Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Genaro Acosta


26, of Fair Oaks, California.
Acosta was on patrol when his Bradley vehicle hit and detonated two improvised explosive devices in Taji, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Division (Mech), Fort Hood, Texas. Died on November 11, 2003.

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"Hi Uncle Mondo. I miss you. Even though I never got to meet you, you are the best uncle I could ever ask for. My dad tells me all about you. He tells me about your jokes, and how you kept them happy. He told me about the songs you blasted when going into battle. I miss you lots and wish I could have met you. I bet Kammi is up with you right now and she is loving you like we all do and did. I can't wait to meet you uncle Mondo. I miss you!"
Justice Griffee of Lake Mills, Wisconsin

"11 years today, thinking of you and your sacrifice. You always looked up to me growing up and now, me looking up to you and the honor of being your brother. Love you always! Things are looking up, I'm at peace with many things and look forward to the road ahead. With much respect."
JB of Lakewood, Ca

"Hey brother, tomorrow will be 11 years since you went upstairs. I can't believe it's been that long...where has all the time gone? Seems like yesterday we were all together laughing at God knows what... I continue to keep your family and friends in my thoughts and prayers. Miss you brother and I look forward to seeing you again in the future."
Andrew Danen of Birmingham, AL

"Happy Birthday Bro,
Hope you had a few cold ones. The years pass, but still feel a hole in our hearts! Your nieces, nephews are getting big. Your son, strong! Love you, JB"
of Lakewood, CA

"Your loss affected all of us in the 1-44th. Your heroism and sacrifice will never be forgotten. I am thankful I got to know you for the little time I did. I always enjoyed our talks about the Raiders!! Rest easy my friend."
Sgt. Ryan Elek of New Hampshire

"10 years, still hurts like it was yesterday! Jeremy and I visited your Memorial at Mayfair High School today. The plaque, tree and flowers grow strong in your honor. Many teachers/staff pay their respects to you daily. The football team honored you and the coach reminded them of your courage and selflessness. Bro, its been a difficult year for me, lot of tears and hurt, I find myself talking out loud to you, I love you! Jeremy honors you and respects your sacrifice as many of us do. With much respect and love, JB of Lakewood, CA"

"Happy 35th Birthday My Love!! I know that you know that i dont know where I am in my life right now.. I am not sure if I need to make changes or leave things as they are but I trust you to guide me. You have been here for me. You told my dad one day that you were going to take care of me for the rest of my life and even though you have been gone all these years you are still taking care of me. No matter where I am in my life you are always there. I love you to the moon and back!! I wish you were here so we could celebrate your birthday together! I miss you!"
Roxanne L Acosta

"Hey Sugar,

The past few months have been doozies but im trying to stay strong. Thank you for sending someone to me that is so much like you. Aaron and I are well taken care of. Aaron asks about you and he goes with me to visit you. He even gives you a kiss. He will always know how much you mean to me and the best thing is.. is that Tim is accepting of it all. You did good. Aaron has claimed your scooby. His battery ran out so he doesnt talk anymore but I love seeing him around. I think of you and love you everyday no matter who is in my life. You are still who I turn to when I need to be strong. I love you Genaro!!"
Roxanne

"My brother my friend, until now I have not had the courage to write you a letter….I had a really bad day today, I cried the entire way home from work and skipped out on the kids sports…. Which shows me that I couldn’t put this off any longer…..I have gone through a lot of therapy learning how to manage and work through the pain. Part of the process is to recognize painful pieces of my past, know that although they contribute to who I am they do not define who I am, nor do they dictate my life….after my brother died, God brought you into my life, and then he took you away, I have been so angry with God…., but it is time for me come to terms with the fact that you are gone….it has been almost nine years since that horrific day in November, but it still feels like only yesterday…Fernando had stayed the night in San Francisco; Justice and I were on our way out the door when the phone rang as soon as I heard Roxanne’s voice and I knew….All I could think was dear God no! I gathered myself and prepared to make the most difficult call of my life…..I had to call your brother and give him the news….He didn’t want to believe me, he couldn’t believe me….I tried to stay strong, hold back my tears and most of all my emotions ( you know my overly hysterical woman emotions hahahaha) so that Justice and Fernando could break down……….. over the years so many times you have appeared in my dreams, we have talked, we have laughed, we have cried , you always tell me you’re ok and not to worry then you fade away as if show me you are not really here. I have not been able to let you go because I have not been ready to say goodbye….so the time has come…, I will never forget our endless nights of Jerry Springer and Wrestling...I would laugh my * off watching you re-enact the previous scčne during commercials. Remember how mad Fernando would get? He would come through the door all tired and grouchy after work, and there we were, being dorks, our asses lounging on HIS couch eating Doritos and drinking Pepsi. We could practically see the steam coming out of his ears. You were my club’en buddy, and drink’en buddy….We had some fun times…You always protected me and stood up to him when he was being jerk …god I really miss that.
You would be so proud of Justice, he starts high school this year, he is playing freshman ball and taking High Achiever classes…he is such a good kid, loving, caring respectful, honest… he works so hard at school and sports. Parents love him, they are always trying to trade their mouthy lazy brats for our well mannered child…in their dreams. He misses his “tio G” he said his memories are starting to fade, he has to focus really hard to see you now, but his love for you remains strong…
Elijah is so much like you, god knows he has your temper and attitude, those damn genes…..on the flip side he is compassionate and loving, he nearly squeezes the life out of me with his hugs and suffocates me in kisses….he is even missing his permanent i-tooth on the bottom just like tio…I always wonder if the two of you meet, him on his way down you on your way up…since the day we brought him home he has focused on the pictures of you as if he knew you. That boy, he can never sit still we have to keep his mind and/or body occupied from the time he wakes up to the time he goes to sleep. Busy is an understatement with Elijah
Then there’s the baby and grandpa’s only girl Bella, Sassy girl and she has got her daddy and grandpa wrapped around her finger. She is a cheerleader who thinks she is 16 stuck in a 5 year old body...make-up, nail polish, clothes, shoes, UGGGH, girls are so much harder than boys. She started taking my purses, shoes and jewelry at age two. I have to lock up my make-up and hide my jewelry, sun glasses and nail polish in shoe boxes up at the top of the closet. By the time she is 10 I’ll have to install locks on my closet, and dresser because I know she will be snatching my clothes too. Like her brothers she is loving, wants to snuggle, and comforts me when I cry.
I love you and I miss you tremendously, not a day goes by that I don’t think of you, and you will be forever be in my heart…Save a good seat for me up there….Goodbye G xoxo"
Tricia of Sacramento Ca

"Hey there Mondo, it's Memorial Day weekend 2012 and I just wanted to write you something to let you know I was thinking of you even though we talk every day. Justice talks about her Uncle Mondo all the time and is so proud of you like the rest of us. She makes sure that her classmates know what you did for them. I remember when we celebrated her birth on the track. Hard to believe it's almost been 9 years. Well, I just wanted you to know I miss the hell out of you bud. I really look forward to meeting up with you for some R&R topside one day. Say hi to the rest of the boys, at least you're in good company. God Bless brother."
Griff of Lake Mills, WI

"G,
we continue to live on, but the pain of losing you never goes away. I am still waiting for you to come home. You live on through my boys and the many family and friends that love you. Thank You for your sacrifice and our freedoms, may Roxanne, Fern and your Dad have peace knowing you are Home with God and we will all be together again when we are called Home. Good times we had growing up that I have in my heart, that know one can take from me!"
JB of Lakewood, CA

"Hey Bro its Mata your one of many bravo battle buddies i havent forgot about you and i never will. One day Brother I will see you again."
Robert Mata of Houston,Tx

"Hey G, tomorrow will be 8 years since you paid the ultimate price for your family, friends, and country. I wish things had happened differently and that you were still with us. I can't imagine how those who were closer to you than I was feel, I keep them in my mind and prayers. I only got to spend a short time with you and wish it was different, but I am honored to have served, known, and called you a friend. I will drink a few for you tomorrow brother and I can't wait to see you again. Rest in peace brother."
Andrew D. of Alabama

"Hey Sugar Plum...
I know I always ask a lot of you but im in a panic. Im so worried about my Dad. WIll you please watch over him durring his surgery on Wednesday. Ive already lost you.. I cant lose him too. I miss you so much and wish you were here to hold me and help me through this. You always knew how to make things better. Just hold his hand and tell him it is going to be okay.. thank you.. I love you to the moon and back.."
Roxanne

"Hello My Love...

Its almost time to wish you a Happy Birthday. This time 8 years ago you were celebrating with a Sara Lee sponge cake and a home made Scooby Doo Birthday hat. I wanted everything to be as perfect as possible for you.... just as you always did for me. You were the only one for me.. the longer I live, the more I realize it. I miss you so very much.. your laugh, your smile, the silly faces you make. The dumb jokes youd tell...I miss it all. I have found myself getting more and more lost latley not knowing where i should turn next. If your trying to guide me, push a little harder please. Nothing I can say will make peolpe realize what you mean to me and how much I love you... and only you! Happy Birthday My Love!! To the moon and back!!...."
Roxanne L Acosta

"Im sorry I couldnt save you G, I still think about that terrible day. Rest in peace my friend..."
LJ of Hobbs, NM

"Hello my Love, May 30, 2011
I miss you terribly. I decided to re-read your letters tonight. I only made it to #5..too many tears I couldn't see anymore. All you talked about was the wedding and if everyone was okay.. you never worried about yourself just us.. it was so cute how you talked to Lucy in every letter.." tell her Daddy misses her and she better behave..." you never asked for much..you never did but I was willing to give you the world and I would give the world just to be in your arms again. I may love again but not a love like ours. You called me your Angel and now you are mine... to the moon and back. Now and always.. your wife..."
Roxanne

"Well "G",
I am sure you are watching from Heaven,and know that USA killed the
S.O.B. Osama Bin Laden. Mijo, You are the reason why you went to Iraq. Your
comrades captured Saddam Hussein. I know
you had something to do with this. Your
eyes were watching. Mijo, may I say:
Rest In Peace!!! Mission Accomplished!!
Until we meet again!
Love your big sister,
Renee
A big sister missing her little brother"
Renee

"Hey Genaro,
It has been a while since I last wrote.
I am in Alaska with your nephew and let
me tell you, he looks alot like you. I
told him about you. Things are going ok
but I really just wish that I could have
just 5 more minutes with you. Since you left us, things just are not the same.
Life seems so different without you. I know I can't call you.
It just seems weird. Rest in Peace. Miss you and love
you Lots!!"
Your big sister, Renee

"My Angel...My Love...,
Things are so dificult without you. No matter how much time passes I pray one day you'll come home. To see you, feel you, smell you. Just to have you by my side. Will my heart ever heal? I can't seem to let myself love anymore. I know I'm afraid. I'm afraid of someone else leaving and never coming back. I miss you and I love you. That has never changed. I'm glad Fernando and I are talking again. He needs you right now. Everyone just seems so lost without you. Visit soon please. To the moon and back...now and forever"
Roxanne L Acosta

"Hi Genaro,
Just thinking of you a usual. Miss you
like crazy!! Until we meet again!
Love, Your Sister,
Renee
A big sister missing her little brother"
Renee of Escondido

"Hi Brother,
Surgery went well. I am finally starting to walk. Thanks for watching over me. Love you lots!!!"
Renee

"Hi Genaro,
Well tomorrow is surgery. Please watch over me and make sure that I come out ok. Love and miss you lots!"
Renee

"Cannot believe it has been 7 years. Seems like just yesterday.
ALWAYS in my thoughts and prayers!!!
You are greatly missed. LOVE YA!!!"
REnee of Escondido, Ca.

"G! I can't believe its been 7 years since you passed... You have been missed by everyone, not a day goes by that we dont think about you and how a piece of out family is missing... The loud crazy hilarious piece! love you and missed you very much ."
Rebecca of San antonio,tx

"Hello my Love,
7 years? Really? I'm sorry I rushed you off the phone the last time we spoke. You wern't feeling well and I just wanted you to rest. I didn't know I'd never hear your voice again. I would have you tell me over and over again that you loved me and I would say the same. I miss you so much. There are times that I don't think I'm going to make it but some how you pull me through. Paul and I know that we were reunited because of you. You know he will take good care of me. Not as good as you but he can try. Not a day goes by that I don't wish we could have lived long lives together and how different things would have been. I love you sugar. To the moon.... I love you..."
Roxanne L Acosta

"Hello my Love,
7 years? Really? I'm sorry I rushed you off the phone the last time we spoke. You wern't feeling well and I just wanted you to rest. I didn't know I'd never hear your voice again. I would have you tell me over and over again that you loved me and I would say the same. I miss you so much. There are times that I don't think I'm going to make it but some how you pull me through. Paul and I know that we were reunited because of you. You know he will take good care of me. Not as good as you but he can try. Not a day goes by that I don't wish we could have lived long lives together and how different things would have been. I love you sugar. To the moon.... I love you..."
Roxanne L Acosta

"Love ya bro!"
Fern

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY GENARO!!!!
JUST WANTED YOU TO WISH YOU A HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND TO LET YOU KNOW
HOW MUCH I WISH THAT YOU WERE HERE AND
HOW MUCH YOU ARE MISSED. HARD TO BELIEVE THAT YOU WOULD
HAVE TURNED 33 TODAY. IT ALSO DOES NOT
SEEM THAT YOU HAVE BEEN GONE FOR ALMOST 7 YEARS.
HOW TIME FLIES.
I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU SO MUCH,
THAT WORDS CANT EVEN SAY.
PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR ME AND KNOW HOW MUCH YOU ARE MISSED!!!
REST IN PAECE DEAR BROTHER!!
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN!
YOUR SISTER,
RENEE
A BIG SISTER MISSING HER LITTLE BROTHER"
RENEE

"Hi G,
I know that it has been a while but you know what is goin on. I really wish that you were here. I could use a hug from those fluffy arms of yours. Well I know that you are with me in spirit. Genaro not a day goes by that I do not think of you.You are always with me. Rest in peace. Until we meet again.
Love your sister,
Renee
a big sister missing her little brother"
Renee of Escondido, Ca.

