Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Ignacio Ramirez

22, of Henderson, Nevada.
Ramirez died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq on Aug 9, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was assigned to the Army's 1st Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Friedberg, Germany. Died on August 9, 2006.

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"We will be thinking of you today on your Birthday Nacho.

We miss you."
David & Inge Durrance of Rosbach, Germany

"10 years have gone by and I still wonder where you'd be primo. how many kids you'd have, if we'd be stationed together, or if we would have become warrants together. I miss you and I love you primo, I'll have a drink to you tonight just remember, you got the first round when I see you again!"
Angel Jimenez of Fort Eustis, VA

"Ten Years. From one day to the next you were taken from us and ten years later it still hurts. We have not forgotten and we never will no matter if it is ten years or twenty years.

We miss you Nacho."
David & Inge Durrance of Rosbach, Germany

"Nacho, I miss you primo. I love you."
Angel Andrew Jimenez of Virginia

"Memorial Day 2016....almost 10 years since that devastating day..we miss you and we honor you and honor the fact that we had you in our lives.Unlike others we do not use your name to gain material things as others do and they know who they are.We miss you Nacho and we are grateful to have had you in our lives and you shall never be forgotten."
David & Inge Durrance of Rosbach, Germany

"The time past so fast and it is hard to imagine that it is almost ten years.It was good to sit on our bench and remember the sunshine you brought into our lives.We are told that life goes on, which is true and life has gone on but no matter how much time passes we will never forget."
Daver & Inge Durrance of Rosbach, Germany

"It was good to be able to spend time with you the other day. I don't know what JERK took your pinfrom the tree but I will replace it with another one. We will be back again before we leave."
Dave & Inge Durrance of Rosbach, Germany

"On this Veterans Day 2015 we remember all that served but also that "All gave Some and Some gave All". You gave the most and we miss you."
Lamia, David & Inge Durrance of Rosbach, Germany

"Happy Birthday Nacho.This day will always be remembered and have a special spot in our hearts.

Others may have forgotten but we never will!"
Lamia, David & Inge Durrance of Rosbach, Germany

"Yesterday was nine years since you left us but you are still with us in our hearts and in our thoughts.Not a day goes by where we are not thinking about you and miss you."
David & Inge Durrance of Rosbach Germany

"Memorial Day 2015 and I was able to spend time with you and able to let you know how much we miss you and that a day does not go by without us thinking about you.

You are truley missed."
David Durrance of Rosbach Germany

"Love you my brother. You are thought about daily. ♡♥♡♥ Our family is incomplete without you."
Jazmin Ramirez of Henderson, nv USA

"Happy Birthday Nacho.We still miss you and think of you all the time and the fact that 30 years ago today the world became a better place because of your presence. We lost and loved a great person."
David & Inge Durrance of Rosbach, Germany

"Once again it is Memorial Day but as I have said in the past, every day is Memorial Day because you will never be forgotten. Not a day goes by where we don't think of you and feel honored to have known and loved you. Although life has gone forward some things will never change and one of those things is that we miss you very much. Nacho,you will always be our Hero."
David & Inge Durrance of Rosbach, Germany

"Happy Birthday Nacho! We are missing you on this special day although there is not a day goes by that we don't think of you and how much you meant to us. The whole month of August is a sad month for us. We miss you and love you
Nacho.We know that we were a family and that will never change because you will always be a part of us no matter what and no matter how much time goes by."
David & Inge Durrance of Rosbach, Germany

"thank you everyone espeacially to Elizabeth Bradford of Bowling Green, Ohio, i thank you for wearing my brothers name while running. it means alot to me and my family to know that my brother is still remembered even after 6 long hard years being with out him. My brother was a loving caring person. he would be proud to know that people from all over is remembering him and supporting our troops overseas and their families here in the U.S. I LOVE u Nacho and i miss u! u will always be in my heart and all those who knew u and even those who never had the chance to know u! ur memory will be in our hearts for eternity!"
Terance Vance of Henderson, Nevada

"Memorial Day has come and gone but your memory will always be with us no matter how much time goes by. Thank you for keeping a guiding hand over me during my recent problems and although it has been almost six years it has not changed the fact that we still think of you and miss you."
David & Inge Durrance of Rosbach, Germany

"To the family of:Ignacio Ramirez
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""

"Another year has gone by and another Birthday without you. We all miss you Nacho and will have a drink for you tonight. This is not a good month for any of us and we will be glad when it is over. We are constantly thinking of you."
Dave & Inge Durrance of Rosbach, Germany

"Today is Memorial Day but for us every day is Memorial Day because you are always in out thoughts. Today people all over the world will take time to remember the fallen but we do not do it once a year,we do it every day. We miss you Nacho."
David & Inge Durrance of Rosbach, Germany

"Spc Ramirez,

WE DID IT! My team and I rucked with 40 pound rucks for 26.2 miles through the Smokey Mountains in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I did this all while wearing your name on my wrist and your weight on my back.

