Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Trinidad R. Martinez-Luis

22, of Los Angeles, California.
Martinez-Luis died in Baqubah, Iraq, when his 5-ton vehicle rolled over and pinned him underwater. He was assigned to 201st Forward Support Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, Vilseck, Germany. Died on November 28, 2004.

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"I miss u bro, its good to c n hear that many people loved and cared about u,I've been thinking about u alot lately,I really miss u brother"
Ulysses martinez of Los Angeles,ca

"Hi Eli,
My mother and I always have you in our prayers. <3"
Alba of Los Angeles, CA

"I thought of you today,
but that is nothing new.

I thought about you yesterday
and days before that too.

I think of you in silence,
I often speak your name.

All I have are memories and
your picture in a frame.

Your memory is a keepsake
from which I'll never part.

God has you in His arms,
I have you in my heart."
Elihennette Gonzalez of Puerto Rico

"Hi Rodrigo. This is your sister Alba. It's past midnight and I cannot sleep. I miss soo much.. You were too young to die. I am so proud of you and everything you did for my mother and I. Tim, if u ever read this can you please contact me. I want to know what my brother said before dying. Please Tim. Martinez.alba@att.net"
Alba Martinez of Los Angeles, California

"I will never, ever forget, the brothers and sisters we have lost during OIF 2.They will forever be in my thoughts as I continue throughout this journey in life before I arrive in the next to see them again. Sgt Martinez was and still is one of the finest soldiers I have ever served with. I will always remember his kindness. May his name live on forever, in our hearts and souls. I am honored and privileged to have known him, and to be able to leave this message in his memory."
J Moniz of Sioux Falls SD

"Thinking of you, Trinidad!! You are deeply missed and was an honor serving in Iraq with you!! I will always remember you. God bless your family."
A.W. of mn

"To the family of Sgt. Trinidad R. Martinezluis, I think of Trinidad each day. he is in my prayers "everyday.""
SFC Haskett

"My condolences to the family of SGT Trinidad Martinez. On this day 13 December 2009, I thought about him. I was in the same unit when he passed. He was a beautiful person inside and out. I remember telling him, I wish I had your smooth skin. We used to play around with him, and asked him how he kept his skin so fresh looking while we were in Iraq? He used to smile and say he used bath and body works products! I miss him very much… And again I am sorry for your loss. I am proud that I had an opportunity to know him, and serve in war with him. God bless…"
SFC Legros of Fort Bragg, NC

"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

"To the family of Sgt. Trinidad R. Martinezluis, Please contact me @ (550 301-9278 if you have any questions regarding Trinidad's death. I was right next to Trinidad during the final minutes of his life trying to rescue him. Trinidad is in my mind and preyers everyday."
Tim of CA

"To the Martinez family, He was one of the first people I met when I got to Germany. I walked into my room and there he sat waiting for my roommate who at the time I still had yet to meet. I knew from that point on that I was going to see a lot of SGT Martinez and that I would grow to call him Friend. Not a day goes by that I don't think about that horrible day when SGT Martinez and myself were tasked out to take Soldiers to Camp Anaconda. I blame myself although I know there was nothing I could do to stop that truck from rolling over. I am extremely sorry from the deepest parts of my soul for your loss. Please know that everyday there is a little prayer being said for you and for your beloved son. He was a great man, and I say man because when fighting a war I saw him grow up before my eyes. From the playful, fun loving boy in Germany to the responsible and dedicated yet still fun loving man that we all grew to know so well. I am honored that I had a chance to serve with him."
SGT Amanda K. Hartley of Haskins, Ohio USA

"SGT Martinez-Luis I remember the day like it was yesterday and I was in shock I couldn't beleive that you were gone To your Mom and Dad I served with your son in 201st FSB he was a great NCO and person I will never forget him!!"
SFC Corriveau, Scott of Germany

"November 18, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Trinidad R. Martinez-Luis:
Trinidad 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 have lost a nephew but the greatest reward to us is knowing that your son faught a GOOD fight for OUR freedom and I am very thankful to know that your son was and is a HERO, Be Blessed be encouraged,carry on and my prayers will be with the Martinez family"
Denice Medina of Las Vegas, Nevada

"I didn't know your Son and Brother personally, but he will forever be in my heart! Trinidad is buried down the hill from my Father and Brother who are on the Buena Vista Hill at the Los Angeles National Cemetary. Trinidad is buried next to another Operation Iraqi Freedom Soilder Samuel Sung Jung Lee. Today I again left flowers for both of them and will continue to do so as I remember my father and brother. They were both too young and their sacrifice will remain in my heart forever! God bless them and god bless their families for giving us such heros!"
Tina Pollard of Los Angeles, California

