Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Roland L. Castro,

26, of San Antonio, Texas.
Castro died of a non-hostile gunshot wound in Camp Cedar II, Iraq. He was assigned to Battery A, 1st Battalion, 12th Field Artillery, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Died on January 16, 2004.

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"2017- Happy New Year mijo.Wish you were here.You are always in my heart n mind.You will never be forgotten. Love n kisses n hugs"
Tootiesroll of San Antonio Texas

"2016-Merry Christmas Mijo.Another year of wishing that you were here with us. But you are with us always if only in spirit.have a great time with everybody there.Hugs n Kisses.Love n miss you.always in my heart n mind.I love you."
Tootiesroll of San Antonio Texas

"2016 Thanksgiving Day. Hi Rollie it's me again.I hope you have a great Thanksgiving Day with our love ones there. Love n Miss you like always"
Tootiesroll of San Antonio Texas

"2016. Happy. Veteran Day SSG Roland L Castro.You are deep missed but always in our hearts n minds. Love you Hugs n Kisses"
Tootiesroll of San Antonio Texas

"2016,Happy 4th of July mijo. Right about now we would be getting ready for the cookout n volleyball. With the family n relatives. Music n lots of food.An all day thing. I sure miss you. But I know you are with most of the family having fun.I miss n love you.until we are together again"
Tootiesroll of SanAntonioTexas

"Happy. Fathers Day mijo (2016)love n miss you."
Tootiesroll of SanAntonioTexas

"The year is 2016. Happy Memorial Day baby You will always be in my heart n mind.RIP You will never be forgotten.Love Hugs n kisses"
Tootiesroll of SanAntonioTexas

"Happy BIrthday Roland. I know you will have a great day.And as always you are in my heart n mind God Bless You n RIP🌹❤🍰"
Tootiesroll of SanAntonioTexas

"Hi mijo it's ne again.Just want to wish you A Happy Easter(2016)U love n miss you.You are always in my heart n mind. Love Hugs n Kisses"
Tootiesroll of San Antonio Texas

"Well here we are a other year.without you,but am sure you are happy with the rest of the family, waiting for the rest of us. Miss n thinking of you as always. In my heartt n mind"
aunt Tootiesroll of San Antonio, Texas

"Hi mijo.here we are with another year.wishing you A Happy New Year. Love N Miss you as always"
aunt Tootiesroll of San Antonio, Texas

"Hope you had A Merry Christmas with the rest of our Love ones.As always Love N Miss you. Sorry I'm late"
aunt Tootiesroll of San Antonio, Texas

"SOrry I'm late. Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving d Day,with all our love ones there. Like always gone but not forgotten miss you so much. Always in my heart n mind"
Auntie Tooties Roll of San Antonio, Texas

"Happy Fathers Day mijo.Have A Great Day.
Love and miss you as always
Hugs and Kisses"
Auntie Tooties Roll of San Antonio, Texas

"Want to wish you a Happy Birthday. I love and miss you very much.until we meet again. RIP, GOD BLESS YOU"
Auntie Tootiesroll of San Antonio Texas

"Here we are again another Memorial Day.Getting ready for cookout volleyball and of course LITTLE Joe. And Oldies.Those days will always be treasured in our hearts.

LOVE

AUNT TOOTIESROLL


LOVE

AUNT TOOTIESROLL"
TOOTIESROLL of SAN ANTONIO,TEXAS

"Here we are again another Memorial Day.Getting ready for cookout volleyball and of course LITTLE Joe. And Oldies.Those days will always be treasured in our hearts.

