Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Joshua I. Bunch

23, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Bunch died in Baghdad, Iraq, when individuals using small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades attacked his vehicle. He was assigned to the 91st Engineer Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on August 6, 2004.

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"Thinking about our Fallen Brothers from 91 EN so I thought I'd stop by and drop each of you a line to let you know that I still think about you...Continue to watch over us Sapper Brother"
Tonja Hill of Killeen, TX

"Josh was my friend. It was only four short years and I miss him an awful lot. I know he loved his mother and sister very much. He talked about them often. We had some very good times together. See ya in heaven buddy."
Nathen Nigro of Buckeye. AZ

"Never forgotten, always missed."

"Joshua Bunch, My Brother in Arms, I remember the day you arrived into Iraq for I was on my way out to go on R&R Leave. Upon my return I saw that you were fitting in with your fellow Brothers in your company. I never got the opportunity to sit and talk with you because of our schedules. That day, when I was informed of some casualties that we had taken and once I received the names my HEART dropped, You hadn't been in the Country no more than a month and you were already gone. On EVERY Holiday that Honors the Military and days in between I NEVER FORGET YOU and the rest of the BROTHERS that lost their lives on that rotation. 91st Engineers is where I truly grew up. As a Female Leader in a Combat Engineer Unit I was able to see and be a part of the other side of the spectrum. For that I am so eternally grateful. I SALUTE YOU Joshua I. Bunch. RIP Brother!!!!"
1SG Hill, T of Killeen, TX

"Joshua Bunch, Thinking of you this Memorial Day. I hope your family is doing well."
Weyrauch of Gainesville, FL

"To the family of:Joshua I.Bunch
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"3-28-11"

"I served with Bunch in 562 Engineers at Fort Wainwright AK. He was a good soldier and even better person. It pains me to find out it has been over 6 years. I thank Joshua Bunch for being a good friend to me and thank his family for their role in helping him be such a good person. He is one of the few people outside of my platoon that I still think about. Rest in Peace buddy."
Ken (Rock) Weyrauch of Gainesville, FL/USA

"I knew Joshua as Pvt. Bunch in Ft. Wainwright, Alaska; we shared the same barracks. It was really hard to hear that he had fallen in combat.
Seeing as it is the 9 year anniversary of September 11 tomorrow, I'm reminded of him. My thoughts will be with Spc. Bunch and his family."
Hokeness of Minnesota

"I think of him every day, he was an amazing guy and thankful for the time I spent with him."
Nina of US

"Josh man I miss you..
All the fun we had growing up together at peps point and petal roller dome those days are gone but you will always be in my heart. Wish you were.."
Rusty Howze of hattiesburg Ms

"May 11, 2008
To the family of Spc. Joshua I. Bunch:
Joshua 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

"Josh, just took a picture of your Memorial in Hattiesburg. I was activated to serve with your Divison (1st CAV) from the Arkansas NG 39 BCT. I am returning over there this month and will take the photo with me as a reminder of your selfless service. Those that we have lost are never forgotten and we honor you with our efforts."
MSG J. Ford of Little Rock, AR

"Just stopped by to let anyone who still visits this page know that Josh is still in the hearts and minds of all of us here at Ft. Wainwright that knew him. We love you Josh and you are sorely missed!!"
Kari Pollack 562 Engr Co FRG Leader of Ft Wainwright, AK

"I am the sister-in-law of Joshua's half-brother. Though they were never all that close. The hurt is the same. We are proud to know that he did a hero. The loss through not as hard on us as for those closest to him. We wanted to say that we are proud of him and I really am sadden that I will never know such a wonderful person as you all know him to be."
Ally of fordbrat87@gmail.com

They took you from us to soon my friend, I miss you brother and Ill see you soon enough in heaven."
Devin Gates of St Louis, Mo


The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.""
Sgt. Ross of Mississippi

"Merry Christmas From Heaven

I still hear the songs
I still see the lights
I still feel your love
on cold wintery nights

I still share your hopes
and all of your cares
I'll even remind you
to please say your prayers

