Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. John D. Hart

20, of Bedford, Massachusetts.
Hart was killed in action in Taza, Iraq, when enemy forces ambushed his patrol using rocket propelled grenades and small arms fire. He was assigned to 1st Battalion (Airborne), 508th Infantry Regiment, 173rd Infantry Brigade, Camp Ederle, Italy. Died on October 18, 2003.

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"John, I miss you buddy. I canít believe itís been so long. Your memory is still very alive."
Ed Arocha of Fort Myers, FL

On today, the 13th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow soldier who was 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.

Sky Soldiers-Airborne All The Way!"

I carry you with me every day, I will never forget being privates together in Vicenza me you , Jack preston, and many others, it's been almost 13 years, I'm at Benning now, I go to the memorial every so often, I wish you could see it it's amazing,
I was thinking about you this morning while running in the rain and the dark, I'm thankful to have called you my friend and above all brother,
Love and respect,
Sfc Michael atchison"
Sfc Atchison of Columbus ga

"It's been so long 11 years and we still speak of you and John Andrew playing commandos in the woods on base in full regalia being brought home by security forces ...playing chicken at the Bedford puddle (springs brook) Hannah was 6 then Kevin 8 now they're 20 and 22 it seems only yesterday you went away the wound has faded the pain is still deep you were one of our kids. ...we still miss you john john all of us are scarred forever you are in our hearts"
Juanita Dickinson of Formerly of Hanscom AFB Mass

"Hello to all,
I replay that day all the time in my head. I alway see and feel that it is my fault every time. I feel that what I did at that time cause for those death. I hate myself for that day and feel guilty. I feel the same way I did for nearly ten years.I pray for them daily. Although, I may not have known you guy for long I love you and miss you wish I could have done more."
SPC Womack of Lafayette,LA USA

"Hart, we were in the same basic training unit. You were a pretty funny guy, and you had a great laugh. Sorry to see you go."
Zachary Stockdale of Los Angeles, CA

"John I often think of that night.... it is something that crosses my mind everyday. I do belive your actions saved my life. I am truly grateful for what you did in that situation. It was an honor to escort you back to the states, it was the least I could do. I know I will see you again in time. You are my brother, you are part of my family. I miss you. I sometimes have a hard time dealing with the things we did but I always look to you for help. God bless you John. I will see you again when my time comes. (anyone looking for me im in moses lake wa, im on facebook as chris williams."
Spc.(retired) Chris Williams

"Hi John... Just wanted to say I'm thinking about you. It's memorial day 2012, and you are alive in our hearts. Sending my love to your parents..."
Paula of MA

"To your family,
I don't know what to say. I think of that night everyday like it was yesterday. I would like with your permission to contact you and if willing to come and meet you in person?
Troy Womack of Lafayette, La/USA


"I still miss you..."

"We just received a call from our Marine son in Afghanistan. His vehicle hit an IED and he is alive because of all your hard work, along with Senator Kennedy, making sure our soldiers have the best equipment. He received minor injuries and his platoon was uninjured. Thank you again and God Bless you and your family."
Karen Gaughan of Qunicy, Ma.

"2011... It's been awhile since I've come here, but I think of you often, as I'm sure everyone does. We miss you bud."
Your friend

""To the family of John D. Hart ,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church,Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015""

"Happy Birthday John, you are still missed and thought of often. You will always be in my prayers."
Liana Garofalo of Bedford

"We will always remember you! You are a true hero."
Kilbride Family of New York , NY

"Miss you bro, Deans and I were talking about you the other day. Remembering paintballs, skunks, and other things..."

"Thank you for your service. I applaud your bravery."
Rich of Upton, MA USA

"John, Still missing you. You will always stand out as one of the best people I knew."
Joana of Bedford, Ma

"September 30, 2008
To the family of Pfc. John D. Hart:
John 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

"Dearest John:

Although you are gone, your memory lives on in your family and friends. In 10 years from now, 100 years from now or 10,000 years from now, our human race will know your name and the ultimate sacrifice you paid for our freedom. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your dedication and courage you put forth every day while serving in the US Army. God Bless you and may you rest in peace knowing that you've protected and saved countless lives with on earth."
Cindy of Massachusetts

"Hey John,
It's me Adonsia. I can't tell you how much I missed you. So many people told me to just give it time and I'd be alright, I tell you when I think of you the pain hurts as though it happened just yesterday. However I know that I will soon come to rejoice because you are in a far better place than any of us could ever dream of. I love you John, I always have and will continue to. I haven't yet been to your grave sight yet because even though it's been 4 years I don't think I can handle it yet, but I will one day. Let me say this to everyone reading this(especially for those of you who knew how close me and John were): friends like John come once in a life time. Very rarely will you meet that one person who fits you so perfectly that you can't helped to be amazed. Well John was it for me. Treasure your friends while they are with you."
Adonsia Grant of Clarksville, TN

"Hi John!

