Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Ervin Dervishi

21, of Fort Worth, Texas.
Dervishi died in Baji, Iraq, during a combat patrol when a rocket-propelled grenade hit the Bradley Fighting Vehicle in which he was traveling. He was evacuated to the 28th Combat Support Hospital where he later died. Dervishi was assigned the Company B, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on January 24, 2004.

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"I'm still mourning your loss after all these years. I am silently suffering cannot get you off my mind. Your braveness and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Im the soldier that inprocessed you when you were medivac to the combat support hospital. I can't get over what I witness the doctors worked long and hard. I knew you were gone when his head was hung and fist tightly close. I was dazed didn't know what to make of it you were so young life really just beginning. It's been rough! It seems like yesterday that this happened. I've been coping with the loss but never forgetting it. I pray God heals me I shall see you in heaven someday. You were brave it's been rough for me here on earth just trying to deal with your loss as well as many others that came thru on my shift. My thoughts and prayers will continue to go out to your parents. Rest in love"
L. Santos of San Antonio, Texas

"It's Memorial Day 2015, over a decade has passed and we shall not forget! I never met Ervin, but feel like he has been a part of my family for over a decade now. I joined the Army in 2001 and we share a similar background and past, so his passing was a bit personal to me. I will always remember you my brother in arms!
- Respekt per familjen e heroit, do ta kujtojme gjithmone!"
1LT Dautaj of CT

"We want to take the time and thank everyone who has written on this page about our son Ervin. Thank you for remembering. Thank you for the warm words, thank you for the healing words, for the prayers, for the tears, thank you for remembering. We know that as long as he is remembered he will always be among us. Sincerely, The Dervishi Family"
Shpresa Dervishi of Fort Worth, TX

"Here we are, Ervin, 11 years later. It hurts just as much today as it did that night at Camp Lancer. Rest in peace, brother. Regulars, By God!"
McGrath of Nevada

"Each Saturday a local running group meets to remember those who have died for our country. We form a circle of remembrance, and today we said Ervin's name aloud and ran to honor him. I am grateful for his service and sacrifice for our country. He is remembered!
With great care,"
Cindy of DuPont, WA/USA

"To the family of:Ervin Dervishi
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""

"Ervin pavaresisht fatkeqesise qe te ndodhi ti do mbetesh gjithmone ne mendjet dhe zemrat tona. Gjithe Tirona Re te pershendet kudo qe te jesh. zoti te bekofte"
endri bimi of TIRANA


"Four years later and it seems like yesterday my dear friend.Yes he did talk about buying a new car when he made it back from the war,the car was going to be a chrysler crossfire Ervin always had a smile I'm so hurt by all the friends I lost to this war,he will always be in my memories I will tell my kids of his heroic service to all of the world not just america.I was his bradley mechanic and he would always give a helping hand to anyone in need.I have to say Ervin was one of a few great people and he should never be forgitten,ever.I want ervin's family to know that myself and Ervin's maintenance team wept with the pain of knowing we lost a dear friend,He always had a smile on his face always and I know this because I served with him daily.I've lost many friends to this war and it's hard to relive the memories knowing I will never see them again,but I will always speak of their great deeds,until we meet again my friend your family should know your were a man amongst men and your legacy will live through me.My name is Michael Hattaway and I just wanted to speak of my friend,a true HERO ERVIN DERVISHI may you rest in peace."
Michael hattaway of Killeen TX USA

"God bless you Ervin and your family. We are all proud of you. You came from a beautiful country and you died fighting for a beautiful country. Rest in peace Ervin. Even though I did not know you, it would have been an honor if I did.

God bless Ervin, his family, Albania and the USA."
Besar of Shkoder, Albania

"June 2, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Ervin Dervishi:
Ervin 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

"myself and ervin were very close friends. we first meet when he came to the unit, we ten deployed were we came even closer as friends. he enjoied playing spades, and dominoes. he was always up beat no matter what. he always had a positive outlook. if i was feeling down i cold always go to him and he would make me laugh. even thought it has been so long since we have lost him....i still think about him every day. he is my friend, and always will be. i was with him that horrible night. i love you lkike a brother and miss you so very much."
fields of ft benning, ga, United States

gresa of gresa

gresa berisha of gresa

"Vinni, It's utterly amazing that I even ended up joining the United States Army. I signed up to be a Combat Medic, ensuring that I would be helping bring sons and daughters back from the war alive. Alas I found out I would be stationed at Fort Hood. It's amazing how things work out. Unfortunately I couldn't complete my training. The Army diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia. I miss you every day. You will always be remembered. Mark my words Vinni if I ever have a son your name will be honored. I love you and always have. I will see you again someday. Until then please keep watch over the ones still here. You are truly missed."
PV2 DeSerio, Brittany K. of Midlothian, TX/ Enid, OK/ FT Sam Houston, TX