I just want to tell you
you still make me proud
You stand head and shoulders
above all the crowd

Keep trying each moment
to stay in His grace
I came here before you
to help set your place

You don't have to be
perfect all of the time
He forgives you the slip
If you continue the climb

To my family and friends
please be thankful today
I'm still close beside you
In a new special way

I love you all dearly
now don't shed a tear
Cause I'm spending my
Christmas with Jesus this year"
Vangi & McKaLyne Lunsford, wife & daughter of the Late Sgt. Audrey Daron Lunsford of Batesville, MS

"I was a great friend of Josh. We were neighbors growing up on the same street. I graduated with his sister. We had great times go-kart riding together as well as best friends in school. When he moved away I lost contact. I found out from my parents that he had died in Iraq, I was shattered. I give my deepest Sympathy to his family. I will miss Josh.

Jonathan Fontaine of Raceland , La USA

"I was a journalist with 1st cav in Baghdad when Joshua was killed. I loved Josh he used to tell me about his family his mom, sister and he was so proud of his work. I watched as he sat in the TOC bored working on the radio then so excited when he got to go out as a gunner. It was a really bad day in Iraq and I think he was one of the sweetest kindest guys I had ever met. I just wish he was still here.
Sherrlyn borkgren of sbjorkgren@yahoo.com

"To the family of Joshua Bunch,
I met Josh at Ft Wainwright, Ak car sale lot. He bought his 1997 Red Jeep Wrangler from me. I never knew him prior to that but I could tell he was a good soldier and a great guy. It saddens me to hear that he is gone. There's not enough words to be expressed except Thank You from me and my family and God Bless you and your family!"
SSG Jerry Strobel of Ft Irwin, Ca USA

"I was a good friend of Josh's. I knew him from North Forrest HS and the times we worked at Pep's Point together during the summer. I just found out today as I too just returned from Iraq. He was a good friend and we had some good times together. I can't say how sorry I am to his family, I have lost a lot of good friends over the 8 months we spent in Iraq to include Josh. May be Rest In Piece."
Michael Holifield/Cpl USMC of Hattiesburg, Mississippi

"I met Josh during his stay in Alaska. We only went out on one date but I will always remember him. He was a true gentlemen, courteous and kind. He was also fun, adventuresome and full of life. After 8 months I still can't believe he's gone. My prayers go out to his friends and family. I'm so sorry for your loss. Josh, you are my hero and I will miss you always."
Corrine Eagle, corrineindixie@juno.com of Fairbanks, AK

"I was in the same company as Josh in Alaska, I remember him as PFC Bunch, but I can see he got promoted. Its hard to see that he is gone, I remember giving him and his platoon classes on how to operate the radio. He is the first person that I knew in the Army that I know for sure didnt make it back. His image will always be in my mind, as it could have been me in his place."
matt, (formerly SPC JANAK, 562 Eng. Co.) of Houston, TX

"I am not a US citizen but I do know I need to thank brave people like you Joshua. To the parents of Joshua, as much as you are saddened by this, please know we just wish to thank you and your son."
Dino Sukendro of Jakarta, Indonesia

"I offer my deepest condolances to the family of a hero, who gave his life so that others may live in freedom. Rest in the arms of the Lord."
US ARMY SPC Raymond E. Bunch of Scottsville, VA

"hi this is westley's sister wendy and i meet josh only once and i could tell wes and him were very good friends and i could not belive that he even died but i know that he will always be in wes's heart and mine."
Wendy of Conore,Tx/U.S.A.

