Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pvt. Joseph L. Knott

21, of Yuma, Arizona.
Knott died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his convoy was attacked by enemy forces using small arms fire and an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on April 17, 2005.

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I'll always remember your humble and sweet spirit. Your loss was felt heavily, continue to rest in peace ♡♡"
Christine Jenkins of Fort Hood, TX

"Happy Veterans day, always thinking of you, You are missed."
kari of ft hood

"You are greatly missed Joseph. I was at our old high school the other day and they've put up a memorial for those who have served in the military and has passed away. I was sadden to see your name and so proud to have known you. You were a great friend. You were a great listener."
Stacey of Yuma AZ

"Almost 8 years buddy. still cuts hard. Saw a picture of your name at the state capital. Your brave beyond Measure. I wish it wasn't there and I didn't have to remember every year, But it will never escape me. I saw your Sister when I was back home. Talked to your nephew and showed him the tattoo. Told him your one of the bravest guys I know. We still talk about you, Every Year, we will never forget you. Our walks and talks. Your such a great person. We all miss you."
Megan Elie of New Boston, Tx

"Joe, I still remember how I felt when I heard about the bomb and you. I was completely devastated. You were the one that I could always go to the tent to find and tell my problems to, whether they were big or not. I remember you telling me that when we got to FOB Sykes you were going to build me a real wood bed so I wouldnt have to sleep on a metal cot. You never made it. Every year on the anniversary of your death, I add an oak leaf cluster on the tattoo of your initials on my wrist. Ill never forget you Knotty, you were a good and true friend, and they are so hard to come by, but I was so blessed to have been stationed with you and serve with you. Ill see you again someday, and you better have my bed built by then. <3"
SGT Cassandra Black (Purdy) of Miami, OK USA

"Knotty, still thinking of you Bro."
Jeff Grissom of Colorado Springs

"As the 3d ACR completes it's fourth, and final, tour in Iraq as part of Operation NEW DAWN - we honor those who have laid such a costly sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom... BRAVE RIFLES... God bless you and your family."
CSM Hunt XVIIIth RCSM 3d ACR of COS Kalsu, Iraq - 2011

"Im a so sorry to read about this. It interests me tho, in the fact that my last name is knott.. just wondering is this a cousion or uncle I never knew about.. if there is any of his family that may read this, please contact me at my email. Gandi85@hotmail.com deepest condolences to the family of joseph knott"
ben knott of richmond indiana

"Stillin missing him.. Everyday."
Megan Elie of Plano,Tx (Formerly Yuma,Az)

"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 E. Steiner of Worthington, OH

ans of AR

"its sad that so many people die because of stupid people that do not want peace its crual and unushil punishment that we should not have to go through nor anyone else and i think we should praise these brave and heroic people who die for there country"
alicia simmons of Morrilton,AR

"April 15, 2009
To the family of Pvt. Joseph L. Knott:
Joseph 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 went to basic training with Joe. He and I were in the same platoon, in the same room the entire time. We lost contact afterwords. If you are in his family or just a friend please email me at inkstabandloveme@yahoo.com, I have been trying to find a way to contact his family for the past few years and I finally found this. Sgt Andrew Young"
Andrew Young of Clarksvill TN

"To The Parents of PFC Knott:
Wow, 3 years ago today. How can a parent ever forget this day. I think of you folks often as my son is back over there on his 3rd mission. SGT Ryan, Matthew. He still speaks of Joe and the fine young man that he was. I am sure Joe is watching over his fellow soldiers at fiddlers green and is our hero!! I would enjoy an email back. northernyank64@yahoo.com"
Carol of Farmington, Maine USA

"I still think about you everyday. God bless you, it seems like just yesterday we were sitting out side the tent talking about females. I miss you and always will remember you. BRAVE RIFFLES"
SPC Mills of Fort Carson, CO

"It has been three years, and not a day goes by that I don't think about that month. I will always remember you. I am back taking the fight to them. I will carry on where you left off."
Spc. Christopher Wooten of BIAP, Baghdad, Iraq

"hey joe, i really miss you, we all miss you, i just think of all the good times we both had, i will never forget you or your family, thank you so much for your friendship, love always, cpl.burton(jay) 702-300-0163"
cpl.burton, of yuma az usa

