Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Joseph C. Thibodeaux

24, of Lafayette, Louisiana.
Thibodeaux died in Hawijah, Iraq, when his patrol came under enemy attack. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Died on September 1, 2004.

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"Just recently learned of you Joe. The world is a better place because of You Sir, as well as heaven. May all of those that you left behind find peace. RIP warrior."
Brance Unkrich of Jacksvonville, FL USA

"It's hard to believe it was 12 years ago today. You are not, and never will be forgotten Joe Thibodeaux."
SGM (Ret) Andy McCaughey of Maple Valley, WA

"Your are not forgotten, RIP."
LTCOL Chris Budihas of Fort Benning

"It was truly an honor to have known and served with Joe.

Miss you and think of you often brother!"
Rick Gates, CMSgt Ret of Dover, De

"Thinking of you today! Love and miss you so much!! 12/4/14"
Brandi Ramagos of Batchelor, La

"I live in New Rochelle, NY and am doing a project on a fallen soldier and I chose Joseph. From what I have learned about him, he was a loving, caring, and talented man who lost his life too early. Thank You, Joseph and his family for his service. He has made a difference in my life, along with a difference all over the world. Gone but never forgotten. He will always be in my thoughts, RIP JOSEPH C. THIBODEAUX III and all other men and women who lost their lives fighting for our safety back home <3 ."
Shannon Dennis of New Rochelle, NY

Thinking of you!"
Brandi Ramagos of Batchelor, Louisiana

Thinking of you today! Love and miss you always!"
Brandi Ramagos of Batchelor, LA

"Just as SFC Skol said i miss you brother i also cant belive it is 2013 ill never forget you life is only better because of you Thank you for giving me the honor of being your friend and fighting with you for what we love so dearly you truly are a HERO I LOVE YOU BRO!!!!!!!!!!! Im sorry it took so long to say something"

"I will always remember joe, sitting in my room in Iraq talking about life, or watching movies in his room. Joe was not only my Soldier but my good friend. We had good and bad times together, fights and laughter. I live with the images of his death vividly in my mind, it has taken me nearly nine years to post anything. I have wanted so badly to tell his family i am sorry for their loss. It should have been me that day, not him. I miss him, and will never forget him. I am truely sorry it has taken me this long to say anything. God rest your soul brother. SFC Whitmore (NOMAD 3)"
danny whitmore of ft campbell

"Still missing you and thinking about you today. No special reason, just thought about you. Love and miss you."
Lindy Istre of Egan, La

"Its 2013 now... its hard to believe how long its been... yet in my heart.... and in my mind.... it was as if it was yesterday... I miss you brother..."
Skol of USA

"Thinking of you! Love you!!"
Brandi Ramagos of Batchelor, Louisiana

"Missing you more than ever."

"Thinking of you brother.."
SFC Skol of USA

Brandi Ramagos of Batchelor, La

"I miss you brother..."
SFC Skol

"I served with joseph in Hawaii and served with him in Iraq. I cannot express how his passing has effected my everyday life. He was a good friend and fellow brother. I miss him very much."
Juan Rodriguez of Grand Rapids MI

"Hey my sweet Joe! I miss you so much! There isn't much time that goes by where I don't think about you. I wish we were back to making plans for you coming home and the things we were going to do together. That trip to Hawaii would have been great! You are always in my heart and I will love you to the ends of the earth! "Loving you like there's no tomorrow!""
Cara Lance of Newellton, LA USA


Brandi Ramagos of Batchelor, La

Brandi Ramagos of Batchelor, La

"To everyone who posts here periodically... thanks from the bottom of my heart. It helps to know that Joe touched the lives of others. Tomorrow is the anniversary of his death in Iraq. It also marks the end of combat operations there. Tomorrow I will be celebrating Joe's life, his contributions to his country, and the end of combat ops."
M. Thibodeaux of Burke, VA

"Just thinking about you brother...."

