Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Eric U. Ramirez

31, of San Diego, California.
Ramirez died in Abu Gireb, Iraq, when he was attacked by small arms fire, a rocket propelled grenade and an improvised explosive device. Ramirez was assigned to the 670th Military Police Company, Army National Guard, National City, California. Died on February 12, 2004.

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"Eric, We had some good times brother...."
SFC Hector Marrujo of San Diego, CA

"Eric, We had some good times brother...."
SFC Hector Marrujo of San Diego, CA

"Eric, the last memory I have of you is giving you a haircut in Iraq. I wish I could have seen you home with all of us. I literally think of you every time I pick up a set of trimmers. You're not forgotten, but you are missed! Love you brother."
Sgt. Phil Courtnier of 670th MP Co.

"Specialist Eric Ramirez,
I was in Iraq on my way back to the states when I friend in San Diego told me about your incident. I cried and asked God to be someone else with your name and not you... But it was you.
Remember, We went together to MP school in fort Carson, Colorado. We had a great time over there, and those memories will stay with me for the rest of my life. Every memorial day I talk to teenagers in trouble about you and your dedication and love for this country. I thank God and your family for giving us the opportunity to have you with us for this short period of time "YOU ARE THE REAL HERO"
One day we'll serve again in God Army, hoooaaaa!!!"
SSgt. Alex Leos 382nd PM of Murrieta, Ca

"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

"February 5, 2009
To the family of Spc. Eric U. Ramirez:
Eric 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

"I knew Eric pretty well. I was a member of 2nd Platoon, 670th Military Police Company over in Iraq. I had the privilege of talking with Eric just a few months before he was killed. I didn't get to go up to northern Iraq with the Company as my platoon was being rotated back to the states. He was a very hard worker and always placed his fellow soldiers ahead of his own needs. He was always willing to take on more then his share of the work around the camp. He was my friend, my fellow MP and my fellow soldier and he will be truly missed."
SGT Hurshel Wells, 270th MP Co. of Sacramento, CA

"God bless and keep you company, now and forever."
SPC Alex Bischoff of San Jose, CA

"ODB you are still my boy, I have the tat on my sleve. I walked were you walked @ boca. I joined because of you, trace still sends me pic of the kid and I cry. I can't figure it out, I was the best man at your wed, but your not here for me.....sucks....* haji.I miss you bro"
Sgt. Puente of san diego, Ca

"I miss talking to Eric. He always seemed to have a smile on his face. Eric may be gone and he will always be missed. I pray for his family."
N/A of USA, US Army

"For the last two years I have proudly worn a bracelet with Erics name on it in rememberence of his unselfish sacrifice to our country. God bless him and his family."
Charlene of Providence, RI

"I think of Eric and his parents often. I was his 6th grade teacher, and he was always a special young man. I will always remember his quiet smile. He is so much like his sweet, loving mother. I will cherish my memories of him and keep his family in my prayers."
Cindy Miller of Eustis, Florida

"We are forever grateful for your sons service. May he rest in peace."
SSG Galindo and Family of California Army National Guard

"To the family of:Eric U Ramirez I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully one day we will meet in Heaven 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga

"it was a true honor to get to know u and laugh with u. you were one of a kind pal."
Jesse Dougherty of San Diego Ca. U.S.

"There is now a hole in our heart that will never be filled. You are truley a hero in all of our hearts. Every mission we go on is in your memory. We just wish we could have brought you home. We will never forget.You will forever be part of our family here at the 670th Military Police company! HOORAH! We Love You Eric!"
PFC Toni Howard of San Diego, Ca, 670 MP Co

"Eric you're a Hero. You will always be remembered and live in our hearts. My condolences to the family. Eric was a friend to me from the start when I joined the company as a medic. He always had a smile and was fun to be with when we trained. You will be missed."
Sgt Mendoza,Jacob X. ARNG of Anchorage,AK USA

"You will always be in my heart."

"To Erics wife and family Eric was a good friend and a true hero. I was looking at the pictures of him and can tell you that he will not be forgotten he was a good hearted man who will be sorely missed. Our prayers go out to you and your family.
To Eric, rest in peace Bro."
SGT Anda, Anthony A. of Ft. Lewis, WA

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

"Eric, I miss you so much. I miss seeing your smile and hearing your laugh. I miss hearing your stories of all the places you've been. You are a Man of Honor that I am very proud to have as my brother. We miss you, but we KNOW we will see you again. Thank you for all that you taught me. You taught me to love people and not to judge them. You taught me to enjoy the things in life and not to take things for granted. You taught me patience as you looked after Adel and me. You were always there to listen and give advice. You have taught me many valuable lessons that I will teach my children. I promise to you that I will tell how great a man you are. I love you very much! Isis and Chase are so beautiful and they have so much of you in them, and for that I thank God for. Thank you for loving me and taking care of me. You are forever missed."
Xochil Elmore (Eric's sister) of Mascotte, FL

"Eric, words can't express the hurt and sadness I feel for you and your family. I remembered you being the nicest guy ever when I served along with you in the 670th MP CO. You helped me after the sept. 11th attacks and when everything at the unit was chaos. You are truly a Hero and thank you so much for being such a great person. May God hold you close and continue to bless you and your family. Michelle Carter-Morales"
Michelle Stradnick of Oceanside, CA.