LOVE

AUNT TOOTIESROLL


LOVE

AUNT TOOTIESROLL"
TOOTIESROLL of SAN ANTONIO,TEXAS

"2015 is here and finally got a beautiful custom painting in your name! US ARMY boots & 17th Brigade and A 1/12 insignias all over! Even 10+ later (we) miss you!!! #hoah4Life #sgtRIV #A112"
SGTRIV of FL

"Well,Rollie,a another year. As always in our hearts and minds. But you are in a better place, with all your love ones.Always missed. Lots of Love,Hugs,and Kisses.Until we meet again."
Tooties Roll of San Antonio, Texas

"Well mijo. Here we are agin. Another year,wish you were here.I guess I'll never get used to the fact that you're gone. But you're in a better place. You're always in my heart and mind. Love you and miss you. I know you'll have a Happy New Year. GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN. LOVE YOU MIJO."
Tootiesroll of San Antonio,Texas

"Hi mijo, here's another year ,sorry I miss Thanksgiving, but I sure you had a great day.Now here we are Christmas, hope you will have agreat day. As always you are always in our hearts n minds and will never be forgotten. We miss you more everyday. Seem like yesterday you were still here. Well baby until meet again. Love,hugs,n kissee. Love Aunt Tooties Roll."
Tootiesroll of SanAntonio ,Texas

"Happy Labor Day. Just remembering all the cookout we use to have. The food music n yes volleyball. Love n miss youn till we meet again
Love you 💔💋"
tootiesroll of san antonio, texas

"Happy Father's Day mijo love n miss you"
tootiesroll of san Antonio. texss

"Happy Birthday Roland may you be resting in peace.I love you and miss you.Always in my heart and mind."
Tootiesroll of San Antonio Texas

"Memorial Day 2014. Thank you for your service. We miss you. Rest In Peace.
Love you."
Aunt Gloria of San Antonio TX

"Happy Valentine Day,mijo. Love n miss always.Still in my heart n mind"
tootiesroll of san antonio texas

"It's been ten yrs that. God needed another angel ,he pick you. You are gone but not forgotten. I love you n miss , always in my heart n mind.
Love,Tootiesroll"
tootiesroll of S. A. Texas

"Happy 4Th. You know what I really mean. Love n miss you."
tootiesroll of S.A.Texas

"Happy Birthday mijo .Miss you very much. Lots of Love ,Hugs ,and Kisses"
TootiesRollS. of S.A.Texas

"I am sending a dove to heaven witha parcel on its wing be careful when you open it. Its full of beautiful things. Inside are million kisses wrappedi in a million hugs.To say how I miss you and to you i send all my love I hold you close within my heart and there you will remain to walk with me throughout my life until we meet again."
tootirsroll of S.A. Texas

"another year without you baby in my heart my mind I love you and I miss you so very much till we meet again love you."
tootiesrolly of San Antonio Texas

"Happy New Year n a belated Merry Christmas.I love you and miss you.Always on my in my mind and heart I love you Roland. Tootlieroll"
tootliesroll of San Antonio Texas

"Hi Roland may you have a Merry Christmas n a Happy New Year. I love n miss you"
tootsie roll of San Antonio Texas

"Enjoyed the times we played tackle football in the street and wrestled as kids on Radiance. At the time you were a little guy with a LOT OF HEART!! Years past and I had the pleasure to run into your brother, working alongside with him at HEB, who was surprised to see that he could no longer throw a football at me, for he was now the "little one". He often spoke very highly about you, and was very proud of you.

To the family- I lost my older brother Feb 10, 2004 to a car accident, I feel your pain. Despite the hurt, we can still find joy and comfort in the wonderful memories we have of them."
Ben Bedford of San Antonio, Tx/USA

"I just came across this site and I have to say that you where a man of men I don't know anyone that would continue doing what you did any one who knew you knows the man you where and are I am truly blessed to have been an nco along side you in a place that demands the best and you where one of the best as you look down on us bro I know you would be proud of your men and they live because of the training you gave they love and miss you as do those who knew you " RIP brother" much love from sgt Phillips c btry"
Phlip1976 of Now in Texas us navy

"Happy Birthday my Roland were 35 now...miss you sooo much !!"

