Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Joel L Bertoldie

Independence, Missouri

July 18, 2003

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
20 Army Spc

Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 4-64 Armor Battalion

Fort Stewart, Georgia

Fallujah, Iraq. Bertoldie was thrown from the military vehicle he was driving when an explosive device was detonated underneath.
AP News

Joel L. Bertoldie sent an e-mail to his family from Iraq, talking about how much he looked forward to coming home. "He missed his family," said his mother, Debi. Hours after sending that note, Bertoldie died -- killed July 18 when a bomb detonated beneath his vehicle. Bertoldie, who was from Independence, Mo., was stationed at Fort Stewart. He is survived by a 10-month-old son, Jesse.

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