Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Cpl. Juan C. Cabralbanuelos

25, of Emporia, Kansas.
Cabralbanuelos died when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device during convoy operations in Kirkuk, Iraq. He was assigned to Company A, 4th Forward Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Division (Mech), Fort Hood, Texas. Died on January 31, 2004.

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I am sorry I took so long to leave something for you. It took 2 yrs to stop crying about you and Mier. Another few years before I could leave something for Mier. Now, that's it's still a few years later, I cried looking up your names. You were one of the best men I have met, I can't even imagine how much good you could of done in your lifetime. I can't help but feel that I abandoned my post and maybe I could of prevented this if I was just able to do my job. You and Mier are a constant reminder that war is hell and the sacrifice for this country is so great. Til Valhalla"
Spc. Micheleine 'G' Guerrier of Ft. Hood, TX

I would just like to say thank you to you and the other two Soldiers 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."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"it's been years now, but seems like yesterday..."
MSG Steudtel (Ret) of Farmington Hills, MI

"I would like to know if the Cabralbanuelos family has heard of the charity called Snowball Express. If you haven't I would like them to email me at bobmarasco@aol.com. Unfortunately I am too familiar with that fateful day."
Bob Marasco, Lt Col USAF, Ret of Tampa, Fl/USA

"I remember San Antonio for cinco de Mayo. We all went down there with little money. Cabral bought the history of his family name from one of the vendors. We got back to Ft Hood and I remember him saying " I went to San Antonio with $200 and all I have to show for it is this piece of paper" he was a cool guy, I think about him a lot and always visit the memorial when im on Ft Hood. God Bless you and yours Juan."
Terence Gabriel of Williamsburg Virginia

"Hi it has been awhile but just would like to say Cabral was a hero because we where boys. He had courage, strength and respect for use all. I will always miss you brother."
Eric. King of Upland California, USA

"To Anita and Kids,
During this Holiday season I wanted you all to know that the memory of Juan lives on in our hearts and minds. I love ya girl and I am so thankful for you and the boys being apart of our lives. Juan will forever be with us all. Love ya"

"Five years.... another sleepless night after the dreams."
MSG Steudtel (Ret) of Farmington Hills, MI

"SFC LeCompte, thank for helping close that loop... one of many unanswered questions of that day. My sincere apologies to you as well for not bringing them home."
MSG Steudtel (Ret) of Farmington Hills, MI

"Its been along time coming, I am sending this to you and your family at a time i remember HIM the best. If there was a prank to be played he would be invovled but never directly. He was part of my section that I took over and a major part of the section. It is hard not remember the little things without Him always coming up. Firt to work and the last to leave for the night. At time very shy but mostly the first person to be ready for anything that came up. My story in 1-22In, Aco 4SB will never be complete for I am the one the agreed to send you out on that day in Jan. For that I am so sorry for the lost that was dealt to you and your family. It is hard knowing that the true family in the milatary was the ones that deployed with him and I was just an outsider looking in at times. My pain will never be calmed until that day I see him again probally on patrol or be a Hot rod mechanic for the one above. "DEEDS NOT WORD"
Forever in my thoughts.""
SFC(r) Billy LeCompte of Killeen,Texas

"May 11, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Juan C. Cabralbanuelos:
Juan 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

"Anita and Kids. Thinking of you I know the 31st was hard. We will forever be connected. Know that we love you and miss you guys. I am praying you through."
Amanda Mier of Hopkinsville, Ky

"Dear Family of Juan Cabralbanuelos:

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The artists of Grateful Hearts"
J.Gragg of lee's summit,mo

"Cabral its me bro it hurt that day i found out that you Meir and Magoo passed.From that day forward my life has not been the same.Reason being is that I lost my best friend in the hole world.There is not a day that goes by that I dont think about you bro.I have the picture of you guys in the my house.You have done alot for your country and some.SSG Williams proud of you to.your friend King."