"Joe, whats up. Just wanted to say hi and let you know there isnt a day that goes by that I dont think about you! I still remember my last day in hawaii and what I told you at the shoppette. I also talked to Berhane a while back we started talkiing about hungary and how much fun you him and I had.I still have the video. next time I talk to Berhane Ill see if he wants to meet up in louisiana so we can visit your grave, and it will be just like old times. My condelences go out to your family and friends! you are truly missed !"
of el paso tx

Hey Joe. I was going through some boxes in my basement and I found "Our Box" filled with our old letters, cards, emails, pictures, etc. I just need you to know I still think about you everyday. You are definitely missed. XOXO always."
Allie of Long Island, NY

"Hey Joe I was about to be married when I found out about you and know it's almost Six years now and I was thinking when you came with me to mississippi we had so much fun that weekend god bless your family pray for your family as well

Denise of Lafayette La USA

"joe had the brightest smile and was one of the sweetest guys...youre always missed brother...."
stephenie of kaneohe, hi

"To the Family of Joseph Thibodeaux,
May God continue to bless you."
CMSgt Jeremiah Simon of San Antonio, TX

Brandi Ramagos of Batchelor, La

"Wed. March 11th 2009

Hey Joe, I was just thinking about you miss and Love you lots!!!"
Brandi Ramagos of Batchelor, La

"Dear Joe - As we are all in the midst of the holiday season and a new year approaching I just wanted you to know that I am thinking about you. I was remembering that time we spend together X-mas 2002 and New Years '02-'03. Who would've ever guessed that would be the last time we'd see each other. Still thinking of you everyday.
Love always, Allie
Allie of Long Island, NY, USA

"I never knew Joe personally, and only talked to him a handful of times at FOB McHenry while waiting in line to use the phone or internet. He struck me as a stand up kind of guy. I remember the day he was killed as well as that of the other Soldiers who were killed in Hawijah like it was yesterday. It sure doesn't feel like it has been over 4 years now. I hope the Thibodeaux family knows how much we appreciate his sacrifice and how proud we were to have served with him."
SFC Schilling of FT. Hood, TX

Brandi Ramagos of Batchelor, La

"To my dearest Joe, I know this message is a long time coming and I apologize for that. You deserve better. But I am writing now as the 4th anniversary of that tragic day approaches to tell you that I think about you everyday. I remember the conversations we had on the computer the summer before - your positive outlook and heroic attitude. To call you brave would be an understatement. I think about your family too - wondering how they are doing. MY life is so different now - I miss our online chats. I know that although our paths turned out be very different that we would've stayed connected somehow. After all we had been through I think it was destined. Joe - I miss you. I miss your smile and laughter and there is a small piece of my heart that will always belong to you.
Thank you a million times over!!! Love always and forever!"
Allie of Long Island, NY, USA

"August 22, 2008
To the family of Spc. Joseph C. Thibodeaux:
Joseph 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Aloha Joseph....I don't know if you remember me, but I used to hang out with you in Waikiki with "THE CREW" before you served in Iraq...it's been a while, and I'm just thinking back to the good ole times! "THE GIRLS" miss you, you will always be our HERO..."
Janine of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

Brandi Ramagos of Batchelor, La

"Joseph was the first to talk to me like a normal person when I first arrived at C. Co 1-14. I always respected his sincerity and like my friend Quentin Duke said he always called it like it was. To the Thibodeaux family and to his most loved ones left behind, know that he is still and will always forever live in the eyes' and hearts' of those that Served with Him. I am grateful and proud to have had the honor to know and to serve with Joseph Thibodeaux."
Johnathon Mazur of St. Louis, Mo USA

"Hey Joe its Brandi, I just wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday! Miss and love ya lots!!!"
Brandi Ramagos of Batchelor, La

"Hey Joe,Thinking of you all my life and forever after"
Becky of NYC

"When I was in Tuz, Iraq with Thibodeaux I was at a small haji shop on base and T was driving a LMTV. He pulled over just to pick me up and take me back to my hooch. We laughed and talked about how much more happy he was being a sniper than on the line. He would call it like he saw it and not dance around with words. It was an honor to have served with him."
Quentin Duke of Mosul, Iraq