"hey joe, i really miss you, we all miss you, i just think of all the good times we both had, i will never forget you or your family, thank you so much for your friendship, love always."
cpl.burton,b of yuma az usa

"To the family of:Joseph L. Knott 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"

"Every Memorial Day from now on I will do something for the great memory of Joseph . This last Memorial day me and my battle buddy, Bob took our friends and family on a camping trip in Joseph’s honor. It was the first of many. I had a large sticker made in Joseph honor to go on the back window of my truck. When people ask “what's the sticker for ?” I answer them by telling a story of a very young soldier that fought for his country and gave the ultimate sacrifice, one that will never be forgotten. He was way too young to go at his age. He even said that he wished he had, had more fun before deploying to war. My heart will always go out for Joseph, his family, friends, and comrades. I miss you Jo…(former SPC Farmer 2/3acr 43 CEC) Now Chapin VFW 1950"
Brian Farmer of 13595 Cedar Street,Trona, CA 93562

"Joe Knott, What can i say, This man was amazing. He was my section leader in Band, He was my classmate , and he was my friend. I miss him more than i could have ever imagined, His Loss hit me Hard. I still go to his plack here in Yuma and cry..I go to his Grave and Cry. His Death is not In vain. He will always be in my heart. I even got a Tattoo On my Leg with his name on it. He is Fallen, But Will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. Hooah, I love you and Miss you!"
Megan Outlaw ( Underwood ) of Yuma, Az USA

"PFC Knott was my Soldier, and a better Soldier and man I have never known. He was the heart of our Platoon and his loss will be with us forever. I miss you Trooper. See you at Fiddlers Green"
SSG Matthew Hodges of Fort Carson, CO

"An amazing soul in such a young body. He was a great inspiration to many of us. He was a astonishing determining assertive leader. We miss you so much Joe. Best of wishes to your mother, father and sister. I know its hard but we will all cope for the best. One of the greatest people I have ever known, has def. left a mark in my heart. He helped from wandering into the wrong paths in life. Was there for me in my worst times. I miss you Joe."
Liz M. of Yuma, AZ

"My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family and I thank God for unselfish Americans like Joseph, for without them I would not live in a free country"
Jan Frissen of The Netherlands

"To the family of PVT Knott:
My thoughts and prayers go out to you folks each and everyday. My son was with your loved one. He was on that mission. PVT Matthew Ryan speaks soft, kind words of his fallen brother. May God Be With You"
Carol of Farmington, ME USA

"To the family of PVT Knott:
My thoughts and prayers go out to you folks each and everyday. My son was with your loved one. He was on that mission. PVT Matthew Ryan speaks soft, kind words of his fallen brother. May God Be With You"
Carol of Farmington, ME Franklin

"thanks for your bravery and soldiery my brother god be with you and all your fallen brothers.A true no limit soldier."
pfc,velasquez of winooski,vertmont,usa

"Thank you joseph i may not have known you but i was your cousin and i plan to one day go into the army but thank you so very much for serving this country for me to be sitting here in my barracks at Howe MIlitary School training to be like you. thank you. i love you. i kow you now cant read this message but i wish you could, i pray that you could still be here right now but you cant. thank you."
Thomas Jarkewicz of Howe MIlitary School, Howe, Indiana

"Joe, i miss you so much! You were one of the best guy friends anyone could ever have. I thank you so much for the sacrafice you made for our country in hopes of making it a better place. I will never forget the wonderful presence you brought into my life and to those around you. My prayers go out to your family. I can't wait till the day when i can see you face to face in heaven and give you a great big hug and thank you for the ultimate sacrafice. Save me a place."
Elizabeth of Yuma, Arizona

"Joseph I say this to you because I know you can hear me... Your contribution to America is the glue that keeps this nation whole... It was an Honor when I met you in High School, and it was an Honor to be there when you first joined... Your family grieves and I grieve... You still serve... In our hearts, soles, and in our prayers... I will not forget why we are here and who you are and will always be.... An American Hero."
SSG Matthew Leon US Army Recruiter of Yuma, AZ, USA

"Brave Rifles..."
Paul Brian Michalak of Byron,MN U.S.