"I didn't know your Son and Brother personally, but he will forever be in my heart! Trinidad is buried down the hill from my Father and Brother who are on the Buena Vista Hill at the Los Angeles National Cemetary. Trinidad is buried next to another Operation Iraqi Freedom Soilder Samuel Sung Jung Lee. Today I again left flowers for both of them and will continue to do so as I remember my father and brother. They were both too young and their sacrifice will remain in my heart forever! God bless them and god bless their families for giving us such heros!"
Tina Pollard of Los Angeles, California

"To the Family of Trinidad R. Martinez-Luis...from our military family...we sincerely mourn the loss of your loved one. We pray for our Troops and their families every day.
I am the Army Family Finder for Marine Comfort Quilts (www.marinecomfortquilts.us) We would like for a member of your immediate family (next of kin)or a friend to contact us so that we may get the proper address and phone number, of your parents, to send them the Comfort Quilt from our organization.
Proud Army Mother In Law and Mother."
Patricia, teacher32@charter.net of Benton, Mo

"To Sgt Martinez's Family.
i served with Sgt martinez , actually he was my sponsor to Bco. 201st. I am very sorry for your loss, and i miss him horribly aso. I hope you find peace in the fact that he always had a smile on his face, as i am sure he does now."
Sgt. Jason Krueger of Ft. Drum , New York

"SGT Martinez, It was my honor to have served with you. You always set the standard for what a Chemical Soldier should be; you were never afraid to learn something new and you were always willing to pass on what you new to others. You will be missed my friend."
SFC Scott Cramer of HQ, 201st FSB, Vilseck, Germany

"To the family of Trinidad R. Martinez-Luis, I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. 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 talk to you or 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 Covington, Ga. phone 770-787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ"
Polly Ballew of Covington, Ga U S A

"your family was deaply sadened n affected by loosing a grat person wh was always simple n wanted to do his best all the time i am lucky the you were ever part of my family but i regret never having the chance to gget to knoe you i realize knoe you were a great person you area a true hero to us n everyone else"
of los angeles california

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

"Martinez, when I found out what happened, I didn't want to believe it was true. I told myself it wasn't you and it was someone else. Later, I pulled myself together and researched a little for the truth. Man it hurts so bad. I just talked to you and your friend at the west gate the week before. You took genuine interest and a conversation quickly turned into over an hour. You had such a sparkling personality and I thank God for the last time I spoke to you because I realized God really does take the best ones. Thank you Sgt Martinez for all you have taught us. I remember seeing you one time when I didn't know you to well and thinking "wow he looks like such an all-around squared away soldier." Later after gettting to know you I realized what a good person you were and what a hero you will always be. Martinez, you are always close in my heart and I know you are watching out for all of us up above just as you were downrange. Thank you so much Trinidad for all you've taught us. To the Martinez Family: You are in our thoughts and prayers everyday."
Angelina Wiger of Vilseck GE

"Martinez you will be missed. You slipped away from me when I went on leave. I couldn't believe the news when I heard you were gone. Things will never be the same in the office without you. We all will miss you Ro. I served in Iraq with sgt Martinez we were assigned to the same company and worked in the same section. His death was a lot for everyone who knew him to take. He was always positive and we always enjoyed his company. I will miss you."
SPC Brown, Tammie of Rose Barracks, Germany

"I'm proud and not at all surprised to hear of SGT Martinez's promotion, yet this news is hard to believe. He always had a smile to share while he was assigned to 172nd Chemical Company. He will be greatly missed."
SGT Shalonda Dallas of Caserma Ederle, Itlay

"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

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

"From the Wahl family to the Matinez-Luis family. We are deeply sadden of the lost to Trinidad. Our heart and prays are with you. Trinidad is more personal to our family. We are parents of a fallen soldier. Gregory as Trinidad stationed together in Veslick, Germany and Iraq. Although, not certain both knew one another. If both didn't both do now. An Trinidad is a very special soldier. One that has touched many many lives. God Bless!"
leonard wahl of valley stream ny

"Thank you Trinidad Martinez-Luis, 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. Trinidad Martinez-Luis:
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 Trinidad 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. Trinidad Martinez-Luis:
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 Trinidad, 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