Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Jose L. Mora

26, of Bell Gardens, California.
Mora died of wounds received from an enemy mortar attack in Samaria, Iraq. He was assigned to C Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on October 24, 2003.

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"Josito, my brother. I can't believe tomorrow marks 13 years. I still tear up when I talk about you. It feels as if it was just yesterday I got that call. You were a great father, brother, son and husband. I named my son after you. Thank you all for your kind words. I love you and miss you!"
Aurelio of Los Angeles, CA

"At Arlington cemetery yesterday, I wore a ribbon made by the Mindful Memorial Day project. It read, "A SPC Jose L, Mora of Bell Gardens, CA 10/24/03." In honor of his life, I imagined for the day that Jose might see through my eyes - I took him to see the Lincoln Memorial and the new ducklings on the Mall in WA DC. My deepest respect and condolences to his family and friends. I hope that they find comfort wherever they are today."
Olivia E. of Washington, DC


Man I hope that your at peace brother, laughing that easy laugh and making those around you feel relaxed even when stuff is going down.

You are and always will be missed.

"He on whom heaven confers the sword knows not the weight till he bears it.""
Fmr SPC Sweeney (commo c 1/12) of Oklahoma

I would just 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.

"Ducti Amore Patriae"
(Led By Love Of County""

"Still haven't forgotten you brother and never will."
Francisco Gonzalez of Huntington Park,CA

"Hey jose its mikie, your little cousin. I miss you and your brother so much I wish you guys can see the things I have been doing with my life. I know you guys have been taking care of me down here. I am honered to call you cousin Jose, I thank you for protecting our country. I love you and I will never forget you."
Michael A. Velasco of whittier, Ca

"Spc Mora,
Thank you for your service and sacrifice. To the Mora family. My prayers and condolances for your loss. I am a Bell Gardens native and even though I never met him, it is still a great loss to me, my B.G. brother."
SSG Muniz, Raul of Afghanistan

"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

"Jose, I didn't really know you back then. Your unit was attached to ours. But I am the medic who attempted cpr on you. I am happy that now I can write to you. Kind of cool I found this. It is very releiving to me. I will never forget you brother. I never gave up on you. Peace. Joshua Smart HHC 1/66 AR medic"
Joshua Smart SPC of Milliken,co

"September 27, 2008
To the family of Spc. Jose L. Mora:
Jose 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 hope you do not mind me calling you Jose. We never met. I came to Brassfield-Mora just outside of Samarra about 3 months after you were killed during a mortar attack. Your friends spoke highly of you with deep respect. I wish we could have met. I am honored to have served side by side with your unit through some tough times. You, Artimus, and the 4th ID will always have my deepest respect. Your country mourns your loss in defense of our freedom. As long as I draw breath, the names of Artimus Brassfield and you, Jose Mora will never be forgotten. My deepest sympathies to your family. They raised a hero if that is any comfort."
Sgt. Mike (special ops) of new york

"I remember Mora went he came to 2 PLt Charlie Company out of basic training, a brand new private. I was he`s first PLT SGT. Good soldier and a great family man. He always gave 100% on everything that he did for his squad leader and for the Platoon. Never said no to any task assigned to him. Now he`s in a better place, no pain, no suffering only the Love of God surround him. God Bless you and may the Blood of Jesus cover your family for ever."
SFC Irizarry of FT. Stewart GA

"I wanted to leave a message for the Mora family, I was one of the Charlie Co. Medics while Jose was deployed. He was one of the first infantry guys I met when I first came to Carson. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of him and his laughter. He always talked about his family and his little girls. I had his name tattooed on my arm.. So I would never forget him and what he sacrificed.. You are missed ol' man."
Ray"Doc" Stanley of Lexington, NC

"I had the Honor of meeting Jose Luis Mora during reception at Ft Carson He looked out for me and made my life a little easier while I was barely joining the Army! I had the Privilege of meeting his beautiful Family and I must say: My Brother you are in my heart and you will never be Forgotten. Rest In PEACE and we'll hold it down here tha rest of the Way! To the Family May God Bless you all. You are in my thoughts and prayers always. "JESUS""
Jesus Ortega of Colorado Springs, CO frm San Diego California

"I had the pleasure of serving with Jose.He died a week after I left our platoon on orders to return to the United States because of a suicide in the family. I remember he had a rock by his driver's hatch that had Biani's name on it. I remember the party at the VFW before we left. When we were in Iraq Jose and I
would refer to southern California as the "Promised Land." We were pinned and promoted to Private First Class together. I would like to know where Jose is buried so that I could pay him my respects and condolences. I know he loved his family very much.
And to Malory and Damian---Your Father will never be forgotten, Not from this WARRIOR. Led By Love Of Country! I also have pictures of Jose in Iraq and would like to share them with the Mora Family. Please contact me at (760)780-5609 or at kathymharmon@yahoo.com My thoughts and prayers are with the Mora Family.

