Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Francisco Martinez

28, of Humacao, Puerto Rico.
Martinez was in a convoy in Baghdad, Iraq when an improvised explosive device exploded. He was assigned to B Detachment, 82nd Soldier Support Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on November 4, 2003.

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"I remember nearly 20 years ago (today being 13 Nov 2023) getting the news from SFC Braxton. I was working in Dallas, TX awaiting to rejoin the military. I vividly remember the heat rushing through me as I heard the heartbreaking news of your passing. I remember studying together for the SGT board, the time your arm was broken and you came to work after taking too many pain killers, the time we spent in a foxhole as your AG on the M60 and how I nearly cried laughing when it jammed in training and how you worked frantically to get it operational again, when you would call cadence and sing the Yogi (or Jogi) cadence, and the times we went out together...you were a great friend. In 2013, I began a career in Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED) and did that for nearly a decade. I spoke of you often, honoring your sacrifice and memory. I have periodically seen these postings but never found the words to post. I developed curriculum for the Army that is still being used today to enhance the readiness for other Soldiers. I took the job personal, desperately working to ensure others would not meet the same fate. I'm thankful for all you did for your country, your family, and for protecting future Soldiers. You are one of our nation's heroes. You are my hero. Thank you for always being the tip of spear in all that you did all while being full of life with a full smile while you did it. May you rest well my friend."
Cory Durbin of Manhattan, KS

"I was watching videos of homecomings and they always made me cry then I came across yours of Frank Martinez and balled like none other of them. I too served. I came home but my heart really goes out to those who made the ultimate sacrifice like Frank. I salute you and your family for the sacrifice that Frank made for our country. I pray the God bless you and your family!"
Bryon Franklin of Dallas, Texas USA

"It has been many years since you have been gone but you have always lived in my memory. Thank you SGT Martinez for all that you have done for us! We miss you very much."
Aga Fisher of Tampa, FL

"My man, I remember you from AIT at Ben. Those days were the best. You were in a different class as you were a H and I was a B. Many times we did PT together and Korea too. You were in the PSBs and I was in an S1 up at Howze. I remember you fondly. I too would end up at Bragg, after Korea.That was in 96 and again, I was in an S1. You were on the hill with Tagorda and them. Tagorda, I also remember. After all of that time at Bragg, you stayed and I left back to Korea and then the MDW for a few years. All of a sudden an event called 9/11 would forever shape our lives. I experienced it first hand as I was stationed at Myer at the time. At any rate, A few weeks later I was called by MSG Schipper (my former Drill Sergeant at Ben) from branch. It was time to PCS. He informed me that he could get me a sham jump slot in Corps. I told him to send me to the 75th. I had gotten an article 15 and was still on track to Corps. Due to a SNAFU from the 15,as I was PSCing, I was sent back to Division. While in replacement I was interviewed by a couple E7s, and was due to go up on the hill. Because of my AR15 that I thought was valid and found out that afternoon that it was not, I was wearing SPC rank. From what I understand, it was I who was supposed to be in your spot that day. I remember when I was told that I was going back on the street. I did not think much of it then. It all hit me the day that you died, in November 2003. I was in ADSO, at the time. It is a guilt that I will forever carry. I know that you would show up at a 30 year reunion of Ben classmates. I am sure that you know Ben is gone. I think about you then and the others from that time. I choose to remember us that way. We were kids there and men, when you died. I miss you brother. It's my fault that you are gone. It should have been me."

"In order to truly understand the passion and dedication this phenomenal soldier had for the uniform and service to the nation you would have to go back to his teenage years during his time as a Cadet in Puerto Rico’s Humacao Cadet Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. The values and the discipline that were instilled on us at such a young age is what drove him to be one of the best soldiers to serve in the greatest military this world has ever seen.

Nunca te olvidaremos Martínez! Rest easy my brother."
ALFREDO LABOY II, Colonel, USAF of Humacao, Puerto Rico

"Hey Frankie your Bday in heaven coming soon. I first met Francisco while serving in Korea back in 95, we then attended jump school together and then Bragg. I was assigned to the 82nd MP Co and occasionally bumped into him and like all ways joked and clowned around.I learned of his pass while also serving in iraq in 2003. I never read the Army times and regret the day I picked up a copy and learned of your passing. To his family I wanna tell you guys that his laughter and joking around will always keep him well alive and my deepest condolences. I might know a few on this page but will like to connect and keep his memory alive. Feel free to drop me an email jcsanti04@gmail.com"
Julio santiago 82nd MP Co. of NYC NY

"I miss you something terrible my sweet Frankie! I was Frankie's fiancé at the time of his passing and am in touch with his family. I live in garner, nc area. His family is in Puerto Rico, NY, and Florida. If anyone is trying to reach them you can contact me on Facebook. Jamie Fotch or via email jmeleetn@gmail.com"
Jamie Fotch of garner, nc. USA

"Frank, miss you and think of you, hard to think it has been Ten Years, God Bless.

