Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Staff Sgt. Ramon E. Gonzales Cordova

30, of Davie, Florida.
Gonzales Cordova died as a result of enemy small-arms fire while conducting combat operations in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). Died on August 8, 2005.

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"Ten years already and it seems like yesterday!! Not a day goes by that I don't wish it wasn't true that you are gone! My hero, My rock, My humble and loyal brother how I wish I could see you and Sergio once again for now I will settle with seeing you both in my dreams. Until we see each other again !! I Love you guys!! Rest easy my hero!! Your baby sister"
Blanca M Holmes of Davie,FL

"Hola Angelito bello aquí pase a recordarte un año más de tu pártida se te extraña tanto. Tu hijo cada día más grande se parece tanto a vos estamos felices pues sabemos que desde el cielo miras por nosotros...te mando un besote hasta el cielo, hasta pronto precioso angelito."
JOSELYN S RECARTE of Milan, MO

"To begin with I am truly sorry for your loss and would just like to let you know I am currently serving in the Marine Corps in 1st Battalion 5th marine regiment. I am on duty and wanted to inform you there is a rememberence of your lost on the wall in the Battlion office. I read his dog tag while roaming the hall way and saw it was from Davie Fl. I to am from Davie. Please feel free to message me anytime. I am on camp Pendleton but go home to Davie twice a year. 954 249 3325"
Nicholas J Dye of San Clemente Ca

"9 years and counting..... Love you and miss ya always. Your sister"
Blanca Holmes of Davie, FL

"To w.g this is Ramon sister please email picture to holmes0114@gmail.com."
Blanca of Davie

"I found a picture of "Gonzo" that I'd like to be able to get it to his family or friends if they want it."
W.G. Singletary of Bradenton, FL

"8 years ago I lost a part of me and it feels like it was yesterday. I miss u so much bro wish u were here, u don't even know how much I need u. But I will see u again one day. Love u and miss u"
Marisol Holmes of Davie,fl

"SSgt Gonzo

I just wanted to let you know that after 8 years, your legend continues to be alive in my memory. I think of you often and I also let my step daughter know of you. I will always remember and embrace how you would speak words of wisdom and motivation to me, your approach was different from the rest. You had a fatherly approach as you would always refer to me after correcting me or encouraging me with these words you spoke with compassion and kindness, "Mi Hijo" (my son). I always admired that about you, thank you for treating me as such while you were my platoon sergeant. Semper Fi SSgt"
Johnny Valdes ---1/5 Veteran of Houston, TX

"Another year has come and I swear it still feels like yesterday. I miss you so much. Your advice, you picking on me, your laugh. You were my rock, my inspiration, my motivation to keep going. This year I will be taking Kaylee to the Memorial Parade and she is so proud of her Tio Ramon she has her whole outfit ready!! I truly honored and humbled by your sacrifice and extremely proud of you. I love you bro!!"
Blanca Holmes (Gonzales) of Davie, FL

"Hola mi Angelito...solo pase a decirte que todos los dias de mi vida me acuerdo de tu sonrisa,y cuando me llamabas Jossita...nuestro Sergito esta tan grande , gracias por cuidarnos desde el cielo. Tu pequeñin va para el colegio, te ruego monchito que le digas a Papito Dios que te permiso para siempre estar cerca de tu hijo ,sos su Ángel, y en esta etapa te necesita mas q nunca ya sabes esas platicas q te tocaban a vos mi niño bello...Me haces tanta falta pero mi consuelo es que seguis vivo en mi corazón y algún dia nos volveremos a ver...Sos un Héroe , un hombre de valor que dio si vida por este pais, Gracias mi amor..."
Joselyn Recarte of Florida, USA

"Hey brother,
Its been a while since I posted on your wall, Well me n Sebastina are out on the coast now. I'm folliwing my heart like you always said, I'm back in school and always keep your words and friendship in my heart. I always think back to how you would give your words of wisdom and knowledge. Its been a rough road brother but Im surviving and keeping my head above water like you told me to do all those times over and over. Sebas and I were talking the other going thru old pics and i found one of you and Sergio, me and Sebas. I couldnt help it but to get all watery in the eyeballs brother. We miss you and your always in our heart. i know your keeping and eye on us from up there brother."
Mauro Martinez-Gonzalez of gardena,ca

"7 YEARS TODAY AND IT FEELS LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY....WE MISS YOU SOOO MUCH...AND GUESS WHAT U R AN UNCLE ONCE AGAIN...BABY YAZMINE IS HERE AND EDGARDO COULDN'T BE ANY HAPPIER.

