Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Juan M. Serrano

31, of Manati, Puerto Rico.
Serrano was changing a tire on an M998 vehicle in Baghdad, Iraq when it fell on him inflicting a fatal head injury. Serrano was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 37th Armor, 1st Armored Division, Friedberg, Germany. Died on July 24, 2003.

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"To Mrs. Serrano and family. I was your husband's Drill Sergeant at Ft. Lee Virginia. I selected him to be the Platoon Guide because of his maturity and Drive. I felt he was destine to to great things in life and the military. I've trained hundreds of Soldiers as a DS and 99% of them I don't remember. He was what I considered my one-percent group. I was at home eating dinner and looking over the Army Times and my day was destroyed when I saw his photo. Sorry for the late message. Today is Memorial Day and I came across the page as I'm reflecting on my Battle-Buddies who Paid the Ultimate Sacrifice. I hope you all are well and God bless you and your family. Chief Wolverine, 2nd Platoon Victor Company, Ft. Lee VA. 23801 1998-2000"
Conrad Bradley of Prince George, VA. USA

"Yo estaba presente cuando paso el incidente si quieres la verdad de lo sucedido enviame un email a sr71bird81@yahoo.com"

"To Mrs. Serrano my name is Robert Lopez and I was in Sgt Serranos support platoon hhc 1/37arbn stationed in freidberg Germany I was there when it happened and feel like I must tell you what really happened how he saved the life of another please contact me at 805 616-1513"
robert garcia lopez of oxnard ca

"Sgt. Serrano,
Sir, 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."
Mike C. of El Paso, Texas

"Hello my Brother.. Gone but not forgotten... "IRON SOLDIERS" "READY FIRST""
SFC Love Lawrence of Vicenza, Italy

"My husband was due to come back from Iraq to Germany so we could PCS back to the States after having been stop-lossed in 2003. I was frustrated that our plans to rejoin our family and have our first-born in the States had been delayed. Finally, he received orders to return to Germany to PCS to Ft. Hood, however, he had to wait for a replacement NCO before he could leave Baghdad. Sgt Serrano, was his replacement. My husband called me, excited to say that, "Serrano's here! I leave for Kuwait tomorrow." My husband was still in Kuwait awaiting a flight to Germany when he called to tell me about the accident. We were both simply shocked and devastated, he took the news especially hard. Almost 9 years have passed. Our son was born in Texas, my husband and I divorced amicably years ago. However, I have never forgotten SGT Serrano's sacrifice, and my thoughts turn to you and your family often. I regret not having found a way to express my condolences sooner. All of my love and gratitude."
Farrah Massey of Austin, Texas

"To all who have left their words here I thank you. I cannot believe myself that 6 years have past. His kids have grown so much and Jr looks just like him. His family will miss and remember him always. He touch the lives of many people who will think of him as the great man that he was. If by any chance Eric Mcmillan of Fort Bragg can contact me I will appreciate it greatly. He was there when it happen and Im here 10 min from Ft Bragg. my num is 912-980-6529"
Evelyn (Serrano) of Fayetteville, NC

"Bro Serrano,
Man it feels so strange typing on this board with the same hands that were used to treat you and try to save your life. Bro from then until now I wish there was more that I could have done for you and for years I beat myself up thinking that there was more I could have done. But now I know god must have needed a soldier, you were truly my brother and I love u Bro Rest in Peace"
SSG Eric Mcmillan of Fort Bragg NC

"Bro Serrano,
it has been six long years and it is not a day that goes by that i dont't think of you and your giving sprit and how much joy you brought to people when you were around. our time spent together was short but myself and all that love you will always remember you and the good times we had. i miss you and i love you Bro.

Bro Love

Mrs Serrano
please contact myself or Mr Hadley to let us know all is well. email me at sir_love02@yahoo.com"
Lawrence Love of Taji Iraq 09'


"July 6, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Juan M. Serrano:
Juan 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

"On this solemn 4th Anniversary of the Iraq War, my heart goes out to you, the family of Sergeant Juan Manuel Serrano. My heart goes out to all the fallen, veterans and all our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. I was given your beloved's name to carry in a peace march on Sunday, March 18th in Albany, New York. There was a gathering at our state's capital and then a march to the federal building in protest of this war. I also have a hero's bracelet I wear on my wrist with Juan's name on it. He was a hero, as so many others are as well. May this give you some comfort. I hope our country moves quickly to bring the ones over of there back ASAP. I don't want to have to march next week, 6th months from now, and certainly not next year. Enough. How many more? The cost is to dear. Pray for PEACE."
C Hockeson of Albany, NY

"Serrano Fam. Mis condolencias hacia su gran perdida.Duele mucho saber que un miembro familiar haya perdido su vida en un trajico accidente.Estaba mirando fallen heroes y llegue a ver Juan M.Serrano's nombre y me dio un vacio en mi corazon porgue tambien soy un Serrano y mi padre no me ha prensentado a toda mi familia en Puerto Rico.Pueda ser que no seremos familia pero de mi parte les envio mis Bendiciones y Condolencias!"
Serrano Gilbert Jr. of Fort Drum ,New York

"To the family of:Juan M. Serrano 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"

"manolo aunque no estuve en tus ultimos momentos, siempre te recordare"
Tomas R. Sanchez of fort walton beach, Florida

"To the Serrano family from the Wahl family. Please contact tamis@cec-waterjet.com she has an etching of Juan for your family. Or contact paul@wvflagcases.com! Our families heart and prays are with Juan and your family. We lost our son US ARMY Sgt. Gregory L. Wahl Dragon soldier KIA Balad, Iraq. Juan you have not died in VAIN!. you are a hero to Putero Rico and America. thank you!"
Leonard Wahl of VALLEY STREAM NY