"Hey sugar... With the year I have had.. I've needed you more than ever. Can you belive that today June 1, 2010 marks our meeting day... nine years ago. I wasn't even supose to go with Cari and Paul to Austin, and I told Paul that I didnt want you to bother me, but you didnt listen. Instead you kept buying me drinks!!! Shame on you... Guess you knew something I didn't. I really needed you when Grandma left me. I was all alone. I know she is with you now and that helps me deal with the loss. I miss you so much. Our talks at night are my special alone time. Know I get mad at you a lot but I cant help it. I made you mad all the time too!! Just don't take your eyes off of me and never leave my heart and all will be well. I love you to the moon and back....yesterday... today... tomorrow.. always"
Always Yours of Roxanne

"G,

It’s a bit weird but the soldier and brother in me tend to create different feelings even after almost seven years since you passed away. The soldier in me thanks you for your service & dedication, the brother in me wishes you could be here and why it had to be you.

On this Memorial Day the soldier in me thanks you, and the brother in me wants you to know that not a day goes by when I don’t think of you. I am honored & proud to have you as a brother!"
Fernando

""To the family of Genaro Acosta ,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church,Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015""

"Hi Genaro,
Well we are married by the church now. Everything went well and smooth.
A special thanks for watching over me.
I know that you were there in spirit and nobody can tell me different.
Such a special day without you just wouldn't
have happened. Thanks for being there.
I really miss you so much.
Love you lots.
Love,
Renee
A big sister missing her little brother"
Renee

"Hi Genaro,
Well after 13 years of marriage by the court we are finally getting married by the church. I really wish that you were here to celebrate this milestone in my life with me. I know that you will be watching and smiling from heaven.
Please keep watching me as usual. I love and miss you so much.
Until we meet again!
Love,
Renee
A big sister missing her little brother"
Renee

"Hey "G",
Well as we approach your favorite time of year, I still can't believe that you are not here.
I really miss you so much!
Please know that you are OFTEN
(all the time actually!)thought of. Please rest in peace.
Until we meet again.
Love, your big sister,
Renee
A big sister missing her little brother"
Renee of Escondido, Ca

"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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3"
Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"It has been another year. Honestly, it still
seems just like yesterday.
I still do not understand why you were taken from us so sudden.
I really miss you and think of you always.
Please rest in peace.
Until we meet again!
Love, your big sister,
Renee
A big sister missing her little brother"
Renee of Escondido, Ca.

"I often think about you during the year and not one Memorial Day or Veterans' day has gone by w/o me thinking of you. It still makes me sad & cry and I can't help but think how unfair it is that you were taken so young. I pray for your dad & brother and all those left behind that love you. Happy Veterans Day to a man so brave!
<3 your cousin"
julie hernandez of Hickam AFB, HI

"Hey G, Ill never forget the first day I met you when you knocked on Mine and Clays door in the barracks, and Ill never forget the day you left us. Rest in peace my brother."
Kurt Campbell of Mesa, AZ USA

"Well brother, tomorrow marks yet another year gone by since we got hit. Not a day goes by that I don't think about it and rerun what I could've done to keep you with us. I know people say it was just your time to go with God but I can't help but feel you were cheated. You were too good of a man to leave us so early. I cherish what you taught me and the good times we had. Some day, some how, I will live up to the honor I had to serve along side you. God bless, my hero."
SSG (Ret) Dennis Griffee of Wiggins, CO

"Your gone but never forgoten, I miss you little brother."
Fern

"Hey "G"
Really thinking of you today. Really wishing that you were here.If you can only imagine how much you are missed.
Until we meet again.
Love,
Renee
A big sister missing her little brother"
Renee

"Hey little bro, too much on my mind just wanted (as u know) to let you know I really miss you. Wish you were here man, I know you are in spirit. But sure could use your advise, love you man!"
Fernando

"WISHING YOU WERE HERE. MISS YOU SO MUCH. LOVE YOU LOTS!!!
LOVE YOUR BIG SISTER,
RENEE
A BIG SISTER MISSING HER LITTLE BROTHER"
RENEE of ESCONDIDO

"Hi "G",
Thinking of you as I always do. Wishing you were here. Love and miss you lots!!!
Love, your big sister,
Renee
a big sister missing her little brother"
Renee of Escondido, USA

"I think of you ever minute brother but even more so here on Memorial Day. I love you and miss you brother. Till we meet again.
Griff"
Dennis of Wiggins, CO

"Your still remembered Acosta, thank you for your sacrifice.

Bulldog99"
Jared Wyniawskyj of Ephrata, PA

"Hi "G",
Thanks for watching me. Even though it has been almost 6 years since you left, it still seems so fresh.
Always in my thoughts and prayers. Miss you so much.
Love,
Your big sister,
Renee
a big sister missing her little brother"
Renee of Escondido, Ca. USA

"Hi "G",
I know that it has been a little while since I last wrote, but you know that you are ALWAYS in my thoughts and prayers.
Well Genaro, I come to you with a burden. You know what is going on and that I have to have surgery. It is inevitable.
Well even though I give shots at the clinic, I am scared to death of needles. "G", I ask that you watch over me.
I have so many things going through my head. I know the surgery isn't major but just watch me.
Thanks for the special touch. I just wish you were here to say it is going to be okay. How I miss your words.

Well, until we meet again. Love and miss you lots!!
Love your big sister,
Renee
A big sister missing her little brother"
Renee of Escondido

"Hi Genaro,
Well tomorrow is Inaugaration Day. Barack Obama will be the new President.
I really wish that he was President when you had went off to Iraq.
I honestly think bro, that this whole tragedy could have been avoided
if it wasn't for Bush and the FAKE story of weapons of Mass Destruction.
I know that you put your life on the line so Americans can be free. But honestly,
I don't think Bush regrets any of the paid ultimate sacrifices by you and your fallen comrades. Genaro,
I am deeply appreciative for what you did for your country.
You are and ALWAYS will be my hero. I miss you so much that it isn't even funny. I can 't begin to tell you how much. I love you.
Please keep watching over me as usual. Until we meet again. Rest in peace.You are and ALWAYS will be my hero.
Love your big sister,
Renee
A big sister missing her little brother"
Renee

"Hey Baby Doll!!!
I wish you were here to celebrate with us. We really miss you. It has never been the same without you. You always made all our family gatherings so much more fun. My parents still have the GONG bells!!! Steve still tells all the bad jokes and everyone still drinks too much. But its not the same. I miss you Genaro. I love you very much and I hope you are still watching over me. I will see you when it is time. xoxoxoxo"
Roxanne

"Hi "G",
Well as we approach another Holiday season without you , It all just seems so unreal. I feel like I am dreaming and that you will walk in the door this year. I went out to the store and seen a Raider Blanket just like the one that I bought before your accident, and it just brought me to tears.
"G", I just wish you knew how much you are missed. I can't express it, but believe me I would do ANYTHING to have you back. Please keep watching me as usual. I love you so much. I miss you too.
Until we meet again,
Love,
Renee
A big sister missing her little brother"
Renee of Escondido, Ca.

"Hey "G",
Always thinking of you. Wishing you were here. Love you so much.
Love,
Renee
a big sister missing her little brother"
Renee Mercado of Escondido, Ca.

"Hey brother-in-law been thinking of you on your anniversary date. Still hard for me to read your messages. We miss you. Here's sending you hugs and kisses."
Your favorite sister-in-law (hehehehe) of San Antonio, Texas

"Hi sugar plum!!! Did you enjoy our lunch yesterday. I thought it would be nice to have a picnic with you since we used to stop at that little park on the other side of Lampassas when we would go to SA. Lucy loved that park. She would always bark at the sheep on the other side of the fence. I know my mom and Nick saw you too. I sure do miss you. Five years ago today (11/12/2003)was the worst day of my life. I know everything happens for a reason but I still dont get it. I always try to imagine what life would be like if you were still here. I guess all I can do Is imagine. You know i love you and miss you muncho!!!!"
Roxanne

"Hey brother,
Well today is the day that our lives were turned upside down. What can I tell you no matter how much time passes the void in my heart and soul continues.

In a way, it seems that I am living a new chapter this chapter started 5 years ago today. Oh how I wish you were here to see your son, nephews (Elijah, Justice, Justin, & Jeremy), and nieces (Isabella & Allisa) and the rest of the family.

So much has changed but so many things remain the same, Dad missies you very much as he gets older it seems he get more stubborn even if it does not seem possible. He then he wonders where you and I got it from.

Over the past couple of weeks Justice has been demonstrating significant amount of interest in the presidential elections, when Obama won I thought he was going to flip. I know at 10 years old I personally did not care who would win or run our country. But I did not lose an uncle at 5 years old to a war, his interest in politics are directly tied to your loss.

Elijah and Isabella keep us really busy, Elijah is so much like you it is crazy.

Anyway I need to get going now, no matter how many words I write you know how I feel. It’s funny how life turns out, when we were younger I always wanted to do things without you (brotherly love). Now that you are gone I really wish you were here to share these moments with me.

I love you big dog, keep an eye on the family & friends for me we all miss you."
Fernando Acosta of Citrus Heights, CA

"Brotha, my heart still hearts like it did 5 years ago, and I still want to believe you are coming home. You made the ultimate sacrifice, I look up to you lil brotha. Both of my boys named you a saint "St G' patron of courage and freedom. Thank you for watching over all of us and guiding me when I need help. Say hi to my dad and tell him I miss him too."
JB of Lakewood, CA

"Hey "G",
Well tomorrow is Veterans' Day. and that meams that it has ben 5 years since you have left us. Although it all seems so fresh we miss you so much. Not
a day goes by to where I don't think of you. Thanks for your ultimate sacrifice. You are and ALWAYS will be my hero. Rest in Peace. Until we meet again. Thanks!
Love,
Your sister,
Renee
A big sister missing her little brothee"
Renee Mercado of Escondido, Ca. USA

"Hi "G", We are always thinking of you and Our kids ask about you every so often. Jeremy is in the 4th grade and asked to do a project on anyone he considers a Saint and he wanted to do it on you. We looked up your name on the internet and to our surprise there is an overwhelming amount of messages and information. Your brother misses you everyday and your nephews you did not get to know ask about you all the time. We do try to see your brother and dad as often as we can due to the distance. We have lost contact with Roxanne but hope she is doing well. And to the Longoria Family we do sent christmas card and picture of the kids. We have tried several times to meet your son but the timing is always wrong. But we will kept trying. I heard that he looks just like you but "wedo". We love you and we miss you."
Brown Family of Lakewood, CA

"Hi cousin! I was thinking of you and remembering you as I last saw you. I do miss you and I know your watching over us all. Knowing you, your probably laughing at me for getting all teary-eyed but I love you and you better be waiting for me at the pearly gates when it's my time. I'll be waiting for the famouse wet-willy."
Lil cuz, Nina of La Habra, CA

"Hey "G",
Just wanted to say hello. Really am missing you as always. Love you so much. Rest in peace. Until we meet again.
Love,
Renee
A big sister missing her little brother"
Renee Mercado of Escondido, Ca. USA

"Hey "G",
Well I know that your birthday was on the 19th. I don't have a computer, so I finally got over to my friends. Happy Birthday "G". You don't know how much I wish you were here. It all just seems
so fresh. Please keep watching over me as usual. Rest in peace. Until we meet again!
Love your big sister,
Renee
A big sister missing her little brother"
Renee Mercado of Escondido. Ca. USA

"Hey baby!!! i hope u had a wonderful birthday. Did you drink too much tequilla??? I sure do miss you. Can you believe that after all this time I can still remeber what your voice sounds like and the silly faces you make. I love you with all my heart. be good and stay out of trouble. ( I know that is hard for you !!!) You better save a spot for me. I cant wait to see you again. I LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK!
9/19/2008"
Roxanne

"Hi honey pie!!! I am sorry it has been so long but i do not have internet access at home. Our house is next door to Dads and the boonies doesnt have updated technology!!!! oh well i am here now. I sure do miss you. There is a guy I work with that resembles you. He even thinks so. I went through some of your stuff the other day. I wish it still smelled like you. send me a thought once in a while. I really miss you. I talk about you a lot because a lot of customers of mine are either currently military or vets. I have to go now but I will see you in my dreams. Munchos bessos!!!"
Roxanne

"Hey "G" Miss you so much. Always in my thoughts and prayers. Love your big sister, Renee"
Renee Mercado of Escondido, Ca. U S A

"Hey "G"
Just wishing you a Happy Fathers' Day! I really wish that you were here. I miss you so much. Please keep watching over us as usual. Please keep a special eye on your brother in law. You know what he is going through. Love and miss you lots.
Until we meet again.
Love your sister,
Renee
A big sister missing her little brother"
Renee Mercado of Escondido, Ca.

"Hi Genaro, Just really missing you. Always in my thoughts and prayers. Love your sister, Renee"
Renee Mercado of Escondido, California

"Hi Brother-in-law. Yesterday I decorated the house & yard in honor of you and Memorial Day. Stars and strips all over. We think about you all the time. Still missing you."
Dora Longoria of San Antonio, Texas

"Hey g i know that it has been a while but i am sure you know that things are ok i love and miss you so much until we meet again love you renee sorry for the mistakes and no symbols but trying to use my new cell also just learning how to text"
Renee Mercado of Escondido California

"Hey Brother,
I know it has been awhile since I've written you but you are with me day in and day out. It has been a very bumpy year and sometimes I still don't know up from down. The dreams and depression really take control sometimes and it is difficult to pull back to reality. I thank you for reaching down and touching me when I need you the most. I also want to thank you for helping me during the screw up in this last surgery. It was good seeing your face again. You know better than I do but I guess people there heard us talking. My kids talk about you often still and share stories about you to anyone they meet. They still don't understand the scope of what happened or what we tried to achieve in Iraq but you are their hero. Remember the mess with Justice when she was first born and shortly after you passed? Now that she can express herself clearly she is always talking about you and her being together. Thank you for watching over her and protecting her for me bro.