It was all for you. We have honored you in the best way we know how.

Always praying for you and your family,

Elizabeth


www.mountainmanmemorialmarch.com"
Elizabeth Bradford of Bowling Green, Ohio

"Spc Ramirez,

About a year ago, I bought a bracelet on herobracelets.org.. I opted to get a random name of any soldier, I received one with your name on it. I thought earlier about telling your family somehow that I'm wearing a bracelet with your name on it in honor of you, but was shy.
Now, I'd like to proudly tell you that I wear it when I am training for a marathon ruck march. This ruck march (Moutain Man Marathon March) was started by the University of Tennessee in honor of one of their fallen alumni. I am currently a cadet in Air Force ROTC and some friends and I have come together to participate in it. It requires a lot of hard work and training, and many people think that I won't be able to do it. I want to prove them all wrong. With my hard work, I'm dedicating it all to you, since I'll wear that metal bracelet bearing your name while I train the next few months and during the event. This is the best way I feel I can honor you.
I know we don't know each other, but the more I think about it, the closer I feel we've become. This is my way of letting you and your family know that while I put in my hard work and train to become an officer in the world's best Air Force, your memory is never lost and I will always remember your name and what you've done for your country.
Thank you."
Elizabeth Bradford of Bowling Green, Ohio

"It was good to spend time with you Nacho and our talk did me good.It has been a difficult time and I don't think the next few months are going to get any easier. I just can't say enough how much we miss you and that a day doesn't go by without us thinking of you."
David & Inge Durrance of Rosbach, Germany

"We will be thinking of you today as we do every day but today is, as always, the hardest day of the year for us. I know you will always be with us but life just is not the same without your humor and big smile.We miss you Nacho!"
David & Inge Durrance of Rosbach, Germany

"Nacho its been years and i think about you all the time...Sgt Smith Paris"
Paris j smith of west haven, ct, usa

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Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"We miss you Nacho. There is an emptiness that has entered our lives and no matter how hard we try we cannot fill it or replace it. You were a one of a kind and will never be forgotten.As said may a time:"Thank you for bringing sunshine into our lives.""
Dave & Inge Durrance of Rosbach, Germany

"To many people these are just days on the calender, another day, another month, another year - but to us these days are moments in time forever frozen to the deep reminder of how much we loved you, how much you meant to us and how very much we still feel the emptiness in our lives having to go on without you. To all those who loved you and for whom you loved, you were like a light in the darkness and we just moths - drawn to you in a way that was a feeling of necessity. Although we go on without you there is still that feeling that we all just go forward in the dark without your light. After recently re-reading some of our last emails to one another it just seems so ironic that for the first time since we had met you you had seemed to have made this beautiful transition from boy to man, so filled with purpose and maturity. Don't get me wrong you were forever the silly and crazy kid we first met but somehow in the final moments in your life you had seemed to be filled with desire to become the kind of man you knew you could be. We will forever be thankful for the time we had with you but forever be heart broken that that time was cut way too short. You touched so many people in such profound ways that I just hope somehow you were able to know that after you left. For so long we struggled with many questions left unanswered when you past and now on days like these we wonder "What could have been?" And, for those who still wonder I know the answer its "What should have been! " You deserved so much more in this life! You deserved to be able to go on, get married, have children, have a career doing what you loved most and sharing your art with others. But, that was snatched away and all we can say is we know What Should Have Been! We love and miss you not just on these dates but everyday. Your light might be gone but the af terglow it leaves is still as beautiful and as bright as it has ever been because we keep the memory of you alive in our thoughts and hearts. On this, the third year we have had to mark your birthday without you the indelible mark you left on our lives is even more stronger than ever! Happy Birthday Mr Macho Nacho!"
David, Lori and David Morales of Henderson, NV

"The darkest day of our lives has come again for the third time and no matter how many years pass it does not get any easier.We stll do not know why and we never will, but we cherish every memory we have of you and this is something no one can take from us, no matter how hard they try.We take every day as it comes but it will never be the same without you.Having you as part of our family was and still is an honor.We miss you Nacho."
David & Inge Durrance of Rosbach, Germany

