Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Manuel J. Holguin

21, of Woodlake, California.
Holguin died in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained when his dismounted patrol encountered enemy small arms fire and an improvised explosive device. Holguin was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany. Died on July 15, 2006.

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"We will not forget you. 15 July. This is your day. Rest in peace soldier."
Colin Crow of Hot Springs NC USA

"We will not forget you. 15 July. This is your dad. Rest in peace soldier."
Colin Crow of Hot Springs NC USA

"Specialist Manuel Holguin, we will not forget you and your sacrifice. Be at peace and may God always be with your family."
Colin Crow of Hot Springs NC USA

"Well Manuel , time flies. My family thinks of your sacrifice a lot. To your family, may God grant you peace."
Shaun Crow and family of Asheville NC USA

"Specialist Holguin, your sacrifice will always be a part of my family's Memorial Day. My son served with you in OIF. He spoke of you often. Rest in Peace brave Warrior. The Crow family."
Colin Crow of Hot Springs, NC. USA

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"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. computer repair Ocala"
Joshua of Los Angeles, CA

"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. towing service"
Joshua of Los Angeles, CA

"In gratitude... We have not forgotten the courage and sacrifice of your son and his family. We thank you."
of California

"In gratitude... We have not forgotten the courage and sacrifice of your son and his family. We thank you."
of California

"we miss you. yesterday ...today...always."

"Never Forgotten"
Antonio of LA

"We Will never forget Holguin!"
Frank of Texas

"Spec. Holgiun, time marches on and our love, respect, and appreciation for your sacrifice keeps pace. We will not forget you."
Colin Crow of Hot Springs North Carolina

"Hey Holguin...thinking about the good times together and that great laugh of yours. Miss you bro"
of Texas

"We have not forgotten. Because we live, you live too!"
of California

"Another Memorial Day and your loss still hurts. We miss you very much but we are also very proud of you."

"Every day bro. See you soon my friend."
Aaron Salinas of Fort Worth, TX

"We miss you every day. We Remember"

"Son, it has been nine years since we lost you. It still hurts as if it had happened today. We miss you so much. We miss your humor, laugh, the excitement you brought to our lives, and the love you blessed us with. Until we are all together again, know that we are proud of you and we love you."
Dad, Mom, Javier of Elderwood, California

"My family has not forgotten this fine young man's sacrifice. Thank you."
Colin Crow of Hot Springs NC

"I find myself missing you these days. You still live in our hearts and memories."
Daniel Larios of Paso Robles, CA

"I miss you man. I miss those nights in the Germany barracks. Try to do right by you and those we lost during that deployment... I still try to do that mickey mouse laugh you use to do.

One day we will meet again in Valhalla, until then may you watch over your family."
Rumler of PA

"Honored, loved, remembered...Always
Miss you Holguin!"
of Texas

"we honor you by remembering you and all fallen soldiers...we must not forget the ultimate price paid for our freedoms. We remember you Holguin!"
Antonio of Los Angeles, California

"We miss you and will always remember you."
From The Saesee of Visalia ca

"God bless you all. We all truly appreciate your service to our country. We all love you and pray for all of you."
Rylie Weeaks of Visalia, Ca

"you are honored and remembered; not only today, but everyday. Wish you were here but know you're in God's army now...watchin over us...see you on the other side....!"

"we celebrate your life-today on your birthday; sharing stories, laughing, crying...you are remembered and honored. Not only today, but everyday...ILTW...you and your family are not forgotten"
Frank of CA

"We are saddened by learning of the loss of your beloved son, a true American hero and his precious life given up for the cause of freedom. God Bless you and your family and pl accept our heartfelt condolences."
Maria Orozco of Laguna Hills, CA.

"post photos to view --always remembered"

"Honored and Remembered in the hearts of those you knew....not just on Memorial Day, but each and every day."
John of CA

"we have not forgotten your service and ultimate sacrifice...you are honored and remembered; you and your family is kept in prayer"
Norberto of Fresno

"Holguin Family 785-579-6897 Sincerly Carol Vicente"
Carol Vicente of Junction City Ks,

"Im so sorry my cell phone got diconnected but here's my house phone call im sorry iv'e been going through alot lately..."
carol vicente of junction city ks.