LUV YA ALWAYS BRO,"
MARISOL of DAVIE, FL

"Hey brother happy birthday devil dog its nov 10th our Marine Corps birthday. Its been a while since i've written to you on your wall,alot has happend since i last checked in im back in cali now with my little Sebas .I've been divorced for a while now but i always tell my son about you . his tio Gonzo , brother keep and eye on us from up there , i miss you brother and i will always keep your memory blazing .."
Mauro Martinez-Gonzalez(Sgt) of Valencia ,CA

"Unknown
By: Author Unknown
"When I must leave you for a little while,
please do not grieve and shed wild tears
and hug your sorrow to you
through the years.
But start out bravely with a gallant smile;
And for my sake and in my name,
live on and do all things the same.
Feed not your loneliness on empty days
but fill each waking hour in useful ways.
Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer.
And I in turn will comfort you
and hold you near.
And never, never be afraid to die;
For I am waiting for you in the sky!"

This is what keeps me going bro, the idea that one day i will get to see you and Sergio.

Love you guys, cant believe its been 6 years."
Marisol Holmes of Davie, FL

"I'M A GOLD STAR MOTHER GEORGIA BURKES MY SON DIE 6 29 68 IN VIET NAM. I BELONG TO THE GOLD STAR MOTHERS INC.OUR PROJECT IS TO HELP THE VETERANS. I WOULD LIKE TO CONTACT THE MOTHER OF RAMON E. GONZALES CORDOVA THAT DIE 8 08 2005. MY E MAIL IS GEORGIABURKES@YAHOO.COM IF ANY ONE CAN HELP ME
PLEASE E MAIL ME"
GEORGIA BURKES of DEERFIELD BEACH, FL.

"Miss you SSGT. Well see each-other again sometime. Until then Semper Fi. I still cant believe you are gone. I still remember serving with you at CBIRF. Former (Sgt)Hernandez Mario A."
Mario a hernandez of Northern Virginia

"Your sacrifice was not in vain, brother they finally got him!!!! finally some closure!!! We miss you and love you."
Blanca Holmes of Davie, FL

"As we knew you Monchito...a wonderful and kind person..you were part of our familia and are missed very much..especially ur uncle Rigo...he crys for u every time we talk about you..my oldest son recived an award in your name today from our governor of PA for all the fallen heros in our familia even if you didnt get to know him he is o proud to be part of your familia he was so proud a person like you is part of his familia he was excited to recieve that award in your name..donde quieria que este este en la paz de cristo jesus..i went to c u last yr when i took my dad to honduras and ever time i think about it my heart hurts to know tat a person like u is not with u anymore..you were so special and easy to talk to..we love n miss u ur familia Tio Rigo , Cindy , Lilian (lilita) Dilcia , Dona Nancy, my kids isaias emmanuel and samantha...etc"
Llilian Hernandez of Reading, PA

"Happy 235th BDay Marine!!! I love you Bro."
Marisol Holmes of Davie, FL

"SSGT "G",

Its been awhile SSGT "G" You were a great man as well Marine I wll never forget you.. Im thankful and honored to have known and served with you
R.I.P SSGT
Ramirez Charlie 1/5"
Salvador Ramirez of Chicago Il