"This message is to the family of Spc. Bunch, he was a dependable friend and a faithful soldier. Stay strong he's waiting on the other side."
vince arnold of North pole, Alaska

"To the family of Spc. Bunch:

My name is Rafe Price and I am pleased to say that I had the pleasure of serving with your son while in Ft. Wainwright, Ak. My biggest condoences go out to you. Im very sorry for your loss, Josh was a very good guy."
Spc. Rafe Price of Forks, Washington

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family/friends: May time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. Look to the sky for in the infinite meadows of Heaven the bright shining stars bloom....the forget-me-nots of angels. God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

"You are in my prayers. We made a contribution today to his fund. He did not die in vain, he is a true hero. God Bless you. My husband is currently serving in Iraq, God bless you."
lisa Garrison of gulfport Ms

"My deepest sympathy. His sacrafice will never be forgotten."
Connie Walker-Girlfriend of fallen hero Sgt. Craig S Frank (7/17/04) of Michigan

"A piece of my heart goes with him, he will never be forgotten and always loved.
SPC Caputa, Nina"
Nina Caputa of CO

"To the family and friends of Joshua I. Bunch:
As a Mother of a US service member, I extend my deep feelings of grief for your loss. I can only imagine...... May the Lord bless your hearts with a comfort and peace that only He can give. This reminder is all I have to give.
Kimberly Cleveland
Proud Military Mom"
Kimberly Cleveland - Motherofanother of Mendon, Michigan

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


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

"Our Heart Felt Loving Memory to All of Joshua's Family. May his Family be held in the Loving arms of their family and friends and most of all in the good memories of Joshua they have and the Lord. God Bless All...The Men and Women who still serve with Joshua because he is still with them in Memory...AMEN."
Alan & Fran of Cranston,Rhode Island

"For the family of Joshua my heart goes out to you. You are in our prayers and thoughts. Know that Joshua was a true hero that walks with God now."
David Smith of Petal, Ms

"My family sends their heart felt condolences; and prayers to the family and friends of Joshua. May the Lord our God; give you the comfort, and strength you will need. Joshua was not only a gift, and treasure to those that knew him; he was God's gift to all of us!
Our hearts and prayers are with his family and friends."
Karen of Maryland, USA

"Our sincere condolences and love go out to the family and friends of Joshua. May the memories of your brave, courageous son, brother, uncle, friend comfort you now at this terrible time. Because of Joshua's Ultimate sacrifice, we are all free and our children and grandchildren have a chance to live in a world where we can love and live whomever and wherever we want. JOSHUA YOU ARE AND ALWAYS WILL BE A TRUE AMERICAN HERO!!!! We Thank You from the bottom of our hearts. May God Bless You Always and surround your family and friends with an army of angels to guide them. Rest In Peace, Joshua."
Heidi and Monica Narr of Pittsburgh, PA/USA

"My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Joshua I. Bunch. My heart aches for you, and you will remain in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that the deep hurt you feel can be in some part be eased by the feeling of great pride for Joshua’s valor and deep sense of patriotism. He will always be remembered as an American hero.

Joshua, you have made the ultimate sacrifice and did so willingly and without hesitation. Thank you so very much for defending my freedom. It means so much to me, to the people of NYC and to the entire nation. Thank you for your bravery and sacrifice in the service of the country that I love so very much.

John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Most Sincerely,
Pat Shoukry"
Pat Shoukry of New York, N.Y. USA

"To the family of Joshua:
We express our deepest sympathy to you in your time of pain and sorrow. Our prayers are with you. Joshua will always be remembered as a true American Hero."
The Crochet Family of of Chauvin, Louisiana

"On behalf of the family of SPC Shawn Davies, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Joshua. He will never be forgotten."
Toni Peters of Cleveland, OH

"""To the family and friends of Joshua ~
Our deepest condolences go out to all
in your time of sadness.

Joshua will forever remain in your hearts. His spirit lives on.

God bless Joshua ~ A true
American Hero"""
The Alloway ~ Redrow Family of Pine HIll, NJ

"To Joshua'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.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The "Big Ern's" Mom) of San Antonio, TX

"To the family of Joshua Bunch;

Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Our family has also lost a precious life in this battle for freedom. Joshua is a true American hero and will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to his country. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you during this difficult time."
The McClain family---azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"To Joshua's Family:
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

"Thank you Joshua Bunch, 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. Joshua Bunch:
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 Joshua 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. Joshua Bunch:
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 Joshua, 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