Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Alfredo B. Silva

35, of Calexico, California.
Silva died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during patrol operations. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division, Modesto, California. Died on September 15, 2005.

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"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 E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"SSG Silva,
I served in Iraq with the 184 yet I dont recall meeting you. That being said, I still feel for your family and pray that they will overcome what must be a terrible sorrow over your death. Being in the 184 I know you died with Honor, and you shall never be forgotten."
Christopher K. of Paso Robles, Ca

"August 22, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Alfredo B. Silva:
Alfredo 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

"To the family of:Alfredo B. Silva I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief. He died a hero defending freedom and we are so grateful for anyone defending our freedom.
Know that I am praying for the peace of God that surpasses all understanding for you and that one day we will all meet in Heaven where we will rest in the arms of Jesus.
If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with please call my Pastor at Gateway Community Church, Reverand John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd Covington Ga. 30016 Phone 770- 787- 1015 (fax)770-787-8215.Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew"

"Dear Silva Family

Although I did not serve in Iraq with Alfredo B. Silva, your loss is heartfelt to me...may he rest in peace. God Bless you

SGT Alfredo H. Silva (1st Bn, 1st Special Forces Group (A), Okinawa Japan: 1984)"
Alfredo H. Silva of Naperville, IL/USA

"Dear Silva Family:

Your son and husband will always be remembered. He was a wonderful man and loved by many in his unit. You all are always in my prayers for your loss of Alfredo but we who knew him honor him and his memory. God bless you,

Chaplain (Maj) Robert Blessing"
Robert Blessing Chaplain 184th Infantry FOB Falcon Iraq of San Diego CA

"Sgt. Silva how I remember you. You were there always when I needed the job done right the first time with no complaints. You were always cheerful and full of life. I was your Staff Sargent on the US Border Counter Drug Task Force. Just to know you have gone on to a better place one that God has prepared for us. 2Corinthians Chapter 5 verse 8 We are confident,yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. May you rest in peace. Mrs. Silva I never had the chance to meet you and I cant imagine what you have been through. My family and I will keep you in our prayers. If you need anything feel free to email us at ssgcalderon@charter.net Take care and God Bless. The Calderon Family"
Mr. Juan Carlos Calderon of Riverside CA/US

"I offer my condolences to the Silva family. I did not know SSG Afredo B. Silva, however I feel a certain connection to him and his family.
He is not forgotten."
Alfredo H. Silva (SGT USAR, 1ST BN, 1ST SFG(A), Okinawa Japan 1985) of Naperville, IL/USA

"Buen Boy, Nunca te di las gracias por hacer sentir siempre contento a mi Budita, el de verdad te admiraba y esperaba con mucha ilusion la camisa que le prometiste, se puso triste cuando se entero de tu muerte, y mas aun te sigue admirando como un valiente soldado. Se que tu familia es fuerte, y que esta orgullos de ti. DESCANCE EN PAZ El Chamuco Boy Silva"
Buda Enriquez of joel.serana@gtel.com.mx

"To my cousin Alfredo B. Silva. I miss you so much boy i wish you were here. it was only one more month and you would come home i miss you very much and may god take care of you.


your cousin Ivan"
Ivan Barajas of chula vista, california


The war is over for us and we are on our way home. I wish you were with us. I was on leave when you got hit. I am sorry I should have been there with you. I will always remember you. Right now I can almost see you with that big smile of yours calling me and Weber waros. Hell I can't even spell in Spanish. I want you to know we still talk about you all the time. You are gone but not forgotten. I love you brother."
Thaddeus G. Moore of HHC, 1-184th INF, Baghdad, Iraq

"Words can't begain to express the anguish and pain you have had to endure over the loss of your beloved son Alfedo. He is not forgotten but keep in memory in our hearts and now in the care of God above. May God bless you and heal your sarrow and sadness, and once again my deepest sympathy."
Mario Silva of 200 Sedgebrooke Drive, Warner Robins, GA 31088

"To The Silva Family - my prayers and love to you as your mourn the loss of your loving son. My son, Sgt Daniel Casara served with him and had asked me to pray for you at that time. My son was hurt in almost the same type incident on September 23rd. God really does love you and is concerned about you. I'm sure the hurt is deep and you are missing Alfredo so much, please know the prayers are yet being offered for your family for peace of mind and strength."
Elaine Casara Patterson of Dolton, IL USA