"Hey brother,
its been a while since i talked to you and i apologize, but as you know things took a wild spin for a while after the divorce,a year or so ago, how i wished you were here to give me your words of wisdom. Me and Sebas are still in memphis but are in the process of heading back to Cali. you know how much I wanted to go back for years, but I wanted to tell you bro that I found Zulema after all those years..remember of i used to spill my guts out and you would say devil dog we Grunts dont get emotional we get mad..everytime i think about all the adventures we had together i cant help it not to get emotional.. you were my mentor and best friend, neighbor and shrink all in one...I'm leaving the p.d. for the strawberry fields of Santa Maria in search of myself,in search of what i once had an lost..Man how i hate not having you to talk too..love ya brother
SEMPER FI hardcharger SEMPER FI"
Mauro Martinez-Gonzalez(SGT) of Cordova,TN

"It's been 5 years Ramon and I must say it feels like it was yesterday. We miss you so much but know that u r in a better place. May you rest in peace brother. I love more than words can express. Your sister"
Blanca Holmes of Davie, FL

"Yose mi niño lindo que casi no te escribo pero no es facil para mi. El tiempo pasa pero no el recuerdo, las veces que me sobabas la pansita soñando con tu bebe, el cual no tuvistes el tiempo de compartir con el. Esta inmenso y con tu mismo cuerpo , si supieras que pelea es para sacarlo de la casa de tal palo tal astia dicho esta. Es un artista en su clase de arte es el mejor y ya va a cuarto grado gracias a Dios y a tu bendicion del cielo. Mi amor muchos pueden dudar de cuanto te ame porque era muy joven pero ahora puedo decirles a todos los que pensaron eso que yo daria todo por volverte a ver. Por tan solo ver a nuestro hijo compartiendo contigo. Tu abuelita ya esta a tu lado dale un beso a ella y al cuñado que nunca conoci. creeme bebe estas en el mejor lugar y si te fuistes de este mundo es porque Dios queria algo mejor para ti. Ya me inmajino has de ser precioso como angel solo te inmajino de blanco y con una sonrisa angelical. te llevo en mi corazon siempre y gracias por cuidar de nosotros siempre. besos mi gordo bello."
TU ESPOSA of san pedro sula, Honduras

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry at times. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take your families and friends 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
A hundred times a day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am receiving. - Albert Einstein"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Semper Fi bro. you were the only ssgt to put your rank aside and speak to me as a man. Never forget you."
sean kelly 1/5 Bco of Boston, Ma

"Ramon, our new President is asking people to pause at 3:00pm today to remember our fallen soldiers. I will say a prayer for you and your family. I will always remember your sacrifice. You will always be in my heart as a smiling, polite and loving guy. The Lord is your Keeper. From this day forth and evermore."
Lucy A. Puniwai of Keller,Texas

"I just finished watching "taking chance" I must say even though the movie was about another soldier, I have never felt so proud to be your sister and I am honored to say that I love you with all my heart and I promise you that I will tell my kids as well as yours about you. God Bless you always"
marisol of davie, fl

"July 1, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Ramon E. Gonzales Cordova:
Ramon 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

"I loved him like a son. My daughter dated him in high school. They parted friends but he always remainded part of our family and would call me to see how our family was doing. I last saw him when he came home on leave from Camp Pendelton and I was amazed at how grown up and mature he had become. He said "mom, the marines will do that to you". Ramon remains in my heart and I feel a significant loss as his family does. I pray his soul is at peace and his baby will know him through memorials and testimonies to the wonderful, thoughtful, kind and sweetheart of a man he was. I have vowed that every time I see a member of the military, I will say "thank you" to these brave soldiers for giving the highest sacrifice any one human being has to give, their life for the sake of protecting my freedom.
I miss you Ramon. God Bless you and your family. Lucy a. Puniwai... "mom"

MEMORIAL DAY, MAY 26, 2008"
Lucy Puniwai of Keller,Texas

"I just want to say that Im so sorry that hes gone. Ssgt Gonzalez was my first platoon sgt and I still think about him. I remember when we were in Iraq...he had no fear. I still think about him 3 years later. Im about to be a sgt now and I swear to never let him be forgotten. I tell people about him all the time and i will continue to do so. You can contact me at donaldtrump0311@yahoo.com...i would love to know how the family is doing"
Donald Owens of Ontario , CA