"To the family of Juan, I served with your husband, father, brother in Baghdad. We were in Baghdad together at the same time, I was very saddened at the loss of Juan. He was a great friend, and a great person, Michael, Hugo, Jeff, and Myself all miss him very much. We all served together in HHC, 1BDE, 1st Armored Division together. The world has lost another great soldier"
Eric Winter of Balad, Iraq

"Me llamo Juan de dios Serrano natural de San Lorenzo y tambien Sargento en el Army
reciban mi pesame. siento mucho que hallan perdido a Juan."
Juan de Dios of Tacoma , Washington

"Juan "Snuppy" como te llavamamos en el Acropolis, Todavia no puedo creer que ahigas ido. Pero yo se que Dios te tiene en su gloria y cada uno de nosotros que te conocimos te tendremos en nuestros corazones. Familia Serrano que Dios los proteja y los cuide a todos los dias. Que Dios los cuide a todos, mi e-mail es angel.cruzjr@us.army.mil"
Angel Cruz of Korea/Manati,PR.

"Mis condolencias y pesame de parte de otro soldado boricua que estuvo en Iraq."
Pablo Pantoja of Tallahassee, Florida, USA

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN


What can I say to console your family that hasn't been said already. It has been almost a year since that terrible accident that claimed your life in a hostile land far from your family but not far from friends. You were always beeming with that great big smile of yours which greatly influenced the Soldiers around you. I remember the times we talked about your family while we were deployed in Iraq before you got transfered over to Task Force Spartan. I also remember how you fought so hard with the 1SG to allow you to appear before the promotion board for your Staff Sergeant and won. The sad thing about it was that you never made it. It was scheduled for August 10 and fate had other plans.

I remember hearing about your death from the 1SG and being mad at you for not being more cautious while inflating a tire, not for me but for your family. Everyone knows that you have to have a safety cage when filling up a tire with a rim that could pop off and you always enforced that upon your Soldiers. Then I found out that was what you were doing, going to make a correction and try to save someone's life but while doing so you placed your's in danger. I apologize for assuming the worst. Your were a great NCO and always will be remembered for that. I feel guilty and upset that the medical doctors declared you brain dead before we had a chance to medically discharge you from the Army to secure more benefits for your family but that is another story.

I will remember you always my friend and honor you by wearing a bracellett with your name on it. Watch over your family, especially your youngest son which you never had the chance to know for he was born right before your death, but I don't have to say that for I already know you are. As for your family, God Bless you all and I hope and pray that the memories that you shared with him during his wonderful life on earth help ease the pain and fill the void left buy his absence. Juan was a good man and will be dearly missed by all that knew him. God Bless you all."
SFC Peter Johnson, of Ft Huachuca, AZ

"Manolo, how I've known him all my life, was not only an outstanding soldier, but also a loving husband, father and brother. It's unbelievable how time pases by, it's seems like only yesterday when I heard his voice for the last time. Manolo, always had a smile drawn on his face his laughter,happiness and sweet talks will always be remembered.It's not easy to say good bye to someone you love so much, but now not only is he our hero but our angel and I know he's looking down upon us from heaven.Manolo, my hero,I'll love you and miss you forever,and you will always remain within our hearts."
Cindymar M. Serrano of Bayamon, Puerto Rico


"To the family of Sgt. Serrano, I went to MOS school with him, he was a great person, never sad, nor mad. He is a hero in all our hearts. He was a tough solider and will never be forgotten!!!!"
Spc. Roger Castillo of San Antonio, Tx

"Otro sacrificio, un hermano, un boricua, uno de los nuestros que brindandole servicio a la humanidad paga con el costo supremo, su vida. Que Dios lo tenga en su reino. Que su familia encuentre conformidad, tranquilidad y que sean siempre Boricuas orgulloso de su hijo. les deseo siempre."
Robinson Perez of Brooklyn New York

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

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

"I love you although I don't know you.My condolence to the family."
Loriannys of Carolina,PR

"To Sgt. Serrano's Family:
Though we are strangers, we want you to know how sorry we are your Juan was taken from you. There is no doubt his thoughts were of you as he served with the Army in Iraq. We will never forget. You are in our hearts. (1/27/04)"
Carol & Larry Miller of Tampa, Florida

"Thank you for the costly sacrifice you have laid on the altar of freedom. You will not be forgotten.

Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori."
LT Eduardo Gomez of Sicily, Italy

"Hola Fam.Serrano mi hermana estudio con Juan y yo soy su hermana menor, Suleika. Juan era amigo de mi hermana Marinelly y yo me acuerdo muy bien de el. El era un muchacho bien chevere. Lamento que el se tuvo que ir tan temprano en su vida. Mis condolencias estan con ustedes."
Suleika of Portland Maine USA y Orlando FL

"my son wanted to write this to his dad. He's only 3. Papa always with mama, Juan Manuel and the baby. Kisses from tata, granpa, auntie and uncle. Papa I love you. I miss you."
Juan Manuel Serrano III of Lares

"Thank you Juan Serrano, 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

"Manolo, how all his friends and familiy called him. You were my soul mate. The man who made my life the happiest I could ever imagine. You gave me two wounderfull sons for wich I thank you. Every day it passes I miss you more and I will love you forever. You are my hero and we are very proud of you. My love, you have taken with you my heart but your memory will stay with me. Forever yours, Your wife.If anyone was there and would like to write me please do so."
Evelyn Serrano of Lares, PR

"To the Family you are in my prayers...May God bless you. I do want to say it was a honor to have him in our military Thanks for serving our country"
Stacey (Proud Army Wife) of Zephyrhills,Florida

"May God be with you in spirit and with your family."
Terrence of Houston, Texas

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Juan Serrano:
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 Juan 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. Juan Serrano:
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 Juan, 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