"Happy Birthday Roland another year without you. Love You and Miss You"

"Happy Easter. WE miss you so much."
Tootiesroll of san antonio tex

"Well Rollie, here's another year. People says the pain will go away in time.But for me i don't think so. It's still there if not stronger. When I think of the things you used to say and do to me. When I see the videos we have of you growing up. It still hurts. I try to be strong and cry, but it don't help. You're in my heart and mind always. I MISS SO MUCH."
LOVE TOOTIESROLL of San Antonio, Texas

"Happy Birthday Rollie. Always n my heart and Prays.LOVE U and Miss U DEARLY."
TOOTIESROLL of S.A. Texas

"Happy Birthday Roland May 29 love you and miss you"

"RIP you will be missed"
Ron Jones of Lawton, Ok

"Another year has gone by without you ,but not a day has gone by with out you in my heart.I remember us playing football at the apartments down the street from your house or playing basketball at Kruger MS everyday, all day till it was to dark to see during the summers growing up.When we played popwarner football, you and your NE Mustanges beat me and my Holy Family Eagles EVERY year,and all the SMACK you would talk after the game.We even had our first alcoholic beverages together.i dont have any childhood memories with out you in them.As we got to high school we may have drifted apart a little, but you never left my heart.You werent my cousin to me,you were my brother.Hold the court up there.Ill meet you in heaven for a game of 21 tip-out brother.
Rest In Peace "Rolley-Polly""
Jay Peche of San antonio Tx

"To the family of:Roland L.Castro
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga""

"I was in charlie btry guarding some radio position when we got the news...we all heard about or knew someone from some other unit that had been hit either with an IED or gunshot, but this one hit home for us, I will never forget the looks on the soldiers face when we heard of the accident. SSGT...you excelled at leading your men, and you did a fine job. its true real soldiers never die, they just take cover until their next mission,your sacrifice and your families sacrifice will always be remembered and honored."
Wally G of gilbert AZ

"Roland Castro, "Lil Vato" is how you were introduced to me many years ago when we were young soldiers at B Btry 1/12th FA. We went to Korea and served at the same time then both returned to 1/12th. We came up together brother and I will never forget you. I think of you often and hope to see you again one day. I have never known someone who cared more for his family and for his soldiers than you did. I hope we can one day play spades together again. Rest in peace brother."
Harold Shrewsberry of Woodbridge, VA

"To Lilliana and Raquel and the rest of SSG Roland Castro's family and friends,

Yesterday I posted a comment on Facebook in tribute to Roland Castro. But six and a half years ago after his passing I did carry his casket and helped fold the flag that was given to you Lilliana. I just want you to know that I will never forget that day and never forget Roland Castro and I have never stoped to pray from time to time for you and your daughter. I pray that somehow he comforts your unfathomable pain and brings about something beautiful in the midst of tragedy.

Sincerely,"
Kirt Lewis of Antelope, CA

"First of all it has been almost another year and I thought I would stop by and say that you will all be in the hearts and minds of those that knew and loved you. I wish the best to your family and to the Spurs, but you know what " How bout dem Cowboys". Roland we miss you. All gave some, but some gave all God Bless."
SFC ARTHUR BRUTON of Alto TEXAS

"SSG Roland Castro,
First and for most I want to express my deepest heart felt condolences to the Castro family!!! Roland I miss you man and want to thank you for your friendship and all of the laughs. After our talks in Iraq you helped me to become a better soldier n leader. I still have your newspaper clipping in a frame hanging on my wall. You have not and will not EVER be forgotten!!!! Continue to shine up there and keep looking down on us from time to time. Love you bra.......ACE"
SGT Ashby, Benicio of (A 1/12FA..MADDOGS) killeen, TX

"Another year SSG Roland L. Castro!
Another year you are NOT Forgotten!
Luis
SGT RIV (Rivera)
(*To the Castro Family, contact me anytime! Prayers are always with you)"
Luis (SGT) RIV of Veteran (Kissimmee,FL)

