Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Miguel A. Ramos

39, of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
Ramos died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an enemy rocket impacted near his position. He was assigned to the Army Reserve's 807th Signal Company, 35th Signal Battalion, Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico. Died on May 31, 2005.

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"I will be running the Kabul, Afghanistan Flak jacket 5K in honor of our fallen brother; you may be pulling cable in heaven but you will never be forgotten! Muchas bendiciones para todos ustedes."
COL Rafael Medina of Kabul, Afghanistan

"After ten years without you, today I cried again looking your wonderful smile. I will see you again my beloved brother. Someday, at heaven. Always in my mind, always in my heart. LU, Mayra"
Mayra Ramos of Mayaguez PR

"After ten years without you, today I cried again looking your wonderful smile. I will see you again my beloved brother. Someday, at heaven. Always in my mind, always in my heart. LU, Mayra"
Mayra Ramos of Mayaguez PR

"In memory to my friend and brother Mickey ,I will never forget you.You will be always be in our minds and hearts to those who were close to you in Irak and back home in Puerto Rico ,for your family my deepest,deepest respect and I hope some day we will meet again to sing and play musica de la montaña .It was an honor and plesure to be your friend and roomate in Irak."
SSg.Alfredo Mediavilla of Corozal ,Puerto Rico

"You will be in our heart forever. Rest in peace my dear friend."
SFC Jorge Castro of Caguas, Puerto Rico

"You will be in our heart forever. Rest in peace my dear friend."
SFC Jorge Castro of Caguas, Puerto Rico

"SSG Mickey Ramos still in our memories..."
SFC Alicea Nelson of Camuy, PR

"Mickey, I hope you are resting with God as you so well deserve. It’s been eight years and I think about you often. I think about the joy you brought to everyone who had the privilege to know you. You never let anything get you down and I know now it was due to your faith in God and the love of your family. Thank you for being an inspiration and a true friend. Rest in eternal peace my brother."
Burgess, Robert L. of Ft, Meade, MD

"Sgt. Miguel (Mickey) Ramos, before you coming to the 807th Signal when I was the First Sergeant I met you in Salinas and you were an extraordinary person always with a smile in your face. I did not have the chance to go with the unit to the war, but I am sure that I did all that was on my reach to teach everyone in the unit to overcome situations, but when one like your it was the second for me since May 1969 in Viet Nam when I lost another friend by hostile fire. When I learned about your death it hit me very hard, because even that I was not physically there, spiritually I was so I know that you are with the almighty Commander doing your job. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. 807th Signal Company (CW) "Y NO HAY MA NA""
1SG JUAN A GABRIEL (RET) of Vega Baja, PR USA

"I met this man when I was a new Soldier coming into the US Army Reserve in 2003 while enlisted in B Company, 35th SIG BN. SGT Ramos was always there to make you laugh, and I remember the long nights in Salinas laughing at his jokes and anecdotes. I am writing this from Iraq, and I want you to know that you are always in our minds, and you will never leave our hearts."
1LT Rafael G. Perez of COB Adder, Iraq

"A la memoria de Sgt. Ramos Miguel.
Fuiste un buen amigo en momentos dificiles. Espero que descanses en paz y que Dios bendiga y vigile por tu familia siempre.

Tu hermanito,
Prieto"
Jose Prieto of United States

"Mickey,
We have never forgotten you. As I return here to Iraq, I found myself returning to the place of your death. I may not have been able to be next to you that day, but you have been in my heart since. A marker is still in place at Liberty, to remind us. Thank you for touching my life, if only for a brief moment."
SGT Prince, Julie C of Columbus, Ohio/Iraq

"After 3 and a half years, still saddened by the fact that we all flew out of ft. benning together and returned with an empty seat, missing your always smiling face and spirit lifting jokes. Having only one word to describe you would be a hero!!Thank you and God Bless"
Steve Hageman of Rocky Ridge, MD

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Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna"
Project Compassion of Manti, Utah USA

"Matteson and I served with this incredible person who we lost serving our country and freedom. We love you and will remember you forever."
SSG Hector Hernandez of San Juan,P.R.