The VA is trying to rehabilitate me by sending me to college. It has been a little difficult with the wanna be hippies that think they know what is happening over there and that we should pull out. I wrote a paper about you and then two more about our tour that have helped change minds buddy. As soon as I can get it scanned to my computer I need to get Renee a copy. I know you already know but keep an eye on Jimmy. He lost some more guys and is really hurting. I love you bro and will write you again soon but will talk to you tonight. Sleep well Ruffneck"
Dennis Griffee and Family of Denver, CO

""G" It has been a long time. Sorry for every ones lose. It is ahrd to believe even after this long. Fern Dog hope your doing good to. We miss you and love you from the Fournier family."
Michael Fournier of Long Beach,CA

"Thank you Genaro for your sacrifice."
Cortnay of Washington

"Hey "G"
Hi! Well I am sure you know that I am getting ready for surgery I just wanted to take this time and ask you to please watch over your big sister. You know how scared I am of needles. I really wish that you were here to tell me that it is going to be ok. It would be so much easier. I know that I will be fine with you watching over me. I love you. I miss you. Rest in peace. Until we meet again! Love your Big Sister,
Renee
A big sister missing her little brother"
Renee of Escondido, Ca

"TO THE FAMILY OF SPC ACOSTA MY NAME IS PV2 KENNEY AND I MEET SPC ACOSTA AT FORT BLISS FOR ANNUAL TRAINING AND AGAIN AT FORT HOOD AT OUR PERMANENT DUTY STATION AND HE WILL BE MISSED ALOT I AM SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS AND I MISS HIM AS A FRIEND EVERY DAY."
Michael Kenney of Grand Junction COARNG

"February 24, 2008
To the family of Spc. Genaro Acosta: Genaro 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"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Hello again,
Just thinking of you so much lately. I really miss you. I love you so much, Until the next letter. Rest in peace.
Love,
Renee
A big sister missing her little brother"
Renee

"Hey G, just wanted to let you know that you and your loved ones are still in my thoughts and prayers, I won't forget G and I hope to see you again one day."
Andrew Danen of Jalalabad, Afghanistan

"Hi Gorgeous!!
I hope you have a terrific Valentines Day. I am thinking about the two we spent together!!! I love you to the moon and back."
Roxanne

"Hi "G",
Just thinking of you today (as usual). But, I really feel you close to me. Thanks. Really wish that you were here physically. I miss you so much. Well I am always thinking of you. Love you so much. Thanks for being my hero.Love you always. Until we meet again. Rest in Peace.
Love your big sister,
Renee
A big sister missing her little brother"
Renee Mercado of Escondido, Ca.

"Hello sugar plum!! I hope you had a wonderful christmas. I still wear the same pair of earings you gave me our first christmas together... I love you."
Roxanne

"Just wanted to wish Roxanne a Merry Christmas, You probably don't remember me but I served with Acosta and still think of him often. I hope god is ok with you bumming cigs all the time. Peace and Happy Holidays Roxanne."
Thompson, Gregory of carlisle, Pa, USA

"Hi "G"
Just a little note to let you know how much I am missing you and wishing you were here. I love you so much.
Love your big sister,
Renee
a big sister missing her little brother"
Renee of Escondido, Ca. USA

"My thoughts and prayers go out to family and firends may your soldier and his sacrificies' for our country NEVER be forgotten"
of IL

"Hey Handsome,
I know everyone left there messages yesterday but my "D-Day" is today. It was the hardest day of my life. I still can't help but wonder 'what if'. I pulled out your favorite shirt the other day and I swear that it still smells like you. I also talked to Fernando a few days ago, he has a cold and sounded just like you the last time I heard your voice. So much time has past. You never realize how fast it goes until it's gone, But no matter how much time will pass, I will still love you more today than yesterday. Till next time my love......."
Roxanne

"Hey G it has been long time. I know I have written in a long while. Sorry. I am sure that you are looking down from heaven and you know all the scoop. You know that I got married, and guess what I am doing it again, except through the church. I am really excited, except it is too much work. I really think that you and my husband Joe would have really gotten along. Of course you got along with everybody. You might also know that he and I lost our baby in May, and although it really sucks, I know everything happens for a reason. I like to think that you are up there with my baby. I really miss you and today was a little sad. I really wish you could be here. Happy Veterans Day, thanks for everything you did. Miss You. Love, Jenn"
Jennifer Elwood of San Antonio, TX

"Hey Mr G Man, its been four years gezze, still miss ya! well im sure the heaven life is treating you fantastic. we'll never forget about you. luv you!"
Michelle Cavazos of SA Texas

"Hey "G',
Well today is Nov. 11,2007. It has been 4 years ago today since you left us. It seems so fresh. I will never forget the phone call letting me know what happened. "G", there are just so many things that I wish I could say. I love you so much. I miss you so much too. "G", I just wish I could have had one more minute to tell you all these things. I know that you knew how much I love you and care for you. Please keep watching over me like you are doing form heaven. I guess that I will just have to know that you are always with me in Spirit. Thanks for your ultimate sacrifice. I will see you in heaven. Until then, please rest in peace.Hugs and kisses.
Love your big sister,
Renee ( Nana)
a big sister missing her little brother"
Renee of Escondido, Ca. USA

"Fernando, I have read some of your messages and think that it is great you still do this. I know you how much you miss your brother and how bad it hurts. Justice and him were very close. Too bad he never got close to his own son. I think that it is great that you named your son after him. That is a great tribute. He will be missed forever and always in the hearts of the ones who loved him. You two were so close. He would tell me that when he was living with you, you two fought all the time. It must be because you were so much alike. Roxanne brought out the best in him. I use to think that when he came back he was going to get to know his son and be apart of his life. I am glad you get to see him and spend the time with him that G didn't. Don't ever forget what he gave up for you!

Roxanne, i am sorry for your loss. I haven't had the nerve to write anything before and I am sorry for that. My condolences to you and I hope after 4 years it is getting a little easier. I know you two were soul mates and he will never be replaced in your heart. You brought out the best in him. God knows he wasn't the best person before you. But a hero with you! But as it ends we look back and remember the good things that have been accomplished and acheived and thank god that he put G into our lives. I hope you are doing well.

Now that the anniversary of the day you were taken is coming up fast I have been thinking and wishing you were still here. For your wife, for your son and for your family. God rest your soul!"
Patricia of Ca

"Hi "G"
Just thought that I would let you know how much you are missed. I really wish that you were here. Please know that you are and always will be my hero. Love you and miss you so much.
Rest in peace. Until we meet again.
Love your sister,
Renee
A big sister missing her little brother"
Renee of Escondido, Ca. USA

"I am trying to reach NOK for SPC Acosta-I have a memorial completed for him. I would appreciate if a family member would contact me via this group: Http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NoSoldierLeftBehindMemorial
Thank you."
Mary Lou Cowen of Lower Burrell, PA USA

"HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY MY LOVE!!!!

I hope you had a wonderful day. I miss you muncho! Do they serve tequilla in heaven? I wish you could have worn you Scooby birthday hat but I have it here. Maybe next time. I can't believe we are over thirty!!! No matter what we still get to grow old together in our hearts. I love you sugar."
Roxanne

"Hi "G",
I write this message the eve of your 30th Birthday. Tomorrow is 9/19/07
I couldn't do it tomorrow because of my work schedule so I did it now. I really wish you were here. You don't know how hard life is without you. I miss you so much. I love you so much. Happy Birthday Mijo. Until we meet again. Please keep watching me as usual. Rest in Peace.
Love your big sister,
Renee
A big sister missing her little brother"
Renee Mercado of Escondido, Ca. USA

"Hey "G",
Just thought that I would write and let you how much you are missed. Really wish you were here. Not a day goes by that I do not think of you. Love you lots.
Love your big sister,
Renee
A big sister missing her little brother"
Renee of Escondido, Ca. USA

"Hey "G",
Well it's me again. Your big sister. Just wanted to let you know how much I love and miss you. You are always with me. Just wish that I had one more time to tell you that. Please continue to watch over me. You are and always will be my hero.
Love your big sister,
Renee

A big sister missing her little brother"
Renee Mercado of Escondido, Ca. USA

"Hey G,
I just wanted to let you know that I still think of you and I still look up to you, you were a great friend and I miss you, hope to see you soon man."
SPC Danen of Ft Campbell

"hey G it's me sam.....well i really miss you...i wish you were still here with us....umm well i am going to be a freshman this year at SW...wow right the last time well really talk i was in the 5th grade!!!well i decided to write to you today cuz i was thinking about you when i was in class!!! well i just thought i would shop by and show some love for YOU!!!! well i'll write back soon!!! and i miss you so much.....k bye
love you!!!"
sam of Atascosa,TX

"Hey G man, just wanted you to know that you are still missed and thought about all the time! Nobody can or will ever replace you!"
Becca of Say Town

"Hey "G",
Well as we approach the 4th of July I remember you with a special thought because of you, is why I have my freedom. You see "G" you paid the ultimate price so I and ALL other americans can be free. You are and always will be my hero. I miss you so much. I love you lots too. Rest in peace. See you when I get to heaven. Please keep watching over me as usual. Love your big sister,
Renee
A big sister missing her little brother"
Renee Mercado of Escondido, Ca. USA

"hey man, It's Noii. I can't even say what I'm feeling right now, or how I've felt for the past 3 yrs. I just want everyone to know that I love you bro (I know YOU know)and I'll see you when I get there man.

Your friend,
-Noii Brunelle"
Noii BRunelle of Carrollton Tx

"Hi "G",
Really wish that you were here. Miss you so much. Always in my thoughts and prayers.
Love your big sister,
Renee
A big sister missing her little brother"
Renee Mercado of Escondido, Ca. USA

"Hi "G",
Just thought I would write and let you know how much you are missed. Always in my thoughts and prayers. Love you. Miss you.
Love,
Renee,
"A big sister missing her little brother.""
Renee Mercado of Escondido, Ca.

"Bro"

It has been a while since I have written on this web site, but as you know there is not a day that I don’t thinkg about you. And no matter how much time passes the void that is left is still there and you learn to live with it.

Dad is doing well, he is enjoying all his grandkids and as you know he now is a grandfather to a girl (Isabella Rose). I guess after having 5 boys for grandchildren, everyone is granted one wish.

Tomorrow we pick up Tyler for his monthly visit with us, it has been a bit hard seeing him because he now asks about you and wants to know more.

I guess when he was smaller it really did not make much sense, but you can see the questions in his eyes. He wore your dog tags for the first time, last month and it took everything in my power not to break down.

I will give him a hug and a kiss for you, got to go I miss you very much!"
Fernando Acosta of Citrus Heights

"Hi "G",
Just wanted to say hi, and let you know how much I miss you. Rest in Peace.
Love,
Renee

A big sister missing her little brother"
Renee Mercado of Escondido, Ca. USA

"Hi Honey,

I just wanted to say I Love you. Munchos Bessos!!!"
Roxanne

"Hi "G",
Thank you for visiting me in my dream. It just seemed so real. Really wish you were here. I love you. I miss you. Please keep watching me, and taking care of me. I know that things will be alright because you said so. Rest in Peace. Until we meet again.
Love,
Renee
A big sister missing her little brother"
Renee Mercado of Escondido, Ca. USA

"Hi "G"
Just wanted to let you know how much you are missed. I have been in contact with a couple of your comrades who were with you on that tragic mission, and boy they really love you and miss you so much. "G", I heard that you were a real "Scooby Doo" fan. Driving on patrol and when the streets were quiet you would get the micropohne and say "Scooby Dooby Doo". "G" everyone that came in contact with you felt it was an honor to have met you. I was your sister and I couldn't ask for a more loving brother. "G" I really do miss you. I love you so much. You are and always will be my BIGGEST HERO. Rest in peace. Until we meet again.
Love your sister,
Renee
A big sister missing her little brother"
Renee Mercado of Escondido, Ca. USA

"Hey "G"

I love you and miss you with all my heart. Thanks for being my superman and always being there to save me when I need you. Not a day goes by that I dont think about you, I wish you would have at least met my little boy. He is so cute and smart. I miss you bro'...I hope there are playstation 2's in heaven 'cause you owe me a rematch in that baseball game we were playing before we left on that final mission. You are one of the best friends anyone could ever have and it is an honor to say that you are mine. Many times I feel like you willed my track out of the way, 5 seconds earlier you would be writing this message to me and not me to you. I love you man and will always miss you. I know you already know what it is I am doing with my life for you are always watching over me, so when I open my gym it will be named after you.(if thats okay with you)So I guess until we meet again TO ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST HEROES......THANKS
love,
Mike (04/02/07)"
Michael Montas of Greenbelt, MD

"Hi "G"
Well it has been 4 years ago since you and Roxanne called us and asked us if we could get you some things together because you were going to be deployed to Iraq. I remember exactly what we sent you.(Even those black boxer shorts.) "G", honestly it doesn't seem that long ago. You were so proud. I wish that things could have been so different. I wish that I just had one more minute with you. I would tell you that I love you and that you are the best. "G",please know that you are greatly missed. You are and always will be my hero. Thanks for watching over me. I love you so much. I miss you so much. The only thing that I can honestly say is "what keeps me going during hard times is knowing that I will see you again". Until then, Rest in peace.
Love you always!
Your sister,
Renee
A big sister missing her little brother."
Renee Mercado of Escondido, Ca. USA

"Hi "G"
Jus thought that I would say how much you are missed. "G", I love you so much. Please continue to watch over me. Thanks for being my guardian angel. Until we meet again. Rest in peace.
Love,
Renee

A big sister missing her little brother"
Renee Mercado of Escondido, Ca.USA

"Hi "G"
Justthought that I would say how much you are missed. "G", I love you so much. Please continue to watch over me. Thanks for being my guardian angel. Until we meet again. Rest in peace.
Love,
Renee

A big sister missing her little brother"
Renee Mercado of Escondido, Ca. USA

"Hey Sugar,
I know it has been a while. I try to keep busy. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you but we always said that we wouldn't live in the past. No matter what. It is hard.Everyday is hard. Thank you for still visiting me in my dreams. I take them as your blessings. Especially when you told me you were happy for me. Happy that I kept our promise. I love you then, now, and always."
Roxanne

"Hi "G",
Just thought that I would say hello. "G", I am sure that you are watching me from heaven. Thank You!!!
There are some things going on, but I know that you are with me. "G", I am participating in a internet program because I feel that it is very important to keep your memory alive. "G", you gave so much for our country, and now that you are gone, I need to let the world know how much of a sacrifice you and all the other fallen have done. "G", I am and always will be so proud of you. You are and always will be my hero. Please also remeber Dennis as he is scheduled for surgery on the 12th of March.Well, please know that what I am doing is in your memory. Love you so much. Miss you so much. Rest in peace. Until we meet again.
Love yor big sister,
Renee

A big sister missing her little brother."
ReneeMercado of Escondido, Ca. USA

"Hi "G",
It's me again. Your big sister. Just wanted to write and say how much you are missed. I really wish that you were here. Things would be so much different. Just wish that I could hear you say that all is going to be okay, and that you love me. Please continue to watch over me. You are my Guardian Angel. Until we meet again.
Love your sister,
Renee"
Renee Mercado of Escondido, Ca. USA

"hey G
it's sam
long time no talk!!! well on my last message i put 3 months and i ment to put 3 years anyways........it is now 2007 and i am almost done with my eighth grade year and next year i am going to a little fish in the sea at sw!!!! so yea umm right now i am playing soccer and i am a back up goaly!!! crazy right!! lol umm well wat else umm i miss u alot i wish u were here to cheer me on at my games!!! well i'm at school right now so i got to go i'll right back soon k love you so much!!!"
samantha of atascosa,Tx