To who may want to contact Franciscos mom, let me know."
Uncle AB Ravelo of Baton Rouge, LA

"big mart, im still pushing forward in this fight because of great Soldiers I had in the past. without a doubt, i would not of been here if you along with the Soldiers in 82d did not support me. til this day, I still pray for your family and during deployments I constantly think about those that have not made it back. still hurting til this day and still trying to get over this one for sure."
1SG Britton of FT EUSTIS, VA

"You died so other could live
Thank you for your service & sacrifice"
Gregory Stovall of Brooklyn NY

"We meet in basic training because you stood out from the rest"! You were always ready to help no matter what! We had our ups and downs but you would always know that Angel and I love you to the moon and back! Please! Dose anyone have his patents number or address? Mommysuarez01 @gmail.com"
Angela Suarez(Gonzalez) of Kissimmee, FL

"Does anyone know where his parents live? I would fly there to give them the honors of a Eagle Feather?"
Theresa of Tampa, Flordia

"SGT Martinez,
Your passing still bothers me today. I do talk about you today to a lot of people. As a Native American sister. I appreciate what you did, you gave you life my Army brother. I will never the night we were told. I almost feel guilty for being alive. You truly deserve a Eagle Feather. If I could find your parents, or brother or whomever. I have one for you my BROTHER!!
Jumpmaster Blue Bird"
Theresa of Tampa, Florida,USA

"10 years ago today you were taken from this world... You will remain forever young, forever handsome, forever our Frankie! Love you always, Jamie Lee 11/04/13"
Jamie Fotch of Garner, NC

"You are in our thoughts and prayers this Memorial Weekend. You will not be forgotten."
The Zapf Family of Southport, NC, USA

"To the best M60gunner that ever lived, for protecting your Country, our freedom, and your commanding officer in Korea Company A, 509th PSB (Rock Steady), and for showing extreme bravery and courage. I, along with a grateful Nation Salute you! RIP until we meet again."
Major (Retired) Curtis Taylor of Stockbridge, Georgia, USA

"27 Jul 2012 I miss and love you Bro...Continue to look over us.........

Lil Bit"
Monique Knight-Jacobs of Jacksonville, NC

"Today is the anniversary of your death, I was there in Iraq when you were taken. It was one of the sadist days of my military career. Today I sit a have a drink with and remember you and how you were always willing to help your fellow soldier. I was there in the PSB with. You may be gone but you are not forgotten because you are with me everyday. You are missed brother!"
SFC Thomas R Jones of Atlanta, Ga

Today I did some miles for you for Run for the Fallen. It really sucks that your gone. However, you live forever in the memories of friends and family. AIRBORNE!
Then SPC Garza (S1)
2LT Joseph Garza QM"
Joseph Garza of Ft.Lee, VA/USA

"Happy bday you have played such a vital role on my military career Iam truely greatful to have know u god bless u will never be forget. Love always Ssg medina penny"
roselyn of ft bragg

"I served with SGT Martinez in the 82d SSB; he was in B Co as I was in HHC, working as the mailclerk. I was in Korea when I received the news of SGT Martinez' passing and what a sad day it was. SGT Marinez was such a sweet person...I remember going to room to see what correspondence courses he had completed or just visting--before leaving, I would always ask him to give me one of his bamboo stalks that he was growing; I know he had to have at least 4 or 5 in his room and each time I would leave empty handed--he probably thought that I was just joking around with him. I also remember the time that we all had our routine 12 mile ruckmarch in Area J-SGT Martinez went above and beyond the call of duty, he ensured that he made/went over the rucksack weight requirement by adding weights, among other thing to his sack; he definitely gave 110%.....he was a true Airborne warrior and will be deeply missed. SGT Martinez...You will never be forgotten."
1LT Tashana Menzie (Simmons) of Kapolei, HI

"Dearest Frankie, I spoke to your Dad this week and am planning a trip to visit him in PR. I will be sure to come to the National Cemetary there in San Juan to visit your grave :'(. Also chatted with your brother Bam and little sister Lizbeth. I invited her to come visit me I hope she will! You live on in my heart forever and you family is now my family. Blessings my dear!"
Jamie F. of Garner, NC