"To the Cordova family, I'm deeply sadden for your lost father, husband, son, brother, friend. Yesterday my first son turned 7 months old and today my brother-in-law, my sons nino, is leaving for IRAQ for his second tour. Ramon will never be forgotten! At this time I want to say may god bless you all especially our service members overseas. Thank you all for supportting our troops!"
Ricardo Cordova of Simi Valley, CA. USA

"hey brother,
its been sometime now, but time carries so slow,I was going through my pictures and found one were you and Sergio were with me and Sebastian at my house back in Maryland and it brought back alot of memories We Miss You,"
Mauro Martinez Gonzalez of memphis,tn

"hey Ramon,
hard to believe that you have been gone almost two years and so much has happened, in 53 days you guys will become uncles of a baby girl, and God willing hopefully goes okay, I only wish you guys would of gotten the chance to be there but I know you guys will in spirit. Your son is gonna turn 6 soon and they says he is getting really big!! I have not seen him this whole year because now he is Honduras and of course I can't travel but as soon as I can I will continue my promise to try to see him and be there for him as much as I can.
I love you guys and miss you so much!!

Your baby sister"
Marisol of Davie, FL

"Congratulations Ramon and Sergio you guys are going to be uncles. Please take care of my baby from up there.
Love you guys,"
Marisol of Davie, FL

"Untill we meet again, RIP; Semper fi brother."
Howard of Pittsburgh

"Hey Bro,
I got the message from you guys yesterday, and I must say I would have never thought that it would come to me that way, thank you so much for your kind words you guys always seem to amaze me. I promise I will do what you ask me to or at least try. I love you both and you will always be in my heart and mind."
Marisol aktu Gordita of Davie, FL

"Joselyn and Sergio,
It's been over a year now and still it feels like yesterday.Amiga he was like a brother to me and uncle to my children and during my Marine corps career a mentor ..he was a great man who did not take no for an answer but made things happen..you know if you and Sergio need us just call..
We love you Ramon always in our hearts
Sgt Mauro Martinezgonzalez
mauromemphis@aol.com
mirinda81@aol.com"
Mauro and Miriam Martinez of Memphis TN

"Dear family of Ramon - I am Nani's mom - Ramon was like a son to me - I even called him son when he was dating my daughter. He will always be remembered as a loving, kind and gentle young man. I supported his decision to go in to the marines but I also told him - dont be a hero - mainly because I was afraid of losing him. He died in order to preserve freedom - I love him and will talk to him in my prayers. Joselyn - God Bless you and your son. I pray he becomes just like Ramon in heart and spirit - that would be a loving testament to his father."
Lucy (Puniwai) Parcel of Ft Worth, Texas

"To the Gonzales family,
not sure if you remember me I dated Ramon in highschool right before he joined the Marines, I am so sorry for your loss. Ramon was a strong, sensitive, wonderful man, the world has lost a great person, Marisol, I remember when you started your freshman year at South, you must be so sad and lost without Ramon. I smile remembering our trip to Disneyworld, your family was so nice to me. I will never forget you or your brother, my thoughts and prayers are with you, I am again so sorry for you loss."
Nani Puniwai of Keller, TX

"hey brothers,
haven't wrote in a while, been so busy with the new job and eveything else. Ramon please help me be mature and civilized about things that are going on I pray to God that he will give me the strenght to not say things that I don't need to say. Please know that I am trying to keep the promise that I made to you to be there for Joselyn and Sergito. I love you and Sergio and there is times like this that I wish that both of you were still alive. I miss you both."
your baby sis Marisol of Davie, FL

"To the family of:Ramon E. Gonzales Cordova 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"

"Hey Brothers,
thank you for visiting me in my dreams last night and reminding me of good old times!! I didn't think that both of you would come and visit me. As you already know today is mothers day and it was a very hard day for my mother but as always I tried my best to fill you guys place but we all know that I can't do that; I got her this pretty watch that has a mother and child holding hands she loves it. Ramon I talked to Joselyn today also and she said you came to visit her also I am glad that you did, she gave you a wonderful son. Speaking of him he is so smart and so outgoing he comes on the phone and just talks and talks about everything he is doing, he is the reason why my mother and I keep going. My dad bought him a yellow bike which I am sure he is going to love. Like I have said before there is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you guys, I love you guys and once again come and visit me as many times as you can I love to see you both together just like old times.

