Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Luis A. Moreno

19, of Bronx, New York.
Moreno was shot on January 23 while he was guarding a gas station in Baghdad, Iraq. He later died of his injuries at the Lakenheath Medical Treatment Facility, United Kingdom. Moreno was assigned to Battery A, 4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery, Fort Riley, Kansas. Died on January 29, 2004.

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"Pfc luis a moreno, everytime it is the 29 of January my heart hurts i know i never got to meet you but my heart still hurts you will always have a spot for you in my heart. At least u passes doing what you wanted to do in life. I love you forever culon💔"
Malery of Bronx

"pfc luis a Moreno is my uncle.i still cant believe your dead uncle i really miss you and love you even though i barley knew you RIP CULON❤❤"
Iverson of Bronx

"Pfc Luis A. Moreno was my uncle. I never was able to meet him. When I heard that my mother had a brother that died in a Iraq war. I felt crushed. Thank you Luis you are my hero."
Ryan of Harlem, New York

"A decade has passed since you gave the ultimate sacrifice. You are gone from our midst but not forgotten"
LCDR Eduardo Gomez saladin of Atlanta, GA

"Familia, Mi amigo, my brother in Arms; all I can say about you is that you were a motivated Soldier and full of energy. You were always trying to go above and beyond because you asked a lot of questions and/or maybe because we both speak Spanish. I taught you Mexican and you taught me Dominican. (que hago con esta vaina) I learned a lot from you. We had good times and you will be missed chamaquito. Que Dios te tenga en su Santa Gloria. SSG Ibarra"
Ibarra Bartolo of Victorville CA

"Decades approaching, bro. May had only known you for a little over two years, but you are my hero. Growing up we had the same dreams; army & then the Academy, in hopes to become an NYPD officer. I was 10 the last time I seen you and got to exchange words and memories. On Wednesday, January 29th, your death anniversary, I'll finally be 21. Legal, to drink. Not like that has been stopping me from drinking lol. I remember how much you enjoyed drinking, & fritura lol. Hopefully things go as planned and I'll be able to have my first legal drink with you bro. I'll see you Wednesday. I miss you."
Natalia DC of Bronx, NY

"My brother the quiet soldier the strong worker strong bonded service member you are an inspiration to everyone its been a while my blood runs through my body thanks to you for the ultimate sacrifice you gave your life for everyone in this world to enjoy freedom all our brothers from A BTRY 4-1 FA never felt the way we felt the day the news came that morning when we received the news that you where no longer with us everyone felt the stab in their heart and we asked our selves why god why him you where young my little brother but now you will never be forgotten we still love you brother we still have you in our hearts will never forget and we will see each other again one day i know your looking and thanks to your sacrifice everyone else is enjoying these day thank you ill see you later"
SGT Lopezeguizabal, Marvin R of Grafenwoehr, Germany

"To the family of:Luis A. Moreno
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""

"Damn Culon, it still doesn't feel real. I still remember running around with Glenn on the fire escape knocking on your window all the time jodiendote. You'll never be forgotten bro."
Spc Feliu, Fary (Jr) Troop B 2-101Cav of New York, NY/ USA

My friend, brother of arms it has been many years since your death to this nation your spirit will always travel with every one that you known from being over there with you, may you rest in peace your Friend SSG Daniel Davis"
SSG Daniel Davis, (Retired) of Newton, KS

"Moreno tuve el honor de conocerte y servir en Iraq contigo. Todavia recuerdo aquel dia cuando tuve un traspie mientras caminaba para mi guardia y tu sin pensarlo dos veces brincaste del vehiculo y fuiste a ayudarme. Gracias por brindarme tu amistad. No me cabe la menor de las dudas que tu motivacion y entuasiamo en todo lo que hacias fue una leccion para todos los que tuvimos el honor de servir de una manera u otra contigo. Siempre te recuerdo y nunca olvidare al gran amigo, gran soldado y gran ser humano que fuiste; me siento bien orgulloso de ser Dominicano y de ser tu amigo. Que Dios siempre te tenga en la gloria. A los familiares y amigos de Moreno pueden comunicarse conmigo si desean escuchar algunas anecdotas de mi gran amigo y hermano PFC Moreno. mi telefono es el 682-234-8463"
Milton M. Hernandez of Arlington, Texas

"7th year is approaching, I made a vow to myself and you that this year I would go visit you. I know I haven't seen you since the viewing, just I haven't had to guts to. You know me a little wimp, but I promise I have kept you in mind. So much has happen these last 7 years. We miss you bro."
Natalie DeCastro & Jessyca Corporan of Bronx, New york

SGT ANTONIO JUAN of NEW YORK juan.antonio @us .army .mil

"My daughter was born on this same day 2007. Still love u man..R.I.P."
jonathan ellis of manhattan, Ks

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"I was right there when the whole thing happened moreno....It should have been me but since the shift change just ten minutes later, it happened to you. I miss you so much and I love you Bro. I promise you that im gonna contact your family stay in touch with them. Just to let you know we got the guys that did it to you. It is not even enough though. I love you brother and you will always be in my heart as well as your families and the apache family. Your in a better place right now. Rest in peace."
Carlos G. Nunez of Waterbury Ct.