The last time I wrote you a message was many months ago when I was 2 months pregnant. Well, I did have a baby boy and my husband and I love him sooo much. Johnathan Andrew Trzaska was born July 30th, 2007, 0800 hrs on the dot, at 6 lbs 15 oz. I tell him about you and my friend Andy every day. When Johnathan gets older, he will know that he was named after two brave heros. He has a lot to live up to for just a little baby, but I know as he grows up throughout life, he will always honor his name and remember what you, Andy, and all the other fallen military men and women, have done for him and for our country. Everyone loves you and misses you so much John. Rest in peace my dear friend. One day we will all reunite again. Love you John and thank you for everything."
Brandi Marie Trzaska of Corpus Christi, TX USA

"Dear Mr. Hart,
Thank you so much for your kind words on my brothers memorial page, I am Jamie's sister. I wondered how we would know when Danielle's information was added to Jamie's stone and now I know. God works in mysterious ways. I cried when I came to this page and seen how young your son was. I am so sorry for your loss and know all too well how hard it is. We live in Missouri so visiting Arlington is not something we will be able to do very often. It is very comforting to know that you will. I will pray for your comfort also. I will find John's stone next time I am there and Thank him personally for his sacrifice. Please email me if you could greenecj@slu.edu. Thank you"
Connie Greene of St. Louis, MO

"I went to HS with John and he will leave a lasting memory with me in my heart. Just seeing his smile everyday made me feel better. I miss you John...."
Jessica of Lowell, MA

"I miss you so much John. A few of us were just talking about you the other day.....You'll never be forgotton. We love you."
Candice Duprey of Phoenix, AZ

"your memory lives on. i was watching tv this morning and saw what your dad Brian has done for our solders. Thanks for what you have done Brian. I heave 2 sons still over there. Because of you and the lose to your family others may not have to suffer the lose as your family did. GOD BLESS YOU and YOUR FAMILY."
Barbara Angell of Huffman, TX

"Dear John,
I miss you very much. Alot has happened since the last time I saw you before you were sent off over seas. I graduated high school, went to college for a few years, and got a great job in health care wroking in a hospital as a Health Unit Coordinator. I got married Nov. 3rd, 2006. I have a step-son named Bryan. My husband Josh just joined the military, Coast Guard, Feb. 2006. Josh is stationed at N.A.S Corpus Christi in Texas. We will be there for the next 4 years. Oh, and I am having a baby. I am going on about 2 months now. If the baby is a boy, we are going to name him Johnathan Andrew Trzaska, to honor you, my friend Andy, and all of the other fallen heroes that are with to two of you now. You still live on in all of our thoughts and prayers. I pray that you are happy and resting in peace John Hart. I also pray that everyone in your family is safe and well."
Brandi Marie Trzaska of Corpus Christi, Tx

"Dear John, we think about you everyday and your family. We ask God to lift you up in the highest honor of the heavens of freedom, eternal love, kindness and peace. We never forget."
Betty and Emil of NJ

We all miss you. I'm glad I found this space to finally say what I've wanted to for the past 3 years. It was an honor and a privalage to have known you in life and an honor for me to continue my life knowing what you and your family has sacrificed for us. I'm married, and have a son that was born on October 12, 2005. So very close to the date when we lost you. I know that as our lives continue, we move on and things change, but I want you know that there isn't a day that goes by where our hearts miss you. Thank you for everything that you gave us John."

"I miss you John, I will never forget you. And to his family: you are always in my thoughts, he was the bravest person I know."
Liana of Bedford,MA

"I miss you John, I will never forget you. And to his family: you are always in my thoughts, I will always love your son."
Liana of Bedford,MA

B&E of NJ

"mr john i need you as my best friend.
i try to write to you any time.
thank you , lord brest you and your
famiy. from isaac okyere"
isaac okyrer of Ghana

"Alma and Brian-
Thank you for giving the world such a wonderful, cheerful, and brave man, and for having the courage to support him as he followed his dream. I miss him. I'll always miss him. But I was blessed to know him. We all were."
Cassie of Albany, NY

"HELLO Mr. and Mrs. Hart. I first want to send my warmest sympathy to you and your family. I can't imagine the loss that you have had to deal with these last few years. I saw the picture and heard the name on television and John looked very familiar to me. He looked like a boy from the Davis school where I did my student teaching 1991-1992 he would have been in the 2nd grade then. I taught with Mrs. Feeher my name then was Ms. Capobianco. I'm not even sure if this is the same John but was curious to know if it is. I'm sorry to have wasted your time if this is not him. Please let me know.
Best Wishes!
Jennifer Capobianco Chabot"

"09 NOV 2005
It's been over 2 years now, but you are still in my mind and heart. You are dearly missed! I am in Tikrit, Iraq right now, and I relize how much this country has changed- for the better- since you were here. The sacrifice you made was an honorable one... and I want you to thank you for your service to our great country."
PFC Courtney Leavitt of 101st ABN DIV, Tikrit, Iraq

"Thanks, you will never be forgotten."
Steven of Massachusets

"John, you will never be forgotten. We miss you and love you."
fozzy of massachusetts

"8 AUG 05

"I didnt know you, but knew a friend of yours from school. She cared, still cares, about you greatly, and took your death very hard. I hope you are watching over her."
friend of a friend of N.A.