"Thinking of you just heard our song!"
jamie f. of garner, nc

"who knew, 2 days after I spoke to you I was going to hear that you were gone, I saw you last night in my dreams,you said the same thing you told me when I spoke to you that last day, I will for ever love you, mi primer amor, el dueno de mi alma...I will for ever cherish that last kiss, but Im not worried, Ill keep your memory, youll visit me in my dreams, my darling I miss you"
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"Heavy Drop
Every year November creeps up on us and everything comes back hard. I think having to tell all of our soldiers that day in Iraq that you were gone still remains the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. I read all these comments and see all the soldiers that we served with in the SSB, all the soldiers that you had a positive influence on and it brings back all the memories. You sneaking out a canteen of beer to the field for me on my 21st birthday, you having to wake me and Partins * up after we had missed formation again, all the things you could make with 550 chord. I'm heading out to see SFC Neal and Trimnal like I do every year and we'll sit around and share all the good times that we had. You went All the Way brother and my heart will always hurt for that."
SGT Dorian Mosack

"I first met Sgt. Martinez in 2001, as we watched September 11, we never saw our deployment coming. He was a special, kind hearted man. He loved his family and my prayers go out to his loved ones. We will always miss you and I know that you are in a special place in the skies that you loved flying in. Airborne!!!!!!"
Luis of Miami, FL

"So I thought this would get easier as time passed but it seems as if it gets harder.I remember you being in my hospital room the day I had Nahsir and how you laughed and joked on me but you didnt leave my side. You made sure my parents were good. You went and got me BLUE powerade held the washcloth over my forehead.I remember coming back from Jacksonville and B-Note called me saying stop by the office before I left. And there was DW and Tejeda and B-Note waiting on me. I still cry replaying that moment in my head Blake telling me you were gone. All I felt was hurt and pain. You were my friend my big brother!! I remember your laugh,you always making sure your soldiers were okay. Remember teaching how to drive the LMTV lol how nervous you were because you said I was too short to see the road!!! Man you kept me laughing!!! I miss you so much Bro!!! I love you!!!! Continue to keep a eye on me I know your spirit is covering me. Love Your Little Bit!!!!


"5/26/09 My Dearest Frankie, Yesterday was Memorial Day and you were heavy on my heart. I thanked God for letting our lives hear on earth link. We remembered the day with a bbq and said a special prayer thanking you and all your fallen commrads for the ultimate sacrifice you gave. I went thru the box of your belongings they sent back from IRAQ. Wearing your uniform, looking at your pictures, reading our letters, and holding your dog tags in my hand made me feel extremly close to you; as if you were there beside me. My precious stepdaughter came into the room Alyssa 9 yrs old and asked me if I was ok; I said let me tell you about a HERO his name was Francisco Jimenz Martinez and he gave his life for your and my FREEDOM."
Jamie Fotch of Garner, NC

Where to begin? All of these years later and the pain is still fresh in my heart. You were one of the first people I met when I got to my new home in the 82D. You were always willing to do what it took to help out and get the job done. You were always willing to come pick us up when me and the guys had too much to drink. I remember when I got hurt on Luzon DZ...you were the one that found me out there in the middle of the night, get the medic and carry both of our equipment out of there. You said, "Dammit Partin, now I'm gonna have to carry your stuff back." I still use the vacuum seal packing technique that you taught me. I think of you often and I will never forget you. I will come visit you one day in Puerto Rico.
Your Brother in Arms"
Daniel Partin of Turlock, Ca

"I remember Marty as a dedicated Paratrooper; he was true to the cause. A Soldier’s Soldier. SGT Martinez and I served in B-CO 82 ABN, I served as his SQ LDR and then as his PLT SGT. I remember whenever we had long days at work leading to a late night ABN operation and I'd ask him how he was doing he would say "Sarge the longest day has and end” never one to snivel, and always one that leaders could count on to “make stuff happen”. AKA Heavy Drop he had a never quit attitude that was contagious. On behalf of all paratroopers. ABN ATW! MSG Richardson, Andre."
Andre Richardson of FT Bragg, NC

"nobody will never stop loving you thank u for giving your life for your country"
fransisco martinez of lenox,ia

"November 4, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Francisco Martinez:
Francisco 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

"Novio Mio, I spoke to someone today that had a love one who was in the Army that had also passed on "Randol Scott Shelton Born 8-12-1985 Rest 9-4 2007 -Army" I told them about you and what a wonderful and kind man you were. Your 33rd birthday just came and passed... I called your mother (what a wonderful woman). The 5 year anniversary of your passing is a month away and I will be sure to call and console her that day too. My Baby Girl Kyra will be a year old soon... I am busy planning her 1st Birthday. Her due date was originally Nov 1st and when I went over I begged God not to let her be born on the aniversary of your death and she held out until Veteran's Day to honor you! I know you met her in Heaven and played with her before she came to me and I know you told her to "Love your Mother". You would have made a wonderful Father and I hate that death cheated you of that. Siempre tu amor, Jamie Lee"
Jamie Fotch of Raleigh, NC


