Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Henry Ybarra III

32, of Austin, Texas.
Ybarra was changing the tire on a Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck in Balad, Iraq when the tire exploded. Ybarra died of his injuries. Ybarra was assigned to D Troop, 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry, Illesheim, Germany. Died on September 11, 2003.

Sergeant Ybarra was posthumously promoted to Staff Sergeant.

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"Memorial Day 2022. I met the father of Sgt Ybarra today. He spoke of the loss of his son. His father
is a Vietnam Veteran. It was an honor to meet him and sadly learn of the price that the Ybarra family has paid for this country. I would
have enjoyed meeting Sgt Ybarra."
Brad Reesing of Idabel, Ok

"Missing you today brother, but remembering that smile and your friendship."
Jesse (SSG Medina) of St Augustine FL

"SSG Ybarra was the first NCO I had in the Army at Fort Hood. He was a hands on NCO and definitely took care of me. He showed me a lot about my job. He also allowed me to take on some projects we were working on and always supported me whether I did good or bad.

When I left Fort Hood and went to Germany, I did not know he was there. One day I was doing a routine job and seen his picture at the clinic I was working at. I thought maybe I could go see him but then I looked again and it said RIP SGT Ybarra.

I want you all to know that he was a good leader, father, and friend.

RIP SSG Ybarra aka YB...Gone but never forgotten!!"
SFC Freeman of Poland

"I think about you every September 11th. You are never forgotten. Thank you for saving my life."
Olamidayo Abogan-Odusanya of Rosedale, MD 21237

"S/Sgt Ybarra,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just OIF but also when you served in Bosnia as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"Tio we love and miss you more than words can say I know your in a better place. We will never forget you."
Brittney Estrada of Austin Texas

"Tio we love and miss you more than words can say I know your in a better place. We will never forget you."
Brittney Estrada of Austin Texas

"Served with SSG Ybarra in 1/1 Cav great soldier and a good friend"
SFC Berry (ret) of Radcliffe, Ky

"To the Ybarra family,
It has been over 10 years now since Henry passed away. I worked nights in Iraq with him. Everybody is correct about Henry's smile. He always talked about his kids and family. He bragged about how little Henry III would act like he was the man of the house and could go down the "big boy slide" all by himself. He always had that great smile as he often spoke of his family. He told me that he wanted his oldest daughter to go to college. I never knew someone who truly cherished their family as much as Henry did. I will never forget him."
Captain Cassidy J. Bair of Cannon AFB, NM

"Dear Ybarra family,
I can't say that I knew Henry well, but I was a Soldier in Support Platoon, HHT 1/1 CAV from 1997-2000, and do remember him. As we cannot change the past, I just wanted to remind you that any United States Soldier has changed the lives of so many in support of America as well as other countries. Even though I know you miss him dearly, he has lived a life of more purpose during his time with you than most will ever know. God Bless you and I hope your family can continue to be strong in his memory."
SFC Paul Schneider of Verona, KY

"Gone but never forgotten."
KD of Saint Cloud FL

"Henry and I were in the same unit at Fort Hood before joining the Sixshooter family. He was a great NCO, soldier and friend. I will never forget him."
Tim West of La Jolla, CA

"Neither myself or my husband (Staff Sgt Marc Sparks) will forget Henry Ybarra. He was remembered by my husband for being an awesome father and service member but we both remember him as being a friend."
Amanda and Marc Sparks of JBLM, Washington

"Rest in peace soldier! You are not forgotten."
KD of Saint Cloud, FL

"I miss you so much. I did jet to know you or say at least bye. I love you"
Zachary Ybarra

"I wanted to pay tribute to one of the finest soldiers i have ever had the privilege of meeting and serving with in the military. I was stationed with SGT Henry Ybarra in Iraq when he passed on. He was such an inspirational person. He will be truly missed."
SSG Ramon Trigo of Ft, Eustis, VA

"Hey Brotha thinking of you today. 9/11/2011. Miss you man"
SFC Tim Paton of Hawaii

"SSG Ybarra (YB) was my soldier and my friend. He was a true professional with a great heart and I still think of him as one of the best soldiers I ever served with. My heart goes out to the Ybarra family. My words cannot express my gratitude to you for raising such an honorable young man. Know that he made a difference in the lives of many and he will never be forgotten.
Cheers YB. I miss you bro.
CW3 Scott Bruce (Retired)"
Scott Bruce of Tampa, Fl.

