Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Capt. Joshua T. Byers

29, of Nevada.
Byers was killed in action when his convoy hit an explosive device east of Baghdad, Iraq. Byers was assigned to Fox Troop, 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on July 23, 2003.

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"Josh, I will always love and miss you!!! Your father-in-law, Jack M. Redfearn, Jr."
Jack M. Redfearn, Jr. of Hartselle, Alabama

"Byers Family,

23 July, 2003 marks the day two significant events occurred; the death of your son and the birth of my first grandchild. In the prime of his life he was taken. History will hopefully show his death was not in vain.

The tragedy of war can be summed up in the quote from the ancient philosopher Sophocles:

"War loves to seek its victims in the young."

With Deepest regards to Joshua and the Byers family,

BG Zachary Doser"
BG Zachary Doser of Reno, Nevada

"During Memorial Days in the past I have asked my kids to think about the day and read about someone who died in service to the country. Although I was in the Army for 20 years, I personally know few soldiers that lost their lives in the line of duty. I did know Josh and have asked them to Google him and learn about what a fine young man he was. While on the faculty at West Point, I had the pleasure of having Josh in my class. I remember a handsome man who was extremely polite. Always had nice things to say regardless of the circumstances of the day. I was able to attend a memorial service for him at Fort Carson shortly after his death. I heard someone mention to a Chaplain about what a great Christian service it had been. The Chaplain replied that when you are honoring someone that lived the Christian values such as Josh, then greatness just naturally comes out. God Bless Josh Byers and his family."
Bryan Thomas of Oak Hill, Virginia

"I came across a post for joshuasmission.us on 5/27/16. I was saddened to see this. Joshua was a classmate at UMR and we played basketball at the Ft. Leonard Wood Gym. What a great person he was! Although I only knew him briefly, he made me feel as if we had been friends for a lifetime. May he Rest In Peace. God Bless America!"
Joseph Dashiell, USACE, CPT (fmr) of Jacksonville, NC

"Cpt Byers was and still is an American Hero. I had the blessed opportunity to serve under him in Fox Troop. At the time I was a young E-5 but Cpt Byers always had time to speak to any soldier that he came across. As I have sat here and read the post below it has brought back a flood of memories. I hope that the Byers family has been able to move on and know what an impact he had on so many of us."
Adam O'Bryan of Fort Knox, KY

"I lost a brother in Vietnam and since then I mourn the loss of every soldier, sailor, marine, or coast guard we lose. May God give you some peace in knowing that there are others out here that mourn for Joshua and for your family's loss. Any member of the military that puts on the uniform of the USA and wears it honorably is a hero, and I am sure that Joshua was! All too often the families are forgotten in their loss, but as I sit here typing this, there are tears rolling down my cheeks as I ache in my heart for you. God Bless You !"
Sondra Nicholas of Morgantown, WV

"Tonight 12/15/13 watching the HGTV show about White House Christmas decorations, I saw your name on an ornament on the Gold Star tree honoring fallen troops and a tribute to military families on the East Landing. Thank you for your service to our country. To those who know and love you, who miss you so, my deepest condolences for your loss. Never forgotten, dear Joshua T Byers."
Pat of Roanoke, VA

"Capt. Byers,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Brave Rifles!"

"Josh, I'm thinking of you today, good buddy. Kimmy, you are in my prayers. Ten years go by and it doesn't begin to soften such a loss."
Curran Johnson of Frederick, MD

"Ten years ago today I received a phone call from my friend Kim. She had just received word that her husband, our friend, Josh had just been killed. While I knew Josh as a friend, at his memorial service I learned so much more about him as a soldier and a leader. I learned of the Godly impact he had on his fellow soldiers and those under his command. His legacy lives on in the challenge for all of us to live lives worthy of the calling we have received. My thoughts and prayers are with Kim and the Byers family as we mark this anniversary."
Laurie Landers of Colorado Springs, CO

"Dear entire Byers Family,
I just watched the documentary Last Letters Home on HBO. I am truly a changed man and cannot begin to understand or comprehend the pain you have and I'm sure will always feel. Please know that you are not alone, people, like me, that are complete strangers but fellow patriotic Americans will always have you in our prayers. I am not sure what this Awr is about and I'm not sure if I ever will however I support our troops and most all the men and woman that have given their loves for me.......for my family.....it's so selfish of me to think that my family is worth any life. but, I do thank you for your sons service and everything he stood for. I am a better man and father because of you and your sons story.
God bless,
Philip Bowen"
Philip Bowen of Villa Rica Georgia

