Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Justin L. Vasquez

26, of Manzanola, Colorado.
Vasquez died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on June 5, 2005.

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"Never Forgotten ! (2015)
From your friend..Sgt Thompson, David R.
Iron Hawk Troop 3/3 ACR"
David R. Thompson of Pueblo, CO

""You will always live in my heart !!
" I will never forget you!" (2014)
SGT Thompson,David R.
IRON HAWK 3/3 ACR""

"It's been 8 years now and it still hurts. When I think of you, it's with love and fondness touched by sadness. I still have your picture on our wall from Ft. Polk and my birthday. When my children ask, I tell them of the wonderful person you were and the sacrifices you made. Prayers that your son always knows how wonderful you were and how much you would have loved him if given the chance. We miss you and love you."
Shana of Fort Drum, NY

"Hey Buddy, just dropping by to say "Hello"!!"
Derek of Fort Riley, KS

"So, I met a Cav Scout and told him your story. He brought me a saber with your name engraved on it as a gift for Justin. I had a wall mount made for it, your hat, and your spurs. I cannot wait to present it to your son. I thank you for your sacrifice. I love you and I miss you. Shaun is over there again...keep him in your sights and protect him always."
Nicole M. Pitts of Fort Knox, KY

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3
A hundred times a day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am receiving. - Albert Einstein"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Passin through to give you a hug, I love you"
Aunt Mari of Philly,PA

"Justin was one of the few people that made my experience in the military a memorable one. I'll never forget him and wish his family finds comfort in knowing how many people justin helped and inspired."
Carlos Perez of Passaic, NJ/ USA

"wow. im in total shock right now. i heard the news now through a former soldier and am deeply saddend by the news. my condolences to the family. Justin you looked out for me alot, i mean a whole lot, i remember those nights at your house playing cards and laughing about the ridiculous things.. brother i miss you and love you u will not be forgotten.,"
Hector pavon of bronx, ny.

"My daughter Carly will be featuring Justin on the Cinco Ranch Junior High Veteran's Wall of Fame for the week leading up to Veteran's Day 2009. Justin is not forgotten!"
Carl Leweke of Katy, TX

"tino, vicki, jonika, and jen

I was in rocky ford this last weekend and as i was going through manzanola my heart stopped. I have said this before and will say it again you guys were like family to me and will always be in my heart. i love you guys and will always have a place for justin in my heart. contact me it would be so nice to hear from you guys. 970 308 7472. love you's and god bless"
lydia cordova of fort collins,colo

"To the family of Justin L Vasquez
You are in my thoughts always, especially today as another year passes GOD BLESS YOU ALL, GOD BLESS ALL SOLDIERS AND THEIR FAMILIES!!GOD BLESS AMERICA"
Angela Aragon Roybal of Lakewoood, CO USA

"June 5, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. Justin L. Vasquez:
Justin 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

"Justin, There isn't a day that does by that I don't miss you. All I can say is that even heaven is graced by your presence. Miss you brother."
SSG Brady, Robert of Iraq

"Just wanted to say that I miss you brother. But, I still take you everywhere I go just like the good ole days. Love you battle buddy!"
shaun of Ft.Knox, KY

"You know the deal buddy. Shaun says he's all in. It would be an honor and one that he's proud to bear. Keep an eye out for him. He'll be making his third trip over there in about 2 months. I am looking forward to his return and our visit to Colorado. I can't wait to see your corvette!! I love you, Justin. Thank you."
SSG Nicole M. Pitts of Fort Knox, KY

"Staff Sergeant! Justin, I was very fortunate to visit with your Mom and Step dad, very nice folks. I also linked up with Gary Baty and we had a great visit. The Scout gathering was a great time and EVERYONE drank to on "NUMEROUS" occasions!! You will never be forgotten. I gave a set of Gold Spurs to your Dad and will get a set to your Mother, also the shot glass everyone drank from. Godspeed Brother, I talk with you soon

Top"
Top Vz of Casper, Wyoming

"3 yrs have passed,,,,and your still thought of daily. Miss you and love you
Aunt Mari"
Mari Mark Kennedy of Philadelphia,PA 19124

"Justin, know that you'll NEVER be forgotten, All Scouts and I will see you again, at The Green, but until then, everyone I contact will know you, your status as a Great Soldier and how you took care of your men. When I go to Ft Knox, everyone will know of you, and how you ARE a Soldier's Soldier....Godspeed Brother...."
1SG John S Veasy of Casper, Wyoming

