Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Jose M. Velez

35, of Bronx, New York.
Velez died in Kirkuk, Iraq, of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was assigned to the Army Reserve's 773rd Transportation Company, Fort Totten, New York. Died on June 9, 2006.

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"I have just seen this website for the first time . I want to thank everyone who left messages on my brother page . It brought tears to my eyes .I want to thank you all for putting your life to service our country . I want each and everyone of you to stay safe and god bless you all ."
Ana Pantoja - Velez of Florence SC

"2 days before he was killed we were on fob warrior he got us coffe and food frommidnight chow and iwas his friend he told me he had dream he got killed I hit in the faced don't say that * I don't know what to do after all thease years I still see him like it was yesterday"
spc torresmills of punta sANTIAGO puerto rico

"never will forgetyou buddy on this memorial day I honor you"
spctorresmills eddie of humacao puerto rico

"To the family of:Jose M. Velez
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""

"REMEMBERING SEEING YOU COME IN AND RIGHT BACK OUT ON YOUR MISSIONS LIKE IF WAS YESTERDAY, ALWAYS SMILING AND DRINKING YOUR CUP OF JOE, ALWAYS A SOLDIER AND A PROUD ONE,YOUR LOVE FOR THIS NATION WAS INMENSE.YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN,"
MSG QUILES of GARFIELD NJ

"I remember that we took pictures together the morning before you left us in FOB Warrior. We were in the hangar frame staging to go back to our Home away from Home, FOB Q-West.
We were so happy, just doing our job. Just another day. It breaks my heart that we lost you that night.
Rest in peace Java Joe, and have mercy on us who stayed behind."
SSG Jose Galarza of 773 TC, Brooklyn, New York

"You will not be forgotten. May you rest in peace. You and your family will always be in my prayers."
Sgt Velasquez of Brooklyn NY

"June 9, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Jose M. Velez:
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

"i stll remember the night before in kirkuk we were talking about what we were gonna do when we got back home i still have nightmares about it but ill never forget you you will always be part of my life spc torres mills eddie"
eddie of connecticut

"Thank you Jose Velez."
M Sainsbury of Canada

"I want to take a moment to give my condolences to the family of this AMERICAN HERO, I trained at the same time as this man at atterbury, i met him there ate lunch with him, and in kuwait for our two weeks of training i would meet up with him for burgers at burger king, and we would talk and just hang out, he became a friend of mine in the short time we were together and he will be forever missed........

remember a SOLDIER is not dead until he is forgotten............ Stand down Soldier MissiON Complete.........."
Spc McGlaughlin...... of Redlands, Ca.

"To the family and friends,
I would like to extend my deepest sympathies. Losing a loved on is the hardest thing in life. I am writing to not only express my sorrow for you but to let you know about a memorial I am working on. I am creating a quilt to honor the fallen soldiers from the New York City Area. Each soldier will have a panel created. I am inviting the friends and families to get involved. If you are interested or would like some more information please contact me at nycfallensoldiers@yahoo.com"
Esther Kabalkin of Staten Island, NY

"Jose,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike C. of El Paso, Texas

"Rest in peace brother. Hail the Victorious dead."
SPC Mercado of Q-West Iraq

"We are saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I want to thank you Sgt. Jose M Velez, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. Spc. James S. Medina and family want to express our deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends our prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and a former member of the 773rd Transportation Company and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. Even though I can not be there, God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American and member of the US Army Reserves,""
Spc. James S. Medina of Bayamon, Puerto Rico

"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.
Our nations HERO, Jose will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!
"

"Thank you Jose Velez, 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. Jose Velez:
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 Sgt. Jose Velez:
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