"I didn't know you until you were already gone. He told me that he heard the explosion that took your life and it haunts him still. I wear a KIA bracelet with your name on it to this day, almost 10 years later. Rest in peace, knowing that you are never forgotten."
Dana of New Hampshire

"CPT Byers was the type of man that anyone who knew him soon found they had met a very rear breed. I served with CPT Byers in Ramamdi and still recall the day this man was taken from us. He was one of the best officers I have had the privilage to know and serve with, he was only with our troop for a very short time but he knew his men and knew them well. Within a short few weeks he could tell you the name and family of almost anyone of our soldiers and strived to make us all better at what we did. I miss you sir and have nothing but good memories of the man you are. I hope to see you one day whether it be at Fiddlers Green or beyound those gates. Until then Brave Rifles!"
SSG Galvin

"Today is my son's birthday, 7/26/11; it is these sleepless nights that I spend reading his Fallen Heroes Memorial. I do not just remember Brent, but other Heroes who I have come to love through your families. Josh, I met your Mom and Dad several years ago, and they are now part of my family. I have read your Dad's book, Keep Moving Forward. It is a fine tribute to you while inspiring others to live their best life. You and Brent have so many fine qualities in common; you both were respected officers who would always lead from the front. You are missed and will not be forgotten. We talk about you a lot, amidst tears and laughter. Your faith inspires me to be a better person. Your parents inspire me to be a better person."
Molly Morel of Martin TN

"I recently had the honor of hearing the story of Josh while listening to a Elevation Church podcast of his father Lloyd speaking one Sunday in June of 2006. Todays date is May 13 2011. I was both touched and inspired by this family. God does have a plan and many lives have been changed by Josh long after he was taken so tragically. May God Bless his family with peace as they miss him still. We will all meet in heaven some day all the ones we have lost.
The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them. (Numbers 6:24-27)"
Vicki Reinsvold of Mocksville, NC United States

"Jan 16,2011 just thinking about Josh and Kim. Know he will never be forgotton."
Pam Bittinger of Founain,Co

"Dear family of Captain Joshua T.Byers. Today, December 27th, 2010. I opened the magazine "Going Places" AAA, PAGE 4 "In memory". Lloyd Byers. The first that called my attention was this letter and I thought, it was a terrible pain for the family of this terrific man, to lose him. I believed he died loving his God, his country, and his mission. It could be my help if I tell you, if it wasn't for this letter I couldn't know about him. So he is still alive in our memories, saying maybe he is not physically among us, but there are other people who can still give you a warm hug and congratulate you for the honor of have being living with a man like Captain Joshua T. Byers.Thank you for"Keep moving forward"
With all my respect
Mapy Vega"
Mapy Vega of Largo, FL 33770 USA


I had the pleasure of serving with Josh and have a great picture of him and i at home from the Army Ball 2002. He had his nametag with a funny name instead of his own. It said CAP'N instead of Byers. But that was Josh 2002. We worked together on the CG staff of the 7th ID at Ft. Carson, Colorado. He was General Campbell's Aide, and i was the CG's Automation NCOIC. Josh was always a funnny face and even now as i look at the face i see nothing but a smile. he could always have a poositive attitude with a smiling face on.

This i know about Josh and his wife Kim.
They loved God he was always first in his heart
He loved his country and loved his men he served with
And Josh loved being in Command
He was born to lead, some people just have it, some don't, Josh had it and he was good at it too.

I remember the day we got the news from the CG. He said he was leaving, got his third star and he was moving on to Korea, he asked us all what we wanted to do. Josh said sir, i want to lead, i want to be a Commander down on the banana belt as they called it back then.

Josh always led from the front and nothing his men would ever see if he was not right out front saying this is how WE are going to get it done. The word I was not in his vocabulary, It was always about the team. He was a shining star and a rising officer with a great career cut way too short. I miss you Josh, God speed. I am on my 6th roatation and there is not a day that goes by that i dont think why i do what i do. I do it for Officers and comrades like Joshua who gave the ultimate sacrifice for my Freedom. This is the least i can do is to keep honoring them for what they gave up for me..

You will never be forgotten brother, about two years ago i was at the NTC getting ready for a deployment when they said the CG from Tradoc would be there to visit troops. It was Commanding General 4 star now Hondo Campbell, my old boss from ft. Carson. I had sat down and talked to him briefly to which he said Chief i am about gone now and my time is up in this Army. I want you to do me a favor and carry it with you. He said there is not a day that goes by that he does not think about Joshua, and he asked for me to carry that on with me. I said sir it would be a honor, he gave me coin and off he went. Josh, you will never know how many hearts you had touched along the way. By the way that coin sits today on the headstone and tribute to the Brave rifels at Ft, Hood, Texas. I left it lay there under Josh's name a few years ago on his anniversary.