"Mrs Castro,

I am sorry it has taken so long to write...I am stationed in Korea now and was just told of this memorial.
I have for so long wanted to reach out to you and even now there are tears streaming down my eyes.
I was new to 1/12 FA when we deployed to Iraq the first time. SSG Castro was one of the guys I could quietly confide in and he always ALWAYS made time for soldiers no matter how tired he was...and you always came away with a smile from just being around him or a joke he would tell.
I will never be like him...he is one in a million...I could try but know that I would fall short.
His favorite thing to talk to me about was I am sorry for the spelling but a Consenaiea...I again sorry for the spelling didnt understand it all...just knew he had this all planned out and it was for your daughters 16th Birthday. He had it planned to a tee. So please tell her this when you think she is ready. He Loved you very much and he loved his daughter!!
SSG Castro, was a hero to me...and many others...he was and IS a great man. I never got a chance to tell him thank you for everything he shared and told me to help through a difficult time.
So I think it only appropiate that I tell you...THANK YOU...Thank you for being the woman that you are that made him so great for us to learn by and share life with...Thank you for always thinking of us as we have NEVER lost thought of you or SSG Castro.
Thank you so very much and thank you for letting me say my piece. I have carried this for some time and have many nightmares about alot of things from over there. But there is always a smile when I think of someone as great as he was and is that touched my life in a profoundly positive way.

SSG Castro...I miss you...thank you for being a great NCO and being a great example to follow...a great friend (even though you always claimed you never had any friends...HA HA) I will never forget you!"
SGT Lance A Reeves of old Alpha "Maddogs" 1/12 FA of currently 1/38 FAR Camp Casey, Korea

"Roland ,
We love you & miss you soooo much Rok & I both !!! It's krazy Ro our girl is so big she love's to sing & dance & hates math but w/your confidence & our good looks she's a replica of us gettin' all grown too !! I love you "DADDY" !!!
5 year's ago today.....Ro my heart got broken & I never knew what a sad face was till I looked in the mirror & saw my smile turn upside down !! Not a day goes by that I don't miss you , but I know now my Roland as much as it hurts your in a better place now w/God .... I know your by our side watching over Rok & I
Ro you know what truly comforts me, is to know the pact we made to each other , I know your in the sky waitin' for me at our favorite spot...so be patient you know it took me 2hrs to get ready & now a lil'longer for I have our daughter to raise!!! I will love you always....wait for me I'll be there soon as God calls me home....
Unidos Para Siempre"
Lilliana R. & Raquel Lee Castro of San Antonio ,Tx

"SSG CASTRO... You made me a better soldier and man while I was a part of Fort Sill's 1/12 FA! You helped me in my promotion to SGT, passed me in my driving course, and told me great stories throughout my time serving... My biggest memory of you is your return after your accident in Balad, Iraq... Your return showed me how strong a man you are; in the heart and physically! So many close calls out there and you were able to defeat them... I remember that SPC Street saved you in Fallujah after I saved him from an emotional set back that cost him alot... BUT your with GOD! And now... Your safe! I PRAY for your family! I know EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON! oh... and Your Spurs have dominated the NBA ever since! I see your looking down and watching over everyone!
Luisbalad00@Yahoo.com"
LUIS RIVERA of KISSIMMEE/ORLANDO, FLORIDA

"May 25, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Roland L. Castro:
Roland 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

"What's going on man, you know it just was not the same after you left us but I know you are watching out for all of us just like you did before you moved on. We keep our head up, because give us something to look up to. GO SPURS!!!!!"
SSG ARTHUR BRUTON of McComb MS

"The Castro family,

My wife has a tradition where every Easter she would go to the cemetary where her grandfather was and remember him and the times they shared. Now that she is here in Fort Sill with me, she can't be at her grandfathers grave site in Chicago every year. So we continued her tradition, and started a new one, in that every Easter, Paula and I travel to San Antonio and honor one of my dearest friends, a outstanding Soldier and leader, a caring husband and father, and a true American Hero.

SSG Rolland Lee Castro, you are truly missed and your life lives on in every Soldier that you have led, every leader you have shared your knowledge with, every family member and every friend.

Rolland I miss and love you brother."
SFC Brian Shotton of Fort Sill, OK 73503

"Birthdays do not end with death,
But last as long as love,
A maelstrom of memories
That grace and honor move.
And so we celebrate your day
By visiting your grave,
A place that you have left long since,
But is all that we have.

