Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Jose Guereca, Jr.

24, of Missouri City, Texas.
Guereca died in Fallujah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on November 30, 2004.

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"Thank you Sgt. Jose Guereca for making the ultimate sacrifice. You are truly missed cousin. Gone but not forgotten."
Leticia Segundo of San Antonio, Texas

"I miss you everyday. I think of you every moment. I see our sons are growing up and I feel like a big chunk of their live has gone missing. They need you everyday. we miss your smile and hearing your voice. There were days that I used to turn on your old phone just to hear your voice. I wish I could just wake up and see you sleeping next time. But all I can do is be thankful for you in my dreams, even if it is just for a moment. Your sons are growing up to be great gentlemen. They often say how much they miss you and love you. I know you are better off up there but we still needed you down here. We love you and miss you very much. Love forever and always. Your wife Patty

Patty Guereca of Stafford, Texas

"I was Guereca's equal always, team leader some days, but with him always. And when I think of the best of men I ever knew I'm not sure anyone topped that crest. He switched his life around got what he most wanted, a family with a future in America. In the Houston Area. And there they are. I am sad and in remembrance of his sacrifice, that smile, his inquisitive mind and the light that was his life for each and everyone one was of these days I remain on this earth."
Ryan M. Barnhart of Orange Park, Florida, US

"To the family of Sgt Jose Guereca,
My name in John Scott, I was the Bradley operator on that horrific day that your son/husband lost his life. I must be honest and say, I didn't know your son/husband for long, but he was hands down one of the nicest souls, I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I even had the pleasure making him laugh a few time in the back of track, as we teased the other fall soldier whom perished along side Jose. That was the hardest moment of my life and to this day, I wear a bracelet with your son's name engraved on it, along with Sgt Calderons. I know they are my two angels protecting me. I kiss it everyday, and I say a prayer when I go to church. I wanted to say thank you for raising such a great man, and always know your son/husband will never be forgotten! Thank you. Spc John Scott (army retired)"
john scott of philadelphia pa

"To my husband, I miss you very much, I hoped you'd always find your way back into my arms. Life has continued on, I see our sons grow up so fast and see how much they miss you. How much they truly need you. Only God knows why you were taken from here. And only I know how much pain i have been thru since you have been gone. I know i'll be ok, i know i must let go. But those are only words and they cant heal my shattered heart. One day I will see you again, one day when its my time to go i know you will hold my hand and take me where I belong right next to you. We love and miss you very much. May you sore with the angels and guard heaven.

Your wife, Patty (guereca_p@yahoo.com)"
Patty Guereca of Stafford, TX

"We where both team leaders one of the best soldiers I had the pleaser to serve with R.I.P brother"
Paul straton of Geneseo ny

"Dear mrs guereca
My condolelences to you and your family as well to the parents of jose guereca. For many years i have had to deal with the sadness and hurt from the loss of sgt guereca. I was in the same platoon as your husband. We were assighned to 1-5 cav, 1st cavalry division. I was there with your husband when that horrible incident happen. As i type this message i admit i have tears running down my face cause i really miss jose and i wish things had turned out different. Every morning i get out of bed i look up at the wall where i have a picture of sgt, guereca. I am retired now and reside in killeen, texas right outside of fort hood, texas."
rogelio cavazos(us army retired) of killeen, texas

"hey a didnt ge tot now ull well but i sure miz u cuzin ull always have a spacial place in my heart and i will met you one day so we can gain the time you been gone miss you and love you"
vivi Rodriguez Balderas of Eagle pass TX.

"hey a didnt ge tot now ull well but i sure miz u cuzin ull always have a spacial place in my heart and i will met you one day so we can gain the time you been gone miss you and love you"
vivi Rodriguez Balderas of Eagle pass TX.

"Dear Guereca Family, Jose will not be forgotten. You are in our prayers. IN CHRIST,"
Pam Danny Reid of Saginaw,Tx.

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"I served with Jose from 2001 to 2003. He was an awesome soldier with an unrelenting intensity for his job it was a priviledge to serve with him and call him friend. A great soldier, father, Husband, and Buddy. Texas has lost one of its golden sons, you will be remembered forever brother."
Spc. Andrew Hopkins of 75th Rangers

"November 12, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Jose Guereca, Jr.:
Jose 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

"Joey we all miss you and love you! You filled our lives with joy and continue to fill us with pride for you are our hero. Your Uncle Nacho and Aunt Petra were very proud of you and you all are now together rejoicing with our Lord. Our thoughts and prayers are with Joe Sr., Nena, Rita, Robert, Carlos, Patty, and the boys. Love your cousin Lety & Alexander"
Leticia Segundo of San Antonio, Texas

"To my husband, I was a very proud wife, because you accomplished what you have always wanted to do, even though you did not finish everything that you wanted to do. But everyone that knew you have always been proud of you. We miss you so much and where ever you may be that we are never going to forget you. Alex looks so much like you, he smiles like the way you did. I still have dreams about you, that you are never gone, and that you are coming home. Wish that they would come true. Well, the boys want to say that they miss you and love you so much. And so do I. Lots of love and pride.
-Patty, Nathan, Angel, Rolando, and Alex Guereca"
Patty Guereca of Stafford, TX

"I also served with Jose. We were in different platoons but were still very close. Like my boy Carson said, I am very sorry for your loss, but Jose loved what he did and wouldnt want to leave this world any other way. He was a great and very proud soldier. I miss ya bro"
Spc. Michael Richardson of NJ

"i proudly served with guerreca when he was in the third id it was an honor and a plesure he was an outstanding soldier father and husband and im very glad to have been known as a friend to his family im very sorrfy for ur loss but he was doing what he loved god bless"
spc. joe carson of ohio

"To the family of:Jose Guereca, Jr I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga

"I am hoping someone will see this on this webpage and be able to help me. I am trying to reach the family of this soldier so that I can mail a flag to them that was flown in this soldier's honor. I am forever grateful for the sacrifices that this family gave. Any assitance would be very helpful.
Thank you. emmylou9@hotmail.com"
Emmy of Charleston, SC

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


"Hi, this is Marisol Garcia. I used to know Joe in school (Dulles High School) and also see him when he worked at Fiesta. I just wanted to send my condolences to the family, wife, and especially his kids. I know it is hard to accept a loss like that, I have been in the same situation but he was defending our country and he is now in a better place."
Marisol of Sugar Land, TX./USA

"To the family and loved ones of Jose Guereca,
I didn't know him personally but we attending the same school. I was friends with his sister Rita and I want you guys to know that you will always be in my prayers. He will always be remembered for his bravery and we are all very proud of you Joe. Thank you for defending our country and for fighting to give us all a safe place to live. He will always be remembered and don't forget that he left this earth to go to a better place. God Bless!"
Evangelina Garza Johnson of Stafford, Tx

"To José's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice as we mourn the loss of yet another of Texas' sons.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, Texas

"There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

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

"Thank you Jose Guereca, Jr., 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. Jose Guereca, Jr.:
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 Jose 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. Jose Guereca, Jr.:
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 Jose, 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