"You participated in the war against terrorism and paid the precious life for freedom, Rest in peace hero, in peace. May Allah Bless your sole."
SGT Hossaini of Germany

"Vinni I miss being your neighbor, schoolmate, and friend. You made me feel like a part of the family and you will always be in my heart and thoughts. I will never forget you. I love you Vinni. Rest in peace hun."
PV2 Brittany DeSerio, Combat Medic Student of Ft Sam Houston, TX


Ngushllime familjes Dervishi."
Ylli of Paris, France

"Vinnie was one of the first people I came to know when i joined up with B-Co. I meet him during the push thru Iraq, when we were pulling guard, talking about how he was getting ready to buy a new car! He was always happy, and fun to be around. The whole company felt the sting of his loss. Miss ya buddy!"
Tony Holt of Fort Worth, Texas

"ngushlime per djalin. May your family be in the hearts and minds of all of us. Even though I did not know him, I have a brother in the service and am Albanian and his service will always be admired and respected. Ervin, May you rest in peace and be among those whom you love."
Fitim of Detroit, Michigan

"We will always remember you, and the smile that you always had on your face. You will never be forgotten"
SSG Curtis Zachary of Columbia, South Carolina

"ngushllime familjes Dervishi."
Arlindi of Drenica - Kosova

"Ngushellime familjes Dervishi, ju rritet dhe edukuat me sakrifica nje djale shume te mire si Ervini. Ai ra si hero dhe ne shqiptaret kudo ne bote jemi krenar per TE. Lutjet e mia shkojne sot per Ervinin dhe gjithe djemte shqiptare qe ka rene dhe luftojne sot ne Irak. Zoti e bekofte familjen tuaj! Pershendetje te perzemerta!"
Arber Shtembari of student, France

"A true hero never dies,but he always fly,
especially knowing that country that you came from .Rest in peace Ervin and let the god smile on you.All my best wishes to Ervin's family and all albanian where ever they are.A true eagle"
Antonio of London,England

"Vinnie had fun on our r&r in Qatar,you will never be forgotten.My heart goes out to the Dervishi family,he was truely a hero."
SSG Carlos Padilla of Vista,CA

"To the soldier that made my heart smile. To the soldier that flew on my Blackhawk. To the soldier that will always be an inspiration and a significant loss to me. To the soldier that gave his life for my freedom. To this soldier...thank you. To this soldier.. I will never forget you.""
The flight medic that tried to do more of Colorado Springs, CO



of ametdervishi@yahoo.com

"Zoti te bekofte Ervin
Ti do te mbetesh gjithmone ne kujtesen time si nje nga shoket e femirise me te mire.Une jam krenar qe kisha nje shok si ty."
Ervini Teftes te kati 2 of Tirane ALBANIA

"Ervin died a hero what else csn I say? He lived the American dream, and died so others didn't need to. He isa true hero.
-Spc. Huffaker"
Keith Huffaker of Austin, TX

"I first met him on guard duty in Kuwait, awaiting the push over the border, he was in my platoon. He said his plans for the future were indeed being with law enforcement. His best friend was Pvt. Flannagan, and those two could not be seperated, that is until Dervishi was moved to later in the year to HQ Plt. (which is a testament to his quality). The last time I spoke to Dervishi he was bubbling with enthuthiasm about what we were doing and he was a definite asset to our Company of Infantrymen. He was not a hardended individual, but rather a jolly young man ready to take on any challenge laid before him. He was shot in the back by cowards using less than honarable techniques, and he will be dearly missed by a former platoon mate. He will be forever missed."
Kurt Wagner of Sacramento CA

"Rest In Peace"
Riza Hoxhaj of Sweden

"Rest In Peace my Albanian brother
may Allah bless you with goodness"
Adnan of Kosova


"It is a great Honor to know that Ervin Dervishi died with pride and respect like a true Albanian he was. I know he is in a better place without wars and hate, he is in heaven! As Albanians we suffer his lost more. All we can say to his family is to be strong, and that he joint the army by his choice. He is a HERO in U.S.A and he is a HERO in his birthland Albania.
Ngushellime te perzemerta, zoti qofte me ju per t'ju a lehtesuar sado pak kete dhimbje. Te gjithe Shqiptaret ju mbajne ne zemrat dhe lutjet e tyre. Ervinin e mbajme me vete kudo dhe e permendim sa here na jepet rasti per ta kujtuar. Krenaria qe i ka lene familjes se tij duhet t'i bej te ec perpara. Me dashuri dhe respekt, Familja Tufina."
Tufina Family of Tirana, Albania