"Ramirez aka Nacho. I am fouding myself laughing out loud when most find it hard to carry on. I remember you coming to PT formation with those crazy colored Nike running shoes. SGT Sadiq used to make me look at you and see if I didn't like the shoes. He would say Eller is Ramirez in regulation standards with those shoes. I actually loved the shoes but I remember saying to myself Ramirez must be on crack to wear something like that. I would laugh everytime I seen you coming to formation. I remembered playing basketball and you could not dribble nor shoot the ball then after a few months went by and you had grasp the concept of playing basketball. Sgt Sadiq and I would always say he is going to be the next Mexican Michael Jordan then we would say but who is the first. These are only 2 great memories I have listed but brother I have plenty more great ones. We were all family in HQ platoon 1SG Mosites (great guy),SGT Sadiq, Lappost, Diaz, you, & I. You haven't died in my eyes you just got a bigger place in my heart that will live 4ever. I love you and may God keep you in his arms 4ever."
SGT(P) Eller, Marcus of Fort Bragg, NC

"Today is Inge's Birthday and I know that if she only had one wish for her Birthday it would be to have you back with us. I know that we all have a feeling of emptiness that we carry with us and always will.We miss you Nacho! I know you once said "you found a better home in Germany" and I just want to let you know that "our home will always be your home".The sun is shining today so we know you are smiling on us."
David Durrance of Rosbach, Germany

"The holidays are here and as we look at the photos of all of us together at Christmas it brings back all the loving memories of the times we had together. There is not a day goes by where we don't think of you and realize how much you ment to us and how much respect you deserved. It has not been easy for us but we take comfort in knowing that everytime the sun shines it is you smiling down on us."They can take the photos,they can take the flowers,but they can not take the memories" We miss you Nacho."
David & Inge Durrance of Rosbach, Germany

"It has been 2 years and we were with you to pay tribute to you for who you were.This has not been an easy time for any of us and I do not know if,and when it will get easier.Unlike others, you will alwâys have our love and RESPECT.We miss you Nacho!"
David & Inge Durrance of Rosbach, Germany

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Spc. Ignacio Ramirez:
Ignacio 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

"Today is Memorial Day but for us every day is Memorial Day.There is not a day goes by that you are not in our thoughts and in our hearts.We sit and look at all the photos we have and remember all the good times and all the sunshine you brought into our lives.We are proud to have you as part of our family, and you will always be part of our family.We miss you Nacho."
Lâmia,Inge & David Durrance of Rosbach, Germany

""The tears in our eyes have dried,but the pain still remains".You were,and you will always be part of our family.We miss you Nacho."
David & Inge Durrance of Rosbach, Germany

"Today is Thanksgiving but we have no reason to give thanks because you are not here to celebrate it with us.We all miss sitting around the table and laughing and joking together and enjoying your sence of humor.You will always be OUR hero because of who you were. We miss you Nacho!"
Lâmia, David & IngeDurrance of Bad Vilbel & Rosbach Germany

"It has been a year since you were taken from us and it has not become any easier.They call you a "Hero" and you were, but not because you wore a uniform, but because of "WHO" you were. You touched so many people along your path and brought sunshine to all of us.Our love and respect for you will never end,no matter how much time goes by.You are in our hearts and in our thoughts.We love you and miss you."
David & Inge Durrance of Rosbach, Germany

"Nacho I know you are looking down on us and smiling. You have always liked making laugh and smile. If it's something that you would want for all your friends and family to is to remember the good times with you and live life smiling. That is hard to do when you have been a part of life since you brought so many smiles."
LRB of Vilseck, Germany

"It has been almost nine months and we miss you as much today as on the first day.There is not a day goes by where we are not thinking about you and still trying to answer the big question: Why? We walk around every day with an empty feeling because part of us is missing and can never be replaced. We Love you and miss you so much.Life just isn't the same."
David & Inge Durrance of Rosbach, Germany

"Ignacio,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Courage Conquers"(37th Armor Motto)"

"I just can't believe you're gone....."
Melissa Kent (Parish) of Henderson, Nevada

