Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army 1st Lt. Joseph D. deMoors

36, of Jefferson, Alabama.
deMoors died near Tal Afar, Iraq, when his UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed. He was assigned to 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on January 7, 2006.

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"To the family of:Joseph D. deMoors
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""

"LT. It should've never took me this long to place my thoughts of you and I apologize ..I remember you would always talk to me on how I presented myself as man you preached education and family at all times .. Your smile was real and in my eyes you were a great leader I never heard you curse or speak foul about anybody when my wife was pregnant you and your wife took me to the grocery store in your Honda and you guys were so loving towards us . I just wanted those whom are close to you that ya left an impression of me in this life I'm in school and i got out of the Army and I tend to my family just like ya asked of me . I remember the last time that I saw you and ya told me to stay positive and I've been trying for the most . The last time I saw ya wife she was at the PX in 05 or 06 and you could see she deeply missed you and there was nothing I could do or say but sorry b/c my wife was suppose to be on that flight that night but instead you and some other officers took the flight instead and I truly feel in my heart that you saved her life and I thank you for the impression you left upon me and family .. I love you battle 3rd Acr forever your an true hero in my eyes and your teachings are blessings to me . God bless you and your family"
Royzell Cooper Jr. of Colorado Springs Co.

"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 E. Steiner of Worthington, OH

"January 4, 2009
To the family of 1st Lt. Joseph D. deMoors:
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

"I only knew Joseph for a short time as we attended Officer Candidate School together at Ft. Benning. As a member of the same Platoon, we became friends and quickly realized that we were of the same faith. Joseph had a strong love for his family and Heavenly Father. There were only four Latter-Day Saints in our Company and Joseph made sure that when we couldn't make it to services that we'd break out the crackers from an MRE and have our own little sacrament meeting in a storage room. What a great example. Learning of his death was a sad day as I know his wife and children were the most important thing in his life. Though he may not be with us on earth anymore, I know he is smiling down upon those he knew and loved."
CPT Steve Hershfeldt of Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan

"Today is the 2nd year anniversary of your passing.

Us, here on this earth are still very much thinking about you David and feel your presence.

We love you and make this day a very special one. A dedication will be aired in your honor today on the air, at Chip Fm.

May god protect the beautiful family you left behind, Vendella, Moroni, Chastity and Demetrius.

Your Eternal sister and friend
Chantale Legault of Thorne, Quebec, Canada

"I remember when LT deMoors joined my platoon out in Iraq. It was at first kind of a suprise to find someone from a line unit who had intelligence experience and then to have that person thrown into the Regimental ACE during a combat deployment.
Lt deMoors had great experiences to share with us though and could offer a different aspect to the situation, as he had been in similar sitations just prior to coming to us. This aspect was of great assistance to us and enabled us to provide better products for the warfighters.
As with any unit, we all would tease him about his little bottle of Canadian Maple Syrup, and how he needed to have it with him every morning at breakfast. I still run into folks who knew the Lt, even though I am no longer in the unit or on Carson.
My thoughts are with his family this Veteran's Day, as I am sure I am not the only one who has taken time to remember our fallen friend."
A Cav Trooper

"I'm very sorry to learn about Joseph David Demoor's death. He and I were Mormon Missionaries together in Raleigh, N.C. many years ago and I have a lot of great memories of him. We spent a lot of time working together for our church and he even taught me some French words and phrases. It's a terrible tragedy that this has happened to him and to all of the other soldiers we've lost.

The last time I saw Joseph was around 1995 at the University of Utah. We were each crossing a street on campus when we ran into each other. We stopped and talked for a few minutes and reminiced about our missionary days. I'm very sorry that I won't see him again in this life. He was a good friend. May God be with him and his family.

Sincerely, Scott Schneiter Ridgecrest, CA"
Scott Schneiter of Ridgecrest, CA USA

"Lt. deMoors,
Sir, I would like to say thank you to you and the other soldiers who were on that Blackhawk with you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Brave Rifles!"(3rd ACR Motto)"

"8 months later so many of us are still grieving. You and your family are so loved...you just don't know. I miss attending church with your wife and the hugs and all the silliness we shared. Your children are so beautiful and I know that Allen misses Moroni terribly. He felt so terribly that he too was in Iraq, when Father in Heaven called you home, and that he wasn't able to be there to be of comfort to him. The knowlege that Families *ARE* Forever is what gets us through times like these. I know Heavenly Father has a greater calling for you now and that you are watching over your family at all times. God Be With You 'Til We Meet Again."
Cheryl and Allen Gosse of Fort Carson, CO.

"You will always be remembered. You were such a wonderful person, generous, loving, full of beautiful qualities."
Chantal Legault of Campbell's Bay, Quebec, Canada

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 deMoors, 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 1st Lt. Joseph deMoors:
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 1st Lt. Joseph deMoors:
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