"I had the honor to go to basic training with Dervishi. We were bunk neighbors so we got to know one another very well. We had a deal where I would shine his boots every night if he would make my bunk every morning. I too served in Iraq, with the 101st Airborne Division. I often wondered about him but did not find out about Dervishi until the following summer after we returned from Iraq (Summer '04). I was very saddened and still am. I am out of the Army now but I still wear a KIA bracelet in honor of my friend. My condolences to his family. He always loved talking about you and had some good stories about him and his brothers. He will always be a hero."
SPC Michael Geier of Charleston, IL

Sure we have lost a good soldier but we got a big hero like YOU.We are proud of YOU
Peace Brother"
Xhevdet Basha Lazarati of Milwaukee Wisconsin

"I knew Ervin somewhat well. We were in the same basic training platoon at Ft. Benning, GA. For the 4 months that I lived and trained with Ervin, I learned much about him and how hard is life was up to that point. Dervishi worked his hardest to be the best soldier he could be. I was hoping that one day I might have been able to meet up with Ervin again and trade war stories, but that will never be."
Spc. Bramlett, Damian of San Ramon, CA

I would like to let the family of Pfc Ervin Dervishi know that I wear a Hero bracelet every day. I ordered one from www.herobracelets.org and the random bracelet I received bears the following information: Pfc Ervin Dervishi, Fort Worth, TX - Army - 1/24/04. I wear this bracelet proudly everyday to honor him. I went on the web to learn what I could about him and when people ask me about my bracelet, I share with them what I know about this brave young man who made the ultimate sacrifice. I will continue to honor him along with all the fallen all the days of my life. My prayers are with him and his family."
Elaine Wagner of Dayton, Minnesota, US

"Ngushëllimet e mia Familjes Dervishi.Sakrifica e djalit tuaj të mrekullueshëm nuk do të harrohet kurrë.Ai mbi të gjitha ishte Shqiptar,por zemra e tij e madhe bëri që ai të jepte jetën për një tjetër komb në rrezik.Kjo na mbush të gjithëve me krenari e ju falenderojmë që,nga gjiri i familjes tuaj,i dhatë njerëzimit një të tillë krijesë."
Redi of Italy

"ERvin Dervishi Memorial Tournament, Waxahchie, Tx 20-22nd of January. On the 22nd, that afternoon we will be holding a memorial service with his family and flag corp from his battalion. All friends of Ervin are all welcome to come and remember a true hero. Contact info please email at sriley@wisd.org"
Waxahachie Soccer Teams of Waxahachie Tx

"Ervin, "vinnie", I always knew you would change the world somehow with your attitude and for you sight for making the world a better place for everyone before yourself. I am glad I had the chance to know you and that you came and played soccer with us in Waxahachie. You left your loving memories in everyones hearts around here. IT was truly and honor. May your family be blessed and my prayers go out to them and all other soldiers that are stationed all around the world."
Seth Riley of Waxahachie, Tx

"I am the flight medic that picked Ervin up on that faithful night. I was very proud of the fight that he put up to pull through to make it off of my helicopter. I lost him, but got him back before we landed. I was very happy and hopeful that he would make it. I was very disappointed that he passed later during surgery. To the family and friends, I say I am deeply sorry. If you ever need anything from me please let me know. It was truely my honor to treat this soldier."
SGT Billie Michalek, Retired of Ft Hood, Texas

"Ngushellimet me te thella per familjen Dervishi.Eshte lajmi me i keq qe nje nen mund te marre. Vetem kur mendon per kete hidherim, fjalet qe do te thuash nuk te dalin.Zoti e bekofte Edvinin dhe familjen e tij.-We as Albanians are proud of him."
Eliona of Sterling Hts. Michigan

"im sorry"
imer of ceder rapds

"hey P.R. i enjoyed fighting along side you in iraq. you were a good soldier and friend and i will always remember you. My heart goes out to the Dervishi family. I will remember the times we had in 2nd plt. May you rest in peace. and God watch over you. Take care buddy and remember Bears kick *..."
Spc. Gary Garza of ft.hood,tx usa


Thank you bro, for giving the ultimate sacrafice. You are a hero and I promise to never forget you. I am proud to say I worked along with you in the explorers and will not forget the times we have. My prayers are with you and your family."
Eric L. Alexander of Waxahachie, Texas/USA

"PFC Ervin Dervishi you will always be my hero.Your fall has given me the strength and pride to fight another day,serve our great country and free the Iraqi people.
Memorial day used to be just a relaxing four day weekend, but now its much more personal as I dedicated this Memorial Day(31 May 2004) to you.
My brother in arms; I will play Taps for you tonight and many evenings to come, for you make me proud to be an Albanian and serve our great country.

