Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. 1st Class James T. Hoffman

41, of Whitesburg, Kentucky.
Hoffman was killed in an improvised explosive device attack in Khalidiyah, just east of Ar Ramadi, Iraq. He was assigned to Company B, 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division (Mech), Fort Riley, Kansas. Died on January 27, 2004.

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"Well, My name is Tyler, Im your nephew Tyler I know you haven’t met me uncle jimmy it wuod be a honor ti meet you."
Tyler mcleod of Cary ill

"i served with sfc hoffman in iraq and was the last person he spoke with before he left us. i visited him today at ft.riley. will never forget you and cpt august. rest in peace my friend"
ssg leathers of mason city illinois

"Jim our family always missed your contribution being a part of us. You were an inspiration of sunshine to all of us. Tammy passed away Dec.4,2004."
Betty Blair of Clarksville

Today 12 years ago I lost you to a war that is still in existence. Just want you to know how proud I am of you and everything you stood for. I love you with all my heart, and miss you. When I see a red bird or a blue jay I think of the days leading up to your funeral and all the snow we received. The birds were feed everyday like normal and they gave me support by the beauty and the comfort of knowing we watched them so often together. Miss you.

Vickie Hoffman of Kansas

"I served with Sgt Hoffman during the Storm. He was a model NCO. Matter of Fact, He was my first Team Leader as I arrived @Ft Campbell,Ky. His level of Professionalism was second to none, It was on display from the moment we met in MAR1989. I was Lucky to have known him, and Greatly Saddened to learn of his Sacrifice only yesterday from a chance run in with a mutual Combat Veteran of the Storm. As we swapped stories about the last twenty some years since we gandered @one another, the subject of my 2003 tour of duty in Iraq unwound, and as it did, I learned that as we were tickled to have once again crossed paths and reconnected, that there was bitter as well as sweet. James was a Warrior and a Great Friend who told everyone who would listen that He was Irish and Proud. He will be Missed by Everybody who knew Him, He was a No nonsense get your Copenhagen boys and we'll do this; Born to be an NCO if ever there was, always striving for perfection; He surely was the apple of his Mothers eye. I'm Proud to have known as well as served with James, Miss Ya Buddy...."
James Wyatt,Jr of Craigsville,Wv

"Thank you for everything 1sg. You were one of the best men I ever met and it was my honor to serve with you"
Spc Jeremy Campbell usarmy ret of Waco tx

"Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.

I miss you everyday....Jimmy!
Love you <3"
Barb of Chicago IL

You are my love and always will be. Almost 10 years and I still think about your life with me.
Never remarried and to be honest I never will. When I meet you I was your wild one. Even though you blew me off for a few months we meet again. I was so scared to love again.
You taught me how. You taught me to trust, which was no easy. I feel in love with your smile, honesty, trust, values and your belief in god.
Days are growing close to you're loss my love and there is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you and all you stand for. I will love you forever and cherish you to my heart.
You will not be forgotten.

Love you
Vickie of Kansas

"It's been 9 years since you've been gone. You will always be on my mind and in my heart! I love you bro! <3 Barb <3"

"It's hard to believe that it's been 12 years, RIP 1SG! RIP!!"
George Murchison (SSG, RET) of Clay Center, KS

"I recently met Mrs Vicki Hoffman. Talking with her reminded me, there is always more we can all do for our Country and each other as she does. She afforded me the honor of visiting her husbands grave. It is humbling to stand before someone like SFC James T. Hoffman and think of how much people like him sacrifice for the things they believe in. Thank you and all Service Men and Women. You are all my Heroes."
William Pagdon of Edison, NJ, USA

"Top, just wanted to let you know that I met your grand-daughter today at in School. (Funny that it's 7 years today and I've known her for almost a year now.) I'm retired from the Military now and cook at her school. She's a beautiful young woman and I know that you are very proud of her. Miss ya!