"Dear Marines/Families

My name is Chris Savage, my brother Sgt. Michael P Savage served with Alpha co. 1/3 Weapons 1993-1998. My brother has passed on January 21, 2009. He has a wife Michelle age 27, and a beautiful son David age 18mth. To all families, and friends of fallen Marines God Bless. We are all in it together. SEMPER FI"
Chris Savage of Elizabeth, Colorado. USA

"Uncle Henry you are my hero. Words cant even express my deepest feelings of you being gone!Sometimes it just feels like your away but i miss those letters and phone calls all your stories. You were my father figure I Love you and think about you everyday. I know you watching down on us waiting for us up there. I can see that BIG smile, your in a better place. Peaceful and safe with our father. I miss and love you so much!!!!"
Crystal R. Estrada of Austin, Tx

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to the hero’s Mother, Father and/or spouse. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,850 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
This is a gift! We have some wonderful sponsors who help with the costs, and only want you know that we care.
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah, USA

"Dear family members,
An engraved paver with Henry's name has been donated to the Veterans Courtyard. If you would like, please email Friends2@Westbanklibrary.com so we may tell you about it. Sincerely, Pamela Gilliam"
Pamela Gilliam of Austin, TX 78746

"I knew Sgt Ybarra or YB as we used to call him from the time we served with HHT 1/1 Cav in Germany. We deployed to Bosnia for Operation Joint Endeavor in 1995. I had been out of the Army for a few years when I read about his death. It hits you in the stomach when you learn someone you knew personally has given his life while serving our country so far from home. God Bless you YB!"
Christopher Aponte of Nogales,AZ (working in Kosovo)

"How is little Henry and his girls? I think about them and you Mrs. Ybarra about everyday. He was a dear friend to me during those hot dirty days in Iraq. I was in his platoon... I have a picture of him. 317 823 3455 call me and I will get it to you. We watched TV many a night together and I knew why he always smiled. He smiled because of you, he smiled because of his children, and he smiled because he could not help it he truly was full of the happiness that you brought into his life and anyone whom saw his face saw that happy grin that you put there. Thank you Mrs. Ybarra for making him so happy."
SPC Joshua Antrobus of Indianapolis, Indiana

"hey Big Sgt,
Its been awhile since Ive said hi to you, but i never forget. I know you are up above watching down on your family and the soldiers under you. You and the rest of my six shooter family are never further than a thought from me. Be at peace my friend"
Spc Miranda d trp 6/6 cav (2002-2003) of san antonio, tx

"August 22, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Henry Ybarra, III:
Henry 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 Mrs Ybarra, I served with your husband in 6/6 Cav during Iraq now I am a full time student at a university. I wear your husbands bracelet to remind me of what it means to be a hero and I wanted to tell you that I am so sorry for your loss. Your husband was a great man and his unwavering smile is what kept the morale of his fellow soldiers strong. I will never forget the last time I saw him. It was the night before and he had a huge smile on his face and was laughing. I will always keep that memory with me. I know that just about every conversation I had with your husband he was always talking about his family. He loved and missed all of you so much. I am so sorry for your loss and I am sorry it has taken me this long to say this. Your husband will never be forgotten by any soldier of 6/6 Cav."
Kelly "Panga" of Fairfax Va


"My beautiful husband,I miss you so much.Three years has passed and My heart still aches with sadness
and secret tears still flow. No farewell words were spoken no time to say "goodbye"You were gone before I knew it and only GOD knows why.I still want to believe this is a horrible nightmare,but the pain in my heart keeps me to reality.I know one day we will meet up and become one like you always said we were until than I will always thank GOD for you and the happy memories we shared.You were always there for me like I was for you and to know I have to continue living without you .I will always love you my sweet husband.You made us all proud " Keep Smiling""
Lilian Ybarra of Austin, TX USA

"It tore me up when we lost SSG Ybarra I served with him in D troop 6/6 Cav and as everyone has said he always had a smile on his face and he was just a great human being to be around. There are so many times when I was feeling down i would just have to see SSG Ybarra and or talk with him and my spirits would rise. I will never forget the day that I seen him off for the last time on balad out at the airstrip it is forever ingrained in my mind. He is my hero i will be returning to iraq for my last trip soon and i will have him with me on my wrist with a hero bracelet. To Mrs Ybarra I am so sorry for your loss and just know that alot of us who served with Henry will never forget him."
SFC Lamp of Ft. Bragg N.C.