Nuk mund ta shpjegoje dhimbjen edhe krenarine qe une ndjeje per heroin tone PFC Ervin Dervishi. Renja e Ervinint me ka plogeshtuar shume por ne te njejten kohe me ka shtuar krenarine edhe guziming pasi edhe une si Ervini sherbeje U.S Army ne Iraq.
Your sacrifices WILL NEVER have been in vain!

SGT Hasanbelli Qemal of 39th FIN BN B DET

"PFC Ervin Dervishi you will always be my hero.Your fall has given me the strength and pride to fight another day,serve our great country and free the Iraqi people.
Memorial day used to be just a relaxing four day weekend, but now its much more personal as I dedicated this Memorial Day(31 May 2004) to you.
My brother in arms; I will play Taps for you tonight and many evenings to come, for you make me proud to be an Albanian and serve our great country.

Nuk mund ta shpjegoje dhimbjen edhe krenarine qe une ndjeje per heroin tone PFC Ervin Dervishi. Renja e Ervinint me ka plogeshtuar shume por ne te njejten kohe me ka shtuar krenarine edhe guziming pasi edhe une si Ervini sherbeje U.S Army ne Iraq.
SGT Hasanbelli Qemal of 39th FIN BN B DET

"eshte nje dhimbje e madhe, per familjen dervishi por edhe per te gjithe popullin shqiptar dhe ate amerikan. Ndihemi me te vertete keq kur mesojme per vdekjen e nje bashkekombasi tone, por edhe mjaft krenar qe nje i ri si ervini ka vazhduar gjurmet e pararadhese tane duke qene edhe ai nje hero i vertete. Dua te shpreh ngushellimet e mia me te sinqerta, zoti ju qofte prane"
shaban sulce of tirana, albania

"It was a real honor for me to serve with "Vishi" in OIF. Till this day I can not get his face out of my head. He could make you laugh and smile even in the worst of times. I will never forget him.
And to his family all I can say is that I am sorry we didn't bring him back with us! Memories of him will be with me forever!
We love you Dervishi!"
SGT Quintanilla of Fort Hood, Texas

"we r pround for u my bro u died for the country that heplped us so much...
i love u hero"
festim of peja/kosovo

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

"Ervini ishte nje trim qe na nderon te gjithe. Perqafimet me te perzemerta."
Erion Omeri of Oshkosh, Wisconsin

"English: Very proud of our brother.
Shqip/Albanian: Mburremi shum me vellaun tone."
Shkumbin of Kosovo, Albania

"God bless you Dervishi. You are not forgotten. "REGULARS""
SGT. McGrath of Ft. Hood, Texas

"Ngushellimet e sinqerta familjes se heroit Ervin Dervishi. Zoti qofte me ju ne keto momente te veshtira. I jemi mirenjohes dhe e falenderojme Ervinin per sakrificen e tij, duke dhene jeten ne krye te detyres per idealin e lirise.
I perjetshem qofte kujtimi i tij!

Thank you Ervin!"
Niko Beci of New York City

"Thank you Ervin
I never knew you or had the liberty and the privilage to be in your precence but I am thankful for your sacrifice and Proud to be an american along with you."
Anthony D'ELia of Freehold, New Jersey

"I only knew Ervin by his nickname in highschool "Vinnie". I had never met anyone as nice and sweet as him. It's such a tragic loss to not be able to talk or see him again, but it's very comforting to know that he is in heaven. God had special plans for "Vinnie" and now he can acomplish his duty to the lord."
Erica of Waxahachie, TX

"I only knew him a short time a long time ago in my English class in Waxahachie..But my prayers are with his family at this time of sorrow..I just want to thank him for giving his life so "We" at home(USA) can be free!! God Bless You soldier, We will never forget you!!"
Heather of Clarksville, TX USA

"Ngushellimet e mia familjes se Ervin Dervishit. Zoti qofte me ju ne kto kohe te veshtira."
Edja Peto of Oshkosh, Wisconsin

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

"Ervin I miss you so much! I remember when you used to take me and amanda to lunch everyday. Your were a great guy and a dear friend and me and amada will miss you so much thank you for dying for the freedom of our country!
We Love You!"
Jennifer Biela of Benbrook,Tx/USA

