Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Javier A. Villanueva

25, of Temple, Texas.
Villanueva died in Al Asad, Iraq, of injuries sustained in Hit, Iraq, on November 23, 2005 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his dismounted patrol during combat operations. He was assigned to the Army's 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Irwin, California. Died on November 24, 2005.

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"Doc, today marks the tenth year that this world was made a lesser place because of your absence from it. I think of you every day brother and even now as i write this tears roll freely down my face. Im not ashamed of them for i know they are for a great man. Rest easy brother"
Adam Edmister of Birdsboro, PA

"Felicia
I just heard about Vals death.Its been 9 years since I last saw Val. We went to AIT together in San Antonio,TX. I remember meeting you when you visited. We joked with him about how such an ugly silly guy could get such a beautiful woman. Val was a great guy. I am so sorry for the loss of him. I hope you are doing well."
SSG William probst of Ft Polk, LA.

"I first want to thank everyone who has left a message here. I never knew this link was on the page. 7 years almost 8 years later and the pain is even more greater today than yesterday. Our daughter is something so special. I never imagined my life to end up how it has but one of the things you loved about me has kept me going. God has given me the STRENGTH to keep my head up and raise our daughter. So many memories so many stories to tell. We always have those moments when she has a question about you and it's so hard to explain without crying I've tried to avoid it. I'm thankful for Sal. He is truly the best. He always speaks of you and always looks out for Taliyah best interest. He's a great battle buddy. Great Brother!!! Well if anyone wants to catch up or just check on us... felicia.villanueva@yahoo.com"
Felicia Villanueva of Fort Wainwright, Alaska

"I cant stand thinken about you bein gone cuzin I remember when I was little and we lived in bellmead and you was in town for a little bit you came to my moms and yall partied and had fun and I will never forget what you told me you said if I dont be good then when you come back you were gonna set me right but it didn't happen like we planned it but i no your not happy with my decisions in life but i know every time i look at your picture its like you aint gone cuz your still here with us and I know one thing I love you cuzin and i didnt cry at ur mamorial because i respected what took place in your life but after that its hard for me to think your gone but your my hero cuz one more thing i should of freastyled wit yall like you wanted me to but ill get my chance 1 day...(SPC) JAVI... BIG CUZIN ALWAYS MISSED"
Alec Marquez of Waco Texas (USA)

"Theres not a day that go by I dont think of you.Every hoilday, Veterans day, Memorial day,Birthdays and just because.I wonder what it would be like if you were home, how it would be without this pain of you gone still after all these years,but thats just me being selfish.I Think that everyone that met you knew that they were meeting someone great and God knew he was making someone great.And on this Memorial Day 2012 I want to say Thank You for the sacrifice you made with your life and also to your brothers and sisters that served with you THANK YOU."
Your cousin Jessika Horton-Palacios of Waco,Tx

""V"
In just a few days it will be 5 years since you left this earth. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about you and miss you. I will always remember that smile you alwys had. That little smirk that said that you knew something that was great and someday we would be let in on the secret. It has been a long time and I am still waiting on that secret. We went threw so much together. I will never forget the last time i saw you. We got to pin your Combat Medic Badge on you. We were all so proud that we all earned it. I will also never forget playing basketball with you every week. Every Thanksgiving I remember what happened. There is a lot i don't remember, but i will never forget that night. You were and always will be my brother. I will always tell my kids about you and what you did for there and my freedom. God I miss you.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13"
Steven Johnston 2/11 ACR of Andrews, Texas

"Javi,

I can't believe your gone. It still hurts to think about it. Remember we use to walk to the bus stop every morning and race back home in the afternoon. Those were the days. And remember how we use to pick on your brother. No one really knew how close we were. But, I still think about you and wish you were here. Love you always"
Tarsha Graves of Waco, Tx

"I know these are but mear words, but Javier was my cousin..i remember seeing him when he came back from basic trainig, he sat in the kitchen while me and my family grilled him about how it was during that; the whole time i jus sat there in adoration and thinking to myself I wish to be like my cousin. So when i learned of his passing I was heart broken as to why something like this would happen to a family memeber of mine. I found out on thanksgiving day and from then on i dedicated what i was about to do for him. I joined the United States Air Force. I know its not the United States Army, but no one in the family would let me join anything else. His brother who we call "lil David" didnt like the fact that I joined, but i knew my intentions were good. And to this day I say I love you Javier Villanueva...you were my favorite cousin and i look up to you every day i put on my uniform. Ill meet up with you again one day at the gates of Heaven , but until then i ask you watch over as i do work. R.I.P. Cousin"
A1C Joe Villanueva of Barksdale AFB