"To the family of:Henry Ybarra 111 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"

"Taps has sounded over you now, you are gone but will not be forgoten by your family and friends. I pray often for all of our men and women who serve our country proudly. My Father served in WW2 and lived to raise two sons who also answered the call when it came. I will pray for you and your family every May 30th. God Bless You Henry, you will not be forgotten."
Fred Ybarra of Los Angeles, Ca

"Thank you Henry III for your sacrifice. May you rest in peace until Jesus returns to earth to gather His people. Thank you Ybarra family for your sacrifice and for supporting your son. May God comfort you and bless your family. Looking at Henry III, I am certain that I know him, that I met him while I was on active duty. I served in Darmstadt (93-98) and Giessen Germany (88-91) and in the States, I served at Ft Huachuca (91, 93, 96), Presidio of Monterey (92-93), Ft Bragg (88), and Ft Sam Houston (87-88). Can someone tell me whether or not Henry III served in any of these places during the same timeframes? I seem to recall him most from my time in Germany, where I serviced with 165th MI Bn, 501st MI Bn, 4/43 ADA Bn, 4/3 ADA Bn. Thank you to All!"
Paul Holtzclaw III, SFC, US Army (Ret) of Houston, Texas

"I had the privelage of serving with Henry in Budingen, Germany in 1/1 Cav. He was always a stand up guy willing to help anybody. He'll always be in my memory."
KD of Saint Cloud FL

"May God continue to Bless your family. I know you were a good friend to me. Memories of growing up always include you. Peace Bro."
of Austin

"February 26 today you turned 33. we miss you dearly Henry. You were the best uncle and brother. We will never forget your big smile. love you always the Ybarra's of Killeen. HAPPY BIRTHDAY"

"SSGT.Henry Ybarra was a terrfic person he always had a smile that made everyone happy if u were down he would be there for u he was a terrific husband,father,brother,and a great uncle i love him very much he was always there for me and my brothers and sisters and everyone else. i miss him alot i know he is in a better place now he is an angel.i wish i could see him i know one day we will see him.he was the best person in the world we LOVE him and MISS HIM ALOT"
amber ybarra of killeen tx

"SSGT. Henry Ybarra was my brother in law.He was a great dad,husband,brother,and uncle.he always had that special smile on his face that will lighten up the room. My husband,his brother Anthony misses him
dearly the special Sundays they would spent together watching the Nascar races and just cooking something out on the grill. Henry we all miss you dearly but I know your in heaven smiling down on us.You are the best."
your sis in law Adelle Ybarra of Killeen Tx


"I also wear a Hero Bracelet honoring Sgt. Henry Ybarra III. I want his family and friends to know how honored I am to wear this bracelet. He won't be forgotten. Thank you."
Krista Silsby of Mankato, Kansas

"My husband recently found the Hero Bracelet website, and we ordered three.I am proud to wear one with the name of Staff Sgt. Henry Ybarra 111. My thanks and thoughts are with his entire family and group of friends. I have read the tributes to him and have been touched. He was greatly loved and admired. God bless you all!"
Marie Benton of Wilmington, NC

"hang in there lilian it will get better"
frank almaguer of austin texas

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..9/11/04

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

"Sorry for your loss. This is a loss for all of us. As an Ybarra in So. California, my prayers go to the family left behind."
Fred Ybarra of Los Angeles California

"Am sorry for your loss. Grateful to this soldier and all who have fallen for our freedom. May Yahweh console your heavy heart."
Y. Castillo of Knippa, Texas