Love you brother, Peace"
CW3 Peter Spellman of Honolulu, Hawaii currently serving in Operation Enduring Freedom in Kabul, Afghanistan

"Josh, I will never forget your memorial service and I still think of Kim. Thank you for all that you did, it was an honor to know you. We miss you!"
J. Hawkins of South Carolina

""To the family of Joshua T. Byers ,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church,Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015""

"We will never forget the way you touched our lives. We miss you"
Dignadice of Colorado

"Dear Capt. Joshua Byers,

In 2003, I had the sacred honor of escorting your body from Dover to your home where you now rest.

It was a solemn journey – one that I shall never forget.

Back then, I was saddened that I had not had the opportunity to know you in life.

It was only after deploying to Iraq a few weeks later and serving alongside many of the troopers you knew and led that I realized that I did in fact know you.

For the “Brave Rifles” of our beloved Army, Regiment, and Squadron showed me your very best amidst the very worst.

Nearly six years later, your face and spirit remain emblazoned in my mind.

Blessed be your family.

And, may your shining example continue to live on in the hearts of the many you so deeply touched.

Respectfully yours,"
Former Capt. Luis Carlos Montalván of Brooklyn, New York

"Joshua, You are a cousin i never met. All i know about you is what my cousin, your uncle Cecil has told me. From what i hear i would have been proud to know you and to have served with you."
SFC Phil Harris of Clinton, Iowa 52732

"About 5 years ago right now we left, talking of the events from the night before where Uday and Qusay were found in Mosul, wondering if it would help get us home faster. I think of you every day. You're my motivation to train these lieutenants as best as we can train them. I miss you a lot and look forward to seeing you again at Fiddler's Green."
CPT Ryan T. Kranc of Radcliff, KY

"May 11, 2008
To the family of Capt. Joshua T. Byers:
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

I just wanted to let and your family know that it was more than an honor to have served with you. I truly believe that you made me a better medic and all around person. I could never understand why the lord took you away from your loved ones. Now, I know that the lord takes his brightest angels to watch over us. I will never forget your grin. God bless."
Steve Riggs of Phoenix, Az

"Its not a day that goes by, that I don't reflect on that day. Sir, you are and will forever be missed."
Tekulve Thomas of Manassas, VA, USA

"I truely miss this great man."
Tim Buskell of Fort Carson

"I was In the Navy.Junior.R.O.T.C. with Josh Byers then I was a Freshman at Reed High School. He was a good officer and I am happy I know Him."
Josh Pearson of Winnemucca, NV U.S.A

"I had the privelege of serving with Josh at Ft. Stewart, he was my mentor and friend.
3+ years have gone by, and I still remember his laughter and spirit that kept us all going.
God Bless Josh and his family. He is not forgotten.

I often read this poem, written years ago after WW I, and think of Josh.
For those of you in the Ft. Stewart area, I placed Josh's picture on the wall among other heroes at Kevin Barry's pub in Savannah along with this poem.

For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain."
Chris Erickson of Topsfield, MA

"Although it's been three years, Josh's death still has an impact on our lives. We understand just a little more clearly the sacrifices that all our soldiers and their families make.

As friends, watching his wife Kim go through this loss was one of the hardest things we've ever faced. Josh was a wonderful person and we miss his laughter and the joy he brought to our lives, but we know that God has a reason for taking him home, even if we may never understand...

Dancing With the Angels
by Monk and Neagle

Memories surround me
But sadness has found me
I’d do anything for more time
Never before has someone meant more
And I can’t get you out of my mind
There is so much that I don’t understand
But I know

You’re dancing with the angels
Walking in new life
Dancing with the angels
Heaven fills your eyes
Now that you’re dancing with the angels

You had love for your family
Love for all people
Love for the Father, and Son
Your heart will be heard
In your unspoken words
Through generations to come
There is so much that I don’t understand
But I know

You’re dancing with the angels
Walking in new life
You’re dancing with the angels
Heaven fills your eyes
Now that you’re dancing

We’re only here for such a short time
I’m gonna stand up
Shout out
And sing Hallelujah
One day I’ll see you again

And we’ll be dancing with the angels
Walking in new life
Dancing with the angels
Heaven will fill our eyes
When we’re dancing with the angels
We’ll be dancing with the angels
Dancing with the angels
Dancing with the angels"
Larry & Laurie Landers of Colorado Springs, CO

"Mom’s apple pie, the fourth of July, and baseball; thanks for defending my freedoms Josh!"
American Citizens of USA