My closest friend. I am now getting my heart and soul online in dealing with your death. It has taken me this long to actually speak your name without losing mind. 1SG King, now SGM King, was in a gut wrenching mood that entire day as he walked by me. That evening, he gathered everyone together and told us what happened. Those words have been with me for the past five years.(SSG Francisco Martinez was KIA) My soul dropped, and I lost my bearing. As I am typing these words, the tears are starting to fall all over again. I know that it would be the same if you were still here, and I was the one gone. I miss you so much, bro. The world is not the same. I have written many poems in your memory. Every anniversary, I pour some out for you. We will always have good conversations as we remember the times we had. I will never stop talking to you bro. You will never be forgotten. Until we meet again..."
DW of Fort Bragg, NC

"SSG Martinez, I am deeply saddened by the word of your death. I will always remember your dedication to the Army and to your fellow soldiers. I had the previlage to serve under you, for you were my squad leader when I ETS'd from the Army. I remember you being a dedicated solider, great leader, and understanding friend. I hang the Plaque that you gave me when I ETS'd from the Army in my office for all to see. You will always be remembered as a hero."
Daniel Han (SPC) of Los Angeles, CA

"Marty Mar, this is your battle buddy SSG White, there is so much i wont to say to you...I never can forget that day when GOD took you home. The CSM had to take make outside cause he knew How close we were. I was givin the HONOR to take part in sending you God the best way anyone can go, the 82D way. I love and Miss you dearly...paratroopers dont die they just go to heaven and regroup."
JAMES WHITE of Columbus, GA


"I served with SSG Martinez at the 82ND SSB. I still remember being on jumps with him, he was always making jokes and had everyone around him alway's laughing. You are not forgotten!"
SFC Allen Henning of Seoul, Korea





"Hey frankie
i'm so sad that you are not here with me bro. I really wish we were still in bragg hanging out in the barracks with columna, bobe and i and taking trips to miami to see my sister. Dude i really wish we could talk bro....there are so many thigns that i wish we could talk about and take more trips to south beach and do all the stuff we used to ...you know like the old days. I miss bro..you were always a good friend to have on the my side."
sgt kendrick colon..HHC 2/505 PIR (1995 to 1998) of lee, NH

I can't believe its been 4 years brother, I still remember all the good times we had in the barracks and in good ol Fayetnam. You and your familia are always in my prayers. Que DIOS te bendiga hermano."
Manuel of Lubbock, Tx

"man,... parker, nelson and i surfing the internet just found out the bad news. man i didnt know you all that well, the one memory i have of you is the day we had a road march and you walked till you were dehydrated and clunked out, parker ( the medic at the time ) told me it was one of the worse cases of dehydration he had seen.At the time i though it was funny coz you were the biggest puertorican i have ever seen (alot of heavy you had to carry),... even nelson ( she worked with him ) said he wasnt 100% a day or so later. i have to commend your drive but it was still funny to me. i guess thats when being in the army was still a bunch of fun and games. when bad things did happen but nothing you couldnt laugh at. we are sorry this happened, and were sorry for your families loss.

hunter, parker, nelson

"If anyone has pictures or stories of Marty, I would love to share them.

SGT (Ret.) Christopher Marino of Queen Creek, Arizona


It is hard to beleive that it has been 4 years. I can honestly say that I still think about you all the time.

Whenever we hear "Roxanne" on the radio, Amber and I still sing the same wrong words that you sang. "yes, no" and a between the laughs, a tear always follows.

The friendship that we shared will be with me forever. The leadership, honor and courage that you displayed right to the end encourages me everyday.

You ARE truely missed, brother!

SGT (Ret.) Christopher Marino of Queen Creek, Arizona


"Marty was the first of the Bulldogs that I met. He picked me up from the 82nd Replacement to head over to my new family at the B company. One of the first things he said, or rather yelled to me was "Hurry up and get your bags in the truck. Let's go, let's go private, it's raining! Come on, MOVE IT ATE UP!" and I thought, "Here we go...and they told me I'd be done with this crap after basic...". Well, that was just Heavy Drop for ya, always high speed. It turned out that I'd just met one of the most loyal NCOs and friends I'd ever know. He later ended up as my direct supervisor in the office. Even there, he was a hero and I always thought that if I were to become an NCO that's the kind I'd need to be. He'd never let you work harder than him and if you had a problem, he made it his. He was a stern and demanding NCO but always fair and he never let you forget that he was also a friend and a brother. When it came to defending one of his soldiers he was afraid of no one, enlisted or commissioned. He'd often left me stunned speechless when he'd get right in an officer's face, inches from a article 15 I'm sure, practically yelling something like "It's my soldier, my problem, I'll handle it!...sir". That's someone the army and the world didn't do well to lose. Our loss has never been easy for me to deal with, no matter who I talk to about it, and I still tear up in his memory to this day. I've never met his family but if any of them ever need anything or just want to talk to someone who knew and worked with Frankie, my phone is (315) 806-8183. I would do anything I am capable of to help. Even if it's just to create a smile. Marty did that for us many, many times. To Terrence, my old friend SSG Arthur, and anyone else who feels somehow accountable for Francisco's passing, just remember the last thing he said, "God has bigger things for this man". I know that it might not help much but it just wasn't your place to choose my friends. So, please don't hold any blame on yourself. No one else does and certainly Marty never would. Fransisco Martinez you are truly missed, but whoever has gained you is truly blessed. Carry on brother."
Scott Hall of Fulton, NY/U.S.A.