Dear spirit, come and join us here,
Your loved ones by your stone!
Come sweep across the barrier
To claim us as your own!

Happy birthday, dearest one!
Oh, happy, happy day!
Not even the most bitter night
Can take this joy away

LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU"

"hey roland
its alex. gosh this is hard... i just want you to know i love and miss you so very much. you are my hero and im working on putting your picture up on my myspace to let every one know what a great person you are and how you made every ones life happier. i know your in a better place now just know that i love you and i miss you and your always in my heart."
Alexandria of sa/tx

"roland, not a day goes by that i dont think of you without tears in my eyes. i miss you so much. i know we never really got to see eachother much but i am a better person having known you. i am truely honored to be called your cousin. i try to visit you often and i wish i could do it more. i have a little girl and now a son and i wish so badly that they could know you. you were a light in everyones tunnel. and i know i will see you again soon. but until that day, i love you so very much."
Jennifer Mendoza of san antonio, tx

"We love & miss you nino,you will always be with me."
Alexis D. Betancourt of San AntonioTx

"We all loved roland
and we have him in our heart's"
Brianna of San antonio

"Friend to many people, but loved by everyone is what everyone will always remember or so i think, because it seems that many dont bring it up as often as they should because they dont visit him as much as they should....His wife Lilly and daughter Raquel will always remember him no matter what people say and want to say, but they dont know them the way i do.Just to quote to many is dont forget to stop by the cememtary mabe once every wk.or wk. end because i know maby 5 minutes of your time wont hurt and whose to say you aint a bad person cuz no one is saying or juding that about anyone. Its just dont forget the ones who served and fought to protect our familys...And a Quote that i heard during the election on 11/07/06 was that the man of the U.S who we all know is that he said, that he wont bring back the soldiers till the job is finished but look what happend to the fallen soldiers that wanted to finish the job in Iraq but never came back...So may God Bless the Soldiers of America..We Love you********"
Crystal of San Antonio,TX/Bexar

"A child is a gift from God,
No greater a gift could be,
A God thats sends his Angels down
In human form we see.

Little ones that bring us joy,
Yes joy beyond compare,
We give them all we have to give,
Our love we gladly share.

We plan to have our children there,
Until in our days we grow old,
We sometimes take for granted,
They will always be ours to hold.

But sometimes God has a greater plan,
A child is only on loan,
For he can call his Angel home,
Before the Angel is grown.

So remember that hugs do matter,
And memories are made by the day,
Tender moments can last a lifetime,
And never be taken away.

But the little Angel you hold so dear,
Is only entrusted in your care,
For he first belonged to Heaven,
And he could be needed there.

But of God we must trust his plan,
And of him we shall not fear,
Rejoice in the gift of each day we are given,
every moment of every year.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
LOVE YOUR FAMILY"

"Lillian Castro, I served with your husband in OIF1 and knew him to be a remarkable man and a true leader of men. SSG. Castro was not my chief but he helped me through many hard times. I never got a chance to thank him and that is why I am writting you now. SSG. Castro always told me that the only reason he was the man he was, was because he had a wife who supported him in everything he did. You were his strength and as such you are mine. The wisdom your husband left behind will be with me always and I will never forget the sacrifice that was made by you and your family. I am currently on my second deployment to Iraq and I will continue to serve my country and honor the memory of all who have died for as long as I am able. Thank you, and to you SSG. Castro "you are not forgotten"."
Spc. Childers, William J. A 1/12 FA of FT. Sill, OK.

"I heard your voice in the wind today
and I turned to see your face;
The warmth of the wind caressed me
as I stood silently in place.

I felt your touch in the sun today
as its warmth filled the sky;
I closed my eyes for your embrace
and my spirit soared high.

I saw your eyes in the window pane
as I watched the falling rain;
It seemed as each raindrop fell
it quietly said your name.

I held you close in my heart today
it made me feel complete;
You may have died...but you are not gone
you will always be a part of me.