"I had the absolute honor of being Cpt. Byers first tank driver at Fort Stewart in Dco 3-69 armor,I never met a man so devoted to his faith and his wife Kim. When we went to Iraq for four months back in feb of 98, I spent day and night with Cpt.Byers and he taught me alot about the bible, and all kinds of stories about his west point days,I last contacted Cpt Byers by phone in 2000,a year after I was discharged.At the time of my discharge I was going through some very emotional times and his wisdom and sincere advice changed my life until the day that the good Lord calls my name.I did not find out about Josh until I contacted SFC Marvin Wethington by phone.I still have heartache about his passing. I myself have just recently been through a tragedy, my ex-wifes roomate murdered my 8mo. old daughter, anyway while trying to deal with the stress and pain during the funeral and burial..I remembered something that Cpt.Byers once told me...he said Chris...God does not give you more than you cant handle.And those words of wisdom is what has kept me sain.I also remember Cpt Byers always talking about Kim every night and every day that we were in Iraq or even on post at Fort Stewart.I want to thank Joshs parents for raising one of the best MEN Ive ever known...Thank You Chris Westhoff
AKA "Little Bobby""
Chris Westhoff of Bonne Terre Missouri

"Josh was a member of my family. My Grandmother was his Grandmothers sister. They were his Grandparents. We used to eat thanksgiving dinner at a small church, way out in the country in SC. I met Josh only a few times and the sad thing is, most of those were for funerals. We heard he passed and his funeral was going to be held at that little old Church. I was not able to attend. I just want to say to his entire family, God Bless. Thank you Josh."
Bishop young of Columbia, SC

"One of the best officers I served under, we will meet at Fiddlers Green, Brave Rifles!
Fox Troop 2/3 ACR. Miss you Sir!"
SSG Robinson

"Sir you lead from the front and I am honored to have served under you. You will never be forgotten."Fox Troop, Deuce/Tre CAV""
SSG Guerrero of Fort Knox, KY.

"I served under Captain Joshua Byers as his tank gunner during Operations in Falluja, Iraq and Ramadi Iraq. I have never been so honored to serve under a Commander like CPT Byers and will never forget him."
SGT Joshua Smith of Louisville, KY

"Josh, It's been almost two years now since we left FOB Mallard. I'm back in Iraq and we've just lost our first soldier. I miss you a lot and the mentorship you gave me. I've said it before and I'll say it again: If I'm half the commander that Josh Byers was, I'll be doing just fine. God bless you, Josh."
CPT Ryan T. Kranc, 3rd US Cavalry of Iraq

"Brave Rifles, to one of the best officers i will ever have the honor of serving with. We will never forget you."
Sgt John Adcock / john.adcock1@us.army.mil of CSC Scania, Iraq

"My friend and classmate. A man I aspire to reach in purity, honesty, and zeal for life. God has his plans for us all. I know the ending for me will be to catch up with you. - E"
CPT Eric M. Noe of Ft. Carson, CO

"I had the distinct pleasure of having Joshua T. Byers as my Cadet Commanding Officer/ Drill Team CO at Reed HS 1990/1991, my freshman year in High School. What an individual, he definitely made a difference in my life. Here I am a SSgt in the Marine Corps and about to attend Warrant Officer Flight Training for the Army, and I am still worried about making him proud. He is that type of individual, just did things right, no matter the place or time, just an awesome individual. I will always regret the fact that I never looked him up, or attempted to try and hunt him down. Even 14 years later I still do things like he is watching over me, ready to correct any of my bad habits. Because of his dedication, professionalism, and attention to detail, I am what I am today. As a 14 year old freshman, he taught me dedication, professionalism, and loyalty. I can never thank him enough for the gifts he gave to me my freshman year at Reed H.S.. My sophomore year I was re-zoned to Galena H.S. where I was made a Co Commander at the beginning of that year, due to my knowledge of Drill and how I presented myself. That year I also won the Individual Drill with Arms Trophy, due to hours of training and yes, even a little “individual motivation” from J.T. Byers. I will never forget his sense of humor, that ear to ear smile, Ray Ban sunglasses and cowboy hat, and even the way he could make a point without ever swearing. God Bless Josh, and yes, Heaven is a better place with him besides God. Every time I screw up now at work and home, I smile, because I know he is watching and shaking his head wondering how I made it this far. This old Marine will always remember his Army Dog friend, and never look down on him for “Going to the Dark Side”, heck I am going there too now, I am sure Josh is getting a good laugh, especially when I stand my first formation in an Army uniform. Damn, you got me again Boss Man! God Bless you Joshua Byers, and yes……when I catch up with you the first ride and drink is on me. I do miss you old friend, I am sorry I never kept up as a friend, please forgive me. I miss you.