"TO: SPC. Eric U. Ramirez

HERO IN OUR FAMILY !!

Not many people can say it but now I can. He did it for his country, that's a real man, seeing how he had a good life with two kids and a wife knowing that he cared about everyone. He was always recognized by someone. We have a hero in our family which is great . I feel so happy when I say it. Knowing that he left us he will always remain in our hearts. Nothing will ever make us forget that part. We will all miss him dearly. But I know he will never leave us. Now come on lets start living happily cause we have a hero in our family.

Written by: Alyssa (Mari's daughter)"
Alyssa Ponce (cousin) of Homestead, Florida

"3-24-04
To my nephew my hero! I wish i could have seen you one more time i really do regret that. I have your picture in my heart i will never forget you. I think of you everyday i think of you tracey, isis, chase I pray for them all the time. I am going to leave you flowers on Memorial Day. Now Memorial Day & Veterans Day have a special meaning for me and all in our family. I Love You. I miss you. I know i will see you again and when i do i'm going to hug you really tight. I am very proud to have had you in my family. I have many childhood memories of us and i will always remember & cherish those memories."
Marisela Ponce of Homestead, Florida

"3-24-04
To my nephew my hero! I wish i could have seen you one more time i really do regret that. I have your picture in my heart i will never forget you. I think of you everyday i think of you tracey, isis, chase I pray for them all the time. I am going to leave you flowers on Memorial Day. Now Memorial Day & Veterans Day have a special meaning for me and all in our family. I Love You. I miss you. I know i will see you again and when i do i'm going to hug you really tight. I am very proud to have had you in my family. I have many childhood memories of us and i will always remember & cherish those memories."
Marisela Ponce of Homestead, Florida

"3-24-04
To my nephew my hero! I wish i could have seen you one more time i really do regret that. I have your picture in my heart i will never forget you. I think of you everyday i think of you tracey, isis, chase I pray for them all the time. I am going to leave you flowers on Memorial Day. Now Memorial Day & Veterans Day have a special meaning for me and all in our family. I Love You. I miss you. I know i will see you again and when i do i'm going to hug you really tight. I am very proud to have had you in my family. I have many childhood memories of us and i will always remember & cherish those memories."
Marisela Ponce of Homestead, Florida

"To the family of Eric Ramirez. It was an honor and privalge serving with Eric in Iraq. Know that he always had a smile on his face no matter what. He was a good friend and an great soldier. Again I am very sorry for your loss. Your family will always be in our prayers, Eric is a true hero to us all.

SGT S. Hernandez & Family"
Sgt Hernandez of San Diego, CA USA

"To: SPC. Eric U. Ramirez, my beloved nephew everyday at work at 8:30 a.m. the pledge of allegiance is announced, I stand tall and proud becuase that FLAG now means more to me than ever, you paid with your life for this nation to carry on strong!! I will always salute you my Brave Hero. I pray that God will walk my sister,your mother, and your family through these most difficult times. I will always have you in my heart for as long as I live. God Bless You!! Love You So MUCH!! Your Aunt (Tia) Irma Pacheco"
Irma Pacheco of Homestead, Florida

"To Spc. Eric U. Ramirez,
You are the reason I am who I am. I have looked up to you since the day I could say your name. You always seemed to look after me even when you were gone. I will cherish all the memories I shared with you. Isis & Chase will know what a special ,devoted, talented, well-mannered man you were. You were a great man, you still are. I'm so gald you told me all that you wanted done in case a situation like this occured. I promise that I will do all that you have asked of me.
To all those who have written and prayed for my family, please continue to pray for them. They are hurting everyday.
Eric you live in me. My heart is broken, but my spirit lives becuase of you.
I love you.
Your brother"
of Mascotte. Florida

"To the family and children of Eric Ramirez...Never knew Eric but heard nothing but wonderful, glowing remarks about him from one of his friends in the 670th. Bless the memories you will always cherish and the ones you will now miss."
Theresa's friend of san diego

"to the family of SPC Eric Ramirez
our condolences for your lost. you are in our prayers and in our thoughts.
May God be with you
AAltjen Henry/mother of a soldier in the 670th mp company"

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

"Spc Ramirez-
You will never be forgotten for the sacrifice you made for our country. The entire 670th MP Company is deeply saddened by the loss of a fellow soldier and friend."
Kellie Henry/wife of a 670th MP company soldier of Ramona, CA USA

"Please excuse our typo, we meant no disrespect to Eric"
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To Eric's Family:
There are no words that can express our deep sorrow for your loss. May God bless you and your family as Joshua watches over you all."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Rest in Peace Brave Solider. You are the bright shining star in the sky we see everynight when we look up to heaven."
The Taylors USMC of NC

"To the family we thank you and your soldier for their service to this country, and to Iraq. How blessed we are to have soldiers who are willing to put there lives on the line in the name of "freedom". I have a son in the Army as well, and I cry every time I see we loose one of our children, husbands, mothers,wives sisters, and brothers. God Bless you for your sacrifice. May God be with you in this most difficult time.""
Family of SPC Mitchell R. Warriner-Hansen 82nd Airborne Div. of Hillsboro, Oregon"

"Thank you Eric Ramirez, 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. Eric Ramirez:
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 Eric 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. Eric Ramirez:
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 Eric, 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