"January 18, 2009
To the family of Pfc. Luis A. Moreno:
Luis 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"ve wanted many times to write to your family and express my feelings to them,I was honered to know pfc.moreno, and i also looked up to him, he pushed me to be a better soldier, and person,and on that day in baghdad at the gas station when you got wounded that day is burned into my mind, heart , and soul i will never forget you my brother in arms!!I also read what smoke banks said and i beleive that to be true and i can"t wait to see you again.and also to the family of pfc.moreno there couldn"t have been a better soldier or man to have as a brother and friend I send to you my deepest condolances."
pvt.lewis Alpha 4/1 FA 5th section of richmond county N.C, Rockingham


"I can't believe that your gone Culon, I remember you since I was 5 years old...You the reason why I kept working hard in baseball, practicing for hours and hours...Always had my back when I was in trouble, always helped me and everybody in Grand...I miss you man everyone does...See you when I get there....1Bless"
Jose Cruz of Bronx, NY

"We share the exact same name!!! Perhaps we will one day share a few smiles together in another life. With utmost respect to you for your duty and sacrifice in this life and with great condolence to your family and loved ones left behind. Thank you!

Luis A Moreno
Luis A Moreno of Garden City

"First time I met you was when we went to tower guard. You sat next to me and I was telling jokes, when you said that I was a funny guy and laughed at my jokes. Even though you left as a guardian in this world, now you are a guardian in a better place."
Spc. Hajdarevic, Fikret of Rochester, MN/ USA

"I still remember the times when you were with me at the front gate doing FOB guard on a couple of occasions (had some great conversations) and when I always called you out when I rolled out on a raid.

I will never forget you."
SGT. Williams (willie.b.williams@us.army.mil) of Champaign, Il.

Natalie De Castro of Bronx new York

"Rest in peace my Apache Brother. You were the only soldier in the United States Army that had a smile on your face 100% of the time.... You will be missed by all."
SGT Anthony Bingham

"Damn son really missing culon"
Natalie & jessyca corporan of bronx ny

"To the family and friends,
I would like to extend my deepest sympathies. Losing a loved on is the hardest thing in life. I am writing to not only express my sorrow for you but to let you know about a memorial I am working on. I am creating a quilt to honor the fallen soldiers from the New York City Area. Each soldier will have a panel created. I am inviting the friends and families to get involved. If you are interested or would like some more information please contact me at nycfallensoldiers@yahoo.com"
Esther Kabalkin of Staten Island, NY

"Thank you for the costly sacrifice you have laid on the altar of freedom.
May the Lord God Almighty give you the strength to bear this loss.

Como dice en el altar de la Patria: "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori"

Patria, la vita che mi desti a te la ritorno!!"
Eduardo Gomez Saladin of Elkton, MD

"PFC Luis A. Moreno,
you never knew me but your spirit does. i put my heart into getting you to your family after your passing in England. after all of this time, i still remember the pride that you enstilled in me and i thank you and your family to this day. you made the ultimate sacrifice and i will never forget you Luis Moreno. you were more than a soldier to me."
A. McBride of Langley AFB, Va.

"damn culo it seemed inpossible 4 u 2 die but sadly u did ur missin out on so much paloma had 2 kidsz jayson who isz a 1 year nd 6 month born on august 3,05 and a duagther she just had on febraury 14 07 nd i know ur probably thinkin we forgot bout u but we didnt every day of my birthday i think 2 myself y u had 2 die on da day of my birthday datsz 1 last birthday dat we spend 2gether but in my heart ur still there wit us nd by da way her kidsz kind of look it u i miss u culo"
natalie de castro of bx new york

"Rest in peace Luis its still ya boys out here holding it down for you and I know you still watching over us. We will never forget you......J5.......First or not at all......See you when I get there Homey.......First or not at all....."
Jonathan Ellis SGT of Fort Riley, Kansas 2/32 FA