"Ervin you have done so much for me and i only know that you are in a better place now. You were always there for me in ROTC and you never talked bad about anyone. Thats what makes you an great person. I will miss you and you will always be in heart.. I love you lots and i will see you someday in heaven."
Amanda Oliver of Fort Worth, Tx

"Ngushellimet me te perzemerta familjes se Heroit Ervin Dervishi."
Artan Basha of Milwaukee Wisconsin

"Familjes se Ervin Dervishit I percjedhe ngushllimen me te perzemerta, ne vecanti nenes se Ervinit. Djem si Ervini NDEROJNE KOMBIN SHQIPTAR. Zoti e bekoft herone tone the familes se tij i dhashte force."
Eduard Vulaj of Shelby TWP Michigan

"Ngushullimet me te perzemerta dhe juve ua befte mbare ne te ardhmen.
Pranoni keto ngushellime ime shoqe dhe une me rastin e kesaj fatkeqesie, dhe ishalla u degjofshim per mire!"
Z & Znj Islamaj of Boise, Id, USA

"Ngushellimet me te thella per per familjen e Ervin Dervishit, babait, nenes dhe vellait. Eshte me te vertete humbje e madhe. Te rroni vete."
Arjan of Austin, Teksas

"Pushofsh ne paqe o bir i Shqiperise dhe Zoti i dhente kurajo familjes tende ne kete kohe te veshtire."
geri of omaha, nebraska

"Ervin, Pushofsh Ne Paqe"
Robert Ivezaj of Tuz - Mali i Zi

"Ervin, shume here e kam lexuar ngjarjen tende dhe ndjej shume dhimbsuri. Ngushellimet me te perzemerta familjes dhe vellait tend. Zoti i befte te forte ata dhe ty ta cofte shpirtin ne parajse. Ervin sic e tha dhe babai jot kjo ngjarje eshte shume e dhimbshme por ne te gjihe si shqiptare ndihemi shume krenare ndaj teje.
Zoti te Bekofte, dhe te gjithe te dashurit e zemres tende dhe ne si shqiptare mos te harrofshim kurre!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Matilda of Columbus, Ohio


"My heart goes out to everyone who mourns in Ervin's passing...what I loved the most about him, was you could talk to him, and never get bored, he was so interesting and fun to talk to! His smile, always made me light up, and he had a beautiful voice! He truly was a wonderful man, I'm so blessed to have known him, and my prays for him and his loved ones will be continuous! Mr & Mrs. Dervishi, as you know, your son was wonderful, I thank you both, and the Lord for helping him become who he was! Saimir, for I know your brother will always be watching over you, he was so kind and loyal, for I hope your life is full of great happiness, just keep smiling! May the Lord be with you all!"
Norma Tobias of Fort Worth, TX

"You fought for something you believed in, you fought for those that could not fight for themselves. You are a true hero, and you will not be forgotten.

PFC. Shkumbin Hoxha
US. Army"
of Bronx, New York. USA

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Ervin Dervishi:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

We lost our son-in-law Spec. Jason Chappel on the same day in a different

These young men will be remembered as heros in our hearts. They gave everything so that we may have the blessings the we enjoy and cheerish."
Jay and Jean Provost of Fort Worth, Texas

"Familjes se Ervinit ngushullime nga nje grup shqiptaresh ketu ne US. Nenes dhe babait te Ervinit -behuni te forte, ne te gjithe jemi krenar qe shqiperia nxjerr njerez si Ervini."
Tony of Vermont, USA

"Familjes Dervishi e vecanerisht nenes se Vinit. Nuk gjeje fjale per te ngushelluar, vecse te them qe te puth duart per ate djale qe rrite. Vini, one day my brother I will meet you in paradise . Rest asure my brother, Our blood will be paid in full. God bless our countries Albania-U.S.A .
You will not be forgotten !"

"To the Dervishi family,
Our hearts and prayers go to your family. "Vinnie" will never be forgotten. Remember his smile and loving memories. He will still live on in us all. God bless."
Hanchett/Mills Family of Ft. Worth, Texas USA

"God Bless You Hero. I promise we will never forget."
Patti Patton-Bader of Pasadena,Ca.,USA

"PFC Dervishi:
Thank your for giving yourself so that those of us at home can live freely and safely. There are not enough 'thank yous' for a gift such as this. Rest in peace soldier."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Ervin Dervishi, 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 Pfc. Ervin Dervishi:
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 Ervin 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 Pfc. Ervin Dervishi:
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 Ervin, 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