"Dear Silva family,
I was sorry to here about boys death iraq. my parents flew out to san Diego to the funearl, boy was a good husband and a good father I pray that the family will say a payer for as i do every night before i go to bed.
con amor,
Krystofer Edison O'Hara"
Krystofer Edison O'Hara of murrysville,PA

"Dear Silva Family,
Please accept my condolences for your loss of Alfredo. I know that I can never begin to feel what you are feeling. Know that he is a Hero and that he died doing what he believed in. He will never be forgotten. God Bless all of you....take comfort in knowing he is with the Lord."
Terri Benezet of Philadelphia, PA

"There are no words to express the pain when we lose our hero. Time does not heal but helps us to accept. I am sorry for your loss. After my son, Sgt. Michael Marzano USMC was killed, I wished no one would ever have to go through this pain. I understand and am sorry."
Margy Bons, Packages From Home Volunteer of Phoenix, Az. USA

"Dear Silva Family,
Our sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved Alfredo. While we never had the pleasure of meeting your hero we did send him comfort packages. We hope knowing that he had other Americans loving and supporting him made his time in Iraq a bit easier.
Our commitment to his memory and unit will not be forgotten. We continue to send to this unit (the hardest hit in this conflict) and remember all who have fallen in the defense of freedom. May God bless you and heal your hearts."
Kathleen Lewis Packages From Home of Glendale Arizona

"SSG. Alfredo B. Silva was brave, bold, and loyal to serve his country and for that i thank him. words arent enough to say how much im proud of him and for what hes done."BOY" was a good and caring older brother. He taught me dicapline and pushed me to do well in school and that is something i wont forget.My brother is a hero, my hero and i will miss him so much but his memories and legacy will last forever.May he Rest In Peace and NEVER BE FORGOTTEN."
Gaby Barajas

"To Jenny and the Silva Family
i am so sorry to hear about your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. Remebering him in the upmost regard for what he had accomplished and meant to you is all you can do know. Hes been taking care of us by doing his duty and now he can take care of you guys by watching over you.
our deepest sympathy"
Courtney and Jenn of OH+R Warwick

"Words can't even begin to explain the sadness I felt when I heard of the death of my friend. I still am in shock that something so terrible happened. SSG Silva, "Silva," was the first person I met when I arrived for training in El Paso. Our bunks were across from each other those first days of in process and I had the opportunity to get to know him. Right off we could relate to each other and we bonded well. Although we were not in the same unit, we would run into each other on occasion, greet with a handshake and a hug, and share stories of how training was a pain. Now I am kicking myself for not keeping in contact with you after our units went their separate ways. I will always remember you sleeping on the bunk aside from mine with that peaceful look on your face while you listened to your headphones. Your gleaming smile and calm spirit are all ways you showed me life should be treated. To your wife and daughter, family, and friends I share this moment of sorrow with you, and I too, will never forget Alfredo. Find peace and comfort and know he is with our Lord now looking over us and making him smile. Please contact me if there is anything I can ever help with.

Your friend,
Pablo Chacon
F/82 29BCT"
Pablo Chacon of Anaconda, Iraq/ Washington State

"A Todos los amigos y familiares de Boy:
Al igual que todos, estoy muy afectado por tan gran perdida. Yo nunca he creido en la casualidad, mas bien en la "Providencia" y precisamente hoy a 8 dias de la perdida de nuestro gran amigo, recibi un correo electronico, el cual contenia algunos pasajes Biblicos muy acertados que me dejaron con mucha paz, la cual me gustaria compartir con todos ustedes.
En Hebreos 1 nos dice que "Tener FE es tener la plena seguridad de recibir lo que se espera,es estar convencidos de la REALIDAD que no vemos". Esto me llevo a San Juan 14 en donde nos dice que "no se angustien ustedes. Confien en Dios y tambien en mi. En la casa de mi Padre hay muchos lugares donde vivir, si no fuera asi, yo no les hubiera dicho que voy a preparales un lugar. Y despues de irme y de prepararles un lugar, VENDRE DESPUES PARA LLEVARLOS CONMIGO, para que ustedes esten en el MISMO LUGAR EN DONDE YO ESTOY".
Como vemos, no debemos angustiarnos y debemos tener plena confianza en que nuestro amigo y todos nuestros seres queridos estaran en el mismo lugar que Jesucristo disfrutando de su rostro y bondad y ademas, preparandonos un lugar a nosotros.
Si no es facil para mi, puedo imaginar el dolor de su esposa e hija y de toda su familia. Entonces vallamos al Padre y descansemos en El, como nos dice San Mateo 11, 28, “Vengan a mi todos ustedes que estan cansados de sus trabajos y cargas, y yo los hare descansar. Acepten el yugo que les pongo, y aprendan de mi que soy paciente y de Corazon humilde, asi encontraran descanso.
Cecy, le pido a Dios que te de la fuerza, el valor y la firmeza de seguir adelante como nos dice en Josue 1, 9 “Yo soy quien te manda que tengas valor y firmeza. No tengas miedo ni te desanimes porque Yo, tu senior y Dios, ESTARE CONTIGO dondequiera que vayas”.
Nuestro mas sincero pesame a toda la familia.
Fam. Barba Chaires.
PS: Para variar, estamos (CHAMUCOS) en los Play offs, este va por ti BOY(A.SILVA #32)."
Gustavo Barba of Tijuana, BC/Mexico