"Hi "G",
Just really thinking of you today as always.It is really hard for me to believe that you are not going to come home. If you only knew how much you are missed. Heard from your comrad SSG. Dennis Griffee. I know that he is in worse shape than first expected. I also know that he is facing another surgery. G, he really needs you to keep an eye on him. As you look down from Heaven, please give him just a special touch. Well,I just wish that I had one more minute with you. I know that I will see you again. Until then Mijo. Rest in peace. Please know how much I love you, and also know how much you are missed.
Love you always,
Your big sister,
Renee

A big sister missing her little brother."
Renee Mercado of Escondido, Ca. USA

"Whats goin on foo.. just thought I would stop in and wish you a happy new year... Hope you help me out this year with my many new adventures. Its funny but you know how I am and well I went and looked up my name on Google... and it said Rebecca Cavazos... Bla Bla Bla Genaro Acosta What are the odds. Anywho Miss you a whole lot, I am always thinking about ya dawg. See you later..."
your niece becca of san antonio

"Hey Fernando,
It's me, your big sister. Just wanted you to know that if you ever decide that you want to drop me an e-mail,please feel free to do so. My e-mail address is: chivista310@hotmail.com
Please say hello to Tricia , Justice & Elijah. Well, I look forward to talking to you soon.
Love your sister,
Renee"
Renee Mercado of Escondido, Ca. USA

"Hi "G"
Well, as we are now in 2007,another year has gone by since you left us. To be honest with you, it just doesn't get any better. I still feel that you are overseas and that you just haven't come home yet. Genaro, I miss you so much. I just wish that I could hear you say "It's okay" or "It will be alright". Then, after I knew that it was, hearing you say "call me later"or "call me tomorrow".Genaro, I am and always be so proud of you. You Are and always will be my hero. Happy New Year. I pray that you watch over me and your brother in law as always. Until we meet again. I love you!!
Love you always,
Renee
A big sister missing her little brother."
Renee Mercado of Escondido, Ca. USA

"Dear Fernando,
I just read the article about your brother in the Bee. I just felt compelled to leave you a message. I pray as time passes that it will get easier for you and your family. I hope you will find comfort knowing he will live on in your memories. It is obvious he left such an impression on your stepson and to those that knew him. I hope this new year brings happiness to you and your family. Take care and I will keep you in my prayers."
Rebecca of Elk Grove, CA

"Hi "G",
Just wanted to say hi and wish you a Merry Christmas. I know that you are not here with us physically, but you are Spiritually. Genaro, I miss you so much. I thought that it would get easier, but to tell you the truth., it seems just like yesterday. I love you. Until we meet again.
Love your sister,
Renee
A big sister missing her little brother"
Renee Mercado of Escondido, Ca. USA

"Hi "G",
Well tomorrow will be Christmas Eve. I know that this time of year, was your favorite. I wish that you were here with us. Even though you aren't ,I know that you will be here with us in spirit. I can just imagine that if you were here what you would be asking for. Something "Raiders". Well, this is our 4th Christmas without you, and honestly it still feels like the first. G, I love you. I miss you so much. The only thing that keeps me going is that I know that I will see you again. Merry Christmas Mijo. Please know that you are greatly missed.
Love you. Miss You.
Love your big sister,
Renee

A big sister missing her little brother."
Renee Mercado of Escondido, Ca. USA

"Hi "G"
It's me again. Your sister. Just thought that I would let you know that I am really thinking of you today. I really miss you. I know that this time of year was your favorite. Well, I really love you. Miss you so much. Until we meet again.

Love ya,
Renee

A big sister missing her little brother"
Renee Mercado of Escondido, Ca. USA

"Hey "G"
Well it,s me your big sister. Sorry that I haven't written sooner, but we just moved. I finally got situated. As your 3 year aprroached we had a wonderful ceremony at the park. I was so glad to have been part of it. G,there are so many people in our community that are so proud of you and your heroism. All servicemen and woman for that matter. G, I am and always be so honored to have had you as a brother. G, I really want to thank you for being so special to me. The memories that I have, are just so special. Please, remember me. I know that I don't have to ask, because I know that you will. Well little Brother, Rest in peace. Please know that I love you and that I always will. Thanks for the sacrifice!! Until we meet again.
Love, your big Sister,
Renee

A big sister missing her little brother!"
Renee Mercado of Escondido, Ca.

"Fernando, I lost contact with you following my reconstructive surgery and retirement move but still hold you in my prayers. If you or any friends or family need to talk please let me know. d_griff22@yahoo.com"
SSG (Ret) Dennis Griffee of Colorado

"HEY G IT'S ME SAM WELL JUST TO SAY HI AND SAY WATS UP!! UMM WELL YESTERDAY IT WAS 3 MONTHS SICE THE ACCIDENT!!:( UMM WHAT ELSE OH YEA WE JUST FINISH VOLLEYBALL SEASON AND I WAS ON A TEAM!!! WELL I GUESS I'LL TALK TO U LATER K WE MISS U LOT!!!! K LOVE U"
SAMANTHA of ATASCOSA,TX

"Well brother, today marks three years and I have to be honest, it hasn't gotten any easier. I miss the heck out of you and think about you constantly. I can't help but wonder what you'd be doing today had I seen the IED before we hit it. I'm sorry bud, you were too good of a person to be taken away so early in life. I look forword every day to seeing you on the other side. God Bless Genaro Acosta and his family he left behind."
Dennis Griffee of Denver, Colorado

"Genaro is my 1st Cousin. My Father Ron (Genardo's Bro - Fernando's, Nino)and Aunt Betty (Genardo's Mom) are Brother and Sister.

I just wanted to say ~ We werent as familiar with each other as Im wishing now we were. Family & Friends are so important. Always treasure each and every day with your loved ones, never take anyone for granted, if you take a little bit of time out of your hectic routine you'll find that every individual is precious and they all have unique stories to tell......

On this 3rd year from his death, WoW - 3 years already! I would like to express my pride in my Cousin it is because of His sacrifice I can send my little girl to school each and every day, get up and go to work, go shopping,perform normal "AMERICAN" activities with no worries about our safety.

Thank You To All Fallen Heroes and Service Women & Men"
Tamara Liptrapp of Anaheim, CA

"I would like to take this time to wish you Happy Birthday.You have no idea how I wish you were here for my sister.I have sat many times and asked the same question over and over why,but God only knows why. I know that we will have a day together where we can sit and talk. I do that now. I want you to know that I miss you very much as well.Take care big man."
John Longoria of San Antonio Tex.

"Hey "G"
Happy Birthday. Today you would have been 29. What a grown man. I am and always will be so proud of you. I really don't understand why you left us so soon, and there are so many qustions. "G", I really miss you. I think of you always. Please keep watching me as usual. Happy Birthday to my "American Soldier" LOVE YOU!! Miss you !!! Until we meet again,
Your sister, Renee

A big sister missing her little brother"
Renee Mercado of Escondido Ca.

""G"

Happy Birthday!!!!

I love you and miss you brother, there are no words that describe what I feel. But allways know, that you will allways be in my heart and we will se each other again."
Fernando Acosta of Fair Oaks, CA

"Hi "G",
It's me. Your big sister. Just got up thinking of you this morning. Really miss you. Love you so much. You are and always will be MY hero. Until we meet again.
Love, Renee
A Big Sister missing her Little Brother."
Renee of Esondido,Ca. Usa

"Hey "G,
Just having one of those days to where you are really on my mind.Just wish that I could have one more minute with you. I just wish that I could understand why you had to leave us so soon. Really miss you. Really love you.

A big sister missing her little brother,
Renee"
Renee of Escodido,Ca. Usa

"Thank you, Genaro, for your courage and sacrifice in defending freedom. You will never be forgotten."
Briana Wall of Connecticut

"Hey "G",
It's me again. Just wanted to thank you for watching over me. Really miss you. Always will love you.

Love you,
Your sister Renee
A big sister still missing her little brother."
Renee of Escondido, Ca.

"Hey Mondo, its been a while, sorry it took me so long to leave a message, I know I didnt know you very long, but you were the first to welcome me to the RuffNecks. I'm not sure what to say other then thank you and I hope to see you again one day. I have kept you in my thoughts and remember the sacrifice you made for your country, even though most people will take it for granted. I will always remember G, rest in peace."
SPC Danen, Andrew of HHT 2-17 CAV FT Campbell

"This michael ray kenney and i was in fort bliss and fort hood with genaro acosta and he will be dearly missed. i am sending my prayers and thoughts to his family and friends."
mike kenney of clifton co. 81520

"Whats goin' on, esse. Miss you so much still, always. Take care of me G, see you."
Becca of san antonio

"I am only a mother n law of a Fallen Soldier and I want to Thank Spc G or GENARO for his service and to his family, you have the spirit that I need to find to go on I have learned from you. Josh was in the 502nd HHC and hit one of the IED'S also, To your loved ones BUDDIES that are still there and to the one Soldier that was PROUND ENOUGH to HONOR US and YOU SIR !!! GOD BLESS YOU AND STAY SAFE OVER THERE. They are CRAZY my Thoughs and PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL EVERY DAY SEVERAL TIMES A DAY ! GOD BLESS"
Tanya Bush"mama" of Centerview,Mo. USA

"Hey "G"
It's me. Your big sister. Wow, it has been a while since I have written but I just got the internet and a new computer so I can write more often. There are just so many things that I wish I could have the chance to say to you just one more time. "G", you just cannot imagine how much I miss you. There are so many things going on, and to just hear you say it will be alright is what I really need to hear. "G", I know that you are watching me and I really appreciate it. Thanks for that special eye. Your memory lives on forever. I love you so much. I will not say good-bye, but I will say until we meet again.

Love your big sister.
Renee"
Renee of Escondido, Ca.

"Thank you for your service and sacrifice"
Rick of Fitchburg,MA

"Mondo,
whats up bro? (Yeah,yeah,yeah I know, its a Renegade!). I just wanted to say man thanks for the memories and thanks for watching over the whole Team Bulldog while we were at Taji. I miss how all the football fanatics would gather around the TV on Sunday nights in the hangar and watch football. You were the best man, for real. We all miss you and may you contiue to watch over us with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and may we meet again my brother. Amen."
SFC Walter Hynson of Ft Bragg, NC

"hay G wats up sorry i havent writen in a while i have been busy with school and sports and stuff like that but anyways right now i am in track and softball and i got 2nd place in herdles.well my 7th grade year is almost over and i will be in 8th grade i cant belive its been 3 years without u here i miss u alot i wish u were here to watch my softball games i can just image u scraming at me and telling me what to and when to go to the next base well i miss u and so does the family i will write back soon
happy easter!!!!!!!"
SAMANTHA of SAN ANTOINO, TX

"yo G whats up....i miss u man im still there sorta. scared and being stupid why cant things be easier"
Good of phoenix az

"Hey "Mondo", it has been awhile since that horrible night. I have missed you so much since then bro. At times I still expect you to walk through the door, but you never do. I am reminded of you daily, which i accept as a good thing. Every day I live in your memory and think about all the good times we had. I miss spending time with you and Roxanne. I recall you riding to work with me every morning, and at times I still feel like you make that morning drive with me everyday.I think you would be proud to know that I have already re-enlisted and I plan on serving until my retirement. I do this partially because I want to, but mainly because I want to contine to serve in your honor. I know that you did not die without reason, I have taught so many soldiers the leasons we learned from the first OIF. It still amazes me, that eventhough I am in a different unit the soldiers here still know our stories. I wish you were here to help me mentor these young guys, you would have been an outstanding leader, in many ways you still are. I miss you and will always keep you in my heart. I loved you like a brother, and your memory will continue to grow for as long as I serve."
SGT James C. Russell of FT. HOOD, TX

"Hey "G" I am so sorry for not writing, but please know that even though I do not write you are always with me. There have been so many days that I just sit and wonder why you had to leave. There are so many things that I have been through and I just wish you were here. I know that spiritually you are always with me, but it would be so different if you were here. I would do anything to hear you say that it is going to be o.k. or you will be fine. Genaro,you are greatly missed. Please know that not a day goes by to where I don't think of you. Please watch over me. I love and miss you so much. Until we meet again,

Your big sister, Renee


A BIG Sister Missing Her Little Brother"
Renee Escalera of Escondido, Ca. USA

"Whats up Mondo? I think about you a lot especially now that im over here again patroling the streets of Baghdad this time. But you will always be in my heart until the day we meet again. Its just a matter of time. Catch ya on the flip side bro!"
Sgt Lees, Shane of Baghdad, Iraq (Ft Hood, Tx)

"Always in our hearts and prayers. Genaro is a true American hero."
The May family of Beaumont, TX/USA

"Mondo, I was looking at some pictures and saw you standing behind me in one. It brought good memories and sad ones too. Your bravo family will never forget you. All those services on the bradley's and you were always willing to help us mechanics out. I thank you for your service and your friendship. May your family rest easier knowing your with God. I really beleive that. Until we meet again Acosta. Bulldog99 out."
SGT Wyniawskyj of Ft. Hood, Texas

"To a Hero!!! (Genaro)

I am sure you don't remember me but i remember you and your bro Fernando. While we attended Mayfair High i recall many times seeing you walk the campus. I believe i had a locker down from your brother. I was Class of 95. Thank You for your heroism in serving your country. For it's men like you who allow for our peace and freedom. You are a brave soul!!! God Bless you and your family."
Robert Melendez of Savannah, Ga.

"Dearest Sgt. Acosta
I know you can hear us now, I know in my heart, that your heart is one. All we have to do is listen, because now, all we have is what you've left, in our hearts.