God Bless you both
your baby sister"
Marisol of Davie, FL

"HEY BRO!
ITS BEEN EIGHT MONTHS NOW AND IT SEEMS LIKE IT JUST HAPPENED, I MISS YOU AND SERGIO SO MUCH AND FOR SOME REASON I KEEP HAVING THIS DREAM THAT YOU ARE STILL ALIVE BUT I KNOW THAT IN MY HEART YOU AND SERGIO ARE STILL ALIVE AND I WILL FOREVER MISS YOU UNTIL I GET TO SEE YOU ONCE AGAIN. I LOVE YOU GUYS AND MISS YOU DEARLY. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS.

YOUR BABY SISTER,"
Blanca Gonzales of Davie, FL

"Hey baby just one of those days that is so hard to accept that i lost you.I miss you so much baby!!!! Our son is duing great he is so smart every night he looks at the sky and say that you are playing with God..and i know that he is right you are in the best place someone could be.Help me race Sergio from heaven please, i need you so much.Baby i will always love you.See you soon mi amor!!! Did you saw my grandma if you did tell her that i love her and miss her alot.Ok papi talk to you in a little bit.kisses"
your wife of San diego CA

"hey bro!
Its me again! sorry I have not written anything in a while but I been so busy with Sergio and Joselyn coming over here. Oh Ramon you would be so proud of your son he is just so smart and so proper and he is just beutiful! There is no doubt that he misses you although he is doing okay and Joselyn is doing a great job at raising him I know he misses you. But I promise you that I will tell him what a wonderful dad and person you were and how your sacrifice will never be forgotten. I miss you so much but I know you are in a better place with Sergio and you guys are taking care of us. I still can't wait till we all can be together once again. I Love you guys with all my heart."
your sister , Marisol Gonzales of Davie, FL

"Ramon, There has been a picture of Ben on our fridge all these years and through all of our moves and unfortunately I have now had to add one of you. I looked through all our old photos of our time in CA before moving to NC and the best one I found of you was the picture I took of both you and Ben with a Shamu costume character just days before Ben died. Since then, Aaron's mom was able to find a better one of you from our wedding reception in Texas. They both are displayed proudly on our fridge so that the kids and I can see you and remember you every day. I am sorry that we lost touch over the years but you always were in our thoughts and prayers and will always be. As it turns out, Aaron now has orders to Ft. Lauderdale so maybe we will have the opportunity to meet your family. I would love more than anything to meet your son and wife as we should have done before your passing. Make sure you and Ben stick together up there and welcome all the other fallen Marines. You touched so many lives during your time in the Marine Corps and your memory will live on in all of us. Semper Fi and God bless."
Michele Awtry of 29 Palms, CA

"Hey Joselyn and Sergio,
It's Jennessee, I worked at the PX with you in Horno. I'm sorry about your loss, Ms. Rhonda told me what had happened, I wish the best for you two and Our prayers are with you.
Sincerely
The Walton Family."
Jennessee Walton of Camp Pendleton, CA, USA

"Hey Bro,

Four months now and like I have said before I think about you and Sergio all the time and I can't believe that you guys are gone. Every one is doing okay, specially your son Sergito, he is getting so big and so smart; he is coming back to the states, Joselyn has decided to stay here, maybe is the best; I must say she is doing good and as you know we all have our days but that is something we can't control. I am so proud of you Ramon and I have got to say that I brag about you more than I ever had, which doesn't make any sense cause I should have done it when you were here but I think even though I never told you, you knew I was. I love you bro and I miss you so much, and once again I am so proud to be your sister and to know that you in one way or another have managed to change someones life just like every other fallen hero that we have lost. Please remember to come visit me in my dreams as I am always waiting to see you and Sergio.