"To the Vazquez family , I want to send my best wishes and prayers. I had the great honor of serving with Justin at Fort. Polk. He was a great NCO and a superb human. He will be missed. Scouts out"
Ryan Shields of Portland Oregon

"My Brother, It has been almost 3 years. Your son will turn 7 years old in 9 days. Can you believe that? Baby J is about to be 7. I remember the day you and Shaun came to Galveston like it was yesterday. Who would have thought that day would set in motion the birth of your son. He's so handsome. I know you see him. As for Shaun and me, we miss you terribly. It's hard to sit through a Squadron Ball without you in the world. It's hard to pass by the fallen soldier table and not cry. You are with us always, Justin. We love you and learn from you every day. Shaun will be going back to Iraq again in September. I'll be calling on you to watch after him again. Thank you for keeping him safe in his previous deployments. I take comfort in knowing that you are on his shoulder. Say hi to Chad for us when you see him. I pray that no more of Comanche Troops sons will meet you there. We love you, Brother"
Nicole Pitts of Fort Knox, KY

"To the family of:Justin L. Vasquez I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief. He died a hero defending freedom and we are so grateful for anyone defending our freedom.
Know that I am praying for the peace of God that surpasses all understanding for you and that one day we will all meet in Heaven where we will rest in the arms of Jesus.
If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with please call my Pastor at Gateway Community Church, Reverand John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd Covington Ga. 30016 Phone 770- 787- 1015 (fax)770-787-8215.Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew"

"Dedication to In memory of Justin kia, 06/05/05
As she sits quietly
Surrounded by family and strangers
Numb, but yet feeling
Watching, yet not seeing
Trying to grasp the faint memories of comfort
Of tears and laughter
that surrounded her in another time
A time when she was younger
A time when those tears
and laughter belonged to her gift
she now sees before her,
wrapped neatly in the box, sealed shut
The gift she gave to her country
The gift she gives is more than priceless
The laughter is gone, now there are only tears
Her tears, As she sits silently, giving her gift
strong, yet painfully
Loving the gift longfully
Sharing her last moments quietly
her gift of Freedom, Her Son

Mari M Marx (Kennedy)
Copyright ©2008 Mari M Marx"
Aunt Mari of Philadelphia ,PA

"my hero. scout outs."
t florentino. L-trp 3/3 acr of boston

"my hero. scout outs."
t florentino. L-trp 3/3 acr of boston

"Justin i just found out about your passing and i am speechless. Serving with you at knox and polk i know how much of a great soldier and person you were. From the day you carried our guidon in basic you were born to be a scout. I am proud to have served with you my friend. Always Ready!"
Demetri Tzivaeris dsabre101@yahoo.com of NY

"It's been two years since your death but thoughts of you and your family are constantly on our minds. Please forgive me for not writing sooner, a large part of me was unable to until now. I remember talking to you a few days before you shipped out, a conversation I have played out hundreds of times in my mind. Know that we all miss you and will never forget or let others forget you and the sacrifice you gave for us all. We never did get a chance to have that beer in the Springs, keep one cold for me in the Green. Rest easy Rooster! Hoov. and the Hoover family"
Donald Hoover Jr. of Carlisle, Pennsylvania

"V!!!!!I MISS YOU MAN... TINO, YOUR SON WAS AN EXCEPTIONAL SOLDIER AND MAN. HE IS A HERO TO OUR NATION HE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. I THINK OF HIM OFTEN AND MISS HIS HUMOR."
SSG D.P. LANHAM of 1-67 ARMOR BN, FT CARSON C.O.

"SSG "V", Justin, our Brother, I was at Ft Knox last week and MADE sure everyone knew of you. All us Scouts drank to you, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN...EVER...You gave all unselfishly, everyone has to know that FOREVER. We'll see you at the Green BROTHER!!!! Riley, he is a HERO!!!!"
1SG (ret) Cavalryman, John Veasy of Casper, Wyoming USA

"June 6, 2007

"To live on in the hearts of those you leave behind is never to die." -Robert Orr

Justin yesterday was 2 years since you gave your life...and it still seems like just the other day you were over at the house, playin with Ashley :) Miss you lots and think of you all the time.
With love,
Julie and Ashley"
Julie Quick of Colorado Springs, CO