"My Dearest Frankie, This weekend is Memorial Day Weekend 2007; You are heavy on my mind as always. I want you to know that every weekend I live my life as a Memorial to you. I have something very special to share: My husband and I are expecting a baby in early November. We have been married over a year now; my how time passes. I can't wait to call you Mother and Father and tell them the news. When looking at baby names I found that your name means "FREE" and that now my ANGEL you truely are. I love you forever MY HERO!"
Jamie of Raleigh, NC

"Martinez, it's hard to believe you are gone. The last time we say each other was in 1997 before I went to korea while I was standing on the back step of the PSB barracks you walk by and said "Whats up on Sarge!" I know you are in a better place having fun and helping the angels out :), so I'll say a prayer for your family for their comfort. RIP"
SSG V.A. Harrison of APG, MD

"I served at the "SSG Francisco Martinez" Post office in Baghdad from 2005-2006. It was a great honor to look at Francisco's painting each day and know what a "real hero" is. I was proud that the Army was able to adequately remember Francisco's sacrifice to bring personnel services to the Troopers on the battlefield. Que el Dio bendigalos tu familia siempre."
CPT Jennifer Bocanegra of Fort Bragg, NC



"I met SGT Martinez when I arrived to Camp Casey Korea in Jan 96 after completing a 7 year tour at Fort Bragg. At the time he was young PFC and would always ask me questions about Fort Bragg and being Airborne. It did not surprize me to arrived back to Fort Bragg a year later and see him working at Division PSB. The guy was motivated and built like a tank. A great loss to his family and the 82D becasue he was known by many. My soldiers pick up mail all the time at the post office named after him on Liberty.

1SG Orlando Silva of Camp Stryker, Iraq

"Heavy Drop!

Wussup man. Well, it's been about three years and now i'm about ta head back out ya know. Hey I just want to ask you to watch me and the team out there. Man I miss you a lot dude. You were my first boss and you really made me feel comfortable around you. You will be missed for real. Take care and drop us a line every now and then.

Willie Mack of Fort Bragg

"Army Sgt. Francisco Martinez-
I never knew you, but we were in the same unit in the 82d, I was there when we were still a PSB-
After reading all of your memorial messages, I cried. My tears flowed and I let the pain of you and all of my brothers and sisters who have gave all for this country and the Iraqis, who have carried on the torch since I got out in 2001 because of a broken spine, fighting, dying and becoming the heroes who we may have lost there-Are now home, flow freely-I didn't care who heard my sobs. There is so much love here for you, as well as with all of the others on this site.
An APO named after you! That is such an honorable and traditional thing for those who knew...do.

I know you made an impact on your soldiers.
Do not worry, you are being avenged, and when they die, they have to stand before the Almighty and answer for their murderous sins.
You sounded like a just man, a good man, a good leader a great Paratrooper.
On this New Year's Eve of 2007, I will tip my glass your way, toast you and all of those lost, I'm sure a tear will fall in my glass.
God Bless you in heaven, may you rest in peace, and when Jesus comes to claim his children, I'm sure you will be one of the chosen.
Luegos mi amigo....Until we are standing side by side in the foxhole as friends in Heaven-My love to you and yours.
Jeff Erickson
Bravo Detachment 82d PSB
US Army - 1989-2001"
of Alexandria, Va.

"My brother, my friend, my dearly missed friend. for the time we spent together in basic training back in Humacao (UPR) I came to know you as a very good friend (MY BATTLE). Someone who amongst very few I could truly talk to and admire. You have true strength in your heart as a great person. Last time I saw you brother was PR then we had a conversation when I got commision as an officer and you were recently promoted to NCO we were so proud of each other was just like basic again, we were able to catch up on events over that past years. You had just begun to live life, it is hard to believe that God has chosen you to stand by his side so quickly. though I know strongly deep down in my heart and soul that your are in good company my brother. I know (CHUITO) is with you standing at your side, as well as other brothers in arms. your time here with us was brief yet more than rewarding and appreciated. I know that one day we will cross paths again and will once again make up for lost time, and until then I shall remember you in my heart always. Mi hermanito took me three years to said hasta luego not an easy task. Frankie, I am so proud of you!!!