"Hey Joe! I was just thinking about you and just wanted to say hey! Love always, Brandi"
Brandi Ramagos of Batchelor, La

"This is a message to the family and friends of Joseph C. Thibodeaux. I am a art major at a local college here in California and for a recent project we had to select a fallen soldier. We created a remembrance wall dedicated to these heros. For the portrait I created I chose Joseph. If anyone would like any photos please contact me. I would be more than happy to send photos but I would also like to hear more about who he was and see other photos of him. Email :Coult006@csusm.edu"
Katherine Coulter of Oceanside, Ca

"Miss you man. I hope you and jake are doing well together. I was glad that i finally got to see your grave. It was really cool to be there and bury Jacob next to you. Take it sleazy."
nicholas rosato of Groton, Connecticut


I was just thinking about you and wanted to say hey! Love always, Brandi Ramagos"
Brandi Ramagos of Batchelor, La

"To the family of:Joseph C. Thibodeaux 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"

Hey! I was just thinking about you and wanted to let you I miss you!

Love always, Brandi Ramagos"
Brandi Ramagos of Batchelor, La

I just wanted to let you know, I was thinking of you on this very special day! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!"
Brandi Ramagos of Batchelor, La


It has now been two years since you have gone to be with our LORD above! I truly miss talking to you! You will ALWAYS have a special place in my heart as a friend!!!"
Brandi Ramagos of Batchelor,La

""I opened my eyes and saw you here-
Your face was dirty and filled with tears.

You said not to worry that you did't go alone-
There were angels all around waiting to carry you home.

And when you got to the pearly white gates-
Our heavenly Father was there to tell you your fate.

He said, "Come my son, and take a seat"-
"You have done your time on those worn out feet."

And so he came through to the shining light-
And got what he was promised for living right.

The site was amazing; the angels were so carefree-
"No pain and sorrow here, my son, only the angels and me."

"You served your country, you did your best-
Eternally you are granted peace and rest."

"Your family will be sad, but they soon will understand-
For noone can control what is out of their hands."

"It was time for me to call you home-
You see I needed your help to guard my throne."

And now I'm in a better place-
I'm guarding our father's heavenly gates.

So you see my love, you musn't cry-
Afterall, I wasn't alone when I died."

Written by: Danielle powell"
Brandi Ramagos of Batchelor,La

"Hey joe,
I was just thinking about you and wanted to say hey and I miss talking to you! I wear a black bracelet with your name engraved on it. You will NEVER be forgotten by me! You will always have a special place in my heart!"
Brandi Ramagos of Batchelor,La


The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell"

"Hey Joe, it's Brandi I was just thinking about you!! I really miss talking to you!!"
Brandi Ramagos of Batchelor,La

"Hey Joe,
It's Brandi. I was just thinking about you and wanted to let you know I miss talking to you alot!!!...Brandi"
Brandi Ramagos of Batchelor,La

"Yes, can someone please e-mail me at, brandiluvslsu04@yahoo.com and let me know when Joe's birthday is. It would really mean alot to me. Thanks."
Brandi Ramagos of Batchelor,La

"To Joe Thibodeaux's family and friends,
Though it has been over a year since he stepped into eternity as he paid the ultimate price for freedom, I just wanted you to know that a family in Jacksonville, FL that never met him, keeps you all in prayer. Though his mother's name, Rebecca, was the only quoted relative, we know his loss has touched so many relatives and his community in Louisiana. We first saw his unforgettable smile in an article published in the UPS teamster magazine. Its a smile that lights up a room. We keep his photo on our refrigerator door as a reminder to keep all our service men and women in prayer. No words can express our condolences, but know that an untold number of Americans like myself are keeping Joe's memory and sacrifice in our hearts. Thank you.."
Jan Vroegindewey of Jacksonville, FL

"Hey Joe, It's Brandi I was just thinking about you and wanted you to know I miss talking to you alot!!"
Brandi of Batchelor,La