"Justin,
Thank You for your sacrafice! God Bless You Rest in Peace Forever!!"
Dean Aragon of Liberal Kansas

"June 5, 2007

MOTHERS PRIDE
by George Michael

Oh she knows
She takes his hand
And prays the child will understand
At the door they watch the men go by
In the clothes that daddy wore

Mothers pride
Baby boy
His fathers eyes
Hes a soldier waiting for war
Time will come
Hell hold a gun
His fathers son

And as he grows
He hears the band
Takes the step from boy to man
And at the shore she waves her son goodbye
Like the man she did before

Mothers pride
Just a boy
His countrys eyes
Hes a soldier waving at the shore
And in her heart the time has come
To lose a son

And all the husbands, all the sons, all the lovers gone
They make no difference
No difference in the end
Still hear the woman say your father died a hero
In the name of God and man

Mothers pride
Crazy boy
His lifeless eyes
Hes a soldier now forevermore
Hell hold a gun till kingdom come

Son, you will forever be in my heart. It has been two years today that you have left us, but that is only in a physical sense because you will always be with us in mind and soul. I miss you so much and long to be able to touch you, see you laugh and smile. I miss that so much. I love you dear son!"
Love always and forever, Mom of Manzanola, CO

"In a couple of weeks your son will be 6 years old and my how time has passed so quickly. Even with your presence in our home only being one of memories and stories shared and pictures hung, your son is growing to be more like you everyday. He is fearless, just like you. He comes across a challenge and gets excited to conquer it. He takes much pleasure in making others laugh and relishes every moment. He is the biggest trash talker on the t-ball and soccer fields and the fact that he is the smallest one doesn't faze him a bit, because just like his father, what he may lack in height he makes up for in heart. He gives 110% effort into everything he does regardless if it will get him into trouble or not. You would be proud to know that he has taken to climbing and likes to race other children to the top of the walls and he climbs everything he can. Even though you are not here physically, you continue to grow in a younger version of yourself. We made the right decision to name him Justin because there isn't a more fitting name for someone who emboddies everything you were and still are to us. Thank you for giving me the biggest part of my heart and the greatest love I've known, our son. It is my solemn promise to continue to raise him to become the type of man you would want him to be. Know that you are kept alive in our hearts and our home."
Kristy and your son, Justin of Louisiana

"Dear Vasquez family, it was a distinct honor and privilege to serve as Justin’s platoon leader at Fort Carson. “We sleep peaceably in our beds at night only because rough men like SSG Justin Vasquez stand ready in the right to do violence on those who would do us harm”. - George Orwell
He will never be forgotten."
Dave C. of Ft. Bragg, NC/USA

"Dear vasquez family Im sorry I havent did this sooner but i didnt know how to react or what to say but I know how much justin meant to all of you and how wonderful of a person he was I am very sorry ,he was a wonderful person and i will never forget the kindness and love i received from him and your family. Justin will always be remembered by myself and my family

sending my thoughts and love to all of you lydia cordova and family"
lydia cordova of fort collins colo

"Dear vasquez family Im sorry I havent did this sooner but i didnt know how to react or what to say but I know how much justin meant to all of you and how wonderful of a person he was I am very sorry ,he was a wonderful person and i will never forget the kindness and love i received from him and your family. Justin will always be remembered by myself and my family

sending my thoughts and love to all of you lydia cordova and family"
lydia cordova of fort collins colo

"Justin,
You are dearly missed. I was truly devestated when I heard the news. I served with Justin for approx. 2 years at Ft. Polk as his Plt. Leader. I can't say enough about him as a person and a leader. Although younger than I, he taught me a wealth of knowledge. I remember many times with him and the platoon and I truly miss those times and wish they were here again. He has made me a better person and I am truly indebted to him and a better person because of him. Thank you so much for all that you have done and if I can ever be of any help please reach out @ victor.wiseman@sbcglobal.net or 419-872-8263. God Bless."
Victor J. Wiseman of Perrysburg, OH

"I HAVE KNOWN JUSTIN FOR ALMOST 10YEARS I DONT NEED TO MENTION WHAT A GREAT SOLLDIER HE WAS BUT WHAT A TERRIFC SPIRIT HE STILL IS. HE WAS A HUGE PART OF MY LIFE THAT NOBODY WILL EVER KNOW. HE MADE ME LOOK AT THINGS THAT WILL STICK WITH ME FOREVER. HE WAS SO SELFLESS AND CARING STRONG AND PATIONATE I TRULY LOVED HIM WITH ALL MY HEART AND IT BREAKS EVERYTIME I THINK ABOUT HIM. I WISH EVERYONE WHO KNEW WELL AND TITO I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS I KNOW HOW CLOSE YOU 2 WERE. YOU WILL ALL BE IN PRAYERS NOW AND FOREVER"
B.D of ABERDEEN NC