"May 20, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Miguel A. Ramos:
Miguel 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 was lucky enough to serve with "Mickey" as we called him. Even after all the years you still find yourself remebering his smile on a quiet night. To his family who he spoke often of you have my prayers and my deepest sympathy. He was a good friend and a great cable dog. We carried the word."
Brian Matteson of Toledo, Ohio

"To the family of:Miguel A. Ramos 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"

"Basico y Cable dog, mi hermano del alma. siempre en mi corazon,you are the the man....."
Franky

"God Bless You From Afghanistan:

I was blessed with the chance to participate as an Honor Guard for Mickey's Funeral. My love to his wife and children. To my "Dulce", his sister, you were a pilar of strength. The greatest gift you gave Mickey was the Word of God. Love you always, Sister."
SSG Nilda I. Bonano of Afghanistan

"Rest in peace brother."
Alan Ramos of NYC

"A Soldier in the U.S. Army today is a special breed of person. It takes bravery to know that you are coming to a combat zone, and still get on that plane. I respect the soldiers who serve the war-fighters more than anyone else. We are the one's the enemies target the hardest. I give my deepest respect and gratitude to the family of Miguel Ramos for going through one of the hardest life experiences I can imagine. I hope the memories of our fallen comrade serve the lives of the soldiers he has left for eternity. Know that all though I have never met your son, I understand what it means to wear the uniform and the risk it obligates. It is soldiers throughout history that have fallen in honor that carry the legacy of what we do everyday. I pray to God for all the soldiers on the battlefield. Mr. Ramos, has given his life in honor and duty to his country, friends, and family. I pray everyday for families like yours who are the one's who feel the pain. Soldiers are expected to give thier life if need be, but it is the families who are the fuel for their duty. It is the families behind the soldiers who are the country they fall for. I give my deepest respect and apology for your loss -
"The best use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts life." (LTC James)"
2LT John Paul Shafik (SC) of Bagram, Afghanistan

"Dios me dio el enorme placer de conocer y compartir con Mickey algun momento de mi vida. No hay palabras para describir a este gran amigo y hermano. Su sensibilidad se demostraba en la poesia. Su calidad de ser humano, padre, hijo, hermano y verdadero amigo no tenia comparación.
Agradezco a Dios el honor de haber conocido a este “HOMBRE DE VALOR”. Mi respeto a su familia y sientan el orgullo de tener un verdadero heroe."
Daniel Ferrer Crespo of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

"My condolences. A few of my friends thought this soldier was me because of the last name and the fact that I used to convoy to Victory quite often. We all have lost friends, families or the like. I am sorry."
Juan A. Ramos of Ft Bragg, NC (USA)

"To the Ramos Family, I wish to offer to you my deepest condolences. Your Miguel is safe with God now, he will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless you all, and God Bless Miguel."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

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

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
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

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

"May God Bless You and Keep you in the Palm of his hand."
MAJ Art Anthony of Peachtree City, GA

"6/3/05
To Miguel's family,
We know your pain, and wish to express our deep sorrow for your loss. Your son is truly a hero and will be known forever for his bravery and willingness to protect our great nation. We pray every day for the families of lost soldiers. God bless and keep you.
'My sacrifice, God, is a broken spirit;
God, do not spurn a broken, humbled heart.' Ps 51:19"
Webster and Ruth Reed (Father and stepmom of Jonathan Ray Reed who died in Iraq on January 28, 2005) of Krotz Springs, Louisiana

"Familia Ramos;
Hoy me entere de su perdida, no por las noticias sino por mi esposo. El esta estacionado en Kwuait y esta semana partira hacia Iraq. El tuvo el Honor de estar el la ceremonia funebre que les hacen a sus soldados caidos. De todo corazon le pido a Dios que les de la fortaleza para seguir adelante ante tanto dolor. Mis pensamietos y mis oraciones estan con ustedes y el resto de sus familiares. Que Dios les Bendiga siempre.Marie81176@aol.com"
Marie Rivera-Diaz of Ft. Huachuca, Arizona

"Familia Ramos;
Hoy me entere de su perdida, no por las noticias sino por mi esposo. El esta estacionado en Kwuait y esta semana partira hacia Iraq. El tuvo el Honor de estar el la ceremonia funebre que les hacen a sus soldados caidos. De todo corazon le pido a Dios que les de la fortaleza para seguir adelante ante tanto dolor. Mis pensamietos y mis oraciones estan con ustedes y el resto de sus familiares. Que Dios les Bendiga siempre."
Marie Rivera-Diaz of Ft. Huachuca, Arizona

"To Miguel's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice. Que el Señor les de la fortaleza necesaria para sobrevivir este golpe! De otra familia boricua que tambien sufre la pérdida de su Heroe ...

Sinceramente,

La Familia del Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas
82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003
Gloria Caldas
San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@sbcglobal.net"

"MIGUEL, THANK YOU FOR SERING OUR COUNTRY. AMERICA IS ALOT SAVER SINCE 911 AND THE PEOPLE IN IRAQ!. YOU MIGUEL ARE MORE THEN A MAN, SOLDIER, LOVE ONE; YOU AREA HERO, THAT HAS NOT GIVEN HIS LIFE IN VAIN; AND WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED."
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Thank you Miguel Ramos, 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. Miguel Ramos:
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 Miguel 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. Miguel Ramos:
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 Miguel, 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