Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Wilfredo F. Urbina

29, of Baldwin, New York.
Urbina died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his military vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, New York, New York. Died on November 29, 2004.

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"I remember Will at Team Indian Point. He helped me get aquointed with my new duties there February 26, 2004. I was one of his maintenance mechanics in Iraq. He was always concerned about driving under bridges with his Hummvee because of the open ended exhaust could not deter things from entering the exhaust pipe. I feel very sad every day I wake knowing I let him roll out with uncertainty on his mind. I made him a promise that could not ever become. I miss Wilfred every day I wake knowing that he may have been more alert to his surroundings rather than worrying about a lousy exhaust cover..So for his family, friends and in his memory, I pray for enlightenment. It has been over 10 years for me to send corespondence, and I feel releived of doing so. I wish only the best for his family..."
SPC Mulvey, Richard A (Medically Retired) of Ridge, MD 20680

"My greatest sympathy to Will's family and friends. I had the privilege of serving with him in Iraq before that fateful day. He was a good man and well liked by all. He will always be missed."
SSG Roger B. Rees of Panama City, FL

"Will you were my friend and brother in arms while in iraq. You were a great man, i miss our talks we had after mission whle in iraq. I miss you more than you know my friend, Nov 29, 2004 is a day that is forever etched in my mind. Thats the day i lost a great friendand brother, i have a beer every year in your memory and this year im getting my rib cage tattoed with your name and the names of my other brothers lost over in iraq. One day im going to get the nerve to fly up and visit your mother and give her the Cavalry spurs i earned while in iraq as you wanted to be a cavalary man and get the spurs. I was planning on giving you my spurs at the end of our tour together as a sign of our friendship. I miss you my friend...... A 108 Cav Louisiana Attached A 1-69 New York"
Spc. Walker, William of Coushatta, La

"I served with Wilfredo as a member of Team Indian Point after the 9/11 attacks. I heard of his death as I was ending my shift there. I will always remember you and my thoughts and my prayers are with your family and I hope that you are smiling down on all of us who knew you, loved you and we still support you. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace Will. You served your country. Let us now serve you."
Michael Hoffman of Newburgh, New York

"HI WILL, I HAVE BEEN YOUR TAPS BUGLER ON FRIDAYS, MEMORIAL DAY, VETERANS DAY, HONORING YOU AND YOUR MEN AT LI NATIONAL CEMETERY.IT IS AN HONOR TO PLAY FOR YOU, I HAVE MET YOUR FAMILY .
YOU MUST HAVE BEEN ONE GREAT PERSON AND GREAT SOLDIER..THANK YOU"
BOB of VALLEY STREAM

"I went to Hayes with Will; I remember his fondness for the Air Force as I wondered which branch I was going to. I was also in Baghdad at the same time, I just wish I had known he was there. God Bless you now and always!"
Eddie Torres Class of '94 of Bronx, NY

"November 23, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Wilfredo F. Urbina:
Wilfredo 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

"Two years, I think of you and your family all the time. I probably worry more about them then myself. you have a very loving family. that miss you dearly. I keep telling them you rather them being happy. however, I understand truly, I do! I miss my Gregory alot more then I let on to others. I worry about your sisters. Like two daughters i never had. Your niece is the light of the family. You are in my heart and prays Wifredo. As it is with your family. i miss them very much since moving to Spring, Texas. Each visit home. I will stop by to see your family. Especially, you! So thankful to every fallen family that love one is resting with gregory at "PINELAWN" National cemetery in Farmingdale, Long Island New York. We will nebver ever forget you or ever forget to honor you and all our fallen."
Len Wahl of leonard_wahl@hotmail.com

"Gatlinburg Tennesse July 3rd Annual Midnight Parade and Fireworks. please join the fallen families to SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, HONOR OUR WOUNDED AND FALLEN SOLDIERS. THE FAMILIES HAVE DESIGNED A FLOST ENTERED IN THE PARADE! Think of you often!"
leonard_wahl@hotmail.com of TEXAS