"To John and his family. I did not know him, but he was every american soldiers brother and his contribution to the country is what makes us free men and women. We will all see you again some day."
Soldier of the 40th engineer battallion of Baumholder Germany

"To the parents of John,

I was there when they brought him in from the field. He was extremely well liked as there was a large part of his unit that escorted him in.

I was stationed at Hanscom from 1991 - 1999 so he meant alot to me as he and I had probably crossed paths several times."
Rick Hill of Travis AFB CA / Manas AB Kyrgyzstan

"john you are a true friend. any time i need to talk to someone you where there. we had some good times man and you are going to be missed dearly. you will not be forgoten my friend. sky soldiers"
mike davis of hhc 173rd abn bde

"Thank you John for being so nice to my family, and being a nother big brother to me. Thanks for being such a good friend to my brother and sister, and a great neighbor to my family. I will always miss you, and you'll always be in all our hearts. Thank you for serving for our country.I can't wait to see you again..."
Sophia Arocha of Bedford, MA, USA

"Thank You,
You are a true hero, you will never be forgotton.

1-508th INF

"It's been over a year now and it still hurts the same. Kaleigh, Adonsia, and all everyone else from John's past... I just came back from visiting him in D.C. and in my eyes he's still as handsome as ever. For all who have prayed for John's family and friends, thank you, the prayers of sorrow have helped and through those we have begun to move on. However, John... no matter the time that passes or the hurt that is relieved... we will ALWAYS miss you. To the most amazing person the world was ever introduced to, cant wait to meet you there."
Rosie of Salem, MA

"To John, my love and my hero
We won't ever forget the joy&life you brought everyone.
Now and forever you will always be in my heart. Til we meet again..."
Lauren Badia of Bedford,MA

"Men like John Hart are the heros who have always kept our country free. His sacrifice was a great loss to his family and to his country. May peace in the world be closer because of John and men like him. The price of Freedom is never Free."
George Gordon of Newport, RI

"John, we came from the same town, almost the same neighborhood. We both went to war against Iraq. I went to Desert Storm and you to Iraqi Freedom. I'll never forget the day I learned we lost you. I won't forget you. Thank you and God bless you."
Patrick of Bedford, MA

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

"To John's famliy: Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. I read your John's name at a rememberance vigil in Denver...you are in my prayers."
Oren Briese of Castle Rock, Colorado

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

"To Pfc Hart's Family:
Though we are strangers, we want you to know how sorry we are your John was taken from you. There is no doubt his thoughts were of you as he served with the Army in Iraq. We will never forget. You are in our hearts."
Carol & Larry Miller of Tampa, Florida (2/9/04)

"John and I were best friends. His friendship I will never forget. I will keep the family in my prayers. I will never forget John and what he meant to me. My prayers go out to the rest of my fellow comrades still over and Iraq and those who are in the service."
Adonsia Grant of Clarksville, TN/U.S.A.

"Thank you John Hart, 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 of John I offer my most heartfelt prayers. John gave his life for my freedom and so that America can continue. His sacrifice will never be forgotten by me. I will pray for him everyday for t he rest of my life. To John's family if I can do anything for you such as someone to pray with or just to talk to p lease cont hesitate to contact me at ctpoet1@yahoo.com"
Chris Decker of East Windsor CT USA

"John was my best friend and one of the greatest people I have ever had the honor to know. He made people feel proud to be an American and he still does till this day. He is in my heart and in my prayers. As is all the people who have lost someone out there. And thank you for your prayers. --+"
Kaleigh of Leominster, Ma, USA

"To the family of John Hart. My prayers and condolences are with you. I was fortunate to call John a friend. He always took care of everyone. He truly was the nicest guy I have ever met. May our country never forget the sacrifice he made. I know I will never forget the price he paid for our freedom. May God watch over him."
Jason S. Kern of Camp Mercury, Iraq

"To the Hart Family, I am so sorry for the loss that you have had. I have heard from John Saucier about how great of a friend John was to him. I remember him telling me that John was in Iraq, and that the next time he saw him he was gonna kick his butt for making his mother worry. John really didn't like seeing you upset or worried about your son. Although I didn't know John, I did know how much he meant to John Saucier. You have suffered a great loss, and you are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless and keep strong."
Renae of Berwick, Maine, United States


"To The Family and Friends of Pfc. John D. Hart,
Please know that my heart goes out to you and I will be praying for you.
My thanks to John for his service to our country and making it possible for me to continue living in the freedoms I I enjoy."
Connie Sylvester of Cynthiana, KY, USA

"To the family and friends of Pfc. John Hart:
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 John 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. John Hart:
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 John, 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