WISH YOU WERE HERE"
LM Harris of Long Beach, CA

""Let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us re-consecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.”
--Dwight D. Eisenhower""
Veteran's Day...2005

"okay. . its two years today. i could say so many things. . . the most important being i miss you and love g! its harder this year than last year. i think its because im questioning things. there isnt a day that goes by that i dont miss you and think of you. i still talk to your pictures that are on my photo wall. sometimes, it seems like a dream and youll walk right in and then reality hits. nope thats not going to happen. im letting selfishness, pity, and loss take hold in my heart. i know you dont want that, but its hard to fight. i do, but its still hard. there are so many things happening here. i know your watching and know about them and maybe even had a hand in making them happen. i just want you here, enjoying them with us.
i appreciate every day that i met you, became frineds with you, and when you became family. i look forward to our next meeting, whenever that will be.
i love you genaro!"
christina "ina" fey of new braunfels, tx usa

"Hi Sugar Pie!!!
I miss you so much. I just want you to know that even though today marks two years, I still think of you every waking moment. I know you hear me babbling to you almost every day. You were and always will be my best friend and the one I turn to when I need to talk. So get use to it!!! Janice is getting married and I told her she can use the bouquet holder I was going to use for our wedding. She is so excited. I am sure you will have a talk with her fiance to set him straight. Isn't John Thomas' baby beautiful. I bet she would love to play with you. You two can make funny faces at each other. I love you Genaro. If you havent noticed, I try to stay busy and around people to keep my mind off things. No matter what, I will always think " What if..." I still try hard not to cry but its getting harder and harder. Maybe because I tried so hard in the beginning. None the less I'm still here, waiting. Until we meet again. I love you now and forever."
Love Always, Roxanne

"Big A,
Hey brother, how you doing? I don't know if you remember me, but I remember you and what you stood for. I remember when we were at Ft Hood Together, you started off facing a little bit of adversity, but you told me you just wanted to get it over with and be a soldier, you gave me that same advice when I snagged, and I didn't really tell you this, but it helped man. I will never forget when the call came in about you, I just thought, there has to be a mistake, he is a rock, I hope you guys are all kicking it up in heaven , and hopefully your eyes every once and a while drift back over that one guy from HHB with the loud voice...cause I will never forget you, and what you stood for...God Bless you man..."
Mike Brown, Formerly SPC Brown of Newport, Ky, formerly Ft Hood, TX

"To his family and friends- - God bless you all. I thank Genaro with all of my heart and all of our soldiers. I support everyone out there and they deserve so much."
Lyndsey of Ohio

"Hi family and friends,
My name is Esperanza Acosta. My dad Fructoso Acosta is Fernando Sr.'s first cousin. To Genaro my dad is Tio Tocho. I came across this website while researching for a project my son Christopher is working on for school. He had to chose a United States Symbol. He chose The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Veterans Day is November 11th the day Genaro was killed.Back in 2003 when Genaro was killed I explained to my son about who he was. I also told him about the men and women who have fought for our country and are continuely fighting so that we can have many freedoms. I remember back when Genaro was killed.I was working at Fullerton High when I came across the article in the Orange County Register. I was extremely saddened by the news. Then our cousin Enedina Acosta(Tio Roberto's Acosta oldest daughter, my dads younger brother) called me. That evening I saw Betti on the news talking about her son. Anyway, I just wanted everyone who visits and writes here at this website especially his wife and my cousin Fernando. That we are very grateful to Genaro for giving his life so that we can walk out of our homes, drive to our schools, churches, or where ever we want to go... And go freely. Wishing and praying for everyone that has been touched by my cousin Genaro and all who have lost their lives. A ex teacher of mine used to always say the "true victims of war are its survivors". I don't know if it is true but I do know that with God all things are possible...
Love Esperanza "Hope" Acosta"
Esperanza of La Habra, CA USA

"watado pimpin'. Its your little homegirl, becca. happy belated birthday, G. I hope you had a good one, although we all know how much you like to celebrate...everything, a little tequilia, little vodka, I know how it is. Sorry I havent written in so long, been busy, but I do miss you a whole bunch, and I know that everyone feels the same way. Not a day goes by that we don't think about you... anywho, better go Im at work, and being on the internet at work is never a good thing. always missin' you,"
Becca of SA, Texas

"Happy Birthday Bro ,I still think of all the good times we had . Not a day goes by that I wonder, what if you were still with us on this earth,but God has his reasons. I guess he wanted you in his kingdom. Our family will never forget you.You will alway be in my thoughts and prayers. One day I hope we can talk and laugh together again."
John Longoria of San Antonio Tex.

"Happy 28th Bitrhday!!! I miss you so much. DId you have a good day? Today is never the same with out you. I still wish every day that things would have been different. I know everything happens for a reason but I am still trying to figure this one out. If you have any clues let me know. Until next time. I love you. Love always,"
Roxanne

"Hey baby. I hope you are doing well. Not a day goes by that I dont ask you to come home. I know I don't vist you too much but I just end up yelling at you for leaving me here. I recieved the reports of your accident and all I can say is that I wish I was there with you so you didn't have to go through it alone. Some days i don't know where I am or what I am doing but the days keep passing. The faster they go the sooner I will see you. I love you Genaro. Please wath over me. I need all the help I can get!!!"
Love always, Roxanne

"G HEY MAN JUST A QUICK NOTE TO SAY I HAVENT FORGOTTEN YOU. I KNOW YOU ARE UP THERE IN HEAVEN WATCHING OVER YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. WE ALL STILL MISS YOU. REST IN PEACE MY BROTHER. SPC. SPENCER B-BTRY 1-44 ADA SUPPLY."
MIKE of FT POLK LA. USA

"I dont really know what to say.I meet you at Ft. Hood and was in Iraq the same time you were thier. I guess what iam trying to say is thank you and we all miss you. When we came back from Iraq, I had to leave Ft.Hood.I could not stay thier and take the risk of going back. Sometimes I still cant sleep, but it dont compare the sacrifice that you made."
SSG Flores of Chicago,Il

"hi G how are you me okay . i wanted to say that i miss you alot. and that i am going to the 7th grade. i wish you were here with the family.
i hope god is taking good care of you up in heaven.and ever time i think of you i start to cry!!!well i have to go now i will write back later i love you and miss you"
Samantha Cavazos of Atascosa ,Texas

"hi G how are you me okay . i wanted to say that i miss you alot. and that i am going to the 7th grade. i wish you were here with the family.
i hope god is taking good care of you up in heaven.and ever time i think of you i start to cry!!!well i have to go now i will write back later i love you and miss you"
Samantha Cavazos of Atascosa ,Texas

"To say thank you for your sacrifice is not enough. You will be truly missed.
God Bless you.

SGT Paul Dayes
Operation Iraqi Freedom 1 & 2"

"Hey "G",
It is me. just letting you know that you are greatly missed. Your Cunado had a soccer match yesterday and they won first place. You told him that he would. "G", Boni is really missing you. Although he doesn't express it, I can really see it. When we got home from the game, the first thing he said was he wished that you were here to see it. Genaro, as you are looking over us and watching us from heaven please keep a special eye on your brother in law. You
are always in our thoughts.Always in our prayers. We miss you so much. Rest in peace. Until we meet again.
Your Sister & Brother in law
Bonifacio & Frances

You are and always will be our hero."
Frances of Escondido,Ca USA

"sending hugs and prayers for this family. GOd bless you all"
trina

"Today I walked for Spc. Acosta in our school's Walk for Fallen Heroes, and I just wanted to offer my sincere condolences to his family and friends. May God bless you all.

Pictures:
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Rachel Council of Seoul, South Korea

"Hey "G"
It's me. Your big sister. Just thought that I would send this line to say how much you are missed. I really wish that you were here. Ilove you so much. I will write again soon. Congratulations Uncle.

Until we meet again.

Your Loving Sister,
Renee (Nana)"
Renee of Escondido, Ca.

"G . . . I miss you!"
Christina "ina" Fey of New Braunfels, Tx

"Hey G, superbowl sunday... Raiders vs. Cowboys...SIIIIIKKE patriots vs. eagles, not a very intresting game if ya ask me, but whateva'. Well just thought I would let you know I miss you and thought that i would congratulate you on your newest nephew... so congrats... Kay well talk to ya later, love always,"
Becca of SA ,TX, USA

"You are a true hero, Thank you!"
Violet Sepulveda of San Diego Ca

"Hey "G",
Well it's me, your sister. Just thought that I would write and let you know that you are a uncle. Fernando and Tricia had a baby boy. Elijah Genaro Acosta was born on Janurary 14,2005. He weighed in at 7.2 Lbs.,and was 20 inches long. Rumor has it that he has your chin. So you know that he's cute. "G", I wish that you could be here at this special time,but I know that you are watching from heaven. Since fernando doesn't talk or call me please watch over them. You are the only one that knows why. "G", Please know that I always will love you. Your memory lives on with me forever. I am and always will be so lucky to have had a brother so special as you. I love you!! I miss you!! Until we meet again.
Love your big sister,
Renee (Nana)
A big sister missing her little brother!!"
Renee of Escondido, Ca.

"Hey "G",
I am sorry that I haven,t written, but it is just so hard to accept that you are not coming home. The holidays were pretty hard,but knowing that you are resting in peace helps. I spoke with Roxanne over the holidays and "G" she loves you and misses you so much. I really miss you, and I wish that I could hear your voice just one more time."G" please know that you are greatly missed. I am and always will be so proud of you!!Thanks for all the memories.I will always love you. Bonifacio is really missing you too.Rest in Peace. Until we meet again.
Your Only Sister,
Renee (Nana)
A Big Sister Missing Her Little Brother!!!"
Renee (Nana) of Escondido, Ca

"God bless you for your sacrifice....I cannot imagine the sorrow you've all endured having lost your "G". I am so grateful that I have the priviledge to wake up free every morning because of brave men and women like "G" who've given the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom.
Roxanne, I am so sorry you never got to have your wedding day and marry the love of your life. Reading your words of love for "G" brings me to tears. I hope that in some small way knowing that strangers are praying for you, and "G"'s family and loved ones, comforts you and all who love him.
Thank you for your sacrifice and for the freedom "G"'s brave sacrifice has protected."
Holly Nufer of El Dorado Hills, CA

"Still thinking of you on a daily basis. Thank you for loving my sister even if it was only for that short period of time . You are in God's hands now, God has placed you in his hall of fame.Thank you for making our world a safer place. Love You Genaro have a MERRY CHRISTMAS"
Your BROTHER-IN-LAW John Longoria of San Antonio Tex.

"Through the shadow of the night and the sunlight of the day they stand up and fight for what they know to be right… they lay down and die for this same right they hold true to there hearts always willing to pay this high price…. But if we are asked what freedom means to us… we know it was our brother or son, husband , friend, cousin, our daughter, sister , or mother the one we stayed up night after night preying they would come home safe and finally the call, the knock on the door that this was not meant to be… and all our dream are set free … set free for another life… another time when we will all reunite…. And we the few we know the true price to freedom…. We know with every tear we cannot forget those who did not make it home… So we live with them in our hearts everyday and know that we will meet again some day.. To all of you how know what freedom is… don’t give up… we will never forget them… if you wish to contact me to just talk or whatever in this time of need prinzel010103@yahoo.com ….. God bless and keep all of you"
Sarah of USA

"I went to school with Genaro in California...and remember hiom fondly. Rest in Peace Genero. God bless you and your family."
Emily of Redondo Beach, CA

"Hola Primo,
Today marks one year since you left us. This morning, while having breakfast at the table, my mom was telling me about how you and Fernando used to eat a lot of Doritos con cool aid, and "huevos con winnie". Anyway, I am at school right now thinking of you, and how the last time we spoke, we were talking about ladybugs. Roxanne and ladybugs.Robert and I were also talking about you yesterday, he really misses you bro... Well que Dios te tenga en su gloria....your padrinos(Roberto & Blanca) and your cousins(Carlos & Victor) miss you!"
Alejandra Acevedo of Los Angeles, California

"Genaro, well tommorrow will be 1 year that we received that horrible phone call from your wife telling us that u were gone that was the worst call we had ever received, it does not even seem like a year it seems like it just happened since we keep seeing on the news that the war just keeps going it seems like its getting worst instead of better, look we all think about you so much and it still seems so hard when we see roxy and ur not there we know in spirit you are.. well just to let you know you will always be in our hearts and prayers, we miss you alot genaro,and by the way HAPPY THANKSGIVING"
Sylvia & Monica of San Antonio

"Hey G 1 year, crazy it feels like this all happened yesterday. You will always be missed peace and love"
becca of sa-town

"Hey G well tomarrow will be the one year anniversary of that tragic day. Well i am doing great and so is everyone eles i am sure that the family thinks about you everyday. You will always be missed and be in our hearts forever. I miss all your jokes and loud music and even you rooting for the lakers( wich by the way is going no where this season) But yeah i was just pretty much writing to say whats up and i hope you know how much we love you. happy thanksgiving love ya much"
Michelle Cavazos of San Antonio Tx

"What up homie, its becca I just wanted to let you know that I miss you a whole lot... funny little thing aint it, yeah and just to catch you up on a few things that have happened, we had our family reunion two of them one weekend right after the other, they were great, we had mariachis come and play for the older people.(grandma, grandpa... and all their bros & sis's) it was really nice, i could just imagine how funny it would have been if you were there, seeing the mariachis come around the corner... im sure you would have made that noise, gritto or whatever. Anywho it was fun and grams and gramps had surgery... on the same day weird right, but thanks for watching over them, you know how much they mean to us. Um what else, i am going to school and let me tell you i hate it, i dont know why i just cant stand it maybe its just the atmosphere here but its stupid and i dont want to go but non the less i will continue my dumb education so that i can make people proud and i can be rich! but really, i think i am goin' to need you to help me stick through it cause i really hate it. Jennifer graduates next May from UTSA and michelle is a junior. Sammy is in Mariachi at her school, that should make you proud. I dont know but I guess i should go now I am actually at school right now, i should get some work done. peace homie..."
Becca, of San Antonio, Texas

"Hey Mondo,
I'm not too sure what to say here bud. I miss the hell out of you. Leading 2nd squad wasn't the same without you. They gave me several new guys but the squad was never as good as it was in our "glory days".
I just want to thank you for giving me the oportunity to serve with you. I've served with alot of guys in my time in the military and none have left an impact the way you have. I've been searching for answers to what happened that night and still haven't found any. I hope you know how sorry I am for it ending the way it did. I replay it nightly in my head and wish I could take your place. I know I can't though so I'm trying to live my life in a way you would approve of. I hope I'm doing ok at it.
I've got so much I want to say to you but I'm having trouble seeing through the tears right now so I'm going to have to close this for now. I'll talk to you again soon and hope to see you when I'm done with whatever it is I need to to here. I love you man and miss you."
SSG Dennis Griffee "SGT Griff" of Ft Hood Texas