Semper Fidelis
Staff Sergeant Che A. Rugemer"
Che A. Rugemer of Meridian, MS USA

"Myself along with some others from my church attended the funeral for Joshua Byers in Laurens, S.C. We chose to go to support the pastor of our church, Bro. Jack and his family. I never knew Josh, but had heard so much about him from the Redfearns, who spoke very highly of him. Bro. Jack is Josh's father-in-law, and he and his family loved him very much. I knew that Bro. Jack thought a lot of Josh because there were times that he would mention Josh in his sermons. Although I didn't know Josh, the funeral touched me in way and I felt as if I DID know him. He really is a hero and God Bless his family and friends. I know you are all very proud of him, and feel honored to have known him."
Jada Cook of Hartselle, Alabama, US

"May the Lord continue to bless you and yours.My son Col. Bryan Tracy Roberts ,US Army is presently in Iraq with the Calvary from Fort Hood Texas."
Mrs. Gwendolyn Roberts of Hampton, Va. USA23664

"Josh used to babysit me when I was younger and I'm told used to bribe me with Gummi Bears to pick up my stuff. I hung out at his house a lot when I was young and even though he was in High School he still put up with me and always with a smile. Him and his family left a lasting impression on me. I just hope my service in the military even has a sliver of impact that Josh's did. God Bless."
Wilson Barns of Tucson, AZ/San Diego, CA

"The best Commanding officer I ever served, Brave Rifles Sir."
Adam of Germantown,MD , US

"Josh was one of a kind, a man you would never forget once you met him. He never seemed to
be upset or be depressed . He was always smiling, with a joke or a kind word.He had a peacefulness about him that was contagious. We lived across the street from him, he and Kim
were a beautiful couple. He told us that he always wanted to be comander of a unit, this is what
he worked so hard for & trained for. He couldn't wait to start a family, but he wanted to serve his country first, so he would not have to leave them to go to war. He knew how hard the separation was for families.I remember one time when he was a generals aid, he had been gone for a few months, we had given our phone # to Kim as had other neighbors in case she needed anything.
That was just a simple thing, just being neighborly. He made a special point to come over & thank us. As he was leaving he said in a loud voice " Thats what America is all about, I love this country".
That is why Josh went to war, because he loved his country, his wife, his family , God , & his fellow americans.When you hear someone complaining about this country think of Josh & his sacrafice so we can live in this great country."
Buddy, Dee, Tiffany , Chris of Fountain, Colorado

"Like several others, I never met or knew Joshua Byers. However, he preceeded me in the Long Gray Line of which I am currently a member in the West Point class of 2007. There is an unspoken bond between all cadets and graduates, and even more so between those openly following Christ in all they do. I offer my prayers to the family and friends of Josh; Christ will provide all the strength you need through even the toughest of times. As a fan of the soon to be retired band Bleach, I will always remember Captain Byers and the prayers needed to sustain all my brothers and sisters in arms and their families whenever I listen to a Bleach song. He died
exemplifying Duty, Honor, Country. He will not be forgotten."
Jeremy Stratman, West Point Cadet '07 of Yorkville, IL

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"Almost one year later...May his memory and faith live forever and ALWAYS be a testimony to all!"
a military wife of Colorado Springs, CO

"I was travelling with Josh the morning he died. His example to his soldiers as Fox 6 was lasting - none of us will ever forget him. He was (and is) one of those people you meet whose impact is immediate, positive, and lasting. God Bless you, Fox 6."
CPT Ryan T. Kranc of Ft. Carson, CO

"I love you and I miss you."
Logan Goodhart of Fountain, Colorado

"God had given our family such a wonderful gift when Josh and Kim moved next door to us. We were blessed to see their true love, their strong belief in God and their everyday smiles. Josh was such an incredible man who brought much laughter and love to our family. One time he was spraying stain on his fence and much to our surprise the next day we looked at the side of our house and he sprayed that to. Such good laughts we share-so many. Our youngest son, Logan (12) truly adored Josh. They both loved G.I. Joes. Logan went and got his hair cut just like Josh's hair right before Josh left for the war. Logan's heart hurts for him. We can never express our everyday sorrow for losing "Our Solider". We truly believe that Josh is only a prayer a way and we talk to him often."
Cezar, Deb, Glenn, Brandon & Logan of Fountain, Colorado