As long as the sun shines...
the wind blows...
the rain falls...
You will live on inside of me forever
for that is all my heart knows.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR
LOVE MOM"

"I heard your voice in the wind today
and I turned to see your face;
The warmth of the wind caressed me
as I stood silently in place.

I felt your touch in the sun today
as its warmth filled the sky;
I closed my eyes for your embrace
and my spirit soared high.

I saw your eyes in the window pane
as I watched the falling rain;
It seemed as each raindrop fell
it quietly said your name.

I held you close in my heart today
it made me feel complete;
You may have died...but you are not gone
you will always be a part of me.

As long as the sun shines...
the wind blows...
the rain falls...
You will live on inside of me forever
for that is all my heart knows."

"I heard your voice in the wind today
and I turned to see your face;
The warmth of the wind caressed me
as I stood silently in place.

I felt your touch in the sun today
as its warmth filled the sky;
I closed my eyes for your embrace
and my spirit soared high.

I saw your eyes in the window pane
as I watched the falling rain;
It seemed as each raindrop fell
it quietly said your name.

I held you close in my heart today
it made me feel complete;
You may have died...but you are not gone
you will always be a part of me.

As long as the sun shines...
the wind blows...
the rain falls...
You will live on inside of me forever
for that is all my heart knows."

"A CHILD OF MINE
I will lend you, for a little time
A child of mine, He said.
For you to love the while he lives,
And mourn for when he's dead.
It may be six or seven years,
Or twenty-two or three.
But will you, till I come back,
Take care of him for ME?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you.
And should his stay be brief.
You'll have his lovely memories,
As solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay,
Since all from earth return.
But there are lessons taught down there,
I want this child to learn.
I've looked the wide world over,
In search for teachers true.
And from the thongs that crowd life's lanes,
I have selected you.
Now will you give hime all your love,
Nor think the labour vain.
Nor hate me when I come
To take him home again?
I fancied that I heard them say,
'Dear Lord, thy will be done!'
For all the joys Thy child shall bring,
The risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter him with tenderness,
We'll love him while we may,
And for the happiness we've known.
Forever grateful stay.
But should the angels call for hime,
Much sooner than we've planned
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes.
And try to understand.
LOVE MOM"
HOPE SORIANO of SAN ANTONIO.TX

"To the family of Roland L. Castro,
I don't think that I've had anyone have such a profound effect on me in such a short amount of time. During the time I knew SSG Castro, I knew him to be a soldier's soldier, one who not only executed missions flawlessly, but also led by example in the best ways there are to lead. I arrived at the unit the same time that he came back from his hand injury. What struck me about him then was his sense of calm. While all of us were anxious and nervous, his attitude reflected a quiet confidence. During the time I'd known him in Iraq, he was a leader in the truest of senses, and most importantly his men loved him for he loved them. I was there during that fateful time and will not forget it for the rest of my days. His was a significant loss. He was a great man. Some people are a cut above and it has nothing to do with rank or money or class structure. I think many days of him and draw strength from having known him. I send my deepest condolences to you, while hoping you can take some solace in knowing the lifelong effect he has had on those of us who had the honor of knowing him."
1LT Michael Dabbs of A 1/12 FA Fort Sill, OK

"To the family of SSG Castro,
I am deeply saddened by the loss of your loved one and wanted to share a few experiences I had with SSG castro while he was my chief in B 1/12 FA. I remember being in the field and singing through the headset a song by kenny rogers called the gambler, we sang this song until our chief nearly lost his mind and then laughed about it afterwards. I was a brand new private when I met SSG Castro and he showed me the ropes about our job and always told me to "watch this" as he got the NCO's fired up and thats one of the reasons i look up to him still to this day he was a awesome NCO and a spectacular person he will always be remembered and missed and once again to all the family of this fine man I am deeply sorry for your loss."
SSG Matthew Powell of B Btry 1/12 FA

"Mrs. Castor,
I can only say that I am very sorry for the pain that you are going through. I wish that I could fix it all, but I know that I can't. I have wanted to contact you for a very long time, but I did not know how. i know that you may or may not read this, but I am very sorry. I know that it is not nearly enough. I'm Sorry."
Deedra Hogan of Lawton Ok USA