Descansa en paz amigo, se nos fue tu presencia fisica pero jamas tu presencia en nuestros corazones, siempre seras un ejemplo de valentia y de coraje para mi y para mi familia, recuerdas cuando fuiste el MVP de nuestro equipo Rojos? pues eso seras para mi toda la vida, el jugador mas valioso, como hombre, como amigo, como deportista y sobre todo como padre, Dios quiere a los grandes hombres como tu a su lado, por eso ahora estas con el, que Dios te bendiga como el nos bendijo a nosotros por haberte conocido."
Enrique "Kiki" Gomez of San Diego, CA

"(Tijuana's Newspaper report)

07 de Diciembre del 2003

Inician serie final de softbol los egresados universitarios
Da Rojos el primer paso
Por Jesús Esquer
Rojos hizo valer su posición como primer finalista en el inicio de la serie final de la liga de softbol de Egresados Universitarios, en la categoría Primera Fuerza Mayor.
Los Rojos derrotaron, después de esperar por casi un mes, a los Rockies con un marcador de 7-2 en la pizarra, donde los color escarlata demostraron un dominio pleno del juego.
La final, misma que se juega bajo la fórmula de ganar dos de tres encuentros, tuvo ayer, en el campo de la Unidad Deportiva Tijuana, un claro ganador en los Rojos en el primer partido de la final.
Alfredo Silva se fajó como los grandes y derrotó a tres lanzadores de Rockies en la tarea sobre la lomita al completar la labor de siete entradas, en las que aceptó el par de anotaciones rivales pero controló el resto del partido y fue apoyado por su ofensiva.
En el arranque del encuentro, los “colorados” hicieron tronar sus bats y anotaron en tres ocasiones sobre el abridor de Rockies, Antonio Antuna.
Antuna, quien sólo se mantuvo dos entradas y dos tercios sobre el círculo, fue castigado en el primer episodio con un cuadrangular de Pablo Pozo, que impulsó a Carlos Díaz, quien había recibido base por bola.
Carlos Alcocer siguió la ofensiva al entrar a correr los senderos por Marcos Echeverría y llegar hasta la registradora después de lanzamientos erróneos del lanzador para marcar el 3-0, que después se convirtió en 3-1 con una carrera de Rockies en el cierre.
Para el tercer capítulo y con Salvador Ramírez como pitcher de Rockies en lugar de Antuna, Alex García logró llegar a la registradora con doblete de Germán Pacheco para el 4-1 a favor de Rojos.
Rockies trató de volver al encuentro al anotar en el tercer capítulo con un cuadrangular de Aldo “Soldado” Castillo, pero no fue apoyado por sus compañeros.
En el cuarto episodio, Rojos aprovechó de nuevo una pobre defensa de Rockies para anotar en par de ocasiones y elevar el marcador a 6-2.
En esa entrada, Carlos Díaz inició la guerra con un sencillo, pasó a segunda con elevado de sacrificio de Enrique Gómez y anotó con imparable de Rey Pérez, quien hizo la sexta carrera con un tablazo de Armando Ruelas.
La última carrera de Rojos y del encuentro se presentó en el sexto capítulo con triple impulsor de Pablo Pozo que contaba con Manuel Robles en los senderos."
Carlos Diaz of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