I want to thank you for your bravery, everyone who was close to you or those those of us at least knew you, know that you were a good and brave man and a loving father and husband you will be missed."
Georgie Briseno of Wichita, KS

"Dear Carlos
I jut what to tell how much I love u and miss u . I no we never really told each other ,but now that u r go in heaven ,I no that u r watch over our family . And we really need it at this moment . And I no how brave u where and never scared of anything. I WILL NEVER FORGET. I love you alway and forever."
Rocio Cabral of witchita, ks

"To the grestest friend i've ever had,

It's been just over two years since we laid u to rest. I want to sit here and write a novel about u bought i've allready deleted about 2 paragraphs. Sometimes u just can't get the words out right.... Everybody who truly knew u knows what i'm talking about right now. U were my only true friend i've ever had. I will miss u deeply. Marisol and gabby say hi and they love u, I regret u never getting to meet my son. Anita, U know we love u even if we don't always write. Tell the boys Tio Brian loves them. Tony & Veronica.....wussup wit vegas suckas?"
Brian & Marisol Kelly of Oceanside, CA

It's hard to believe it's been almost 2 yrs since you left this world. I will never forget all the good times we shared in seminar class at good ol' Emporia High. You always made me laugh and gave me good advice. Rest In Peace and God Bless your family. You will forever be a hero to all."
Brandi Torres of Overland Park, KS

Victor Perez and familia of Ogden,Utah,USA

"My hero. Thank you from me and my family."
Brian S of W.Jordan, Utah

"To my loving husband Juan,
I want you to know that there isnt a second of every day that you arent on my mind. I cant express how much I miss you and how I wish I could have you here by my side again. Me and the boys have had to make it without you and it seems like every day it gets harder and harder but I know your in Heaven looking down on us and taking care of us. I want you to know Im VERY PROUD to be your wife and I thank you for all the wonerful things we accomplished together especially our children! Im very proud of you and one day we will see eachother again in GODS kingdom. I miss you very much and I love you with all my heart and soul!
We love and miss you VERY MUCH!
Always and Forever
Your wife and kids"
Anita,Fabian and Manuel Cabral of Harker Heights,TX

"Dear Juan,
I just wanted to let you know that you have not been forgotten. That with your wife and two children they remember every day the sacrifice you, my husband, and pfc holly mcgeuough made. I want you to know that i my self feel the pain that your wife and family has gone through but we are troopers.there is not a day that goes by without the mention of your name on our lips. Thank you for being such a devoted friend to me and abi. to your wife you know we will forever remain inseperable. I love you and the boys very much godbless"
Amanda Mier of Harker Heights, Tx Usa

"I don't know you Juan Cabralbanuelos but I am from Emporia,Kansas. I would like to give your family and friends who knew you well my condolences. You are a brave soldier and I thank you for my Freedom! You are a hero in my eyes! God bless!"
Danielle Litteral of Emporia, Kansas/US

"Carlos you are as brave as they come and I want you to know that we all miss you very much and also know that you made a big impact on all those people that you brought close to you your cousin and friend."
Jorge Rivera of Los Angeles, CA.

"You are a hero to me and I honor your life and your death. My condolences to your family and my prayers for them as they struggle for meaning and try to face every day without you."
Pete Daniels of Independence, KS

"my prayers are with u and your family."
j.bocanegra of mcallen texas

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

"To the Cabral family, Your soldier is a friend that will never die. He was always there to help out anyone who asked. I served in Aco 4FSB with Juan and had the pleasure to work with a wonderful, good hearted person. He will not be forgotten. My prayors to his family."
Kevin L. Smith of Buffalo, Texas

"i lost a family friend with you that day...juan i would like to thank you for watching out for her while you were together in iraq and now together in heaven "GOD BLESS YOU JUAN.C.CABRALBANUELOS" & "GOD BLESS OUR BRAVE LITTLE SOLDIER""
vikki hood of taylor ,mi

"My name is sergio and your father Angel Cabral is my uncle through my Aunt Flor. we probably never met but thanks for fighting for our freedoms and we will never forget you. "Descansa en pas.""
sergio vazquez of ogden, UT

"We share your loss. Our beloved Ernesto Blanco was killed in Fallujah on December 28th by an IED. Words cannot express our condolences, but we will keep Juan and all of our fallen heroes in our prayers."
Joan Maymi of Sandy, Utah

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

"REST IN PEACE BRAVE WARRIOR...have always been my words from day one that I posted to this wonderful site....May you rest in beautiful heaven....""
The Taylors USMC of NC

"Rest in peace brave soldier!"
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Juan Cabralbanuelos, 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 Cpl. Juan Cabralbanuelos:
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 Juan 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 Cpl. Juan Cabralbanuelos:
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 Juan, 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