With so much love and respect,"

"I'm kinda late to say something I think!! , but I personally knew Francisco I used to hang out with him in the barracks althought I wasnt in his unit, he was a great guy and when I heard about what happened to him by someone else that hardly knew him I was in disbelieve, but rest in peace Francisco we love ya!!!"
Sgt Jose Ortiz former 82nd Airborne Division proud soldier All the Way!!! of Orlando, Florida

Jamie Hill of Raleigh, NC

"Today marks the 3 year anniversay of your passing. I spoke to your mother last night on the phone. She is placing a red rose on your grave from me today. I can not believe 3 years have already passed. I still miss you everyday darling. You will forever live in my heart! Siempre tu novia, Jamie"
Jamie Hill of Raleigh, NC

"To the Family and Friends of Francisco Martinez. I just wanted you to know that my unit works in the Camp Victory South, Iraq Army Post Office. Our Post Office is named in memory of your loved one. There is a beautiful memorial of SSG Martinez in our lobby for all patrons to see. We take great pride and care to see that it is up kept and always clean as to never forget his brave service. His spirit lives on today and we are proud to remember him everyday we complete our postal mission delivering mail on dangerous routes and to Soldiers in Baghdad! We are almost done with our tour and today I reflected on how selfish many of us have been in our complaints and gripes after trying to imagine just what SSG Martinez sacrificed and the sorrow and pain his family and friends have been through. May God continue to comfort you and we will all see SSG Martinez in the Promised Land. We will always be proud of the service and the name our location bears.
1LT Mark Lee
OIC-Francisco Martinez Army Post Office. Camp Victory South, Iraq
Oct 3, 2006"
1LT Mark Lee of Camp Victory, Iraq

"well it took me along time to except the fact that you are gone it been almost three years since u been gonna i still dont understand where our convoy went wrong and most nights i wish you could switch places with me. you where always very positive and trying to help everyone. i pray that your family is doing better. i dont have much but if they ever need anything please feel free to call 954 547 8806"
sgt medina of korea

"well it took me along time to except the fact that you are gone it been almost three years since u been gonna i still dont understand where our convoy went wrong and most nights i wish you could switch places with me. you where always very positive and trying to help everyone. i pray that your family doing better. i dont have much but if they ever need anything please feel free to call please call. 954 547 8806"
sgt medina of korea

"Marty Mar, I really don't know where to start. You were my jump buddy on my first jump as a bulldog. Man I miss those times. Sweating the tape after a PT test. So many nights I sit around and think about the future. I feel like it is my fault. You were scheduled to go with Alpha FAST, and I begged and begged until they switched us. If you were in Afghanistan instead of Iraq, you would still be here. I have so much pain in my heart for you and your family. Nothing has went right since you have been gone. Maybe it's my way of killing myself for your death. It has been years past since you left us, but I still can't seem to let it go. I guess you should know that I changed my MOS to Mortuary Affairs. I feel it's the least I can do. I felt so helpless when the casualty phone rang, and they stated your name. I dropped the phone and instantly fell to pray. I miss you man. You will always be my airborne buddy. Heavy drops lead the way! Airborne all the way!"
SSG Jimmy L. Arthur of Fort Lee, VA

"You died honarbly for your contry.You will go down in history as a hero.Every one will for ever be grateful to you."
Francisco Garcia Martinez of Woodlake, C.A. U.S.A.

"Frankie boy...wow..here it is..a lil over a year later and were still all missing you like crazy. Me and Patrick were talking about how at school we used to do some crazy stuff...you guys always had your ways of making me laugh. I am honored to have been a friend of yours and I will always remain so. You are always remembered and we love you and miss you very much. Memories of you are precious, and I pray, wherever you are, that you know this. To Frank's parents and Jamie, I pray that God comforts you through this time. God Bless."
Maria (Mary) Cardenas of Fort Worth, TX

"I served in a different unit during Operation Iraqi Freedom, but I was stationed at Camp Falcon with Sgt. Martinez. Of all the soldiers I came across, I remember Sgt. Martinez because of his dedication and determination to complete missions to the best of his ability. You don't come across individuals like Sgt. Martinez very often and I am so fortunate to have known and worked with him. Thank you for your service, Sgt. Martinez. You will always be remembered in my mind."
Sgt. Jon K of Fargo, ND

"Frankie, I cannot believe that you are no longer with us. When you know someone so long, you can't understand not having them around anymore. We met in AIT, then went to Korea and Bragg together. Those were some great years, buddy. We lost touch over the years after, but I still think of the good times roommate, and you're still my best friend. I look at our talent show video and old photos from time to time and reminisce on the good times. Thanks for the spanish lessons! Your family should know that you loved them and spoke of them often, especially your mother. I will deliver some photos and videos of you to your family that I still have. I know they will cherish them as I do. Take care buddy and save me a spot. We will never forget what you meant to us..."
Nathan of North Carolina