Love always,"
Mari of Davie, FL

"To the family of SSgt Gonzales,
I served with SSgt Gonzales in Ramadi. He was a great man. He kept to himself, as he seemed quiet in nature, but he worked his butt off in whatever task he was given. He was the IO for Charlie Company, I many times got to go on missions with him, and worked with him several times in preperation of missions that he led.
He was always so willing to help the children of Ramadi. He often aranged civil affairs missions in conjunction with IO because he loved to bring some brightness into the lives of the poor children of ramadi. He was always looking out for his junior Marines and always led from the front. One time durring a fire-fight, I watched him hold down a Marine who was panicing while he got in position to return fire. I can only say that I was deeply sadend by his passing and that the team I was a part of who really had alot of respect and admiration for him got some payback in the oncoming months. Although I don't think that it puts you at ease to hear that we got some payback, I hope it helps you to know that SSgt Gonzales was a true hero, he was well respected and admired and he will live forever in the hearts of those who knew him. I have several pictures of him, that you may or may not have. They are digital pictures of him durring several missions. He was a great man, and I am proud to have known him.
If you would like the pictures that I have of him contact me at pacman_usmc@yahoo.com"
Sgt. M of Camp Pendleton, CA

"Hey Bro!
Well it's now been 3 months and it seems like it was yesterday. I miss you so much even though when you were here I didn't get to see you as much but I still knew that if I wanted I could just call you and now I can't, and it just hurts so much. Guess what?? I spoke to Sergito and he is doing so good and he is so smart. Joselyn has decided to stay in the states so she is going to get him and bring him back, although that is not what you left written she has decided to do so just because I guess she realizes that is better for her and Sergio, and I am just so happy because at least know maybe we get to see him more than what we are used to. My mom of course went to see him in Honduras and we sent him a whole bag full of clothes and I am sure he looks like a little man, just like how you would want him to. Ramon I promise you that I will try to keep your memory alive by telling him what a great man you were, and I will also tell him about his uncle Sergio and how great he was also. I love you guys and miss you always, there is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you both, although I know you guys are in a better place I wish I could see you and that it could be like old times when you guys use to torture me just to show me how much you loved your baby sis, but I know we will one day see each other again and it will just as it was before. Sergio I don't want you to think that I don't miss you but is just hard not to think of Ramon more when we spent more time together, Ramon saw me grow up into the woman that I am and I saw him become a father and a husband but I want you to know that I miss you just as much you were both like my father figures and I miss that. Guess what guys I am going to try to make my grandmother soon hopefully it does happen and Ramon if is a boy he will be named after you, Sorry Sergio you already have Sergito named after you. Well I will try to write you guys again soon.

Love you guys,"
Your Hermanita, Marisol of Davie, Florida

"Happy Birthday!!! Ramon It's been two months now and there is not a day that goes by that I don't think about you or Sergio I miss you guys so much and I wish I could see you guys again but I know that I will one day. My mom is doing good so don't worry about her, your son is doing great smart as I don't know what and Joselyn is okay she has a lot to do but she is getting through it, Edgardo as you know is himself still in Honduras, and well my dad is also okay. Like I said we all think about you guys and miss you and keep you in our prayers. Happy birthday Hermanito, I love you and miss you. Don't forget to please come see me in my dreams you and Sergio.