"Hey Sugar Pie,

I know it has been a while. I'm sorry. It isn't that I have been too busy or that I couldn't make the time, but it is more like I've been lost. I am now finding my way home. I know that Fernando and Papi wonder what is wrong or why I don't call. I have several reasons. I talked a little with Fernando and told him that it is just hard. The worst part is hearing his voice on the phone. I hear him say "I love you" and "I miss you", and it takes me back to our early monday morning phone calls. It's like hearing you all over again. It beacomes hard to hear, so I avoid it. That's how I fix things. Right?... On a brighter note, did you like your birthday party? I can't belive that you popped all the balloons except the yellow and purple.. You know I hate the Lakers!!!! I bet that people thought that we were crazy sitting at the cemetary with lawn chairs, ice chests filled with beer, 2 bottles of Tequilla (dressed), and loud Mariachi music comming from my dads Cadillac!! We also made a mess with the rose petals we scattered. Was the Tequilla good? I tried to keep up but I had to drive Ina and I back. We all had a great time. There is no way we could party without you. I can't believe that It has almost been a year. I miss you as much today as the day you left. I see you sometimes and you are wearing those stupid silver shorts and the cut off blue t-shirt. You know how much I hate that outfit!!! But I love seeing you none the less. Well baby, I better get going. I have been staying at my dads for about a week now so that I can take care of them. Thank you for keeping them safe durring surgery. I love you to the moon and back!!!! ( where else?)"
Love Always, Roxanne

"Hey G, it's been awhile, even though I worked with Nando during his time in the AirForce, it was with you that I became close friends. For a time, you stayed at my place more than me, when the 615th AMOS kept sending me all over the world, you took care of my place, fed my cats, and cleaned up after them, Paid my bills, picked up my mail, and I can still remember you asking me, how I handled the sacrifice of haveing to go half way around the world on a moments notice, never knowing what might happen. Well I guess I need to ask you the same, you now have answer, I couldn't give you. Man I'm proud of you little brother, Nando may be your real brother, but I always thought of you as my little bro, yea the one who was twice my size, and always kept me real. We had lots of good times even some bad times, but always managed to have the most fun that could be had. Since I PCS'ed in 2000, to Korea, I didn't keep up with you, I had heard you had joined the Army, and thought that was a good thing for you, I called you from Korea December of 2000, thats the last time we spoke, we were going to hook up after I got back in 02, and take a trip to TJ. Guess we will have to put that on hold for now. I've been back from Korea for over two and half years now, but have spent much of that time in various places in the middle east, including a couple of tours at Bagdad Int, I'm so glad you made it a little safer for the rest of us bro, your a special person, and my life has been better having known you. We only had a couple of years hanging together in Northeren Cali, but I'll never forget you, or all that you went on to accomplish in the way to short time you had. G, I'm going back to Korea, so you know bro there is alwasy someone, somewere half way around the world keeping with your memorey in there heart, and Oh yea! G you still owe me a door big guy!! and for Nando be proud bro, your little bro kicked *..."
Tsgt Jeffery C. Allen "JAKE" of Osan AB South Korea

"Spc Acosta
This is from a fellow soldier and a fellow person from California you may not know me but I know that I was in the same camp as you in Iraq and I think I sat right next to you on the way to R&R up in Tikrit.I just wanted to say you made an ultimate sacrafice and just want to say that you are a hero in my eyes for everything you did out there and thank you for being out there to help us. Thanks"
Eddie of Fort Hood, Tx

"Thank you for your service to our country. I am a total stranger to you and your loving family, so it is difficult for me to find the proper words. So rather than stumble through and try to find my own words, I will steal from another:

"They fight to live
They fight to die
To give us freedom
From land to sky.

They gave us a chance
To rule on our own
Now we live to show them
How strongly we've grown.

Thanks for your fight
Thanks for your life
We now live in Peace
Day and night."

The affection I have felt from reading your loved one's posts have caused my heart to break. At this point there is really nothing for me to say, other than thank you. So, thank you. Thank you for serving your country, thank you for your sacrafice."
Cody Singsaas of Hopkins, MN

"What up G
I just want to tell everyone that you will never be forgotton in our family. Infact just the other day we were talking about you... good of course.
But I miss you always bye, your niece"
becca of SA TX

"Hey "G",
It's me again. Well I received the shirt that I ordered from Cafe Express.com,And I am so proud of you. As I look at the picture of you on the back of my shirt,and your name on the front,I feel so honored to have had you as my brother,and such a special part of my life. "G", you taught me so many things. Little things that I do or say remind me so much of you. Please rest in peace. Remember how much I love you and miss you. Thanks for all the special memories.
Love you,
Your Sister
Renee (Nana)

A big Sister missing her Little Brother Always!!!!!"
Renee Escalera of CALIFORNIA

"Hey "G",
It's me again. Well I received the shirt that I ordered from Cafe Express.com,And I am so proud of you. As I look at the picture of you on the back of my shirt,and your name on the front,I feel so honored to have had you as my brother,and such a special part of my life. "G", you taught me so many things. Little things that I do or say remind me so much of you. Please rest in peace. Remember how much I love you and miss you. Thanks for all the special memories.
Love you,
Your Sister
Renee (Nana)

A big Sister missing her Little Brother Always!!!!!"
Renee Escalera of CALIFORNIA

"Hi "G",
It's me again. Well today has been 9 months since you tragically left us. Honestly, I miss you so much. You know time passes and we are supposed to move on, but this chunk of my heart just seems so empty. "G", you were by brother, and my friend. Now you are my Guardian Angel. See, you will always be a part of me. You have a very special piece of my heart that no one else can replace. As you are watching over me, please know that I am and always will be so proud of you. You are my HERO!!!
I love you. I miss you. Please know how much you are missed. Until we meet again.
Love always,
Your Sister
(Nana) Renee"
Renee Escalera of California

""G"
It's me again. I just wanted to thank you for watching over your brother-in-law- Boni. Saturday morning he totaled our car, and received bruises. It doesn't matter what anyone says I know that you were with him. Your picture was right above him on the visor. when he was hit, the picture feel into his lap, and you were looking straight at him. "G", you are our Guardian Angel. Even though you are not here with us ,I know that you are in Spirit. Thank you for watching and protecting us. I Love you. I miss you too.
Love you lot's!!!
Love your sister,
Renee"
Renee Escalera

"Fernando,
I know that you are dealing with alot since "G" has been gone. Please know that you are my brother and that I will always be here for you. Even though we are not real close, I love you and miss you. Please know that "OUR HERO" is watching us from heaven. I'm here for you "Nando.
Love your sister,
Renee"
Renee Escalera

"Roxanne, I send my prayers and love to you and your family. we don't know eachother but I wanted you to know that I will keep you in my prayers. My husband is in the army and he served in Iraq during the war, he is now in Afganistan. So I too know the dangers of their line of work. Keep your head up sweety! I know at times you don't understand why but don't give up. Reading your letters to Genaro brought me to tears. One because of the love you two shared and still share, and two for the pain that I feel because I know what a void you feel. I don't want to keep you. But I want you to know that I will be praying for you and your family. Hold on to the precious memories of you "Hero"."
lisha of schofield,hawaii

"Hi "G",
It's me again. Nana. Well I just thought that I would say Hi, and remind you how much you are missed. As time moves forward, I just can't believe that you are gone. "G", the last time we talked you said that I would see you soon. "G", I know that that day will come but I just really wish I could see or hear you just one more time. Things are going pretty good . I am working in a Urgent Care and I know that out of every one else you would be the proudest of me."G", as you look down from Heaven and are watching me, please know that I am trying hard to keep you proud of me even if it's in spirit. I love you "G". I miss you more than words can say. I will ALWAYS love and miss you.
Until we meet again,
Your Sister, Renee
A Big Sister Missing Her Little Brother!!!!"
Renee Escalera of Escondido, Ca.

"Hey "G",
It's me, Nana,
Well today I just thought that I needed to let you know how much you are missed. Genaro I guess that I am just having a day where I am really thinking and remembering you. I had a dream last night that you told me not to worry and that you were fine. "G", I know you are in a better place, But it just doesn't take the missing, and talking to you away. "G", I love you. I miss you. Please know that you are greatly missed. Until we meet again.
LOVE YOU ALWAYS!!!!
A big Sister, missing her Little Brother,
Renee (Nana)"
Renee

"thank you .your muchly respected
i've been looking for a solider from my home town to write ..
you would of been PERFECT
from what i read
muchly appreciated .. many thanks"
jessica of florida

"Hey "G",
It's me again. Well it has almost been 9 months since you left us, and frankly I still can't believe that you are gone. "G", there are so many things going on, and I just wish that I could pick up the phone and here your voice just one more time. "G", please remember that you are always on my mind and in my prayers. Everyday I thank you for serving our country and giving the ultimate sacrifice. You are and always will be my hero.I lately have seen lots of bumper stickers with Raiders and Lakers, and I just get this smile on my face because I know those are your teams."G", please rest in peace. Until we meet again. I love you. I miss you. Love always, A big Sister missing her Little Brother,
Renee (Nana)"
Renee Escalera of California

"First of all my heart go's out to Genaro's family and friends"

Last time I saw you we were at Mayfair
High School 10 years ago.He was a character, he would always have a smile on his face.I think the 4 years I knew
him I never saw him upset.

"Genaro since when are u a Raider fan"
All through High School you wore a beat up Old School Cowboy's Jacket"
by the way I can't stand your Raiders
but I love those Lakers!!!!
I wish we would've kept in touch after
High School. I'll talk to u later
your friend Art"
Art Venegas of Bellflower , California

"Very upset when I heard Genaro died. I went to Mayfair High School with him in Lakewood, CA. My heart goes out to his family and friends."
Oscar Venegas of Bellflower, CA

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow and need. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. You will not be forgotten."
a grateful citizen in arizona

"Hey "G",
It's me Nana. Just thought that I would let you know how very proud I am of you. These almost 9 months, have been the hardest months of my life. I didn't lose just a brother, I lost a friend. Things were changing and we were getting to be so close. As we just passed the 4th of July, I realized that because of your sacrifice we have freedom. Genaro, I love and miss you so much.You are so greatly missed.
Please know that you are always in my thoughts and prayers.
Love You!!
Love your sister Nana Renee"
Renee Esaclera of California

"Little Brother,


I wanted to write to you, and tell you that almost nine months have passed since you left us. There are times when I cry because I miss you, or laugh remembering faces, jokes, or what a clown your were. And yes there are times were I just want to drink the pain away. But God has a funny way of taking and giving, and maybe you put a good word in for me.

Yesterday I saw my unborn son, with the second sonogram. And it had to be one of the greatest moments of my life. He (because that is what I believe he is) is an active little bugger, in mommy’s belly. As I was walking out of the hospital all I can think about is you, knowing you were right there with me. How does Elijah Genaro Acosta sound for his name? I think it works for me.

On the same day I was also able to gain visitation rights with your son Tyler. I am extremely exited to see him; I bet he is really big just like his papa was. I promise you that I will look after him, and one day when he is ready tell him about his daddy the hero. All in all it was a great day for me, and our family. I love you little bro, and miss you very much."
Fernando Acosta Jr. of California

"Missing you always....your the best"
becca of san antonio tx

"Thank you for what you did for me, someone you never knew. I will never forget it."
Sally of Dallas

"TO THE ACOSTA FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY! OUR PRAYS ARE WITH YOU IN THIS DIFFUCULT TIME. GENARO IS MORE THEN A HERO! HE HAS IN MANY WAYS TOUCHED MANY LIVES. AN THOSE LIVES HE TOUCHED. YOU FIND OUT THAT ALL LOVED HIM. FOR GENARO MADE A DIFFERNCE TO EACH ONE IN HIS LIFE. ESPECIALLY, HIS LOVE OF HIS LIFE. I WAS EXTREMELY, TOUCHED MY HER MESSAGE. SHE HAD MORE THEN JUST A PRINCE. SHE WILL ALWAYS HAVE HER ANGEL WATCHING OVER HER AND HIS FAMILY. NOT EASY LOSING A SON. WE LOST GREG A MONTH AGO. SO YOU LOST IS MY LOST. GOD BLESS!"
leonard wahl of valley stream, ny

"I'm very sorry for your loss. I am a parent of a 20 yr old daughter in the military and I have started a project to honor the fallen hero's. would you plese send me a picture of your loved one."
Tammy Dell of East Freedom, PA 16637

"Hey Gorgeous,
I hope you are doing well. I miss you so much. Today is May 27,2004. We were suppose to be married by church on Saturday (May 29). By now all of our guests would have arrived in San Antonio and you bachelor party would probably be today even though I opposed it. Fernando said that it is a must! (Whatever!) Well, My dress hangs in a closet at my dads house, never to be worn, and the wine glasses and the decorations are in a box at the new house. Every little girl dreams of a big wedding with her prince charming waiting at the alter. This little girl will not get her wedding but she was lucky enough to have her prince. In a lot of your letters you always talked about the wedding and that you couldn't wait to dance the night away. I know you have music up there, so save a dance for me. I love you Genaro. To the moon and back..... Love Always, Roxanne"

"WELL GENARO IT'S ME MONICA CORTINAS IT IS FRIDAY MAY 21, 2004 AND TODAY IS MY LAST AND FINAL DAY OF SCHOOL I MADE IT, NXT WEEK WE ONLY GO IN TO SIGN IN AND WE ARE TO LEAVE THE SCHOOL.. YOU KNOW NEXT SATURDAY THE 29TH OF MAY IS MY GRADUATION AND I WISH YOU COULD OF BEEN THERE BUT IN SPIRIT I KNOW YOU WILL BE WATCHING ME AND JOHN THOMAS. WE MISS YOU A WHOLE LOT GENARO"
MONICA CORTINAS of SAN ANTONIO

"Hey Baby,

Things have been so hectic lately. I feel terribly stressed out and nervous. I feel bad leaving our home that we created together. This move is going to be a big step forward. I just hope I am ready. We have so many memories there. Remember Christmas 2002, Ina took a picture of us by our tree with presents all the way up to the ceiling. We looked so happy. It is one of my favorite pictures of us (other than the one of you licking my face).Tomorrow is my last day at work before I transfer. I used to love coming to work because you would either come by or call everyday, and after work I would go straight to the unit to pick you up so that we could ride home together. I remember on the Monday before Valentines Day 2003, you brought me flowers just in case you forgot on Valentines Day, but you didn't. I got double flowers!!! It was great. You are great! I love you Genaro. I know you will be watching over John Thomas, Rebecca, and Monica when they graduate. They all wish you could be there. But I am sure that watching over them will be just fine. You know how much I miss you sweetie. I have to go. Bye for now but now forever, Because you are forever in my heart.
Love Always and Forever,
Roxanne"

"First I want to start off by saying something to you that I was never able to do before you left us, I am so proud of you and what you have done for our country as well as bringing freedom to the people of Iraq. There are not many people with the courage to do what you did. I am sorry for not writing much earlier, but I have been lost for words. I always pray for Roxanne, your brother, and my tio, that they may find some peace and comfort knowing you are in heaven. And I know you are watching over everyone. I had a dream awhile back of my abuelito, and you were sitting next to him. I took it as a sign because I never dream of him and the last time I did, was the night before I heard the news of what happened to you. Growing up, it was always you and Fernando. You the goofy one and Fernando the big brother. It is going to be hard not seeing you both together.

