Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Joshua A. Ford

20, of Wayne, Nebraska.
Ford died during combat operations in Al Numaniyah, Iraq. Ford was assigned to the Army National Guard 189th Transportation Company, 485th Corps Support Battalion, Norfolk, Nebraska. Died on July 31, 2006.

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"It seems like forever ago now.

At that point in the deployment, we had done so well, I had figured all of us would be going home.

I still remember the night the convoy returned. We assembled on top of the bunker in the motor-pool. There was a warm breeze blowing gently. I had not heard the news yet, but you could tell it was bad news coming. This was the moment it became very real for me.

I didn’t know you very well or for very long Joshua Ford, but I still think of you and the life that you were deprived of.

To the others on the convoy, and especially Marx and the ones who tried first aid, my heart goes out to you for memories you surely have had to endure and the scars you bear.

Mid-June, 2021"
Frank of Soledad, CA

"Next week the 31st will be your 7th angelversary. You will always hold a special place in our hearts, as we got to meet your dad and now treasure his friendship forever.Rest in peace my brother.You will not be forgotten!"
cliff of Elkhorn, Ne

"Another year go by still think of you !!!"
Paul of kearney ne

"Hero....thank you."
Cecilia of columbia, md

"May his grit and strength of being on the battle field be his leagacy.He died for us, for which so many us us take for granted-our FREEDOM.May God hold him gently in his arms."
Kimmy Lucas of Franklin Square,N.Y. USA

"I went to Joshua's memorial in Iraq, although i never knew him. I thank him and his family for his service to our country. I will always remember his name on Memorial Day."
Bridget Hayes of Kaiserslautern, Germany

"Thanks my brother missing you."
paul of kearney ne

"If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane I would walk right up to heaven and bring you back again. No farewell words were spoken. No time to say"GOODBYE" You were gone before I knew it.and only God knows why. My heart still aches with sadness.and secert tears still flow. What it meant to love you no one can ever know. But now I know you want me to mourn for you no more. To remember all the happy times.life still has much in store. Since you'll never be forgotten.I pledge to you today A hollow place within my heart is where you'll always stay And also my"
panhead of Ohio

"Brother you will always been in my heart I severd with you and it was a honor to have fought by yourside it was a sad day when we lost one our brother"
Panhead of West Alexandria Ohio

"To the family of:Joshua A. Ford 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"

"June 9, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Joshua A. Ford:
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

"To Josh and his Family,

I am a cousin to Joe Cornett who was driving the truck in front of Josh's. I know that he has had a tough time with everything that happened, but time is a great physician...as is God.

Thank you to Josh for his ultimate sacrifice and to his family, thank you for raising and influencing a GOOD man.

I saw this poem and thought it may offer you all comfort.

And when he reaches the Pearly Gates,
To Saint Peter he will tell,
“Another Soldier reporting sir,
I have served my time in Hell.”


I love you and I pray for your healing and comfort."
Nancy Weber of Omaha, NE

"We were very saddened to hear that our son ( my step son / my wife Lori's son) Joshua A.Ford had been killed in Iraq. We are further saddened that it took up till Feb.2008 to learn this tragic news.
Josh died doing something he loved and was proud of. We are very proud of him and pray for all his unit members/brothers still fighting for our freedom in Iraq. We're proud of you all.

Peter and Lori Toth
Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada"
Peter Toth of Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada

"I just want to say thank you to Joshua for his ultimate sacrifice for my freedom. It will not be forgotten."
Marta of St Louis MO

"I would just like to say that Joshua was a good man and I loved him and miss him. He was a good person and he will be missed."
Crystal Williams of Sioux City, Iowa/USA

I would 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."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"To all of the family and friends of Sgt. Joshua Ford,
Thank-you for all that you have done to ensure that future generations of Americans can remain free. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours always. My kids and I say a special prayer every night for those who have fallen, and for those who remain in harms way, that God will be close always, and that time will heal the wounds of war. You have given so much, and have asked for so little in return. You have our deepest respect always, and once again, THANK-YOU for all that you do and have done to keep us free."
Marilou Holmberg of Omaha, Nebraska

"I want to thank everyone for the support of Joshua's family at this time of great saddness and also happiness as we celebrate Josh's life as well as his death. Josh had a contigious smile that made others smile. I hope that I can remember that in the years to come and smile once again."
Lonnie Ford proud father of Sgt Joshua A. Ford 9-27-85 to 7-31-06 of Pender, Nebraska U.S.A.

"Thank you Joshua Ford, 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 Sgt. Joshua Ford:
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 Sgt. Joshua Ford:
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