Always First Bulldawgs!"
George Murchison SSG, Ret. of Clay Center, KS

"I was with 1SG Hoffman in Iraq, he was my favorite 1SG. On this the Anniversary of his death, I wish Vicki and Chelsae well. TOP you will be forever missed. RIP!!!"
George Murchison of Clay Center, KS

"papa i miss you.rip papa ilove you."

"I didn't know him, but the way my foster sister tells me about him, he was a really great guy. I'm really glad he put his life on the line for us. He made the way for my dad today."
Infinity Maddox of Columbus, OH

""To the family of James T. Hoffman ,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""

"Love ya Top! My flag will always fly at half staff.
Spc. Elmer "Cookie" cooke of Albuquerque, NM USA

"your heroism will always be remember and never forgotten."
pfc ortiz of fort riley

"I will miss you. I have so many good memories will you. You are my heroe. I will love you all my live."
addie hoffman of Coulmbus ,ohio

"January 17, 2009
To the family of Sgt. 1st Class James T. Hoffman:
James 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

"First SGT I miss ya and ya stay in my thoughts and prayers"
Meekins of Philadelphia

"james hoffman is a good solder. James was brave.You are brave."

"james hoffman is a good solder. James was brave.You are brave."

"To the Hoffman family: I served in A Co. while James Hoffman was a platoon sergeant. I would have been honored to serve under him. My memories of him are fond. His smile and his calm demeanor are what I will remember him most by."
Joseph R De Young of San Diego,CA

"Dear 1st sgt. it was great serving under you in iraq. i still carry the rank from your helmet in my wallet everyday. sorry i couldnt do more on that day."
Spc. Randolph of pittsburgh pa

"I served under 1SG Hoffman in A Company, 1st Engr. Bn. at Fort Riley. He was a great leader and took me under his wings and helped me become a better soldier. I am truly honored to know that I had the priviledge to serve under such a great man. I send my prayers to his family and loved ones."
Spc. Zacchary Custer of Morgantown, WV

"Jim, we miss you so badly. We miss your quiet wisdom, your funny jokes, and the way you could calm a situation down. You and Vicki took us in your hearts and home when we needed help, no questions asked. Not only were you an excellent soldier, but the best of the best of friends. Our whole family has a huge hole in our heart. Kurt will not let your death be in vain. He trains sodiers as you would have them trained. He constantly keeps you alive in his heart. We think of Vicki & Chelsea often and call them too. Rest in peace big guy... we love you."
Mary Hurtle of Fort Knox, Kentucky


You continue to remain in my thoughts and prayers and I wish you well as I write this. Let me know how you are doing. Love, Janice Connor, Fort Riley, KS"
Janice Connor of Fort Riley, KS, USA

"To the Family of SFC James "Jimmy" Hoffman, my life will never be the same knowing Jim is no longer with you all. Please know that everyday for the rest of my life, myself and my wife and most importantly my three boys will remember the sacrifice Jim paid for our freedom and security. We will be eternally grateful to Jim. You all will be in our prayers daily. And to my buddy Homey, your loss is felt as mine. God bless all of the Hoffman's. God bless all of the soldiers who are giving the greatest sacrafice anyone can give for another, their lives. Thank you Jim, you will never be forgotten."
Sean Delanty of Chicago, IL USA

"Today I receievd my bracelet from www.herobracelets.org My bracelet reads "Sgt 1st Class James T Hoffman Whitesburg, KY Army 1/27/04" I will wear it every day to remember his sacrifice. God bless this fallen hero and his family."
Valerie Smith of Brentwood, California USA

"To the family of 1st Sgt. Hoffman:
May God bless you and comfort you. We are proud and honored to wear his name each day. James, you are not forgotten. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice, you are the true patriot and a shining example of the best of our country."
The Brown Family of Carlsbad, CA/USA


"To one of the finest nco's to wear the uniform, i would like to say thank you for your guidance and wisdom that you bestowed upon us soldiers that were under your leadership. You shall live in our hearts forever and my condolences to your family and friends."
SPC. STEVEN BYRD / IAR of martinsville, va, usa