"Riley, Friends, Family and to you SSG "V", from an "Old Cavalryman" from Casper Wyoming. All though we never met, Troop, I knew, you were a soldier's Soldier! Riley, know that nothing anyone can say, will eliminate the loss. KNOW that all appreciate being friends with you and Justin at some juncture in life. You take care now and KNOW that home, will always be here for you. Justin was and IS CAVALRY true and tried. He is a true CAVALRYMAN...BE PROUD"
1SG (ret) John S. Veasy of Casper, Wyoming

"Riley, Friends, Family and you SSG "V", from an "Old Cavalryman" from Casper Wyoming. All though we never met, Troop, I knew, you were a soldier's Soldier! Riley, know that nothing anyone can say, that will eliminate the loss. KNOW that all appreciate being friends with you and Justin at some junction in life. You take care now and KNOW that home, will always be here for you. Justin was and IS CAVALRY true and tried. He is a true CAVALRYMAN...BE PROUD"
1SG (ret) John S. Veasy of Casper, Wyoming

"Whats up Bro love ya and I wish I could have said goodbye to you the right way, You will always be loved and remembered in the Giuliano family.
'ROCK ON ROOSTER'

6 AUG 2006
LOVE YA BRO ANTHONY AND CHE GIULIANO"
ANTHONY GIULIANO of FT KNOX KY

"June 5, 2006
Justin it has been a year since you laid your life down for freedom and everything you believed in. It seems like yesterday...You will never be forgotten!

"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down his life for his friends."
John 15:13"
Julie of Colorado Springs, CO

"June 3, 2006
It will be a year on Monday, June 5, 2006 that Justin was so drastically taken from us. It still seems like it was just yesterday that we received the heart wrenching news of his passing. I often look at his pictures and wonder if this is all a dream. He was such a wonderful and loving son and I miss him so much!! I love you Justin from the deepest part of my heart and will see you again. God Bless our HERO!"
Mom of Manzanola, CO

"Justin and I served 3 years at Ft.Polk together , as well as, OIF I with 3ACR. He was a true Hero and Soldier. Most of all he was a true Friend.
To Justin's Family:
He is sorely missed, I'm looking forward to visiting Manzanola this summer while on R&R."
SSG Derek Czapnik of CP Hovey, Korea

"Vasquez Family, It was an honor and a pleasure to get to know you, thank you for your sons ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, your son was and is an amazing man and we are forever grateful. We look forward to getting togeather with your family again and visiting the beautiful site where your loved one is laid to rest. God Bless You Dietz Family"
Cindy Dietz of Littleton, Colorado

""My heart goes out to the Vasquez family. I knew Justin from Ft.Carson. He was always getting me up on the rocks, trying to teach me to rock climb. I think he did more laughing at my rock climbing then anything. He was a great friend, and an excellent leader. He is truely missed. Again my heart goes out to his loved ones, and I hope you know we are all thinking of you.""
SSG (DS) Aaron Diediker of Ft.Knox, KY

"It's a month shy of being a year since it all happened. Justin was not just my brother but my best friend. The one I could count on for an honest opinion even when we both knew the truth was harsh. I miss him so much. Will it ever stop hurting......."
Jennifer Vasquez - sister to SSG Justin L Vasquez of Manzanola, CO

"Justin Lee, I miss you - but I see you all the time. I see the smaller you. Your beautiful son. It is a comfort to me to see the 3 foot version of you running around like a monkey. Let's me know that he is taking after you. You were a husband to my best friend. You were a brother in arms and at heart to my husband. You were my friend and I miss you. I hurt when I think of you and all that you left behind. Justin David will always know how wonderful you really are because we will remind him. We will tell him. We will not let him forget. I know that soldiers are not supposed to cry, but the loss of you has brought many tears to my house. I know that Shaun misses you. He is back in Iraq for his 2nd tour now. I pray that you keep him safe. I can't think of a better guardian angel for my soldier than you. Your time with Comanche Troop lives on through our memories, stories, and laughter. You will not be forgotten. Nasty Crew forever. I love you man. To Grandpa Tino...thank you for remembering what is important. I know that the father and son bond is strength unmatched. Please help Justin David to know his father like Justin Lee knew you. You are in my prayers."
Niki Pitts of Ft Polk