"I know these are but mear words, but Javier was my cousin..i remember seeing him when he came back from basic trainig, he sat in the kitchen while me and my family grilled him about how it was during that; the whole time i jus sat there in adoration and thinking to myself I wish to be like my cousin. So when i learned of his passing I was heart broken as to why something like this would happen to a family memeber of mine. I found out on thanksgiving day and from then on i dedicated what i was about to do for him. I joined the United States Air Force. I know its not the United States Army, but no one in the family would let me join anything else. His brother who we call "lil David" didnt like the fact that I joined, but i knew my intentions were good. And to this day I say I love you Javier Villanueva...you were my favorite cousin and i look up to you every day i put on my uniform. Ill meet up with you again one day at the gates of Heaven , but until then i ask you watch over as i do work. R.I.P. Cousin"
A1C Joe Villanueva of Barksdale AFB

"I cant believe that 3 years have passed since i learned of what happend to a man i called a "buddy" I can remember getting to Fort Irwin with him and him joking about me being a Military Police..lol.. What a cool guy Javi is. I remember him trying to set a flying roach on fire that tried to attack him one day we were barbequeing. I also remember him telling everyone how bad he wanted a child, then he was blessed with a daughter. For so long i have wanted to touch out and tell his family that im praying for them and any others that have been affected by his loss. When i found out what happend to "V" i was in a airport on the way to Cuba. I cried, and its hard to write this now, EVERY single memory i have of him he had a smile on his face, EVERY memory. IM still praying for you and yours man,i think of you so often."
SPC BRYANT of Daugu, Korea

"Javier,

I still remember the day I got the news. I was in College Station, TX and didn't want to believe. I have many great memories of you. We were best friends for years. Remember Mr. Slater from science class in 8th grade? I do. I also recall that no matter how hard I tried, you would always score a couple points higher than me on his exams. I could safely say that you and I were his class favorites. We lost touch as we grew older but time can't take away the great memories. Since I left A&M I myself have joined the military. I'll see you again before we know it."
PFC Adler, Jeremy of Smith Barracks, Germany

"TO Doc V's Family,

He is and always will be a hero to all of us that were with him in IRAQ. He made everyday a brighter day with his great attitude and funny ways. My heart breaks everytime I see my pics of him and I wish I could take some of your pain of losing such a great man. May god look after your entire family and may Javier rest in peace."
SFC Beck, Scott K. of Seoul, Korea

"November 23, 2008
To the family of Spc. Javier A. Villanueva:
Javier 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

"My family and I are here in Jerusalem on Veteran's Day. We have a bracelet bearing Javier's name. He will always be remembered for his sacrifice and we mourn the loss of a fellow Texan. He is among a long line of fallen warriors who paid the ultimate cost for his country.

We have read all your messages and hope God eases you through your pain. He is in a better place and it will be a great day of rejoicing when we are all together.

Major Brent N. Elrod and family."
Elrod Family of Jerusalem, Israel

"To the mother of Javier,

I last saw you at church and it would always break my heart because next to you would be your younger son which looks so much like Javier. The grief is still so present and scarred. I am sorry for your loss. I am very bad with words so I just turned and walked away swiftly. I am enroute to Iraq myself at this time. I will leave in 2 weeks to Kuwait. The one thing I remember of him was his constant joking around in the schools hallways at LVHS. I know for a fact that he will watch over me in the battlefield the same way he picked me up when I fell on the track at school. Just remember that only time and god will comfort your loss. Trust me, the last thing a soldier would want to hurt with our loss is their loved ones. To us the ones making the biggest sacrifice is our families. Hope to see you around at Saint Francis, Waco, TX. if god blesses me with a safe return home in one year. Take care until we all come back home."
SPC Tovar, Maria Rosa of Fort Stewart, Georgia, USA

"Javi,
Damn brother, It's been 21 months since you left. Till this day It still kills me to know your gone. I will never forget the times we shared living in bldg. 264 playing X-Box, and watching you chat online with Felicia with my new web cam. You were the best and cleanest roommate one can ever ask for. Things just haven't been the same. I feel like I cant find myself anymore, but its because of you guys up there that keep me going. People ask me how do I do it, theres no point in explaining it to them. They wouldn't understand. I will never forget our trip to Vegas with Void and the boys. Hahahaa that was one night I think we will always remember.
Taliah is getting big bro and that little girl is smart as can be. She looks a lot like you, and she even makes the faces you use to make. Felicia is doing fine. She is one of the strongest women I have ever known.
I know your up there looking down on us, till the day we meet again V. Tell the rest of my brothers up there I miss them with every part of me.
SGT. Checo, Steven
CPT. Blanco, Ernesto
SGT. Smith, John
SSG. Walker, Jeffrey
We will all meet again someday. When that day comes, we all will show heaven what it's like to have a good time. You will forever be in my heart wild man. I just wish I knew how to make this pain go away!
I Love You Javi!