"I didn't know you Joseph. I read the account of your last minutes of life, your words, your actions. I saw your photo on TV. Thank you for having the courage to do what so many cannot. You are a hero. We owe you so much"
Debi Farrell of Tuba City, AZ



"Thank you Pvt Knott for the greatest sacrifice. I never knew you in this life but I know you are with God. You are a hero to me and I will never forget your name."
Spc Lehi Tollestrup of Ft Bragg, NC, USA

"To the family and Friends of Pvt. Joseph Knott.. I have grown up in Yuma my entire life, and although I did not know Joseph I feel like like I lost a good friend. My brother is in the Air Force and due to leave to Iraq in July. I can't imagine feeling what you have had to feel. I know nothing I say will make you feel any better.. but just know Joseph has touched many people by his brave actions. He and his family and friends will be in my prayers."
Lynzee of Yuma, AZ USA

"Thank you all for your Prayers and your strath. Joe was a great kid and has turned out to be a better man. I am thankful that He was a part of my life. Joe has a lot of challenges in his life.But no matter how hard it was he always had a smile. I love him very much and will miss him. To any and all Solders who are reading this or any that are going to join THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. AND GOD BE WITH YOU AUNT JANE"
aunt Jane of Sierra vista, az

"To the family and friends of Joseph,
Our deepest condolences for your loss. Our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. Joseph is truly a American hero and will always be remembered for his ultimate sacrifice. May God bless you during this very difficult time."
Tammy McClain--azquail@att.net of Tucson, Az

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

"Joseph Knott, I salute you and wish you God's speed on your journey. The men around you know that you were doing your job and in time, truth will show if the sacrifice was worth your effort. Regardless, your bravery, strength and committment are admirable. I teach 8th graders and they will know your name. At ease soldier."
Semper Fi. of Nashville Tn.

"To the family of Joseph. His bravery, Valor and Courage wil always be remembered. We honor your Hero. We are grateful for his service and will never forget his sacrifice. God Bless Joseph and his family"
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays and family of Massillon, OHIO

"to the knott family from the wahl family. we are deeply sadden by your lost of joseph. we undertsand your lost. as we lost our son last may 2004. joseph and greg may not have known one another. still both brothers as in a military family. watching over one another as AMERICANS should. joseph has touched many many peoplr. from neighbors, to those in his community, friends, his military family and his own family. joseph was more then asoldier and a hero! he was someone's someone that both can be proud of! for it's obvious both his parents did an excellent job turning joseph into an amazing person. all this is true. by joseph action he didn't lost his life in vain. he will be remembered to Americans for protecting us agaginst terrorism.....those in Iraq will remember joseph for given them freedom. my heart and prays are with joseph and your family. Thanks JOSEPH for making America safe for my grand children!"

"To the family and friends of Joseph L. Knott.

I didn't know your soldier but look forward to the blessed day when I can look upon his face and personally say "Thank you". Many prayers are being said for you and yours during this most difficult of times.

His name will not be forgotten."
Lisa of a small town in Texas

"To Joseph's friends and family:
I'm very sorry for your loss. I hope you know that he is a hero and I know hes a guardian angel to all of you.
To Joseph:
You were so young and I'm sorry if you suffered in any way. You're a hero and they're a lot of people that appreciate your honor and bravery."
Catherine of New York

"Joseph was a sweet guy who I was in the varsity band with back in high school. He seemed to get along with everyone and was an excellent drummer on the drumline. His family will be in my thoughts at this time of grief. I'll miss you, Joe."
Erin of Yuma, AZ/USA

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

"To the family and Friends of Pvt. Joseph Knott,
Your son was a hero and his sacrifice will never be forgotten. I know your pain is overwhelming, and we send our thoughts and prayers to all of you.
We lost our son-in -law in Iraq on 2/17/05. I just know that Joseph and Frankie are walking together where heros walk in heaven. God Bless you and yours."
Elaine Eames of Peoria, AZ

"PV2 Knott was one of the best soldiers in the section. In his short time with us he showed a dedication to his fellow soldiers that was unfathomable. He was a pleasure to be around and will be missed."
CPT Ryan T. Kranc, 3rd US Cavalry

"Thank you Joseph Knott, 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 Pvt. Joseph Knott:
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 Joseph 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 Pvt. Joseph Knott:
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 Joseph, 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