"Mi primo del alma no pude compartir contigo en los ultimos anos pero siempre te recordare con infinito carino"
Karyn Martinez of spring hill, fl

"Francisco, I have been looking at the screen for a few minutes waiting for my fingers to start writing but is still way hard. I went to PR to see your familly,,, shared a few things with your Dad. Bro, thanks for all the help and all the things you did for me. Do you remember when you said: " Apaga el abanisco de techo porque el motor se le va a cansar" dude we really got a nice risas out of that one or the times that we were at It'z with Jose, Pedro, Dominic, Eddie, and all the guys.... You never let me down bro and I miss you so much.... I would like to trade places with you because you were a better man than me. Era mi turno no el tuyo. When my time comes I hope you are there so we can talk one more time, I hate the fact that we wont be able to wash the cars on saturdays but maybe we will find something to do.... tu me distes tu amistad and I will keep it here on earth and later there were you at. Hey, maybe we will be able to chasse some angels around... Siempre te tendre en mente mi Hermano, Siempre estaras aqui."
Elvin Medina (Tall Alex) of San Juan Puerto Rico

""Heavy Drop" "Bimbo" Boy we miss you. You will always be remembered in this family for all the moments we spent together. May God be with your family and the rest of us soldiers that still serving because I know you are with him now. For your good heart, sincere frienship I will always carry your bracelet in my right hand, I promise! AIRBORNE, ALL THE WAY!
Osorio Family, Ceiba PR."
SSG Hugo Osorio of Fort Hood

"I served in Iraq, camp falcon, with Sgt. Martinez. I wasn't around him much because I was in a different unit. But when I was around him he always seemed to be one of the best NCO's I'd ever met. He was great at raising morale of other troops. And was a great person as well as soldier. He will be missed."
hall of missouri

"The Martinez Family & Friends,
My son served with Francisco in Baghdad and I learned of your tragic loss shortly after. It was a sad time for all the families of the 82nd SSB as we felt the loss of a brave and courageous young man. I still cry for your son and feel the pain of a mother every time I revisit this site which is full of memories, love and respect. May your love for your son keep your spirit warm and his memory alive. God Bless You All!"
Becky Campbell of Mount Airy, MD/USA

"To the family of Francisco Martinez, 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. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with you 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. Your friend in Jesus Christ."
Polly Ballew of Covington Ga. U S A

"To Frankie's Dear precious family--I didnit get to meet Frankie but I would have loved him. I am Jamie's Mom and I know how she hurts and can only image your loss also. I pray that you find comfort in God's Word and that a peace that passes all understanding come your way. I am thankful that we have that assurance of a home in Heaven. May God truly bless each one of you. Frankie --thank you young man for your love for family, friends, and country."
Faith of Morristown, TN USA

"My Dearest Frankie, I am so glad we met back in 1995 and became friends but I am even more pleased that our paths crossed again before you were deployed and we had the opportunity to share so much more. Not a day goes by that you are not on my mind! Every time I think of you our song comes on “Here Without You/3 Doors Down”. You know the one! I use to picture you listening to it in Iraq and thinking of me back here in the US, now I thinking of you in Heaven while I am back here on earth. Is this song playing on the radio a sign from you to let me know your still there? I just wanted you to know you were my future and it would have been my honor to be your wife and the mother of your children. You would have made such a wonderful father too. Remember our plans of going to Puerto Rico to meet your family and NY and FL well I still went… I love everyone. They have welcomed me into the family as one of their own. Your Father and Mother and all your brothers and your little sister too. They are like my own family now. I got to meet all the rest of the gang as well. All your nieces and nephews you told me about and that best friend of yours is awesome! I hope you could see us at the party we had in your honor. Your Dad, Brother, and his lady all made it for a visit and your fellow soldiers from Ft. Bragg and other friends too. We rode around in that stretch Hummer and had a blast. There was only one thing missy baby and that was YOU! Our song came on at the end of the night to let me know you were there with me in spirit I just wept. I love you! All our hopes and dreams were shattered on November 4th when God called one of his soldiers home. I am so glad we talked that morning. One of your sergeants told me the last words you said were that god has bigger things for this man. I have a new hope and dream that I will see you in Heaven as you open the pearly gates for me.(from your CD) I know now that you are a warrior in God’s Army watching over us and protecting us. You are my hero mi amor! Siempre tu novia (Forever your girl), Jamie