"Estoy muy lastimado en el muerte de Alfredo. Aunque no le conocio, yo cononzco a Miguel y Jenny. En esta familiaridad, yo soy cierto que Alberto fue un hombre muy fuerte con mucho corazon. Mis saludos a la familia que la tristeza no dura mucho."
Dr. Steven McCloy of Pawtucket, RI formerly Hemet, CA

"To Jenny, Miguel and family,
My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. Miguel, Jenny has spoken so highly of your brother and how close your family is. This is a tremendous loss to all of you. I am sure that the love and support of those close to you will help you get through this most difficult time. My prayers are with all of you, but most of all Alfredo's wife and daughter. As I mentioned to Jenny last week, it's time like this that all Americans need to take a step back and reflect on what our soldiers are sacrificing for our freedom. The ultimate sacrifice Alfredo made of losing his life for the freedom of Americans he never met, is something that is just so amazing. Words can never express the gratitude to Alfredo and his family. My deepest sympathy to all of you."
Maria Perry of Warwick Rhode Island

"To the family of Alfredo Silva, I send you my deepest condolences at the loss of your son, brother, friend. On behalf of all Americans, we thank you for his outstanding service to this country and his role in keeping us all free. He will not be forgotten. May he rest in peace."
Shawn O'Rourke of OH+R Pawtucket, RI

"Dear Jenny and Silva Family,
I'm so very sorry for your loss. Although I do not know any of you, please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I can't imagine the pain that you are all enduring right now. I am a Mother of a Marine....who has served 2 tours of duty Iraq. I know only too well what it is like to wait for that horrible phone call or visit that will change your life forever ...the worry is like non other. I hope you find comfort in your memories and knowing that your Alfredo IS and ALWAYS will be a "true" hero to all of us."
Kathy Demers of Warwick, RI

"Miguel, Jenny & Family~
There are no words to express my deepest sadness at the loss of your son, father, brother and friend. Boy & your family have paid the ultimate price for our freedom, thank you seems trivial, but thank you. May your memories comfort you during this difficult time.
Miguel, Jenny & Familyß
no hay palabras de expresar mi tristeza más profunda en la pérdida de su hijo, el padre, el hermano y el amigo. El chico & su familia ha pagado el último precio para nuestra libertad, gracias parece trivial, pero gracias. Pueda su consuelo de memorias usted durante este tiempo difícil."
Kathy Burke Sauer of Warwick, RI

"My good old friend Alfredo "Boy" Silva rest in peace. I still don't believe that you left us. We had just talked about three weeks ago when I was at work and you called me to let me know you were in town. I was very pleasant surprise to know that you had come to San Diego to visit your family. I rememeber that you and I had made plans for Christmas to go and drink some beer like old times, but that will never happen because I will never get to see you again and that makes me sad. I will always remember the times we spent together playing softball with "Chamucos" even though we never won the big game we always came in second place I don't even remember how many times. Also the good times we spent after the game drinking beer and talking about the game. "Boy" you will always be on my mind and in my heart. God bless your family, relatives and friends in these difficult times.
I'm proud to be your friend and I will never forget you my friend."
Marco A. Echeverria and family of San Diego, CA USA

"My good old friend Alfredo "Boy" Silva rest in peace. I still don't believe that you left us. We had just talked about three weeks ago when I was at work and you called me to let me know you were in town. I was very happy to know that you had come to San Diego to visit your family. I rememeber that you and I had made plans for Christmas to go and drink some beer like old times, but that will never happen because I will never get to see you again and that makes me sad. I will always remember the times we spent together playing softball with "Chamucos" even though we never won the big game we always came in second place I don't even remember how many times. Also the good times we spent after the game drinking beer and talking about the game. "Boy" you will always be on my mind and in my heart. God bless your family, relatives and friends in these difficult times.
I'm proud to be your friend and I will never forget you my friend."
Marco A. Echeverria and family of San Diego, CA USA

"SSGT Silva became my “son” when he became my son’s “brother.“

My son, SFC Joseph Barker, was with SSGT Silva when he was killed, and over the last year that these men have been together they became as close as if they actually were brothers.

When my son called me that fateful day from the hospital after they got hit, it was the first time I had heard him openly cry since he was a little boy. His tears were for the loss of a man that he loved, and respected as deeply as a true brother.

I hope and pray that SSGT Silva’s family knows how much their son, husband and father will be missed by all of the men that served with him, and by the extended family he made by being a brother to our sons, husbands and fathers.