Roxanne, I enjoy reading your reflections of you and Genaro, although you always bring me tears. It makes me happy knowing you both made each other so happy. You have such a great family and when I was there, I could see why Genaro fell in love with your family. I remember your brother making a comment of how your entire family were big Cowboys fans and Genaro being a Raiders fan. My mom has a video with Genaro in it from 1993 and he was wearing a Cowboys sweatshirt. I thought that was funny.

Fernando, although I may be far away, always remember I am always here for you if you ever need anything!"
Julie Hernandez of Kapolei, HI

""G"
Well I graduate in a total of 14 days, i wish so much that you were here to see me, it would have been great, then we would have had a party and i would laugh at how drunk you are! well I just want you to know that you are not forgotten! Not a day goes by that I dont think of you and how great you are, and I know that nobody else has forgotten you either. I miss you so much it's weird. You really mean alot to all of us and I never thought that I would have had to deal with losing somebody for a long time and I didnt think that I would be able to handle it, But I was strong and even though I miss you terribly I am still holdin'up. Take care of yourself and us we all love you always and will miss you forever love always,"
Becca of San Antonio TX

"Hi"G" this is me samantha i really miss you and i just wanted to write to you because was thinking about you .anyway school is all most out and i will be in 6th grade.will i hope you are have thing a good time were ever you are .will i have to go i will write to go later ok just remember that i will all ways love you ok i dont know if the lakers will win the the camp. this year but oh well bye love you"
Samantha Cavazos of Atascosa/tx/USA

"Munchos Besos Mi Amor!!!!!

Roxanne"

"Hey Genaro,
Well it has been 5 months since you have been gone. The 11th of may will be 6 months, and I can't say how much you are missed. Everyday I think about how and why you were taken from us.It is so hard to understand. I will be graduating this Thursday from Medical Assisting school and I really wish that you were here to celebrate it with me. I know that you are watching me from heaven, but I just wish you were here. You are a real hero to me. You will always be my hero. Please know that I am and always will be so proud of you. I love and miss you so much.
Love Always,
Your Sister.
Renee (Nana)"
Renee

"HAPPY ANNIVERSARY SWEETHEART!!!!!
Today, May 3, 2004 marks our 2nd wedding anniversary. I wish you were here to share it with me. I was reading the anniversary card you sent me last year from Iraq. You made it out of regular paper and drew a chicken with flowers in its mouth that said "flowers for you my love". it was so cute. You were upset that you couldn't be here to share our first anniversary together but that we had hundreds to come. Well now we do. We will have an eternity of anniversarys!! Nothing will ever change how we feel about eachother. You are my one true love always and forever. I love you Genaro!!! Have a Happy Anniversary.

Love always
Roxanne"

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

"Hey "G"
Well today has been 5 months since I got that wrenching phone call. I keep trying to block it out of my head, but for some reason, I just can't. "G",I just wish that things would have been different. I still don't understand why God took you from us, but He only takes the best. Thank you so much being a part of my life. You are and always will be "my special hero". Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. You are always in my mind. Thanks for so many memories. I love you. I miss you . I won't say good-bye, but I will say until we meet again. Rest in Peace Little Brother.
Love you !! Miss you!!
Your Sister,
Renee"
Renee

"thanks you wear grat"
calvin duvall of Casa Grande AZ 85222 U.S.

"Genaro, "G"
Well, tomorrow will be 5 months since you were tragically taken from us. It so hard to accept that you are not comming home. If I could have just one wish, I wish that God would give you back to us. You are so missed."G", you are constantly on my mind. Thank you for bieng my Guardian Angel. Thank you for being my brother. I know that you are in a better place, and I know that we will meet again.Until then Mijo, please rest in peace. Please know that I love you and miss you with all my heart.When I sent you the box before you left, I never thought that things would turn out this way.I wish that I could just hear you say you love me just one more time.Well "G", Please Rest In Peace, and know that you are greatly missed.I love you.
Until we meet again.
Love Always,
Your Sister,
Renee"
Renee Escalera

"To The Most Wonderful Man I Know:
Hi sweetie. Today marks one year since I have seen your handsome face. I remember all the things that we did that day. You picked me up from work early so that we could spend a little time together. Then we went back to the house so that you could change and double check your bags. We were both pretty quiet on the way up to the unit. When we arrived, there were already lots of families with their soldiers. We hung out with the Russell's and even went to Burger King and sat in the corner booth. After that we went to the shoppett to get you and James some snacks for the plane ride. When we went back to the unit it was just you and me. We probably walked around the parking lot about 50 times just holding hands and not saying much. When everyone was leaving for the gym you told me not to go. I couldn't imagine not spending every possible moment with you, so I insisted on going. When we all arrived everyone just stood around. I knew that it was almost time to go, but I couldn't bring myself to do it. Then we walked outside and stood on the steps. Thats when you said " I think you should go" and squeezed me tight. I said that I didn't want to. I didn't care that your flashlight was poking into my chest and that it really hurt. I wans't going to let go. Then you asked me to leave again and I looked up and you were crying. We said I LOVE YOU one more time and I ran away. That was the last time that we ever kissed, hugged, and the last time we ever laied eyes on eachother. There are so many things that I would have done different If I would have known. I miss you Genaro. I hope that you can feel my love where ever you are. Sweet Dreams My Love."
Roxanne

"Hey "G",
It's me again. Just wanted to let you know that I love you and miss you so much. It's one of those days where you are being thought of and greatly missed. I still can't get it in my brain that you are really gone. I had a dream that you told me that things are ok, and that I would see you soon."G", I miss you so much. Please know that even when I am having a good you are are always on my mind, and constantly thought of. I love you so much.
Rest in Peace.
Love and miss you lot's.
You Sister
Renee (Nana)"
Renee Escalera of Escondido,Ca. USA

"Roxanne, I haven't been able to communicate with you by phone. Just wanted you to know that know matter what happens or has happened I will ALWAYS be here for you, because that is what "G" would have wanted, and besides you are my sister-in-law and always will be. I know you miss my brother, but please know that he is watching you from heaven. He loved you so much. thank you for making him so happy. Please call if you need anything.
Love and miss you
your Sister-in Law
Renee
Keep strong!! I am so proud of you!!!"
Frances Renee Escalera of Escondido,Calif. USA

"Hey"G"' Well I just wrote you a little note earlier. but I am just getting off the computer. ( Got to go study) Well it's been 4 moths since you have been gone,and i still can't believe it. Thanks for being my guardian angel.Thanks for all of the memories. I will always cherish them Rest in Peace. Miss you so much.
Love and miss you
Your Sister Renee (NANA)"
Frances Renee Escalera of Escondido, Ca. USA

""G",
Hi mijo. It's me your sister. Right now I am going through some difficult times and I really wish that you were here to give me some advice. I wish that I could just pick up the phone just one more time to hear your voice. I know that I may sound a little selfish but I don't think you or anyone else knows how much I miss you. I know that you are in a better place now. I also know that you are my guardian angel. If I have never told you before please know that I am so proud of you. Thankyou so much for all of your memories. I will never forget them. Please rest in peace and remember that I love you and that I always will.

Your Sister who misses you dearly,
Renee (NANA)"
Frances Renee Escalera of Escondido, Ca. USA

"Hey sugar,
Guess who?? It's me silly. I hope all is well with you. I miss you so much. The rest of the guys have come home already. I have only met with Noii and James. I also spent some time with a few NCO's. They miss you lots too. I know that some of the things I have done are out of the ordinary, but as long as you and I know that everything is okay that is all that matters. I know that you will not let any thing or any one hurt me. I just wish that everyone else would understand. We both know that no one will ever replace you nor would I ever try to compare anyone to you. I never believed in true love until I met you. To this day I still am baffeled by the fact that you choose me over all the other girls in the world. I am so lucky. I have the best gaurdian angel in the whole universe!!! I still have my bad days, but I don't expect those to go away. Actually I never want them to. I love you Genaro. I hope to see you in my dreams.

PS... I Love you Daddy!!! Love Lucy"
Roxanne of Our Humble Home

"Hey "G"!
Well it has been four long months since you have been gone. It is still really hard for me to accept the fact that you are not coming home. I am so VERY proud of you . I know that things were not supposed to happen this way, but I am learning to accept it little by little. I know that you are in a better place, but I just really miss you. I miss not being able to call you like I used to. We were getting to be so close.Please remember that I love you and that I always will. I feel so honored to have you as my brother and knowing that you always will be. I pray everynight that God would comfort me . I do know that you are greatly missed. Rest in Peace "G". I will ALWAYS love you."
Your Sister, Renee

"“g”

I continue to search for answers on why this had to happen; I still recall our last conversation when you asked me to take care of Roxanne and Dad. And the tears you cried when you said goodbye to Dad, and the look on his face when he hugged you for the last time. I continue to play these memories in my head on a daily basis, and the emptiness seems like a black hole “never ending”. For the first 16 years of our life’s we never left each other side, I got to be honest with you. For the first time in my life I feel alone, but I am extremely proud of what you have accomplished. You were the one person in my life that I could always trust not matter what was going on in my life. Remember we were the 3 amigos (dad, you, and me) but now there are only two, and we miss you with all our hearts.

You have touched a lot of hearts across America, and reunited old and new family members and we become stronger and closer that ever before thanks to you. Talk to you soon little brother, rest in piece.



P.S

You nephew (Justice) sleeps with his Jeffery the giraffe every night and a picture of you pinned to Jeffery. To him you are a superhero if you ask him what he wants to be when he grows up, his reply “I want to be like Tio G”. He misses you very much!
-

ABNF

"A Brother Never Forgets"
Fernando Acosta

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Genaro, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Well G today I wrecked my truck and I know that the only reason that I am okay is because you were watching over me because I know it could have been a lot worse. So I just wanted to say thank you and that I haven't stopped missing you.
Happy Valentines Day
Love you,
Jennifer"
Jennifer Cavazos of San Antonio, TX

"I miss you"
Rebecca Cavazos of San Antonio TX

"Hey G, I'm finally writing to you. I've had a hard time with trying to find a way to start this message. Well I know you already know this but I miss you and I wish were here with us still. The holidays were hard to deal with for everyone this year. I was telling Rox that it was so quite and calm because you weren't there making everyone laugh. I miss you picking on me and I really miss all your advice you would give me. Most of all I really miss seeing you with Roxy. You are the only person who could make her as happy as you did. She misses you so much. I went to Cali to visit your family this past week and I got a chance hear some good stories from Poppy, Fernando, Trisha, and Justice. I also got to stay in your old room with Roxy. I thought the super marios sticker on your dresser was pretty funny. I wish you were there with us at DisneyLand getting on all the rides. You have a great family and I'm lucky to have had the chance to spend time with them. I now know how you turned out to be such a great guy. On the way back from LA Justice wanted to hear American Solider on my headphones, he didn't know it but he was singing loud to where we could hear him over the radio. Not only was it so cute but sad as well. He was singing to you. I know you heard him. When we drove through the mountains to LA in the evening he also pointed out the brightest star and said look Melany it's my uncle G. I know you are watching over us but like everyone else I wish you were here watching over us. Taylor also misses you very much, she is going to buy an angel fish and name it G. I just wanted to also let you know that I'm keeping my promise and I'm trying to watch and take of your baby (Roxy) as much as I can. I won't be able to take away her tears but I will be able to comfort her and tell her it will be okay and maybe tickle her to give her a few laughs. :)
You are now an angel watching over our soliders. Help protect them, be the hand on the their shoulder comforting them and if they pass show them the way. I hope when it is my turn you will be there waiting for me to show me the way. Until then remember that I love you and I miss you. Thank you for fighting for our country."
Melany Flores of San Antonio, TX

"One of my teachers had given this to me a few days ago and I thought it was really nice so I am going to put it up for everybody to read,it should be recognized:

Ecclesiates 3:1-8

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace."
Becca Cavazos of San Antonio, Texas

"Hey Sugar,
Well, here I am again. Today marks two months. Even though the time has passed rather quickly, I still have trouble comprehending the situation. Latley I have been replaying that horrible day in my mind. The one thing that I want to forget is seeing those men standing there and knowing what had happened.I wish It could just go away... Every time we talked on the phone I would always ask you " Are you comming home yet?", and you would always say," Not yet honey, It is almost over!". I am still waiting. When is it going to be over? When can you come home? I want you here with me and I don't care how selfish that sounds. You are everything to me. I had become so independednt when you left but there are some things that I can't live without. I need your love, support and comfort. You always made everthing okay. I have to figure out what to do from here. No matter, you are the love of my life and that will hepl keep me going. I love you Genaro Acosta!! To the moon and back of course.
Always and Forever,
Your Wife,
Roxanne Acosta"

"To the friends and family of: Spc. Genaro Acosta..
May you find comfort in knowing how many people share your sadness. Thanks to Genaro for fighting for our country. HE is a TRUE HERO! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless YOU ALL!"
The Grogan Family (USMC) of Lakeland, TN

"Fair winds and following seas Genaro, your sacrifice will never be forgotten."
LT Eduardo Gomez of Sicily, Italy

"hi G this is alex i just wanted to say hi and that i miss you and that i thought you are A good uncle to me and that you fit in the family perfectly."
Alex Trest of san antionio tx usa

"Happy New Year, Genaro! Godspeed... To Roxanne, Happy New Year sweetie. I wish you love, comfort and many blessings. You, Genaro, and your families will always be in my heart, my thoughts and my prayers."
Kim Smith (Pvt. Robert Frantz's mom) of San Antonio, Texas

"Roxanne,
If there is anything I can do for you or your family please let me know. I'll always be here for you, I hope you know that. My email addy is dennisgriffee@yahoo.com. I hope all is well for you despite what you've been put through. You're always in my thoughts."
SSG Dennis Griffee of Al Taji

"Thank you Genaro Acosta, 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

"Hey G,
Its me again I thought I would write, because I was with Roxanne today and well you came up so much... it was really sad, she was talling me stories about you two and while she was saying all this, she was strong, she didnt break down, it made me think of how much I look up to her for holding herself up in front of everybody. She had me listen to this song by that seem to fit you perfectly, it kinda brought tears to my eyes. Me and Mario have been fighting it would be nice to have you here to talk to, or to kick his butt, like you told me you would do if he was giving me trouble. okay well I am going to go love you man,
-becka"
Rebecca Cavazos of San Antonio, TX