PS. You know how we were going to go Skydiving, well I went in your honor and it was a blast and now I am on my 32nd jump. I live everyday for you and in your honor. Thank you for all your support when it came to my company baby. I miss you more that words can express…"
Jamie of Raleigh NC USA

I knew you when we were both specialists in the 82nd PSB. I will always remember your laugh and the good times we had especially playing football during division week and leading the PSB to a tournament championship. You were and always will be a kind warrior in my memory.
I think of you often.
Ako Baye Stafford of Baton Rouge LA


I'm so sorry this had to happen to you. I should have drove that day, but I didn't. That's all I can say."
Terrence Fagan of Tulsa, Oklahoma


You were one of my first friends when I was a young paratrooper in the 82nd. You pinned me to SGT, I will always remember you and your big smile. You made a great impression on me from the moment I met you until the moment I was told of your death. My husband and I will remember going out with you and having a blast, all the fun and laughter that we shared. Thanks for looking out for me on my first jump. You are always in my mind, heart and soul! Love ya"
Michelle Weegmann of Washington, D.C.

"franckie, I will never forget you were my first love and best friend even after 14 years of friendship, today I still feel you here I can still hear your voice, you will live forever in my heart, you will always have a place in me, I will remember the last words we told each other on Oct. 30, "te quiero para siempre" we will see each other somewhere, some time... love you forever
ivy of new jersey

"To Francisco and his friends and family. A fallen soldier fighting for our country to fight for our freedom...Rest in Peace"
ross of connecticut

"This old paratrooper will never forget the brotherhood of the greatest division in the world. My heart hurts for my brother. May you rest in peace."
Anthony of Denver, CO

"Paratrooper never die they just merely slip away!!! Airborne All The Way"
Fellow Paratroopers of 82d PSB, Ft. Bragg, NC

"Marti Mar,
The last words I spoke to you were see you in a couple of months.I never thought that I would have to wait longer than that. I miss you and love you so much. Thank you for being a true Non Commissioned Officer for setting the standards being a true leader. When your godson gets old enough to understand you better believe that I will tell him the story of his godfather fighting to his last breath to set a country free. I love you but GoD loves you best!!!"
Knight aka Lil Bit of USA AAS, Ft Bragg, NC

"Martinez, may you rest in peace and may God comfort your loved ones."
Ted Rivera of Fajardo, Puerto Rico

"Dear Friend,
We both shared the same passion for our country. It is hard to believe you are gone. Ever since we were young, drilling with the Civil Air Patrol and the day we signed on the dotted line to serve this great nation. I will never forget "the day", we signed up. This was also the last time we would see each other. I wish I could have seen you one last time. My friend I wish I would have a chance to see you one last time when we were overseas.

See you in heaven my friend!

God bless you,

SGT. Diaz, A
Al Diaz of St. Petersburg, Fl/USA

"To the family and friends of Francisco (Marty) Martinez.
Francisco is greatly missed! He was adored by all who served in the 82nd SSB. He was one of the soldiers with whom I first encountered while stationed at Ft Bragg NC. Being a young soldier away from home for the first time, Frankie taught me so much and I thank him for all of his knowledge and expertise thoughout the 3 years I was there. Rest assured you can be proud of him for what he did not only for his country but for his fellow soldiers. SGT Martinez was not only a great soldier but an outstanding friend! I remember hanging out with him Blaze, and Chris after work and on the weekends having fun in the barracks with out a care in the world. Who would have known it would have ended up the way it did. Stay strong my friends we will all be reunited again one day. Airborne all the way and God speed! Frankie you are greatly missed and loved.

Forever your friend SGT Orona"
David Orona of Yakima, WA, USA

"Airborne Paratroopers never die!
God bless you for everything...
Que Dios te bendiga…"
SFC Luis R. Mercado-Rodriguez of Ponce, Puerto Rico

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

"To the family and friends of Frankie. Words cannot express the void left in our hearts and in our days since the passing of Frankie. He was a hero to us all before he ever got on the plane to Iraq. A mentor, a teacher, a big brother, and family to so many of us, we are greatly saddened by his loss. We contiue to serve and be strong, in the honor of Frankie and we know he is watching over us all. Our prayers and strength go out to the Martinez famliy. Thank you for blessing us with your son."
Maria Crandall of Fort Bragg, NC, USA

"To Sgt Martinez's Family:
Though we are strangers, we want you to know how sorry we are your Francisco was taken from you. He is our hero. We will never forget. You are in our hearts."
Carol & Larry Miller of Tampa, Florida (2/24/04)

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

"Rest in peace brave soldier!"
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Fair winds and following seas Francisco, your sacrifice will not be forgotten."
LT Eduardo Gomez of Sicily, Italy

"Thank you Francisco Martinez, 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. Francisco Martinez:
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 Francisco 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. Francisco Martinez:
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 Francisco, 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