"Lieber Nacho!
Bin heute mal wieder bei meinem Bruder und habe die Möglichkeit ins Internet zu gehn. Ich finde diese Seite eine gute Einrichtung,weil so habe ich,bzw. auch Andere die Möglichkeit doch in Kontakt mit dir zu treten, auch wenn du eigentlich gar nicht mehr da bist.Habe gestern mit Lamia gesprochen,ihr ging es gar nicht gut,du fehlst ihr so und mir natürlich auch. Diese große Lücke die du hinterlassen hast,kann niemand ersetzen. Und auch wenn jetzt ein neues Jahr begonnen hat,ändert das nichts an dem Geschehnen. Ich versuche Lamia etwas aufzubauen, weiß das du immer in ihrer Nähe bist und nicht gewollt hättest,daß sie sich aufgibt. Ich werde weiterhin auf sie aufpassen,das versprech ich dir,aber ich weiß auch,daß du das auch tust.Auch wenn das jetzt blöd klingt,aber irgendwie hoffe ich,daß es dir gut geht und auch wenn du das hier nicht lesen kannst,hoffe bzw. denke ich,daß es dich doch irgenwie erricht und du spüst daß du in unseren Gedanken und in unseren Herzen weiterlebst.
Deine Rine'"
Rine of Bad Vibel, Germany

"Lieber Nacho,
es ist für mich paradox Dir zu schreiben...Dir auf dieser Seite eine Nachricht zu hinterlassen...denn die Realität hat meinen Kopf noch immer nicht erreicht und sie wird ihn wohl auch nie erreichen! Für mich bist Du weiterhin geistig UND körperlich auf dieser Welt...daher fällt es mir sehr schwer meinen Verstand einzuschalten und die passenden Worte auf "Papier" zu bringen.
Ich möchte Dich nur um eines bitten:
Pass bitte auf meine Lamia auf, sei wachsam und halte Deine schützenden Hände über sie. Werde ihr Schutzengel, denn sie hat es verdient wie keine andere!
Ich bin unendlich glücklich darüber, wie sie versucht, positiv weiterzuleben und in die Zukunft zu blicken, auch wenn es ihr sehr schwer fällt. Trotz vieler trauriger Momente kann sie wieder lachen und das macht das Leben lebenswert...Du kannst sehr stolz auf sie sein!
P.S.: Vielleicht kannst Du meinem Hund, der seit Sonntag im Hundehimmel ist, ja mal nen Besuch abstatten und gucken wie es ihr geht. Darüber wäre ich sehr dankbar.
In Gedanken...Steffi"
Stephanie Dankerl of Köln, Deutschland

"Bis heute habe ich keine Worte für das finden können, was geschehen ist und es ist immer noch so schwer. Ich schreibe auf deutsch, da es so wenigstens ein bisschen leichter wird. Nacho, du hinterlässt eine so riesige Lücke auf dieser Welt, vor allem in Lâmias Leben. Auch wenn du in vielen Herzen ewig weiterleben wirst, so wird dein Leben niemals zu ersetzen sein. Ich selbst habe dich leider nichts besonders gut kennen lernen können, was mir wahnsinnig leid tut. Aber es hat mir sehr viel bedeutet, dass du gerade an meiner Hochzeit aus dem Irak zurückkommen konntest und ein bisschen bei uns warst. Wenn ich mir nun die Bilder anschaue, auf denen du zu sehen bist, kommen mir sehr schnell wieder die Tränen. Wer hätte wissen können, dass du am Tag danach in den Irak fliegen würdest und nie mehr zurück kommen würdest..... Ich habe dich als so sympathischen jungen Mann kennen gelernt, ich werde dich nie vergessen!"
Anja Nickel of Mayen, Germany

"Lieber Nacho!

Heute ist der 24.12, Heilig Abend.Während ich mich früher eigentlich immer darauf gefreut habe,ist es dieses Jahr anders.Es ist soviel passiert und gerade heute muß ich viel an dich denken. Ich wünschte du wärst hier bei uns und vorallem bei Lamia,du fehlst ihr so, und mir auch! Gerade heute an so einem Tag kommen eben alle Erinnerungen nochmal bsonders hoch. Ich war am Montag mit Lamia auf dem Memorial von deinem Freund Gibbs. Ich kannte ihn zwar nicht,aber ich wollte Lamia zur Seite stehen und dachte mir in gewisser Weise auch,daß es in deinem Sinne wäre, das wir dort hingehen, weil du es ja leider nichr mehr kannst. Natürlich kamen da nochmal die Erinnrungen an dein Memorial hoch, und der eine Offizier hat auch deinen Namen erwähnt,darüber hättest du dich sicherlich gefreut!Das einzig "Positive" daran ist,das du jetzt nicht mehr alleine dort oben bist,denn alleine bist du sowieso nicht, wir sind immer bei dir im Herzen, aber da oben hast du jetzt einen guten Freund bei dir,und das ist gut zu wissen!
Ich wünsche dir Frohe Weihnachten Nacho, und denke diese Tage besonders an dich!
Ich vermisse dich. Deine Rine*"
Katharina Krug of Bad Vilbel,Germany