"I was stationed with Spc. Acosta for almost a year. We where in the same unit and battery. Acosta was a big guy but he was the nicest person in the battallion. And we both were having problems and he showed me how to be strong and to let the good prevail over the bad. Acosta liked to bum cigarettes and if you gave him one later on a month a week from then he would give u one back he was a good man and good soldier I hope you like it in heaven as much as you did here. Roxie take care and god bless you."
Greg Thompson of Carlisle Pennsylvania

"I have a couple of parts to this message, so bear with me. Firstly, I say these words to Tyler, Roxanne, Fernando, and Popi. Tyler, your father is a great man. When you begin your discovery of him and his life, you will see that he accomplished many things in his short time upon this earth. He loved many people (and was loved by them in return). He experienced life to its fullest and by that I mean he found his soulmate and was able to enjoy her and her love for him. He found a career that he excelled in and had begun to enjoy. He also created a new life, you. As you continue to read these passages, and hopefully meet the people who wrote them to learn more about the special man who is your father, keep in mind, he loves you and always will! You will meet again. Roxanne, you and Genaro's life together was always a wonder to me. I never really believed in love at first sight . . .that is until the first weekend we all met! To have seen the spark and then to be able to watch it grow into the enduring flame it is, is the most wonderful thing I have been allowed to experience! :) Thank you! To Fernando and Popi, . . . . all I can say is thank you for who you each are and what you do, you and your family are the reasons why Genaro is a great man. Gracias por todo que haces y tambien me amo a ti mucho! Now to Genaro, I write this to you. I am not sure you know exactly how greatful I am, that you entered the lives of us all. Because of you, I learned to appreciate the gentleness of a kind word and gesture. Your earnest desire to make Roxanne smile was such a pleasure. I remember the first flowers you gave her. . . it was day two and a half of the relationship. Or how about when you and I would be at a store that sold greeting cards . . .you always walked out with one for her, then had to go and give it to her right away! You showed me that people can be all things, friend, brother, son, father, confidant, husband; loving and caring in each respect. You have the knack for finding that good in people and helping to bring it out for others to see and appreciate. I thank you for treating me with such kindness and accepting me at your home when ever the wind caught my fancy and I would drive in to see yall. You are loved . . .you know this, but it is always good to hear over and over again. As I listen to a favorite movie, I can't help but quote it . . ."There, there Hagrid . . it's not really good-bye afterall." I say this to you Genaro, who like Hagrid, looks like a burly, mean, hairy man but who is actually a tender, loving, generous soul. It is not good-bye; we will all see you again, just not as soon as we would all like. I did not get to tell you this before you left, but I love you and am thankful that I had the honour and pleasure of having you in my life."
Christina "ina" Fey of New Braunfels, TX / United States

"hi:Gdog i just wanted to say wazup and that i miss and that i still have that letter you gave me. I cry ever time i hear the song american sholder it reminds me of you oh ya the Lacker lost the cham last year.And every day I talk to god and see how you are doing up there and i hope he says very good. while my dad misses you to but i think Roxsan misses you the most,while miss you ok homedog i have to go. oh ya just remember that i will alway love you."
Samantha Cavazos of San Antonio Tx USA

"MAN BRO I don't know where to even start. First of all I can't even tell you how much I miss you. I have this emptiness in my heart knowing how much you meant to our whole family. I guess I will start by telling you, because of the person ,and man that you were I have built a certain bond with my sister ,yes your BABE. Your BABE has amazed everyone by remaining strong, and I will credit you for this .My sister has turned out to be an amazing young woman ,she has not let us see her cry or brake down,she said you did'nt like to see her cry. So thank you for this "G" . I promise to you that I will try my best to watch over her and make sure she does'nt get hurt any more. This CHRISTMAS will be tuff on all of us ,or every CHRISTMAS for that matter ,just knowing how much fun we had last year. Make sure you tell God you like tamales with lots of meat,also you can get in line twice for ham and all the trimmings. GENARO I don't want you to get you upset but your Okland Raiders stink ,and yes the Cowboys are in the playoffs I bet GOD has his money on the COWBOYS. Genaro your brother is cherring on the boys. WHAT'S UP WITH THAT? I'm going to end this with the same departing words I told you when we last saw each other at dad's in March this isn'nt good -by this is until we see each other again . I hope God has room in his HALL OF FAME just for I can see and talk to you . I KNOW YOUR IN GOD'S HALL OF FAME."
Your BROTHER-INLAW John Longoria of San Antonio Tex.

"G,
What up? Well I am not sure where to start but I am sure of what I need to say. Let me start with I am so happy that I had somebody as inspiring as you in my life although it was for such a brief period. It is amazing how you impacted so many people in so little time, but you managed to do it (you even impressed my Grandpa and as you may know he’s never satisfied with our choices). I don’t have a single bad thing to say about you and as far as I can tell neither does anybody else. You’re the kind of person that everybody wanted to be like because we wished that we could have the same positive outlook life like you did. Everyone will say that the world lost a great man, but Heaven is a better place because it gained a great man. I take comfort in knowing that someday we you will be waiting for me with a nice cold beer (you owe me for missing my 21st birthday!). I remember talking before you left and you said you were so proud because this was what you trained for and I was so proud to say that my uncle was serving our country. I bragged about you and your tank. I am proud of you because a country has gained its freedom and a cruel leader has fallen because of the tasks that you carried out over their. I’ll be honest I was so mad at first because I couldn’t figure out why we were still over there or why it had to be you (not that I wish this on anybody else) but we wouldn’t have caught him if we still weren’t over their and now I know why. Everything happens for a reason as much as it hurts or we don’t like it. I saw Roxie today; we all played dominoes and I won! She seems to be doing well, but I know she is hurting. She talks about you a lot. I am glad that she met you, you two just fit! Oh yeah Justice and I are boyfriend and girlfriend, just thought I would let you know. Now that I have written a story I guess I will be going but if I think of more to say I will write back. Oh I thought of more! Spurs are on a 10 game winning streak and your Lakers almost lost to Denver. Oh and the Lakers cried like little babies when they lost last year and Spurs won it all! Don’t interfere with the season either just let the boys play J/K. Just know that we all loved you very much and will miss you much until we meet again. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Love ya G.! Love, Jennifer"
Jennifer Cavazos of San Antonio, TX USA

"Hey little brother,There are so many things that I would like to tell, and that I would do anything just to have another chance to do so. But I do feel that when we last spoke, the silence in our conversation said it all. That I loved you, and that I am proud of you in everyway shape and form. There are no words for the emptiness that I feel inside, to have lost my best friend. You always counted on me, as much as I did in you sometimes with out you knowing. But just having you by my side, and being able to talk with you always made me feel better. It seems like it was yesterday, when we were kids and all we cared about was playing or having enough money to go to the liquor store to buy candy or hot cheetos.Sometimes I ask God why did this have to happened to you, and I am so angry that I cannot control my self. The pain eats away at me like acid, consuming me little by little. And then a feeling on calmness comes over me and happiness that you are in a better place. Then I know that you are with me, and that you are ok. To be quite honest I don't know how to explain it, but I know you and God are right by my side. But I still miss you, and I know your wife does. I call her at least 3 times a day to see how she is doing, and I will keep my promise to take care of her no matter what. Sometimes when I talk to Roxi, and or our dad. I can feel the emptiness, and sorrow that they are feeling. But they are too proud to show to me, or they are trying to protect me and shield me from there real feelings. We all miss you and love you, there is a void in our hearts that cannot be filled or mended. But we will continue to live, hoping and praying that one-day we can all be together as we were in March 2003 at your father in laws home.


Rest in piece "G", I love you and I will never forget you!



Oh one more thing little bro, We got the bastard!"
Brother-Fernando Acosta of Citrus Heights, CA

"Hey "G" whats up man well i am writing to you to let you know that you have played a good part on my life. Even though you were in our family for such a short time it was still so great that we had that chance to be around you, you fit that spot in our family so perfect. You really put a smile on my face everytime you were around, I am so proud of you and even more proud to say you are my uncle. God is so lucky to have recieved such a wonderful person. well i can't wait till we are all together once again so we can hear all your jokes.
Till we meet again"
Michelle Cavazos of San Antonio, TX, USA

"Hey homie, what is up dogg its your little g becca. I just wanted to tell everybody what an awesome uncle you are, you made my life so much better, you are so funny. You always had a big smile on your face, it was really goofy come to think of it. You are the coolest old guy in our family (your older then us). You are also mine and michelles favorite uncle (shhh dont say anything). It is really sad to think that you are gone but we all know that your not really gone you are just taking a vacation in Austrailia, we'll be there later dont worry about us. When we get there we are going to have the biggest party ever with Mariachis and beer lots of beer so we can watch you and Gramps and my dad stay up all night talking (as you mentioned in the last letter you wrote me) I miss you so much i wish that you were going to be here for Christmas and New Years, you dont know how hard it is going to be without you there and it is really hard to think about how Roxanne is doing I know that she is taking it so hard but she is so so strong for you so you better be taking care of her... i dont even know why i had to say that, i know that you are taking care of all of us. I talk to you every moring during our "moment of silence" i hope that you are listening to me. Well i am going to go now but i just want you to know that there is nobody to "talk ebonics" (i didnt want anyone getting offended) with even though you know i was way better then you. (inside joke) oh yeah and the Lakers are doing better then the Spurs at the moment. But dont count on them being better the whole season. Well I love you Dogg and i really miss you, Merry Christmas Bro. and Happy New Years.I will miss you forever. Talk to you later, Love always your favorite neice (i wont tell anybody) Becca"
Rebecca Cavazos of San Antonio, TX USA

"Roxanne, this goes out to you we are all so saddened about the tragedy that happened to Genaro, he was such a wonderfyl person to you he turned your whole life around, we still recall the times you and him would come over your mom's house and play monopoly till all odd hours of the night and sit there and laugh. We keep saying to one another (I CANT BELIEVE HES GONE)why him,roxy all we can say is keep your chin up high because he will always be watching you no matter what,(ROXY KEEP IN TOUCH WITH US AND REMEMBER WE LOVE YOU A WHOLE LOT)...YOUR COUSINS SYLVIA & MONICA"
SYLVIA TEJEDA of SAN ANTONIO,TEXAS

"Mondo,
I miss you so much man. Things will never be the same with out you but we will continue the fight. I miss your light hearted ways that could always bring a smile on the longest of our missions. You were truly the glue that held us all together. You'd be very proud of your platoon though bud. We've all stayed strong and are taking care of each other. I thank you for the honor of being able to call you my soldier and more importantly my friend. You will NEVER be forgotten.
Roxanne, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. He was truly special to us all. If there's anything at all I can do for you please let me know. You will always be part of my family."
SSG Dennis Griffee of FOB Gunner, Iraq

"Hi Honey, It's me again. Today marks 4 weeks since you have been gone. I am feeling a little lonley tonight so I have decided to write a little. I miss you so much. I miss you waking me up almost every Monday morning at 1 a.m. when you would call me from Iraq. I would give anything to hear your voice again. I miss getting letters telling me that you are okay and not to worry. You never wanted me to worry. I still have trouble when people ask me about your picture. I still wear it every day. It is right by my heart where it belongs, where you belong, and where you will always be. I must try and get some sleep now. Sweet dreams my Prince. I love you to the moon and back. Always and Forever, Your Princess,"
Roxanne L. Acosta

"I dont know what I can say about Acosta.Or should I say where to start about the great friend,soldier, and family member. I say family because he was and is as much family as he was a soldier. He was such a big teddy bear you couldn't stay mad at We had some great times as friends and soldiers. I remember the time we all "My family& his " were complaining about how hot we all were so like a bunch of kids we all went to the store and got water guns and had one big water fight. of course it was boys against girls and we won we laughed all day about it. In remembering my friend I cant remember a single bad thing we said at each other. So all I can say to my friend is " It has been fun and a honor to know you MY FRIEND. Your loving friend willie"
willie ratliff of fort riley KS

"Dear Roxana:

I am Michael's mother and on behalf of my son and my family our thoughts and prayers are with you on the loss of your husband. I want you to know that your husband always will be remember by those who know him especially by michael who was with him at the time when Genaro was hit by the explosive device. Roxana be strong and take care of your baby. At Mass will be held this Saturday at Our Lady of Sorrows Church on remembrance of Genaro. Cuidate y que Dios te de las fuerzas que necesitas para salir adelante. Please contact me at mx70gloria@netzero.net"
Gloria Montas of Beltsville, Maryland

"The first time I met G, I thought he was this big scary dude! I was like, "dang roxanne....your husband ain't no punk!". But then one day, I went to chill with them at their place, and we sat down and played some Tony Hawk 3. And he turned out to be so cool! I mean, he was a "G"! Properly nicknamed I guess. I probably chilled with him for a total of 8 hours in my entire life, and with those 8 hours, he's left a memory in my mind and heart that will last forever. If that doesn't tell you the kind of person he was, I don't know what else to say. Keep your head up Roxanne, cuz G's watchin'."
Miguel A. Gonzalez of Harker Heights, Tx

"Acosta Will be sadly missed by our family He had a positive effect on all he came in contact with. He was a sincerly sweet and loving person and good friend to my husband and my son loved and looked up to him. We will miss his hugs and smiles and we will always know that he is smiling back at us. We Love You And Will Miss You!"
Michael & Shermayne Graham of Fort Hood, Texas

"My name is Roel Hinojosa and although I never had the Honor of knowing this fallen hero I would like to take this opportunity to offer my condolencences. My Great Aunt and Great Uncle are the parents of the Widow , Mr's Acosta whom I met only once but found to be a Happy and genuinley wonderfull woman...Although we are only distantly related and even then only through marriage I would like to say be brave and be proud and while we all have lost someone we love, your loss is unique... let that unique experience be your guiding light and have faith we all will be reunited in God's Kingdom. God Bless you Genaro and God Bless your family ..."
Roel Zaragosa Hinojosa of Riverside, Calif

"Genaro is my love, my husband, and my hero. He was the most caring and forgiving man. He did everything in his power to make our lives better. I couldn't have asked for a more amazing man. He is my soulmate. My life is so much better having known him even though it was for a short time. I miss you every waking moment. I love you to the moon and back Genaro. Goodnight my love. I will see you soon. Munchos Besos!!"
Roxanne Longoria Acosta of Copperas Cove, Texas

"To the family and friends of Spc. Genaro Acosta:
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 Genaro 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 Spc. Genaro Acosta:
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 Genaro, 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