"God had given our family such a wonderful gift when Josh and Kim moved next door to us. We were blessed to see their true love, their strong belief in God and their everyday smiles. Josh was such an incredible man who brought much laughter and love to our family. One time he was spraying stain on his fence and much to our surprise the next day we looked at the side of our house and he sprayed that to. Such good laughts we share-so many. Our youngest son, Logan (12) truly adored Josh. They both loved G.I. Joes. Logan went and got his hair cut just like Josh's hair right before Josh left for the war. Logan's heart hurts for him. We can never express our everyday sorrow for losing "Our Solider". We truly believe that Josh is only a prayer a way and we talk to him often."
Cezar, Deb, Glenn, Brandon & Logan of Fountain, Colorado

"God Bless Brother!"
Joe Beard West Point 96 of NY, NY

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 "

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

"I served with Josh at Ft. Stewart, GA in 3-69 Armor. Josh was a platoon leader while I was the company XO. I remember him as being a great leader and soldier. He was always happy to be there, he found a joy in being with soldiers every day. As I sit here writing this I remember our running jokes and other good times we had. Even though I haven't talked with him for years, I am very saddened by his death, and my heartfelt sympathies go to his wife and family."
Greg Spencer of Camp Spearhead, Kuwait

"Kim. I am sorry for everything you have went through with the loss of Josh. When Jesse first passed away being the first from Ft. Carson i sat there and thought why mine out of all the soldiers. Now as our list has grown longer I think why any of them. When you were talking to me about how much Jesses death affected Josh it really touched me. I am so glad we were able to meet. My boys think you are great. And I wanted to let you know my door is open for you . Anytime for any
thing. May we never forget our heroes and know that someday we will be with them again. Lots of love"
Melissa Dakota and Carson Givens of Fountain Colorado USA

"I served with CPT byers at Ft. Carson in HHT 2/3 ACR S-3 Shop. I remember him coming from the CG aid position. He was full of energy and awaiting to take command of a unit. I remember one day in the office he brought a recording of a voice coming from one of his speakers in his house. It was strange because the speakers were unplugged from the stereo. He was talking the speakers like some one was in them. That was the one of the best time in the old S-3 section. God bless and God Speed."
Andrew D. Steele of Stuttgart, Germany

"Thank you Joshua Byers, 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

"I had the distinct honor of serving with CPT Byers while he was assigned as the Asst. SGS and later CG's Aid for the 7th IN DIV. CPT Byers defined leadership. He was always willing to lend an ear to a subordinate and was genuinely concerned with any issues they may have had. While working at 7ID I met many officers, from 2LT to 4-star General, but none of them taught me as much about leadership or professionalism as Josh Byers. Due to my own deployment I did not here of his death until I returned home recently and was told by a mutual friend. My prayers go out to his family, friends, and all those who had the pleasure of knowing him. We have all suffered a great loss with the tragic death of CPT Josh Byers. I dream of the day when he and I can once again laugh and joke together in the Cavalryman’s Heaven known as Fiddler’s Green. Brave Rifles!"
SGT Jon Noell of Ft. Carson, CO

"My family and I want to give our condolences. Please know that you and your family are in our Prayers and God Bless"
Kristi Durheim of Fountain, CO/USA

"How do you express the sadness you feel for a fallen friend who you met only once in your life? Josh and I met at a Bennigans in Alexandria, VA when he was on vacation while a student at West Point. He was visiting friends of friends. I would imagine that we hung out for maybe three hours and we had a great time. I don't remember many of the jokes (although they were funny) or stories (equally as funny) we shared, but I remembered thinking that Josh was the kind of guy you could make a best friend out of. I think I cooresponded with him a few times after that, but mostly I would hear about his life through our friends, the Ushers. The day I found out that Josh had been killed, it almost seemed like I had lost a dear friend. You could see his love for God as he seemed to somehow wear it on his sleeve. This made him instantly likeable and a true joy to be around. I know there are many, many others who knew Josh better than I, but I too look forward to the day we will meet again in the presence of our Lord."
Dan Klanderman of Fairfax, VA

"i never knew josh, but i am really into his brothers band, bleach. i found out about his death when i was visiting their site. i thought the picctures and letters home were touching, and when you read something like that you realize how much you hate the war. his family will be in my prayers"
Jackson Compton of ElDorado, AR

"I never met or knew Josh Byers, but I read his letters home that were printed in the New York Times today, Veteran's Day 2003. Not often that the words of a complete stranger can move someone so deeply, but his did.

He writes: "I love being in command. It's so great to lead again. I love taking care of my men and accomplishing our missions together here. I am blessed."

