Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Jesse J. Martinez

20, of Tracy, California.
Martinez died in Talafar, Iraq, when his vehicle rolled over as the driver tried to avoid another vehicle. He was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington. Died on July 14, 2004.

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"Miss you best friend I think about you a lot I miss playing the video games with you and drinking rest in peace fam forever best friend Reef court Tracy Ca."
Jessie Johnson of Oakland California

"Saw your name on the banner in 11th Street in Tracy. I smiled as I recalled the love your mother Jan holds in her heart for you. You are missed, honored and remembered. Thank you Jessie"
TMurti of Tracy

"PFC Martinez is and will always be missed and remembered"
Felipe tellez of Los Angeles

"I served with your son and he was a very brave and dedicated man and a very missed friend."
Felipe tellez of Los Angeles

"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

"Your memory will never be left behind. Battle Hard."
Garvey, M. of Vancouver,BC

"To the family of Jesse J. Martinez: I'm am very sorry for your loss! God bless all men and women serving our great country!"
Jesse A. Martinez of Tampa, Florida

"I'm am very sorry for your loss! God bless all men and women serving our great country!"
Jesse A. Martinez of Tampa, Florida

"June 24, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Jesse J. Martinez:
Jesse 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

"My name is monique Buelna. Jesse is my uncle and I love and miss him very much. I loved it when he used to take me to the park and tell me all kinds of really funny jokes. I'll always remember him by the look on his face when he left for iraq."
Monique Buelna of Tracy Ca, USA

"Jesse and I went to Science Camp together as counselors back in 2002. I led the girls group and was paired with him leading a group of rowdy boys. Although we did not keep in touch on a regular basis, I have always held those memories from that trip close in my heart. He was fantastic with the kids- a kid at heart himself. My favorite memory is a picture I still have of him and I, arms over each other's shoulders, wearing the camp shirts that everyone signed. His signature is on my shirt.

To his parents, family, and friends- I just happened to stumble across this website. I found a remote friend- one who passed doing his job. I send my gratitude to you all- for raising such a respectful and honest man."
Heather of Currently Orange County

"PFC Jesse J. Martinez

Veterans Day is for you my friend. I think about you everyday, that your life was taken so this country could be free. You are a true hero to me and GOD BLESS."
of Tacoma Wa

"To the family of: Jesse J. 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. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington, Ga

"I was in Jesse's platoon for much of our deployment. I'll always remember his gentle smile and his respect for his buddies. I would always find him smoking outside of his living container while his roommate was on mid-tour leave out of respect, then i'd invite him to mine to watch movies and smoke some CI's. You will be sorely missed but you have a special place in my heart buddy, I'll never forget you."
SGT Williams of 2nd PLT Bco 5/20


"In loving memory, on the behalf of C-Co 1/19 graduates of ITB- 1May03-16Aug03.(Ft.Benning,GA)."
PFC Lin B-Co 1-115 Inf of Germantown, MD

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

"To the family of Jesse Martinez,
We share in your loss. We know our sons are with the Lord. Please know our prayers are with all of you.

Sheldon and Loretta Bridges
Proud Parents of SSGT Steven Bridges Stryker Squad Leader
KIA 12/8/03"
Sheldon and Loretta of Tracy, CA

"To Jesse's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your loved one's bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (Ernie's mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten."
a grateful citizen in arizona

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

"I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you"
Kim of Oregon

"To Jesse's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Jesse 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 Pfc. Jesse 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 Jesse 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. Jesse 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 Jesse, 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