"Chief,
This is Spc Alexander and there were a few things to say to you that I didn't get to say while you died in my arms in Iraq. First thing you were the best chief a soldier could ask for. Second there wasn't a time that I know of that you were ever scared of anything.Third and finally Since the acciedent on RP4 that day in Iraq I haved cried myself to sleep everynight. Not a day goes bye that I don't think about what culd have been its all about what happened now. And I miss you...And all my heart goes out to Lilly and Roc to make through these hard times even know that you are guideing them through it. I'll see you when I get there chief.
Alexander out."
Richard Alexander of A btry 1/12 A21 Driver

"Lilli, words can not even do justice to my feelings of sorrow I have for you and Roc. You three were my family, and you always treated my as such. When I heard of this loss, I shared the pain and sorrow, weeping for my friends and holding the cross you left on my mirror in my car. Then I realize, he is home now, watching over you and Roc. When ever Rolland and I were in the field, we would talk about everything. The love he had for you and Roc, and the happiness you shared. I once asked him how he knew you were the one. He first jokingly said, you were the only one that would put up with him, after the laugh, he said, he just knew from the start. We never talked much about death, but when ever it was brought up, he always told me, I am a soldier in the U.S. Army, I am not afraid. He was really saying, I am a Christian, I am not afraid. For those of us who knew Rolland, we were blessed, and must always remember Rolland has passed from this life to a much better place and is watching down from the heavens waiting till the day the lord rejoins us with him. God Bless and my prayers are with you."
WayneAldrich@alpha.delta.edu of Saginaw, MI

"I have a secret I must tell one that I haven't hidden well you must know you've won my heart and we will never ever part! I got that off of a beanie baby he gave me in January,just before he passed away. I share this with you because I've lost my soulmate and so many of you have shown your out pour of support,THANKYOU! It has taken me this long to come out with this but again THANKYOU!!! Our daughter Raquel Lee is doing as expected under the circumstances she as well as I have our good days and our bad days. We both have suffered a great loss but I as one day she will(hopefully)understand that he is in a better place. My husband is now with God he isn't suffering anymore. After partially losing 2 fingers in a tire explosion he was ready to return after just 2 short months. He said to me "Baby, I have to go back I have my soldiers, I'm ready I'm gonna be ok". When he said that I was kind of upset but as his wife I understood and swallowed it.My Roland felt he needed to finish something, he always said I was the rock of our family,he told me "you have to believe in me because everyone thinks I'm crazy for going back". While I won't tell you that I didn't want him to go back I supported him regardless. My husband was a good person he touched many people with his strong sense of charachter and his belief in other people. I can go on and on about this wonderful man who came into my life and swept me off my feet. I will always LOVE and MISS my suolmate,my bestfriend, my husband SSG. Roland Lee Castro!!!!!!!!!!! I MISS YOU SO SO MUCH! My husband isn't just a name he's a son and a father and a soldier. I am forever greatful to my husband ,the fallen angels as well as all the many who are still serving this country, you are true heroes !!!!! I leave you with this my husbsnd will truly be missed by all who got to know him as well as those who had brief encouters with him!!! I know that Raquel and I will FOREVER MISS him and that there isn't a day that goes by that we don't need or want him. He's with God now and I know for myself I'm glad Roc and I have an angel forever watching over us!!! Thanks to everyone for everything, LILROC-N-RO Castro"
Lilliana R. Castro of San Antonio, Tx. USA