SGT. Hernandez, Salvador
H.I.M
doc1504@military.com"
of Ft. Irwin, CA 92310

"To the family of:Javier A. Villanueva 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"

"Javi... every time I think of you my mind goes back to all the times we got detention in 6th grade for talking and laughing during English class. You had such a gift for making your friends laugh! It is so hard to imagine that you won't be at our 10 year reunion next year and that we won't ever get to see your beautiful smile again. I am so blessed to have been your friend for so many years through school and I want to thank you for your service to our country. I will keep your family in my prayers, especially your daughter. The world is lessened without you in it...."
Larissia Daniel of Waco, Texas/USA

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

""Doc V" I dont even know words or where to start but all I know that Thanksgiving will never be the same for me. Your wife and daughter are missing you and I continue to pray that they will stay strong. I have never met someone that I connected with so fast and easily. I will never forget our latenight trip to vegas. I love you lil brother and I really miss you. I love you V RIP"
SPC VOID, JOHN of New Britain, CT

"I don't really know what to say. I really miss you man. You were the man that inspires me every breath that I take. To Doc V.'s family this was the bravest man I ever knew. I fought with him in Kalsu and Al-Hit. I really wish to speak with you in the future. I recieved wounds in Kalsu by an IED blast your son took great care of me. May God bless you everyday.

SGT. Blake K. Leitch
3843 Vera Cruz Apt A
Fort Irwin, CA 92310

760-386-0706"
Blake Leitch of Fort Irwin, Ca

"To the Villanueva Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Javier is a true American Hero who will always be honored and remembered. May God Bless you all and God Bless you Javier."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"Your son was like a brother to my son. They served in the same unit and went to Medic school. He misses his brother in arms. He thinks of him daily. Your loss is felt by us too. May the Lords Blessing be upon your family now and all the days you will miss this special man."
Thomas Delgado Sr of Littleton, Colorado

"If tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not here to see,
if the sun should rise to find your eyes are filled with tears for me;
I hope you will not cry the way you might that day,
just thinking of the many things we didn't get to say.
I know how much you love me and you know that I love you,
and each time that you'd think of me, please know I'd miss you too;

If tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand,
that an angel came and called my name, and took me by the hand.
The angel said my place was ready, in heaven far above,
and that I'd have to leave behind all those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye
for all my life, I'd always thought, that I would never die.
I have so much to live for, so much left yet to do,
it seems almost impossible, that I'd be leaving you.

I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad,
the thought of all the love we shared, and all the fun we had.
But then I walked through heaven's gates, and felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me, from His great golden throne,
He said, "This is eternity, and all I've promised you,
today your life on earth is past, but here life starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last,
and since each day's the same, there's no longing for the past.
You have been so faithful, so trusting and so true.
though there were times you did some things you knew you shouldn't do.
But you have been forgiven and now at last you're free.
So won't you come and take my hand and live in peace with me?"

So if tomorrow starts without me, don't think we're far apart,
for every time you think of me, I'll be there in your heart.
Author David M. Romano

Gone but not forgotten.
Thank you for sharing your loved one with us,
and for the sacrifice made by you and your family on our behalf.
Proud mom of Lcpl Alex. Currently serving in Iraq"
Patricia of Bishop, CA

"Javier,
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.

"Blackhorse-Allons(Let's Go)
11TH ACR Motto"

"To the Villanueva family from the Wahl family. Deeply sadden by the news of javier. He is a great AMERICAN and HERO! Javier thank you for serving along side our son. Sadly, you are together now! Still some comfort not to be alone! You have not died in vain! I have shed many many tears. Today those tears are for you Javier. Like losting another son. I realize the heartache. Healing is a slow process, take it one day at a time. Javier is someone's someone and someone to the Wahl family. Hopefully he is someone to every American! After all he unselfished gave his life for us. So we live in PEACE to enjoy our liberities and freedoms. My heart and prays are with Javier and his very loving family. Father of fallen "Dragon Soldier" US Army Sgt gregory L. Wahl KIA Balad, Iraq 05-03-04 To the Villanueva family reach out to your community and political leaders today. Request a street be named in javier honour. It is the very least his community can do for JAVIER! God Bless!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM, NY

"To Javier'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 as we mourn the loss of yet another of Texas' sons. Our boys are truly heroes!

By His Grace,

Gloria Caldas
Proud Mother of Fallen Hero
Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas
"The Big Ern", 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
San Antonio, Texas
gloria.caldas@sbcglobal.net"

"I am truly sorry for your loss and the loss of yet another Texan. May God give you comfort and strength to face the days ahead.

Michele Carter
Sister of CPL Gary Walters
KIA in Baghdad, 24 Apr 05"

"Thank you Javier Villanueva, 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. Javier Villanueva:
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 Javier 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. Javier Villanueva:
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 Javier, 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