There is a certain resonance, a clarity to his words that comes from being completely sure of what one is doing in life. And it is rare. God bless."
Dave of New York

"I went to High School with Josh and was very fortunate to have met him. His personality and positive attitude were so very contagious. I really don't know what more I can say other than he was a great person who made people around him better. Rest in peace, Joshua."
Dereck Drobot of Portland OR, USA

"I had the honor of knowing Josh in high school. We were in the JROTC program together. He was the one who inpired me to stay in the JROTC program and eventually join the military. The nation, the US Army, and all of us who knew him have taken a great loss. God bless you Josh and thank you for a you have done. I know I will see you again friend."
Jeremy Espil, Sgt US Army of Reno NV

"My husband and I had the privilege of meeting Josh and his family 14 and a half years ago when moved in down the street from them. We started going to the church his father was a minister of and became fast and close friends of the Byers. Josh babysat my four small children several times and I remember him bribing the older ones with gummi bears to pick up their toys. I knew then he would become a great man of God and succeed in anything he did.
My two older children Wilson and Katie are now in the Navy and they both know that Josh died doing what he loved and only hope that they can follow his example doing their best serving their God and their country."
Joy Barns of Tucson, AZ

"My husband and I had the privilege of mentoring Josh during our three years as instructors at West Point. He always made the room light up when he entered, and he could always make us laugh. He was an inspiration to us because of his dedication to Jesus Christ. Because he put his faith in Christ, we know he's now in heaven with Him, and we look forward to seeing him again one day.
Thank you Josh, for your service to God and our country, and for making the world a brighter place. We love you, and we miss you so very much."
Brent and Morgan Cornstubble of Leavenworth, Kansas

"Dear Friends,

I picked up an old Army Times today (7 AUG 2003) and was saddened to learn of the death of a fellow West Pointer, soldier, officer, and commander. I hoped that I would never see the day when I would recognize the name of a friend or acquaintance on a "list."

I am a member of the Class of 1995. Josh was a member of the Class of 1996 in my recollection. That was a while back and a lot has happened since; however, I remember that Josh Byers was as "straight as a string." His personal appearance was impeccable, his demeanor pleasant, and he was fun to be around. I recall we had many conversations together and we had some common ground. As I recall, he was a Southerner. He was among a group of "yearlings" when I knew him that included other friends like Rick Hinshaw and John Kiriazis (sorry about the sp Crazy), etc. We had a lot of fun together in activities such as roasting the new plebes and participating in other activities that are unique to the USMA experience. Josh and I sat at the same table at one point in time. One day he took an empty milk carton and crushed it by hitting it with his fist. The resulting "pop" echoed throught the 4000+ capacity mess hall. Tens, if not hundreds, craned their necks to see who the culprit was. Josh and I turned this into a science. We did it so much and so often that it aroused the ire of many and we were forced to abandon the project after a few weeks. I know it sounds ridiculous, but what else is there to do when not engaged in academics at West Point? We had fun with it.

When I was a commander at Ft. Knox, one of my soldiers died while on leave on December 25, 2002. Three months later on March 10, 2003, my first sergeant, Rafael Coppin, died from complications related to a recent surgery. Life and many other things were put into perspective for me. I won't bore you with my own dilemmas and fears, but I wondered about what really happens when......well, you know what I am talking about.

When I saw Josh's picture this morning I remembered something that is VERY interesting and this is the "God's honest truth." After looking at his picture and seeing the date on which he died, I recalled thinking about Josh and the milk cartons about a week before, which would have been sometime in the latter part of July. Since I left West Point in 1995, I probably have not thought conciously about Josh Byers along with other friends and people who I knew there. Nothing bad you know but, "out of sight, out of mind." I don't know what brought him to mind a week ago. I hope Josh came back to tell me something......."
Captain Stephen J. Kent of Hattiesburg, MS USA

"I had the awesome privilege of being a father-in-law to Joshua Byers! He was a great soldier and husband to our daughter Kim (Redfearn) Byers. Josh is the kind of guy that you admire, love, and miss very much when he is gone. Josh was a true servant of Jesus Christ and of his fellow man. He loved God with all his heart and he loved Kim, and the rest of his family. Time nor space permits me to tell of the blessings that Josh brought into our lives. We will miss his smiling face, his intense love of country, and his complete devotion to Kim. Josh --- we miss you very much! Thanks for loving Kim and us!"
Jack & Lisa Redfearn of Hartselle, Alabama

"Josh Byers.
I had the privilege of meeting Josh Byers while we both attending West Point together as cadets. He loved the Lord Jesus Christ, and he loved his family and friends. He was an inspiration to me, and to those who knew him. One special characteristic that I remember about Josh is that he always knew where he was and where he was going.

I recall when we were in cadet field training, an officer questioned Josh while he was leading a patrol of fellow cadets. The officer asked Josh “Are you lost cadet?” and he replied “No sir – I’ve got my pace count and azimuth.”