"To the Urbina Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I read that Wilfredo was giving the Grant Humanitarian Award. What a special honor for a special man. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Your Wilfredo is a true American Hero. Wilfredo will always be honored and remembered. May God Bless you all and God Bless Wilfredo."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"WILL------SATURDAY WAS YOUR DAY ON THE VERY STREET YOU CALLED HOME. THE DAY THAT THE STREET WAS DEDICATED TO YOU. I HAVE COME TO KNOW YOU LOVING FAMILY. LOSTING GREGORY WAS DIFFUCULT. NO PARENT WANTS TO LOSE A CHILD. AN ALTHOUGH, WE ARE NOT FAMILY. WE ARE IN SOME DEGREE, OUR FAMILY HAS THE SAME PAIN. AN I FEEL LIKE I LOST ANOTHER SON. EVERYONE IN THE BALDWIN AREA, WILL NEVER EVER FORGOTTEN YOU. MOM AND DAD ONLY HAVE TO LOOK AT THE STREET SIGN. TO KNOW YOU ARE SMILING DOWN UPON THEM. AN WE DO LOOK UP AT YOU AND GREG!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"To the Family of Wilfredo Urbina. I'm so sorry for your lost. Wilfredo will be always in our heart, as a Hero. I admire Wilfredo Urbina as a Spectacular Hero, and I'm not the only one. He'll be always be in our heart. His memory will always be in Heaven. I'm proud that Wilfredo Urbina is recognized as an Outstanding Hero."
Delmy Urbina of Baldwin, NY USA

"TODAY IS A VERY SPECIAL DAY. YOU ARE GREATLY LOVED BY YOUR FAMILY AND THOSE THAT KNEW YOU. I MET PART OF YOUR FAMILY, MOM, DAD AND YOUR SISTER. AS WELL AS YOUR LOVING NIECE SYDNEY. I WISH I COULD ATTENDED THE MASS,AND BE WITH YOUR FAMILY TODAY. FROM EVERYTHING IHEAR OF YOU......YOU ARE ONE SPECIAL SON, BROTHER, UNCLE, SOLDIER AND A REAL AMERICAN HERO! AN WE ALL WILL BE WITH YOU ON MEMORIAL DAY."
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"To the family of Wilfredo F. Urbina I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you know the peace and understamding that only comes from God. hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or someone to talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church 111677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015"
Polly Ballew of Covington Ga. U S A

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

"I served with Urbina in the same Squad. I remember when we got to Kuwait we heard of a Latin Party in the camp, Urbina and I went to the party unly to discover there were no women. He was a brave man. I recieved my Combat Infantry Badge not to long ago and will like to give it to his mother, I think he deserve it more than I do...he gave it all!"
RV of Bronx, NY

"To the Urbina Family. I had the pleasure of meeting your son, Will, about 5 years ago when we were both attending Nassau Community College. My heart goes out to you for your loss. Will is someone I will carry in my heart always. Your family remains in my prayers. God bless you all."
Denise of Glen Cove, NY

"TO THE URBINA FAMILY I USED TO SEE U COME AND GO OUT OF YOUR HOUSE AND JUST WAVE HI.... NOW WE HAVE BECOME GOOD FREINDS BECAUSE OF "WILLS" DEATH.... I AM REALLY SADDEN OF YOUR GREAT LOSS....BUT HE BROUGHT US TOGETHER AND NOW WE ARE MORE THEN JUST NEIGHBORS....WE WILL MISS HIM DEARLY....BUT WE WILL NEVER FORGET HIM.. GOD BLESSS U ALL..."
HARRY of BALDWIN N.Y.

"I discovered the story of your life and sacrifice for this great country today. Please accept my sincere thanks. Thank you, Will!!! I pray for your family and pray that GOD will be real to them and heal their pain. Will's life was not in vain, but a GREAT TESTIMONY of what we all owe to GOD, Family, and Country!!"
Shawn Miller of Portales, New Mexico USA

"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

"My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We are
grateful for all your son has done for this nation. We ache in our
hearts with you. Your son was a blessing to all of us and a hero in
our hearts who will live forever in the memories of those who knew
him, and in the prayers of all of us."
Astrid Valdivia of Yorba Linda, CA

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

"To the Urbina family from the Wahl family. Our family is deeply sadden with the lost of Wilfredo. He is a true American and certainly a HERO! An our heart and prays are will him and your family always. We are parents of a fallen soldier. So we do understand! Will and Greg are together with our at Pinelawn. I attended your son's service. Had wanted to talk with you. But, this day was your's with your son. God Bless!"
leonard wahl of Valley Stream Long Island

"Thank you Wilfredo Urbina, 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 Pfc. Wilfredo Urbina:
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 Wilfredo 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 Pfc. Wilfredo Urbina:
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 Wilfredo, 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