"Today ,is a year since you left us .I still cant understand why .I miss you more and more each day . Thank you for all the memories you have given me to last me a life time . Sometimes I laugh and sometimes I cry , but every moment we shared will never be forgotten . I love you with all of my heart . I am very proud of you . Thank you for always being there for me . I love you ."
Lilian Ybarra of Austin, Tx

"Mrs.Ybarra , you dont know me but I worked with your husband .He was a good man . All he talked about was you and your loving family .He loved you very much Mrs.Ybarra .I felt I had to tell you how he talked about you and his kids .He always had a smile on his face . I never knew why he was always so happy after I got to know him I knew why . He is truly missed by the whole Illesheim Community .I will never forget what a good man he was .Rest in Peace SSG Henry Ybarra"
of Illesheim,Germany

"This message is for Mrs. Lilian Ybarra - We just want you to know that the family and friends of Lt. Brian D. Smith were very touched by your attendance of his memorial service in Austin. Most of us heard about your attendance after the service was over, and we wish that we'd had a chance to meet you and to give our condolances for your terrible loss. Our hearts go out to you and your children and we pray that God watches over all of you."
Brian & Pam of Leander, TX


"We are very proud of you daddy .We love & miss you very much and will never forget what a wonderful father you were . Love you always"
Alyssa, Gabby , Henry IV of TX

"a much over due thank you, cousin henry!! thank you for showing my children and myself the true meaning of this day of memorial. to honor such wonderful, strong, family man as yourself. we thank you for all that you have givin us! my prayers go out to you lilian and famiy, may we look to famiy to help through His loss. my dream is for my children to met you and yours and to know of their "great cousin henry". white_cheeks@yahoo.com"
christine mendez of kingsland, texas USA

"To Lilian and the Ybarra family,
On Wednesday the entire Regiment gathered in Memorial Park to lay a wreath by a stone proudly bearing your husband's name. You do not know me and I did not know your husband, but you must know that you and your sacrifice will never be forgotten by the Troopers of the 11th Regiment. I did not know Henry, but he lives inside of me. God bless you and your family."
Jeremy of Illesheim, Germany

"A littel poem that I wrote

Ybarra was the Best
Before he died
And maybe still
Route to happiness
Route to death
Am not afraid

I am sorry that you had to lose him. May God bless you and your family."
7th Grade Student of Barker Middle School

"We miss you dearly .I am very proud of you .A HERO will never be forgotten .Thank you for being a wonderful husband and father .
Lilian Ybarra of Austin , TX

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

"I consider Lilian (Henry's wife) one of my closest friends. I was there with her when they came to tell her that he passed. I will always remember Henry to be a loving husband to Lil. As a father, is a hero to Alyssa, Gabby and baby Henry. As a friend to both my husband, who was in the same unit, and myself, Henry will truly be missed. Our military community here in Illesheim Germany still mourns the loss of SSG Ybarra. We miss the entire family and wish them well."
SSG Michael and Vanessa Snyder of D-TRP 6-6 CAV, Illesheim Germany

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

"To Staff Sgt Ybarra's Family:
Though we are strangers, we want you to know how sorry we are your Henry 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."
With Love....Carol & Larry Miller of Tampa, Florida (2/9/04)

"To the family and friends of Henry Ybarra III. Prayers go out to you and my deepest sympathy. I would like to thank you for Henry and being who he was, to be so brave to go over and fight for what is given to us so freely.There are alot of courageous men and women there, I just happened to have the name Ybarra also.And Henry gives it another reason to be proud of it. Peace be with You and Yours. Sorry for your loss."
Lori A. (Ybarra) Hernandez of Glendale, Arizona USA

"Thank you Henry Ybarra III, 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

"My thoughts & prayers go out to all the Military men and women who are at war and especially those who have lost their lives. May God bless you forever. Thank you for everything, you are my hero! Rest in peace."
Amanda K Casas of San Diego, Tx

"I am one of two brothers Henry left behind. He will be deeply missed by me and all of his family. He fell a hero and we will remember him as such. Thank you Henry for the freedom you gave us all. God Bless! mramirez01@austin.rr.com"
Michael of Austin, Texas

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Henry Ybarra III:
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 Henry 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. Henry Ybarra III:
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 Henry, 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