"Man Loco, just nine days after you said Happy B-Day to me, we sat in our chow hall and cried out loud really some of us at the top of our lungs. Most men would have tried to hide the pain we felt but in this case we knew it was ok to cry because we didnt want you to be gone, but that 29th day of January you made us a true family Dominica. I wonder if you still got those high socks on that you would PT in, FYI I have a pair I only wear on Jan.29th. Well ok hermanito sauve, sorry it took me so long to write Papa, but trust me some of us are still dealing with this...Apache, Rock Steady."
CPL.Aviles, Milton of FT.SILL, OK


I thought a million times of what to write or if I should write anything at all. I read what Smoke had to say and I agree. I look forward to seeing you again. When I do see you again, rank won't matter. Only God will. It will be safe to call you my friend. Truth be known I always did consider you a friend. I'm so very proud to have known you. I promise you that you were that one soldier that every NCO and Officer dreams of having in his Platoon. I so trully wish the world could have known you. Your hard work, dedication, and love for your fellow soldier and home inspired all the Apaches. You are the best that the U.S. has to offer. Isn't that amazing? You weren't even a U.S. citizen when you got to Iraq but you did more for our country than most people who were born in our nation. I talk about you often so the world won't forget you. I swear to my Lord and Savior that I won't let the world forget you. I'm not sure how you got up and walked into that medevac. I will ask you in heaven someday where you found the strength to walk. That sniper took your life but I swear your stregth and courage will live on. No terrorist could ever break you. You fought to the very end. Luis I admire you and I want to live to the standard that you set in life and in death. To any Apache that may read this, I miss you guys. I'll never forget any of you."
CPT Ryan Hofstra of Ft. Huachuca, AZ

"Luis, Que Dios te siga manteniendo en su Gloria. Aunque no te conosco, consoco el sacrificio que tu has hecho para esta nacion. Tengo un bracalete para recordar tu sacrificio. Como soldado, admiro tu sacrificio y nosotros los que sigumos en la lucha nunca te olvidaremos. Vela sobre nosotros.

Que Dios te mantenga en su gloria y que decanses en Paz."
SGT Erik Rios of Fort Leonard Wood, MO

"Culon, que Dios te tenga en su manto. Aunque algunos no aprecien los sacrificios que nosotros hacemos, gente como tu familia y amigos siempre te tendran presente...nunca te olvidaremos!"
SGT. Tejada of 2nd BN. 27th INF, Wolfhounds

"To the Fallen: Our death is our sacrifice while our Life is our gift to protect. Your family is in my prayers. C 4-1 Field Artillery Fort Riley, Kansas/ Taji Iraq. OIF 1, OIF 3"
SGT. Joseph E. Lewis of Obetz, Ohio

"To The Family and Friends on Luis A Moreno,
I have a bracelet with the name of a fallen soldier, Luis A Moreno. Although I do not know who he was I know what he did. He has given this country a better future. Thank you.
Lacey of Mesa, AZ

"loco aunque te fuieste siempre estaras en mi corazon, dejamos ny juntos para empezar una nueva vida pero las cosas no salieron como las planeaste, espero q donde quiera q estes Dios te ilumine y te guie por el buen camino, God bless you brother.........."
Spc. Amaury Lantigua of Fort Carson, co. Usa

"May god be with you and your family. Your sons selflessness will never go unnoticed. Keep those happy memories in your hearts and the times you had filled with laughter. God Bless you, your family and his many friends who loved him."
of Chicago, IL

"Rest In Heavenly Peace Pcf Moreno.
Your service to our Country will never be forgotten.
I would also like to give to the family of Pfc Moreno my condolences.
Su Hijo fue un soldado muy fiel para nuestra nacion. Que Dios los bendiga."
Anthony of Danbury, CT

"To the family of PFC Moreno, may God bless
you all. My thanks goes out to the parents for making such a fine young man. From day one he fitted right in and did what soldiers do in combat. The Platoon was not the same without you but one day we will be able to have a Platoon formation and guess what you'll be there right in 5th section. Heros die and go to heaven, I'll see you there! Smoke Banks!"
SFC Terry E. Banks (Colorado State University ROTC) of Fort. Collins Colorado

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

"Moreno--you gave the ultimate sacrifice for us, your fellow soldiers and all of your fellow Apaches..We will never ever forget you...you will stay in our hearts forever and keep us strong because you are the strongest man I have ever met in my life. You were never scared of anything and you have more heart than I could ever have. You give a true meaning to the word HONOR...You are a true soldier. Your strength and courage keep you alive in our hearts and I am grateful for every minute I was your fellow apache, battle buddy, and of course-friend"
Specialist Jeff Berman of 2nd PLT A 4-1 FA Ft. Riley,KS

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

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

"Thank you Luis Moreno, 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. Luis Moreno:
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 Luis 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. Luis Moreno:
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 Luis, 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