"I have a secret I must tell one that I haven't hidden well you must know you've won my heart and we will never ever part! I got that off of a beanie baby he gave me in January,just before he passed away. I share this with you because I've lost my soulmate and so many of you have shown your out pour of support,THANKYOU! It has taken me this long to come out with this but again THANKYOU!!! Our daughter Raquel Lee is doing as expected under the circumstances she as well as I have our good days and our bad days. We both have suffered a great loss but I as one day she will(hopefully)understand that he is in a better place. My husband is now with God he isn't suffering anymore. After partially losing 2 fingers in a tire explosion he was ready to return after just 2 short months. He said to me "Baby, I have to go back I have my soldiers, I'm ready I'm gonna be ok". When he said that I was kind of upset but as his wife I understood and swallowed it.My Roland felt he needed to finish something, he always said I was the rock of our family,he told me "you have to believe in me because everyone thinks I'm crazy for going back". While I won't tell you that I didn't want him to go back I supported him regardless. My husband was a good person he touched many people with his strong sense of charachter and his belief in other people. I can go on and on about this wonderful man who came into my life and swept me off my feet. I will always LOVE and MISS my suolmate,my bestfriend, my husband SSG. Roland Lee Castro!!!!!!!!!!! I MISS YOU SO SO MUCH! My husband isn't just a name he's a son and a father and a soldier. I am forever greatful to my husband ,the fallen angels as well as all the many who are still serving this country, you are true heroes !!!!! I leave you with this my husbsnd will truly be missed by all who got to know him as well as those who had brief encouters with him!!! I know that Raquel and I will FOREVER MISS him and that there isn't a day that goes by that we don't need or want him. He's with God now and I know for myself I'm glad Roc and I have an angel forever watching over us!!! Thanks to everyone for everything, LILROC-N-RO Castro"
Lilliana R. Castro of San Antonio, Tx. USA

"To the Castro family, Roland was a very good friend of mine while i was stationed in Ft Sill in 99, I remember him as a caring and forward soldier. I am sorry of your loss, God bless you all, and take care"
Sala, Juan C of Corpus Christi, TX

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

"Although I did not know Roland as well as I could have, I did know he was a good NCO and leader. He will be missed by all who knew him and knew of him. "RAIDERS""
Michael Medina of Gresham WI

"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, Roland, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. 'Thank you Roland for keeping us covered!' Pat & Sandi B from Montana "

"I am Toni M.Chavarria,SSG Roland Lee Castro was my brother in law a great soldier.He was agreat father to my niece ROCKO as he called her and spoiled my sister Lilly his wife terribly.His words always "I GOT IT COVERED." We love him and miss him dearly but we his family know he'll live in our hearts forever.He was dedicated to the army and he loved fighting for his country.I'd also like to say that Rol as my sister lovingly called him always made everything a big joke.It's so hard to beleive he's gone and sometimes I find myself thinking any time soon he'll be coming home and then I remember that he's gone to be with the LORD.He can rest now that he is truly home.Even after losing part of his middle and pinkie finger he wanted to return because he said that he had to be with his guys to finish the job.His life was ended to soon but I'm thankful to the LORD for all the great times we all had with Rol.He will be missed but never forgotten.On behlf of my sister Lilly,Rock,and all of our family we would like to thank everyone for their kind words and sympathy.WE LOVE YOU ROLAND.I GOT IT COVERED(Monica).We will take care of your girls."
Steve and Toni Monique Chavarria of San Antonio,Texas USA

"To The Castro Family:
Words cannot express how truly sorry I am for this great loss. Ssgt Castro is a true hero and is now in a place of the greatest peace. God Bless you all in this time!"
Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To the Castro family... My heart goes out to each of you during this tragic time. I pray that God will give you comfort and strength to get through when you need it most. My son, Pvt. Robert L. Frantz, has also gone to God's Army and I share in the heartache with you. Please know that you'll be in my thoughts and prayers, and should you need to talk at anytime I would be glad to be there for you. Heaven holds some very special angels now...ours. Godspeed SSG Castro, you will never be forgotten."
Mrs. Kim Smith (OhItsKim@aol.com) of San Antonio, TX

"To the family of Roland Castro. My son, Ernesto Manuel Blanco-Caldas died too in Iraq on 12/28/2003. I feel your pain and grief deeply. We pray for you during this difficult time. Our boys are with the Lord."
Gloria Caldas of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Roland Castro,, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Roland Castro,:
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 Roland 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 Staff Sgt. Roland Castro,:
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 Roland, 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