Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Jose A. Rivera-Serrano

26, of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
Rivera-Serrano died in Baghdad, Iraq, from wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device hit his vehicle. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on December 27, 2004.

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"To the family of Jose Rivera Serrano I express my deepest sympathy. I pray that God soothes your pain and your loss. Although years have passed, I want you to know that Jose will never be forgotten and that we will always be grateful for his service. Que Dios les bendiga mucho."
Gabriel Serrano of Kandahar, Afghanistan

"December 21, 2008
To the family of Spc. Jose A. Rivera-Serrano:
Jose 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

"Con mucho dolor su esposa y sus hijos agradecen todos sus mensajes.Jose fue el mejor amigo,esposo y padre.Siempre estara con nosotros y en el corazon de todos los que lo conocieron.Te amaremos siempre."
Barbara Sanfiorenzo y fam. of Killeen, Texas, 254-220-7546

"rivera family i just want to say on this veterans day i am watching the videos you sent me sonia and i am thinking of you and your family as i watch the final tribute to jose from iraq this veterans day 2006. as the years go by it doesnt get any easier thank you so much for everything jose i know you are looking over us all i love you man thank you for your sacrifice."
Jereme Ekiert and Mayti Gomez-Ekiert of Pasco WA

"In loving memory of my brother
Sgt. Larry Kuhns JR. i miss him everyday, there is not a day that goes by that i dont think of him."
Sarah (Kuhns) Green of Austintown, ohio usa

"In loving memory of my brother
Sgt. Larry Kuhns JR. i miss him everyday, ther is not a day that goes by that i dont think of him."
Sarah (Kuhns) Green of Austintown, ohio usa

"Fue muy dificil, perder un gran amigo como Rivera, Yo fui su roommate por mas de 1 1/2 in Texas, los dos estubimos en Iraq en las buenas y en las malas.
Siempre seremos Amigos."
Vladimir Martinez of Chicago, IL USA

"In your honor and with gratitude to you, Jose Antonio Rivera-Serrano, I’ve planted a daffodil in your name, as have others across the United States as part of Project LIVE ON, a not-for-profit program founded to memorialize each U. S. military who has died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thousands of beautiful daffodils across the country will come up each Spring, and, like your Spirit, will LIVE ON...and ON. Blessings to you, the family, as you grieve, and heal. For details, contact projectliveon@aol.com. Jan. 23, 2006."
Gretchen Forbes of the northcentral mountains of Pennsylvania

"I have planted a daffodil for you Jose, along with 49 more bulbs to represent other soldiers who were killed in Iraq. Your flower will be seen every year and sacrifice remembered. Projectliveon@aol.com"
Ruth Anderson of Mountain View , California

"Esto es para la familia de Jose, nada mas quiero dejarles saber que estudie con el en la escuela de ingles en Lackland, TX y de verdad que el era una muy buena persona y bien pasivo. Es triste que cosas como esas pasen. QUE DIOS LO CUIDE Y LO TENGA EN SU GLORIA"
SPC Santana of Schofield Bks, HI

"Marine Comfort Quilt Army Family Finder, Patricia needs to get in touch with Barbara Rivera (Sanfiorenzo) Our group has a quilt to send to you and do not have a current address and phone number. If anyone can please have her contact me by email: teacher32@charter.net I would greatly appreciate it.
To Jose's family: please accept our families expression of appreciation for your sacrifice and that of Jose. Because of his honor and dedication to our country and the freedoms we hold dear, we remain free. Free to speak, worship and free of fighting on our soil. God Go With Him."
Patricia, Proud Army Mother In Law, Mother and Veteran's Wife of Missouri

"Para la familia de Jose, aunque no lo conosco se que es una grande perdida para la familia y para todos. Al igual que Jose habemos muchos que nos toco ir y trabajar en Irak, lamentablemente no todos regresan y algunos regresan bien heridos como fue mi caso. Se que nunca habran palabras para aliviar el dolor por la perdida de un ser querido, pero espero que en su ausensia simpre lo recuerden como un verdadero heroe. Que Dios lo tenga en la gloria.

jose.j.riveraacevedo@us.army.mil"
Jose Rivera Acevedo of Savanna, Georgia

"To the family of Jose A. Rivera-Serrano, 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. Prayfully 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 at Gateway Community Church: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington, Ga.30016 Phone 770-787-1015. YOUr friend in Jesus Christ."
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga.

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are continuing to remember your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Jose will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless you ALWAYS.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Jose we miss you brotha ,but we know your in a better place , we had some good times as Julio said , God Bless man ."
Matt Morales of Corpus Christi , TX

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

"Para la familia de Jose A. Serrano-Rivera:
Lo primero que quiero decir que Dios Bendiga su familia y sus queridos amigos. Nunca tuve la oportunidad de conocer a Jose. Como Jose yo tambien soy Mayaguezano y por eso es que me da mucho dolor que su querido hijo no se encuentra hoy con las personas que el mas quiere, como Jose yo tambien me encuentro aqui en Iraq. Como todos los hereos que pasaron por Mayaguez, Jose siempre sera mencionado con los grandes nombre de nuestra ciudad."
SFC RODNEY SANTIAGO of A 1/9 FA 3RD I.D, FT STEWART,GA. "ROCK OF THE MARNE"

"Para la familia de Jose A. Serrano-Rivera:
Lo primero que quiero decir que Dios Bendiga su familia y sus queridos amigos, como Jose yo tambien soy Mayaguezano, me da mucho dolor que su querido hijo no se encuentra hoy con las personas que el mas quiere, como Jose yo tambien me encuentro aqui en Iraq"
SFC RODNEY SANTIAGO of A 1/9 FA, 3RD I.D., FT. STEWART DIVISION "ROCK OF THE MARNE"

"I still remember those good times we had, how we use to joke on who was gonna get sent to iraq first... Remember me telling you "be carefull men" you are almost home, remember... i think God missed you so much that he wanted you with him... fly Rivera fly... i miss you my friend..."
Julio Hernandez of Houston, TX

"Para La Familia del Heroe, Jose:

De parte de la familia Blanco-Caldas los acompañamos en su pesar. Compartimos la misma pérdida y el mismo dolor. Quiero que sepan que están en nuestras oraciones durante este momento tan difícil. Lamentamos que Puerto Rico haya perdido otro heroe, pero le agradecemos su sacrificio. Que el Señor les bendiga.

La Familia del Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (su mama)
de San Antonio, Texas
gcaldas48@aol.com"

"TO THE FAMILY OF JOSE A. RIVERA-SERRANO:
I FEEL SAD ABOUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THIS SOILDER. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL. JUST KNOW THAT HE IS LOOKING DOWN AT YOU ALL. HE IS A HERO AND A GREAT PERSON FOR WHAT HE DID FOR THIS COUNRTY. GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY AND THIS FALLEN SOILDER."
LAURA RODRIGUEZ of PHOENIX, ARIZONA

"Thank you brave soldier for taking the fight to those cowards who would harm us all. You are our hero! God Bless you and may He grant your loved one peace at this time. From a very grateful American family."
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

"There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Rest in Peace Boriqua, God Bless"
SFC Fuentes of Ft Hood, Tx

"Thank you Jose Rivera-Serrano, 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. Jose Rivera-Serrano:
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 Jose 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. Jose Rivera-Serrano:
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 Jose, 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