He will be deeply missed, and fondly remembered."
Rick Barker of Valencia, California

"Alfredo "Boy" Silva rest in peace. A young boy growing up in Tijuana, Mexico, a border town next to San Diego, CA. lived in a city or "colonia" called "Libertad", the oldest colonia in Tijuana. How appropriate, he was fighting for "Freedom" (Libertad).
I will never forget the times we spend together on the softball field. Me siting behind home plate, you the strating pitcher, trying to read my pitching signals, we struggled but with your heart and determination we managed to pull it off, we won the chapionship in our local softball league.
Another example of who you were, helping to reach a common goal, win for freedom.......I will always remeber you as the man who would do anything and everthing to help the team win......once again you were helping the team win.......I salute you soldier.....Sargent Silva......your memories will live for ever....God bless your family and your relatives in these dificult times......."
Falimia Efrain Arvizu of Tijuana, Baja Califirnia Mexico

"This messaage it's in spanish!
Boy (this was his nickname)
Tus amigos te tendremos presente todos los dias. Nos duele mucho haberte perdido sobre todo porque se pierde a un gran amigo a un gran hombre a un gran deportista y a un buen hombre de familia.
Descansa en Paz y no te preocupes por tu esposa e hija estas rodeado de una excelente familia y amigos que cuidaran por ellas.
Tu amigo Carlos Diaz y el equipo ROJOS campeones en softball por tu pitcheo.
Hasta Pronto Boy!"
Carlos Diaz of Tijuana, Baja Cal., Mexico

"I read this speech at SSG Silva's memorial service. He was driving my vehicle when the IED detonated. Please know that he was was the best NCO I have ever worked with. His loss is felt by everyone he worked with.

SSG Silva was an angry man. Or so he would like you to believe. He talked a good game, but when it came down to it, he was a softie. Whether it was dealing with his Soldiers, his interpreters, or the Iraqi kids, he did everything he could to take care of them. He was the first to start throwing Beanie Babies and soccer balls to the kids. He made sure every kid got something even if it was just a pen or a pencil lying around the truck.
The first day I met Silva was in Dona Anna prior to deploying to Iraq. I was impressed with him right off the bat. His uniform was squared away, his boots were shined and he was ready to go. Later that night during a fire drill, I forgot all about him. When we formed up outside I reported all present. Someone asked me where the new guy was. I looked around and realized I forgot all about him. I asked him later what happened to him, trying to cover up the fact that I forgot him and he said, “Well, after you left me I just followed the first guidon I saw and fell in.” I came up with every excuse I could think of and he stopped me and, “Don’t worry about it SGT Barker. I’ll make sure you never forget me again.” He was right. I will never forget SSG Silva. From then on he became my right hand, the bad cop to my good cop. Just ask the interpreters he worked with. Any time they got out of hand all I had to do was threaten them with Silva and they got back in line. He thought he had them fooled, but I think they knew the real Silva. After our truck hit an IED, it was interpreters that jumped up to help carry him out. It was interpreters that cried when he passed.
I never saw him raise his voice to anyone. He didn’t have to. If he told you to do it once and it didn’t get done, he did it himself. And he made damn sure you knew he was doing it. It only took once usually and things got done the first time.
One of the things I will always remember about Silva is his pride. He was proud of who he was and where he came from. He was proud to be Hispanic, proud to be in the Army and he was proud of his Soldiers. But most of all he was proud of his daughter Mariel. We used to tease him because he only had one child. We’d ask him why he didn’t more kids. He told us if you get it right the first time, you don’t need to do it again.
I have so many memories of Silva. He is the reason Delta FIST is such a tight team. When we first came together as Delta FIST we were a bunch of guys that got pulled from other units to fill out the DET. Because of him we became a team. Thank you Chamuco. I’m proud to have known you and I will never forget you."
SFC Joseph C. Barker of FOB Falcon, Iraq

"To the Family and Friends of Army Sgt. Alfredo Silva

On 16 Sep 05 the men and women of the 447th Air Expendionary Group gave your son, brother, friend a final salute as he was placed on a C-130 for home. It was our honor and you are in our prayers."
Cyndi Solomito of Sather Air Base, Iraq

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

"To the Silva Family, I wish to offer to you my deepest condolences. Your Alfredo is a true American Hero who will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless you all and God Bless Alfredo."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York


"Thank you Alfredo Silva, 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. Alfredo Silva:
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 Alfredo 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. Alfredo Silva:
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 Alfredo, 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