Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Joseph A. Blanco

25, of Bloomington, California.
Blanco died of injuries sustained in Taji, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Bradley Fighting Vehicle and subsequently came under small arms fire during combat operations. He was assigned to the 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on April 11, 2006.

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"I JOse Moreno Loaiza miss J.O.E till now and i think i cant ever forget my BEST Friend my bro my side kick my heart. When u have somebody that did do everything together party, drink, and just have fun. I miss him so much> everyday i think about him i really do. Joe was my Best friend ever till now i think he looking over me and my son Jiovanni Isael> theres times that i feel my best friend is around me and i think my son sees him around us. Joe will always be a part of me and i think hes a part of my son. i hope he is my sons grading angel i feel it. Chris i think of u too and your famliy always. I miss u guys so much. I feel alot of love but yet i cant show u guys that. am so far way right now but my heart is with Joe and his family> los amo mucho siempre son parte de me y mi corazon"
Jose MOreno Loaiza

"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

Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Just sending my thoughts along to the family of Joseph Blanco. We were friends back in ele. school, probably around '85. I moved away in '89. To jog memory, I was the redheaded kid a few doors down on Locust St.
God bless my friend!"
Justin of Henderson, NV

"April 23, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Joseph A. Blanco:
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

"To: Joseph A. Blanco
God Bless You, and your Family."
Jaime Ocegueda of Beaumont, CA.

"Joseph Blanco will be remembered in my prayers. We thank him for his bravery in service to our country. I received his name through our church today. Words cannot express my deepest sympathy for his family and the depth of my gratitude for his sacrifice."
Isabelle Yanni of Williamsport, PA

I would like to say thank you to you and the other two soldiers from your unit(7/10th Cav) who were also killed in that attack for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Ready And Forward"(10th Cav Motto)"

"Joe we all miss you so much and every time the family gets together itís evident that things are not the same with out you. I know that you are watching from above and smiling when you see all the funny things Derek and Delila do. Derek is 4 now and he is always asking questions about his (Tio Joe) I just smile at him because I know I have many stories to tell him as he gets older. You will always shine in my heart as well as in the familyís heart too. You did all of us proud and you are a prime example of the greatest sacrifice a human being could ever give. I love you Bro and I canít wait till we can join each other one day again.
Love always, Perry Davis, Candy Blanco, Derek Davis, Delila Davis."
Perry Davis of Bloomington,Ca 92316

"Sgt Blanco,
I will miss you always and i will never forget you ever you your the best friend anybody could ask for i will always remember you rondo."
Sgt Berta of Taji Iraq

"Joseph you will always be Remembered for all that you have done. You were a great friend. God Bless you and your family."
BHS Classmates of 2001 of Bloomington, CA / USA

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

"Thank you Joseph Blanco, 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. Joseph Blanco:
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 Sgt. Joseph Blanco:
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