"Vasquez family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all for the loss of Justin this year. I served with him at Ft. Polk and he was an outstanding soldier and friend. I have a poem that I have carried in my wallet for 7 years now and I wish to share it with you: I have only slipped away into the next room. I am I, and you are you, Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed At the little jokes that we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without an effort, Without the ghost of a shadow upon it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is absolute and unbroken continuity. What is death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, Somewhere very near, Just round the corner. All is well........Justin, you will be missed"
Ryan Coats of Ft. Bliss, TX

"It is so hard to realize that this happened to him. He will always remain a hero to his family . I love you and miss you."
Janneke Vasquez sister to SSG. Justin L. Vasquez of Colorado

"It is so hard to realize that this happened to him. He will always remain a hero to his family . I love you and miss you."
Jon of Colorado

"from a cuz that will never forget u. Justin......i miss you so much i never thought in a million years we would lose you in this war. But now your up there with my dad tell him my sis and i miss him very much. i will never for get the time when we went to see godsmack and metallica in denver, and it even made it better since it was your first concert. but i know you will be at every one now. i love and miss you Justin You have always been my hero and u always will be."
Lance Corporal Vasquez, Christopher D. United States Marine Corps of Stationed in Okinawa, Japan

"I did not know Justin, but know his step-mother, Paula. She and I have attend several classes and events at the University of Phonenix in San Diego. Paula is a wonderful person who is grieving because of the loss of Justin. I also have a granddaughter who is in the Army. Both she and her husband are stationed at Ft. Carson and are due to deploy to Iraq in 2006. This bring's Justin's death and all the other fallen heroes very near to my heart. My prayers are with Justin and his family.
God Bless you all."
L. Caricato of San Diego, CA/USA

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D. Thomas of Oakland, California

"I attended basic training with SSG Justin Vasquez (he was the guidon bearer) and later served with him at Fort Polk,LA while he was in Commanche Troop and I was in Dawg Company. I'm proud to say I knew him, Justin was a first rate soldier, a first rate person, and by all indicications a first rate family member. To his family, I'm sorry Justin has left you. I hope you realize what a remarkable person you raised. I know Justin always did his best. I was shocked to see his name in the newspaper, my first thought was "what a loss for his family, the army, and our country." I'd also like to send condolances to the young soldiers who were killed along side Justin. I'll miss you Justin."
D. Thomas of Oakland, California

"I attended basic training with SSG Justin Vasquez (he was the guidon bearer) and later served with him at Fort Polk,LA while he was in Commanche Troop and I was in Dawg Company. I'm proud to say I knew him, Justin was a first rate soldier, a first rate person, and by all indicications a first rate family member. To his family, I'm sorry Justin has left you. I hope you realize what a remarkable person you raised. I know Justin always did his best. I was shocked to see his name in the newspaper, my first thought was "what a loss for you, the army, and our country." I'll miss you Justin."
D. Thomas of Oakland, California

"SSG VASQUEZ: A FRIEND, I COULD NOT BELIVE THE NEWS WHEN SGT PITTS CALL ME TO TELL ME. TO THIS DAY I STILL REMEMBER THE DAY YOU AND PITTS GIVE ME THE NICKNAME OF "HOT STEPPER" WALKING THRU THE FIELD IN FT POLK. I AM VERY PROUD OF HAVING YOU AS A FRIEND.NOW TO YOU FAMILY. NUNCA PUDE CONOCERLOS YO ERA EL SARGENTO DE PELOTON EN FT. POLK DE JUSTIN EL ESTAVA EN MI VEHICULO QUIERO TARLES MIS MAS SINCERO CONSUELO, EL ERA UN TREMENDO SOLDADO Y AMIGO. bigprpapa@yahoo.com"
SFC(RET) HERMES N. CRESPO of RADCLIFF, KY 40160

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

"Godspeed SSG "V", I will see you in Fiddler's Green. You are an excellent Scout and I am proud to have been in the same platoon with you."
SSG L. West of Prescott ARS, AZ