"My english is not good enough to express what I'm thinking and feeling. And I think not even my German would be... Just can say that I can't believe what happened, how definite things can be and how hard and real this war really is. We did not know each other very well, but it wasn't neccessary to recognize how special and "big-hearted" you were. I was so happy to know you at Lamias side. I'm sure you will be with her forever and live in her and our hearts and memorys forever. Would love to change situation. But I'm only able to be there if I can help..."
Ina Neumann of Berlin, Germany

"Nacho, you were a bright and shining light in our lives. You brought so much joy and kindness into our family and was always quick to remind us to hold tight to the ones we love. You were such a beautiful and talented young man and your art will live on forever as a reminder to us that you are always with us. We miss everything about you! Your crazy sense of humor, your slow crooked grin, your big brown puppy dog eyes and most importantly the way you made us feel! You were such an important part of our family and now there is such a deep and gaping whole left here. I know that we always said it but I hope you know that we loved you so and was constantly praying for you. I hope that you now have found peace and happiness and I long for the day when we all will be reunited. Til' then sweet boy, our love is with you."
The Morales Family of Henderson, NV

"Words alone cannot express how much we miss you and what you meant to all of us.The happiness and love that you brought to everyone around you can never be replaced and your smile will forever be with us.You came into our lives and became part of us and without you life is not the same.No matter how much time goes by you will always be in are hearts and be loved and cherished by us.We miss you Nacho!"
Dave & Inge Durrance of Rosbach,Germany

"Lieber Nacho!
Endlich komme ich auch mal dazu dir bzw. deinen Angehörigen besonders natürlich Lamia eine Nachricht zu hinterlassen.Leider schaffe ich das noch nicht auf Englisch,weil mein englisch etwa so gut ist,wie dein Deutsch war:-)Was keine Kritik sein soll,denn dein Deutsch war wirklich gut.Das was passiert ist tut mir so furchtbar leid.Ich denke du hattest so viele Pläne,gerade mit Lamia und du warst noch viel zu jung um zu sterben. Ich konnte die Nachricht von deinem Tod nicht glauben und auch heute noch fällt es mir sehr schwer zu realisieren daß du nicht mehr da bist und auch nie wieder zurück kommen wirst. Ich habe dich immer sehr gemocht.Du warst lustig und wir haben uns trotz der kleinen Sprachschwierigkeiten immer gut verstanden,manchmal auch eben ohne Worte.Ich kannte dich immer nur als lustigen,lieben Kerl und trotzdem wußte ich,welche Angst du hattst in den Irak zu gehen. Dennoch hat glaub ich jeder der dich kannte nicht im Traum daran gedacht,daß so etwas Schreckliches passieren würde!Ich hoffe nur für dich,daß es dir da wo du jetzt bist gut geht und du immer ein Auge auf Lamia haben wirst.Ich kann dir nur soweit versprechen,daß ich immer für sie da sein werde,auf sie aufpasse soweit mir das möglich ist, aber auch dafür sorge,daß sie wieder glücklich wird,weil ich denke daß das in deinem Interesse wäre.
Ich denke sehr oft an dich,und du fehlst einfach in unserem Leben. Wenn ich zum jetzigen Zeitpunt einen Wunch frei hätte,wäre der ganz klar!
Ich werd dich nie vegessen,in ewiger Freundchaft, deine Rine*"
Katharina Krug of Bad Vilbel, Deutschland

"To my beloved fiancé Nacho, who was taken from us way too early. You are truly missed everyday. Thank you for all your love, support, smiles, jokes and for all the special memories you left. You were a brave man, with an amazing spirit and a great heart. You will always be in my heart. May you finally found peace and happyness. Will see you again, sunshine.Miss you more than words can say. Always yours, Lâmia."
Lamia Durrance of Germany

"This is to the one and only Nacho. I love you, miss you more then words can tell. You smile and humor is missed everyday. You are always my hero, and we both know you were much, much more. Love you always and forever."
Crystal Jackson of Moore, Oklahoma

"Thank you Ignacio 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. Ignacio 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 Ignacio 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. Ignacio 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 Ignacio, 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