"BRANDI OF LOUISANNA can you email me at brandi_civicdesign@hotmail.com I have a question about Joe please reply"

"Hey Joe, it's Brandi I just wanted to say hi and I miss talking to you!!"
Brandi Ramagos of Batchelor,La

"Joe, I never had the privelege of meeting you. But talking to you always brought a smile to my face!! You will always have a special place in my heart!!!"
Brandi Ramagos of Batchelor,La

"Dear Little Joe
You are always in my heart. Before you died, I hadn't seen you in about 3 or 4 years, and I had a chance to see you when the last time you came home, but I didn't think it was going to be the last time I would get a chance to see you, and now I regret not going, but I will one day see you in heaven. I love and miss you.

P.S. Aunt Becky, thank you so much for putting my poem on here, it means a lot to me."
Tori of Egan, Louisiana

"My heart goes out to the family of this proud warrior who gave his life for our country.I wear his bracelet with pride,it's men and woman like him who throughout our history gave all for 'us' lest we never forget. Thank You Joseph"
Ardy of Coral Springs,Fla

"Im looking for a friend that had this same last name but I only knew him as "RED" I was wondering if this was him I was stationed with this person in Arizona sierra vista Fort Hachucha if some one can please e-mail me and let me know ik this is him or not it would put closer to me Appleton-14@peoplepc.com thank and my condulences go out to this family."
Brandi of California"


"To The family of Joe, and all of his friends;
My name is Shawn Roberts, I worked with your son from Jan. 2001- Sep. 2004, I am so sorry for your loss, I have a memorial bracelet with his name on it that I wear every day, I miss him alot, so I can't even imagine what you must be feeling, I was on call to go recover your Joe's patrol when I got word that he had been hit, I had never felt such sorrow in my life. He was a really great man, and an even better friend. He is deeply missed by all who knew him and he may "be gone, but never forgotten". Thank you for the opportunity of knowing such a good man, he really was a soldiers soldier. May God bless you every day Joe is gone, Thank you again for everything he did."
SGT Shawn Roberts of FT. Lewis Wa.

""Upon The Loss of The Soldier"
As time goes by
I think about the day you died
The way I felt
When the news was dealt
It took me a while to believe that you are gone
But then I realized you are not alone
And then it hit me
That you are never again going to be
As I sat in the car
Everything being so far
When I close my eyes
I pray for all the lives
I often think about
That without a doubt
You died doing what you love
Fighting for the ones that you will meet someday above.
Miss you Torrie Istre"
Torrie Istre of Egan, La.

"Im looking for a friend that had this same last name but I only knew him as "RED" I was wondering if this was him I was stationed with this person in Arizona sierra vista Fort Hachucha if some one can please e-mail me and let me know ik this is him or not it would put closer to me Appleton-14@peoplepc.com thank and my condulences go out to this family."
Brandi of California

"To"Thib" his family and friends,

I met Thib when I was attached to 2nd BCT to deploy to OIF....we were in Kuwait doing weapons training and I was having trouble to say the least. The job I have in the army doesn't have a lot to do with weapons. Anyway Thib walked up to me with the smile and said you look like you need help. He spent the entire day helping me and others become proficent. He was a kind and patient person with that water is stronger than rock type of determination. When we learned of his death my roomate and I cried for the world truly lost a beautiful person. I offer you my prayers...know that Thib will be missed be many and was loved by all who know him.
Sgt. Eishaw Meade of Schofield Barracks Hawaii

"Hey Joe,
It's me again, I wanted to say hi and I miss you more and more everyday. I think all the time of how lucky I was to be with you when you were here on this earth. I know you aren't here in body but I know you are in spirit. You are my hero and I will NEVER forget you and your smiling face. *hugs* Your ~Cara"
Cara of Newellton, Louisiana


It has been my pleasure to be your friend: to go to school with you, train in the martial arts with you, party with you, to laugh with you, and share life's experiences. I was watching a videoclip of you, Jacob, Peter and me today. You have made me proud and I look forward to seeing you again, where I have no doubt you will have me laughing.