Joshua Harmon formerly of Cco,2nd plt 1-12 Inf (240 Gunner)"
(Fmr.Spc) Joshua Cory Harmon of Apple Valley,Ca USA

"Jose, May your life be always remembered and your sacrife never forgotten! It was an honor to serve with you! BN Chaplain's Assistant 1-66 AR 4th ID."
CPL Russell Adams of Idaho Falls, ID

"I had the priveledge of serving with Jose as part of C co 1-12. He was a great soldier and incredible father. Nothing was more important to him than his family. Thank you for all that you have given to those that knew you"
SGT Jerrod C. McClure of Colorado Springs, CO

"To the family of:Jose L. Mora 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

"For the love and laughter of the Mora Name"
I grew up with Jose Luis Mora. We attended the same elementary, middle and high school together. As neihgboors we shared moments toghether no one else can appreciate, not only with him, with his sibblings aswell. I am honored and blessed to have been able to call him my friend. I can only extende my deepest, most heartfelt sympathies to his surving wife and child and a solem promise to his mother and father, that Jose's name will not be forgotten. His bravery is inspiring, to me and I now relish our memories. Sleep well my friend and may you be restfull at God's side."
Diego Alberto Gomez of Bell, California

"Having Been Led By Love of Country - Warriors

You are not forgotten by your brothers from 1-12. We will always remember you.

1st Battalion (M), 12th Infantry Regiment."
Fellow 1-12 Soldier

"I meet Jose in Iraq. I remember looking at this soldier with my last name. I told him to take of my DCU top. He looked up at me and just smiled. From then on we were like brothers that never meet. we started to talk and we found out we were from the same city loved to listen to oldes and we both wanted to get back to CALI.That man loved his family so much we use to sit down on his cot and read the jokes that his wife would send him. Jose was a brave man and I will never forget him. After I got home from Iraq in April 04 I went to see Jose and I left 1 of my dog tags.I will see you soon my friend to hang carry you the other.GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY"

"To The Family of Jose Mora:
My sister bought me a hero bracelet--something I had not heard about before. I carry Jose Mora with me every day, something he did for me and all other Americans--but without our knowledge. After reading the messages left by others, I cannot begin to express the depth of my gratitude. I read these messages that tell me that he was as much a hero in life as in death and I am proud to carry him with me every day. He sacrificed more than most will ever know, and I will never be able to thank him for securing my freedom and that of others with his life. For this I am eternally grateful and wish his family the best that life has to offer."
Paula Bland of Tampa, Florida

"I had the honor and pleasure of knowing Jose from high school. He was a great person, he always had smile on his face, and he will be missed greatly. I had the great honor of running into him in Iraq at LSA Anaconda inside the PX after not having seen him for years. He called me over by my last name because he wasn't sure if it was me or not. He asked me if I went to Bell and before he could even finish I said "Jose?" in disbelief. The whole time he was smiling. I was happy to see a familiar face not only from the past, but also from home. He told me that he was married and about his family. I asked him who he was with and he proudly pointed to his 4th ID patch. I could tell he was proud of being a soldier. I told him to come by so we could hang out, but that chance never came. I found out 2 months later why. It turns out I was serving with his wife's cousin ,Sgt. Valdivia, and he mentioned his name and what had happened. I was shocked and saddened to find out about this tragedy. I will miss him. My condolences to his family. It was an HONOR to have known such a great person."
Spc. Francisco J Gonzalez of Maywood, Ca. USA

"My Prayers are with the Family,
God Bless you all.."
Lionel Mora Jr. of South Gate,Ca

"My deepest sympathy for the Mora family. Your son is a hero and will always be remembered. I didnt know Jose, but knew his brother from high school. I know they are together now, they will not be forgotten."
Danny of Huntington Park, CA

"On behalf of the Mora family "Thank You" for all your kind messages. My baby cousin Jose is trully missed. He lives in my heart and thoughts everyday.He is a true American Hero . May God Bless all our brave solders who are fighting to protect our freedom."
Monica Mora of Whittier, CA, USA

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

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

"My deepest sympathy. I'm doing a report on Jose for my class if anyone has any more info, please contact me at babycakescb1@hotmail.com"
Jessica M of Morgan Hill, CA/USA

"Thank you Jose Mora, 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

"I had the distinct pleasure of attending Basic Training with Jose. He was a outstanding soldier and carried himself with great pride. I know he loved his family very much and had pictures of them in his locker he would look at everyday. Prior to leaving for Iraq I saw Jose just as I was coming back from the Sinai and told him how much I missed him since basic. He had a great aura about him that always made you feel good and I wanted him to know that I appreciated that. He said, "Hey man thats o.k." I leave for Bagdhad very soon, I cant be more specific but I only hope that I can keep the fight for freedom and against terror that my friend Jose fought for. I will really really miss him. Jose- Matty, McGurn,Richardson, and I miss you very much and I know that God has you wrapped in his loving arms. Rest assured Mora family Jose was a man of integrity and compassion. You will see him again. Thankyou for allowing me to share my experience with Jose with you. Spc. Mora was a true and hero and a very good friend. - Spc. Jason Rich A-Co. 2-162 INF. 7th ID"
Jason Rich of GrantsPass, OR. USA

"To the family and friends of Spc. Jose Mora:
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 Jose 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. Jose Mora:
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 Jose, 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