"Riley, I am sorry for your recent loss. Please know that we all share this loss with you. Justin was a wonderful person, leader, soldier and friend. I served with him, on the platoon sergeants truck, at Ft.Polk for my 1st 2 years in the army. He was a SPC and I was a PVT. He immediately took me under his wing and showed me everything I needed to know to be a successful soldier and leader. I loved him like a brother and will always consider him as just that. My heart goes out to you and if you should ever need anything, my email address is shaunpitts2005@yahoo.com, and # is 2542851629. God be with you!"
shaun pitts of Ft.Hood, TX 76543

"I could not believe the news when I heard it. SSG Vasquez was a good friend of mine and my mentor. Riley, I am so sorry that this had to happen. I only wish that I could have been there for him. My heart goes out to you."
SGT Michael Anderson of Hohenfels, Germany

"JUSTIN, my baby. You have always been my sunshine and you still are. I am so proud of you. I miss your smile, I miss everything about you, but I'm comforted knowing that you will always be with me. Thank you, for the love you gave to me, and for the sacrifice you gave to ALL of us. I will always love you, I will always be your bunny bear.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY, your support has meant more than you will ever know. Every card, every call, every prayer. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your love and support. It truly has made this horrible time, just a little bit easier to handle. Thank you."
Riley Vasquez of Colo Spgs, CO USA

"TO THE FAMILY OF SSG JUSTIN L. VASQUEZ:
I'M DEEPLY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS AND THE LOSS OF EVERYONE WHO KNEW JUSTIN. VICKI AND JENNIFER, YOU ONLY KNEW ME FOR A SHORT TIME AND INSTANTLY TREATED ME AS IF I WAS FAMILY, AND I KNOW WHERE JUSTIN GOT HIS GREAT PERSONNALITY. EVERYONE WHO KNEW HIM WAS INSTANTLY HOOKED ON HIS OUTLOOK ON EVERYTHING. JUSTIN AND I HAD JOINED THE ARMY AT THE SAME TIME, BOTH OF CHOSE TO BE IN THE CAVALRY, WENT TO BASIC TRAINING TOGETHER AND THEN OUR FIRST DUTY STATION. HE WAS A RIOT TO BE AROUND AND COULD ALWAYS PUT A SMILE ON MY FACE NO MATTER WHAT KIND OF DAY I WAS HAVING. I FIND COMFORT KNOWING THAT HE IS UP IN HEAVEN SPREADING HIS LAUGHTER AND JOY. HE WAS A TRUE FRIEND TO ME AND I MISS HIM GREATLY.
TO JUSTIN, I KNOW YOUR LOOKING DOWN ON US ALL WITH THAT SMILE BECAUSE YOU ARE IN A BETTER PLACE, BUT I GUESS I'M SELFISH BECAUSE I'D RATHER YOU BE HERE WITH US. I MISS YOU BROTHER. YOU ARE A GREAT SOLDIER, FATHER, BROTHER, SON AND FRIEND TO ALL WHO KNEW YOU. YOU HAVE LEFT A PIECE OF YOU IN EVERYONE YOU EVER MET AND I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU"
SSG (DS) KYLE M. BEHRENS of FORT KNOX, KY USA

"Justin, you were my heart and soul. My heart aches for you every second. I love you and miss you so much."
Mom of Manzanola, CO

"Justin you will always be with me, in my heart and mind. You are my brother and friend. I will miss you."
Chavez of San Diego, CA USA

"To the Vasquez family and soldiers in L troop 3/3 ACR. My prayers and those of my family are with you. May God comfort you in your loss. SSG Vasquez was more than a son or soldier. He was a close friend. Someone that all could count on, thick or thin. Thank-you for your friendship. You'll not be forgotten."
SFC Robert L. O'Neil Jr (USA RET) of Fountain, CO

"To Tino, Vicki, family & friends of Justin,

On behalf of my family and myself I again express my deepest sympathy to all of you. I was in shock when I came across Justin's name in the Wisconsin paper. I hope you received the frame and cd's I made for you of "SOME GAVE ALL" in memory of Justin. God bless all the men and women who have and are making sacrafices so we can live in a free country, especially our fallen heroes & POW/MIA. An artist from Ohio is sending me an application to fill out to have a print sent to you in memory of Justin. I will let you know when it will come your way. I viewed all the pictures and websites of Justin. My heart just dropped. My cousin Debbie and Aunt Agneda told me over the years about Justin and how proud you are of your hero, as he is ours too. I will pay tribute to him the next time I return home to Manzanola. I found out the soldier your son was with from Racine was born here in Janesville. Your son (HERO) will always be remembered. God bless and our prayers are with you!!