While navigating by foot, pace count and azimuth are two critical measurements. Pace count is the measure of your footsteps – it tells you have far you have come, and how far you have to go.

Azimuth refers to a compass direction. Without the right direction, you have no way of knowing which way to go.

In his relationship with God, Josh kept his pace count and azimuth straight. Josh measured his footsteps by the Word of God, and he kept his eyes fixed on Jesus Christ for his direction. I witnessed Josh’s marvelous faith in his life as a cadet, as a soldier, and as a family man.

I met Josh Byers in September 1992 and he instantly became my best friend at West Point. I was drawn to him because of his love for Jesus Christ. I spent much time with Josh, studying academics, lifting weights, exercising, studying the Bible, and praying. Josh continually prayed for me, encouraged me, and challenged me. Josh subordinated his goals to serve others. He volunteered his time to special Olympics and community events at West Point. He also served as a lay leader in the Baptist Church. In his cadet ring, Josh had an inscription that reads “To Lead is to Serve.” He followed Jesus Christ’s example of servant leadership, and he sought to glorify God in all of his efforts. Josh was known for his upright character; his classmates selected him to serve as the Executive Officer of the Cadet Honor committee, a very high distinction at West Point. Serving as a leader of the honor code was natural for him, because the fruit of the Holy Spirit was so evident in his life. Our last week together at West Point, Josh & I attended a promise keepers conference in Washington, DC. At that conference Josh shared his faith and led a man to Christ. In our West Point yearbook, under Josh’s picture there is a reference to the Scripture, Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

As a soldier, Josh was head and shoulders above his peers. He loved his soldiers, and cared for them deeply. He sought every opportunity to make himself the best possible leader for his men. Josh was an Airborne Ranger, and he embodied the Ranger Creed in his actions. Part of the Ranger Creed says “Never shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong, and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be, 100% and then some.” Indeed Josh was strong for his fellow soldiers. There are several accounts from soldiers in the 3rd ACR that Josh Byers saved their lives. In his correspondence, Josh often quoted Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Josh wrote to me in a letter
“I have grown so much closer to the Lord through this experience than I could have ever imagined before actually being in the combat zone. God’s presence is so real, His protection so complete. I rely on Him completely everyday and just do my best to perform every task to the best of the ability that He has given me. I also pray for daily wisdom and strength as I lead these incredible soldiers through these times. I have to be strong for them, no matter what – my relationship with Christ is what allows me to do that, day in and day out.”
Josh led by example and set a high standard for others to follow. He risked his life multiple times to protect the lives of his fellow soldiers and the lives of Iraqi civilians.

Family man.
Josh’s faith was also illustrated in his family relationships. He frequently mentioned his parents and brothers to me at West Point, and asked me to pray for them often. I will never forget December 19th, 1998, when Josh married his very best friend, Kim. It was a beautiful day, to witness the wedding to two such wonderful people. Every time I heard from Josh after his wedding, he made mention of Kim and what a blessing she was to him. In a letter I received from him this past March, he wrote “Thank you so much for your thoughts, prayers, and concerns for Kim as well. I think she has it harder than me in so many ways. At least I know what’s going on here and can do everything in my power to control the danger and understand the risks. She has to sit at home and just wonder – not knowing exactly what I’m doing or when I’m doing it. I pray for her constantly and thank God that he has blessed me with such a wonderful wife. She is not only my wife, but my best friend – I am truly blessed.”

Remember his example.
Throughout his life, Josh Byers kept his pace count and azimuth. He always measured his steps by the Word of God, and he kept his direction by fixing his eyes on Jesus Christ. Because Josh trusted in Jesus Christ for his salvation, we are confident that he is now in God’s presence in heaven. I do not know why God chose to take Josh so soon; I will miss him every day for the rest of my life.
I look forward to the day when we will be reunited together in heaven through the saving grace of Jesus. Until that day, I will seek to remember Josh and honor his memory by living as he lived – measuring my footsteps by the Word of God, and keeping my eyes fixed on Jesus Christ, our great hope and salvation."
Abe Usher of Centreville, Virginia

"I never met Josh but his father-in-law is my pastor and I have heard many wonderful things about this man. I pray for Kim, Capt. Byers' family and my pastor and his family. Thank you Josh."
Jake Jackson of Cullman, Al.

"Although I do not know Josh ( I know Jared & Milam )...I know that he was a true hero and that he will be greatly missed. To his wife and family-you are in my prayers. And also to his parents-you all did a wonderful job raising your sons! Not only bringing them up in faith but with so much love. I am so sorry for your loss!"
Tara Breeding of Wincheser,KY

"To the family and friends of Capt. Joshua Byers:
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 Capt. Joshua Byers:
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