"Carol - we called but number you left is disconnected"
holguin Family

"Hello to the holguin family iv'e been searching for manuel's family me and my husband were stationed over sea's and in june 2006 we got back to fort riley i found a black medal bracelet with your son's name on it and the day he was K.I.A iv'e been looking for you so that i can send it to you it's been 5 long years i put it away when i couldn't find the family the reason i brought it out and started searching again was because i lost my husband 4 months after he got home in a car accident and memories are what keeps me and my four girls going i would like to give it to you or send it too any of his family i just want to put it in the right hands god bless...Carol 785-307-0012"
carol of junction city ks

"miss you every second, every day..always on our minds....forever in our hearts"

"I had posted a picture of Manuel on facebook in the 2-6INF veterans page, he was my litle homie in OIF 1&2 I also have pictures when we re-pinned his Specialist rank when he got promoted, if anyone wants that pic hit me up on facebook. here: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=5714&o=all&op=1&view=all&subj=183956132317&aid=-1&id=100000772777384&fbid=100341170001642#!/photo.php?pid=6013&op=1&o=all&view=all&subj=183956132317&aid=-1&oid=183956132317&id=100000772777384"
Garcia of Arizona

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"I barely got to know you in Qatar just weeks before your passing. You will always live in my memory and my life is always in debt to you and the other true heroes.
SGT David Repp
US Army (Iraq 2005/2006)"
David Repp of Austin, Tx

"Re: SPC Manuel J Holguin

I represent PRAYER SHAWLS 4 FALLEN SOLDIERS (PS4FS), an organization that since October 2007 has sent over 2,800 prayer shawls to military families who have lost a loved one. We are an organization of over 240 groups from all over the country. We make every effort to reach families even when post cards are returned after they have moved. Would you kindly send me a contact email/address so that we may send a loving hand-made prayer shawl to the family? Thank you!

Cozette Haggerty, Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers
Email: ps4fs@charter.net
Website Address: http://webpages.charter.net/ps4fs/shawls"
Cozette Haggerty of Wilbraham, Mass.

"To the family of:Manuel J. Holguin I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief. He died a hero defending freedom and we are so grateful for anyone defending our freedom.
Know that I am praying for the peace of God that surpasses all understanding for you and that one day we will all meet in Heaven where we will rest in the arms of Jesus.
If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with please call my Pastor at Gateway Community Church, Reverand John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd Covington Ga. 30016 Phone 770- 787- 1015 (fax)770-787-8215.Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew"

"I want to first send my sympathy to the Holguin Family. Now I remember him as never letting things get to him. I was with him in the first tour to Iraq. He was a real genuine person. I carry a picture of him an the guys in my breast pocket each day. So when I become complacent in my job, I use it to realize just how real it is to be a soldier. Thanks for standing on my heels Bro! R.I.P my brother till we meet again at our final resting spot."
SGT William Barlow of Texarkana, Texas

"June 13, 2008
To the family of Spc. Manuel J. Holguin:
Manuel 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

"I love you Manuel. i miss you. you'll always be in my heart."
Jessica Holguin of Farmersville, ca 93223

"Hey Holguin, this is Lopez homeboy. I miss you dogg. Remember when we was in Iraq and we was talkin' about visitin' eachother when we got back man? You was gonna drive from Northern Cali and I was gonna drive from Southern Cali. We was supposed to meet up somewhere in the middle. I really wish we could've made that trip man. Well I re-enlisted man. They stationed me at Madigan at Ft. Lewis and then they sent me to Oregon. I think a lot about the good times we had in Kuwait. Like how you was all sore the day after us goin' to the gym. Yeah, you didn't wanna work out anymore after that. And how you use to hook it up with all that Peach Skoal dip. I just wanted to let you know that you ain't been forgotten dogg. I miss you man."
Rafael A. Lopez of Hermiston, OR

"On Sunday May 27th the First Baptist Church of Orlando held a Memorial Day Service to remember those that gave their life in the service of our country in Iraq. Each member was given a flag with the name of a fallen service member and these flags were planted in a field. These flags will remain until July 4th. If was my honor to have the name of Manuel Holguin. My prayers are with his family today. His service and sacrifice provide my freedom. He is not forgotten."
Chip Headley of Orlando, FL

"I miss you so much and think of you everyday. I'm so proud to call you my nephew. You're in my heart today and always. I love you--Tia Ruth."
Ruth R. Munoz of Phoenix, AZ

"Holguin I miss you so much, I cant believe that your gone. I was there by your side from day one till the end, you will be in my heart for ever. I love you fat boy!"
Tony of La Puente, Ca USA

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Unity Is Strength"(6th Inf. Motto)"

"Hey Brother Manuel Joaquin Holguin We Miss You SOOO Much bro its hard to belive that ur gone i still can remember the time u were always at my house bro we thank you for fighting for our country you a True Hero!! We will never forget you God Bless You and The entire Holguin Family from the Navarro family and all the BOyz Chito,Banda,Tito,Arturo,Didos"
Chito Navarro of Woodlake Ca

"Thank you Manuel Holguin, 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 Spc. Manuel Holguin:
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 Manuel 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 Spc. Manuel Holguin:
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 Manuel, 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