"How do we say "Thank You?" Because of you, your willingness to protect and defend, we have the freedom to continue with our daily lives. You have given the ultimate for us. We pray for your family and give honor to your name. God bless your family and loved ones. God bless America. Thank you, James T. Hoffman."
Don and Frances Martin of Somerset, KY / USA

"I served with Jim in the 101st Airborne Division Cco 326th Engr Bn. We deployed to Sinai Egypt for peacekeeping Operations Sept 88- Apr 99 I have a squad picture with him and we had so MANY great times there together shooting darts at the Wild Geese club and scuba diving. He was a great friend and a good soldier. he was mature and really tried to help others out. I will miss him and my Sympathy goes out to his family. Rest in peace Bro I ride my horses with you in mind"
SFC Kurt E. Boyd 299th Eng Bn of Ft Hood TX 4th ID

"I had the pleasure to know 1SGT Hoffman when I was a part of the 1st Eng Bn he was truly a great guy and im sad to see that he died but he was doing what he loved to do. i will miss him. Dulce et decorum est pro patria muri (there's no greater honor than to die for one's country) All Ways First"
Billy Lyons of Scottsdale,AZ

"You are my hero, Jimmy. I miss you everyday. I will see you again, big brother. I love you.
Your little sis,
Barb of Mundelein, IL USA

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

"It's hard to describe the sadness that this brings me. I knew SFC James T. Hoffman in Germany when I was in his squad (A Co 23rd Engineer Battalion) as a PFC/SPC. He was truly a good leader and mentor to his troops. In many ways his guidance to me when I was younger is something that I now try to do for my people. “KINDNESS, HUMOR, and FIRM LEADERSHIP”. I want to pass on my heartfelt condolences to his family and friends during their very hard time. His sacrifice will not be forgotten by me!"
GM1 Bruce W. Allen, USCGC MIDGETT (WHEC 726) of Seattle, Washington

"Thanks First Sergeant. Thanks for your understanding and your support. Thanks for never quitting on me and never allowing me to quit on myself. Your influence and leadership live on today in the lives you've touched and the leadership you have inspired. Thanks for taking care of your soldiers and mine. You are not forgotten. Diehard!"
CPT Tom Snow of Ft Knox, KY

"I am a student who would like to thank James Hoffman for making me see the reality of the situtations in Iraq. To his family I'd like to send my deepest condolences. I have read about him through articles online and have made a poster to hang in our school Library in rememberance."
Patricia Ortiz of Morgan Hill, CA/USA

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

"SFC Hoffman will be a hero in my heart forever. We served together as Recruiters in North Platte, NE. He continually looked out for myself and SSG Williams. He was a friend, a mentor, and a leader. He was the finest of soldiers, and had the truest of hearts. Prayers and condolences to his family who loved him so, and to all the soldiers that served above him, with him, and for him.
God Bless you all."
SSG Michelle Flores of Lincoln NE, USA

"We would like to extend our sympathy to the friends and family of Sgt. 1st. class Hoffman, Our friend Sean Landrus was also in the 1st Engineer Bn. with James over in Iraq. These men will never be forgotten."
brandon and meggan dwyer of painesville ohio

"RIP Brave Soldier"
The Taylors in NC of USMC

"Sgt. 1st Class Hoffman:
Rest in peace soldier, you will not be forgotten."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To the family of SFC (1SG) Hoffman I am very saddened by the fact that you have lost such a great and honorable man. SFC Hoffman was my Platoon Sergeant at FT Riley. He made me the Non-Commissioned Officer in which I am today. The world and the 1st Engineer Bn. is worse off without his leadership and knowledge My condolences and prayers are with you all"
SSG Richard Overby of Fort Leonard wood, MO 65473

"Thank you James Hoffman, 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. 1st Class James Hoffman:
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 James 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. 1st Class James Hoffman:
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 James, 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