LadyBoHunter@webtv.net"
Julie (Lucero) Spangler of Janesville WI, Manzanola Native

"To Vicki and family

I am so sorry for the loss of Justin you did such a beautiful job of raising Justin. Justin turned out to be an example and a true leader for the youth to look up to. Always remember the joy he brought you. It will ease your pain. I will miss him so much.
There will always be a emptiness in my heart.
I love you guys. Your sister Mari

Tino,
You have been in my family as long as I can remember, I am so sorry. I wish I could take the hurt from you. You have always been like a Tio to me. Please stay strong and remember the joy he brought to you. When I speak to Vicki I always ask for you. You raised a good man and a brave man. Be proud.
Love Mari."
Mari Kennedy of Vineland,NJ USA

"Riley and the Vasquez family,
We love you all so much! We will never forget Justin and all he has done for us-he was such a great friend. We are praying for all of you. "V" we love you and we miss you!
Love,
The Sherwoods
Remember Those Who Gave All"
SSG Robert and Julie Sherwood of Fort Knox, KY

"I never knew what pride was till by brother joined the US Army and flew through the ranks. He was exceptional at his job and was a true soldier. I will always love and miss him but he did his job here. Only the good die young. . . ."
Jennifer Vasquez - sister to SSG Justin L Vasquez of Manzanola, CO

"I am very proud of my son. I love him with all of my heart and will miss him greatly. We were best friends. I want to thank everyone for ALL of the support, prayers and kind words. It has been a great comfort - "it's priceless!"
I have received calls and letters from people that I have never met. This truly is wonderful and makes me happy that all americans support our troops. God bless our troops and bring them home safely."
Tino J. Vasquez of Manzanola, Co. USA

"I am proud to have known Justin. He gave his life, the ultimate sacrafice for our freedom. My prayers are with his family."
Kayla Slama of Lincoln, Nebraska

"May God Bless Justin's family. Justin has always be a caring young man who not only proved it in his home town but to his country. I am very proud to have known him and his family. Justin will never be forgotten. We will all saddly miss him."
Carol Paugh of Manzanola, Colorado USA

"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

"To The Vasquez Family,
Our Family, Our City, Our Country grieves with you. We are so saddened by your loss. Your Soldier is OUR HERO! We will never forget him or the others who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You and your Brave Soldier.."
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN 6/9/05

"TO THE VASEQUEZ FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. OUR HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH JUSTIN AND YOUR FAMILY. WE LOST OUR SON LAST YEAR. AN OUR TEARS ARE WITH YOU. AN WE ARE VERY THANKFUL TO ERIC. HE WAS ON A MISSION HIS CALLING IN LIFE. TO SERVE OUR GREAT COUNTRY. PROTECTING US AGAINST TERRORISM AND TO GIVE THOSE IN IRAQ HOPE! AN AMERICA HAS BEEN ALOT SAFER WITH JUSTIN SERVING OUR COUNTRY. SO THANKFUL OUR SON'S SERVED TOGETHER. NEITHER KNEW ONE AONTHER. YET, BOTH KNEW EACH OTHER HAD TO PROTECT ONE ANOTHER AND EACH OTHERS UNIT. JUSTIN IS A HERO! GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"6/8/05 Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to SSG Vasquez' family and friends. We understand your tremendous sadness, yet a great sense of pride. Justin is a true hero and will go down in history as a great man who made the ultimate sacrifice for this great nation. May God give you strength to endure this most horrific painful loss.
John 15:13 Greater love than this no one has, that one lay down his life for his friends."
Webster and Ruth Reed (father and stepmom of Jonathan Ray Reed who died in Baghdad on 1/28/05) of Krotz Springs, Louisiana

"Tino
Words cannot convey my thoughts about the sacrifice that Justin has made for our country. My family and I are very greatful that there are men in our country like Justin and his fellow brothers in arms. It has been a great pleasure and honor to know and watch Justin grow up and become the man he became. It has also been a great honor to know and call the man that raised a man of Justin's character my friend. My families thoughts and prayers are with you and Justin's family."
Charlie Nichols of Swink, CO

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

"Thank you Justin Vasquez, 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 Staff Sgt. Justin Vasquez:
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 Justin 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 Staff Sgt. Justin Vasquez:
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 Justin, 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