PS: It is very nice to see people who have never met Joe writing a message to him and/or his family. Joe was full of life and love. It is sad he died at such a young age. But, Joe believed in what he was doing and I do as well. We're lucky for people like him who answer our country's call without hesitation."
Trey of Lafayette, LA

"Hey Joe,
I can't believe you have been gone for so long. Just wanted to write to you and tell you that your truly missed and I wish you could be here. Thanks for everything you have ever done in my life. You are a true hero. Love you always and can't wait to see you again. Love, Cara"
Cara of Newellton, LA USA

I was just sitting here this afternoon thinking of you. I saw your picture in the local paper on July 4th and thought about you. You truly were a hero to everyone. While I never got the privilege of meeting you in person I know we will meet on the other side someday. I could tell by the tone of your voice on the phone one day while talking to you that you were such a happy person. I know you made many people happy and for that we are all grateful. Your sense of humor was one of a kind. You are thought about daily and will forever be missed. Until Then, Britt"
Brittany of West Monroe, LA

"I proudly wear a black bracelet engraved with Joseph's name.I wanted to know the man who made the ultimate sacrifice. I see so much love in all of these messages and my heart hurts that such a loving person gave his life to possibly save ours. Thank You,Joseph, and may you rest in a beautiful place until those you love join you.You are truly a hero and I will proudly wear the Fallen Hero bracelet every day in your honor."
Linda Artley of Bossier City,La.

Wow!!!It is hard to believe that 5 months ago you left us...I never got to meet you in person, but you were the sweetest person ever...Thanks for making my best friend so happy....You are all that she ever talked about and we all miss talking to you...I know that you are in Heaven watching over Cara and all of your family and friends...She misses you alot, but she knows that you are in a far better place now. I can't wait for the day that I get to meet you in Heaven...That will be a great day...For now, please continue to watch over Cara and keep her safe...Thanks again for loving her like there was no tomorrow...You are the best!!!Until Then, Britt"
Brittany of Newellton, Louisiana

"To my love:
Joe, I miss u so much and you showed me what love is all about. I will never forget you and you are in my heart always. You will always be my one true love. "You Raise Me Up!" I love you my love, Your ~Cara~ P.S. We will get to dance on the beach again one day! " Love me like there's no tomorrow""
Cara Lance of Newellton, LA USA

"To the parents and family of Sp. Joseph C. Thibodeaux,

I am a student from Rocky Hill High School and our Computer Essentials class was assigned a project to honor a military person who has died--the soldier I received was your son. I wanted to do something really nice for him, so every night I have lit a candle and had a picture of your Joseph right next to it and I've prayed. While researching about Joseph, I learned that people called him a "kind-hearted soul"...his dedication to his job and those around him. Joseph is probably looking down right now thanking his parents, friends and family that they all supported him."
Vanessa Marinelli of Rocky Hill, CT USA

"To Joseph's family,
With great sadness I write this email. Joe and I were together in Bosnia at Camp Connor in 2002. We shared a lot of laughs together. I hope the memories you have of him bring a smile to your loved ones faces as they do mine. My thoughts and prayers are with you."
Lance Gordon of Harker Heights, TX

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

"To Joseph'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.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Joseph will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To the Family of SPC Joseph C. Thibodeaux.

Our prayers are with you. Words do not exist that can mend the hurt that you are suffering in the loss of Joseph. I know our son Sgt Daniel Lee Galvan also from the 25th ID died in Afghanistan on Aug 12, 2004, just one month today but it feels like it just happened. Be strong and remember your soldier as he was/is a HERO."
Blas E. Galvan, MSG, USA Retired of Moore, OK

"To Joseph's Family:
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

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. May time provide family and friends with happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. In the infinite meadows of Heaven the bright shining stars bloom....the forget-me-nots of angels. God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

"Thank you Joseph Thibodeaux, 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. Joseph Thibodeaux:
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 Joseph 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. Joseph Thibodeaux:
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 Joseph, 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