cause of freedom and equality for all, and may God change the hearts of men and women who see their sacrifices in vain, for there is no greater tragedy, nor threat to our own continued freedom. 2-1 Hector, 2-1"
SFC Paul Holtzclaw (US Army Retired) of Houston, Texas USA

"You have taught me much about food, booze and life itself. You will always will be remembered. I pray for your family and the ones you loved."
SSG Rowell Guevarra of 82nd ABN FT Bragg, NC

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

"Sergeant Perez, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"It is hard to realize that he won't turn around the corner smiling or offering burrito's to everyone. A wonderful man was lost and may he never be forgotten. I will pray for you and your children to always remember the happy memories"
Kate of Fort Carson CO

"Thank you Hector Perez, 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

"My thoughts & prayers go out to all the Military men and women who are at war and especially those who have lost their lives. May God bless you forever. Thank you for everything, you are my hero! Rest in peace."
Amanda K Casas of San Diego/ Corpus Christi, Texas

"From an old vet.
God Bless and keep this fallen hero. My deepest sympaty to his family."
Vic Casciola of Garnerville, N.Y./USA

"TO THE FAMILY OF SSG PEREZ, I WOULD LIKE TO SEND MY DEEPEST REGRETS FOR YOUR LOSS, I HAD THE HONOR OF SERVING WITH HECTOR HERE AT FT. CAMPBELL WHEN HE WAS WITH THE "RAKKASSANS"1/187. I WAS IN IRAQ WHEN I HEARD THE NEWS, AND COULDN'T BELIEVE IT...NOT ONLY WAS HE A GREAT SOLDIER, HE WAS A GREAT FRIEND...HE WILL BE MISSED"
SSG DAILEY MICHAEL of A CO 1/187"RAKKASSANS"

"To the Family you are in my prayers...May God bless you. I do want to say it was a honor to have him in our military Thanks for serving our country"
Stacey (Proud Army Wife) of Zephyrhills,Florida

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Hector Perez:
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 Hector 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 Staff Sgt. Hector Perez:
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 Hector, 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