Your Hermanita"
Blanca Marisol Gonzalez of Davie,FL

"Dear Ramon Gonzales Cordova Family, My sincerest condolences on your loss. My name is Marc Dull, I am a USAF Veteran and an Artist from Illinois. Thank you for your Ramon's Honorable Service and Ultimate Sacrifice for America and it's Values. His Legacy will endure by God! I found Ramon's Memorial page while doing some research for a very important project that I thought you might want to know about. I just returned from Camp Pendleton where I visited the Commanding Officer of his Unit. I am preparing to sculpt a large monument specifically for the 5th Regiment and the Fallen Heroes in Operation Iraqi Freedom for the Memorial Garden area on Camp San Mateo there. Please e-mail me at dullart7@cs.com if you would like to contribute any input or feedback. I would be honored by your participation on behalf of Ramon! Semper Fidelis, God Bless you and your Family, Salute."
Marc Dull of Illinois

"A tremendous loss of a motivated Marine. I was his recruiter and all he wanted was to wear the uniform. He struggled and succeeded and he will be sorely missed. Please accept my condolences on your loss."
CWO3 William D. Thrasher USMC/Retired of Alabama

"Hola mi Amor solo queria decirte que estoy super orgullosa de vos.Cada dia que pasa te estraño mas y mas pero se que estas en un mejor lugar ahora, pues estas al lado de Dios.Solo queria decirte que te amo y que no te preocupes por nuestro hijo yo lo voy a cuidar super bien y estoy segura que vos me lo cuidas desde arriba tambien.Gracias mil gracias por cada segundo que vivimos juntos.Papi mi fortaleza es saber que un dia nos volveremos a ver.Asi que no estoy triste que mas da esperar un tiempo mas si se que algun dia volvere a sentir un abrazo de ti.Te amo papito y siempre te amare,tranquilo porque Sergito y yo estaremos bien.Nos vemos pronto.Tu esposa Joselyn ...Thankyou for every word of support to all those who took time to write a note for us.God bless you always."
Joselyn Gonzales of San Diego CA

"Hey bro,
Just wanted to drop by and say hey, Its been a month and today is your son's birthday and I know your watching him and seeing how big and smart he is, I called him to wish him happy birthday and of course he doesn't have time for anyone since he is on the computer. Ramon I can't tell you how proud I am of you and everything you accomplished, and how you made sure that sergio and joselyn would be taken cared of that just shows me that you were not just an incredible brother but also an incredible husband,father and son. We miss you so much! But like my mom says we can't be selfish and just think of you we also have to think of Sergio; by the way how is he?? You guys should really come and visit me one of these days I would love to see you together. promise me that you will take care of mom and dad. I love you guys so much.
Your baby sister"
Blanca Marisol Gonzalez of Davie, FL

"To the family of Ramon Cordova, We are so sorry for your loss. Ramon is a true American hero and as 1/5 Marine parents we will remember your family at this time of great sadness by lifting you up in prayer. Parents of Lcpl. Joel Myers 1/5"
Mark and Carla Myers of Memphis MO

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your
Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the loyal service and sacrifice that was made and
WE WILL NEVER FORGET.
Our cousin LCPL Michael Smith Jr. gave his life on 4-17-04 fighting for freedom.
Please know that this was not in vain and these American Heros will FOREVER be honored.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"To the family of Staff Sgt. Ramon Cordova: My heart goes out to you. I lost my son, LCpl Chad Maynard in June. He was in the same unit as Staff Sgt. Cordova. It has been 2 months now, but sometimes it feels like it was yesterday. On my son's marker is the phrase "Not In Vain". That is what Chad believed, and it is what we have to believe in order for any of this to make sense. I'm proud of you, Staff Sgt. Cordova, and I thank you for your service to our country and all of us."
Cindy Maynard, mother of Marine LCpl Chad Maynard and Marine Cpl Jacob Maynard of Kennewick, Washington

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Ramon E. Gonzales Cordova,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. Please use our link and register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts "
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Ramon E. Gonzales Cordova,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. Please use our link and register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"So very very sorry,our son was also with 1/5"
Joe and Judy Childers (T. S. Childers KIA 3/21/03) of Powell, Wyoming

"Para mi tia, Joselin y mis primos(Marisol y Edgardo)
No saben cuanto sentimos la perdida de Ramon, pues el fue como el hermano pequeno que no teniamos.Quisieramos estar con ustedes en este momento pero desafortunadamente estamos muy lejos pero nuestros pensamientos estan con todos ustedes, y nuestras oraciones tambien, sabenos que Dios a tomado en sus manos a Ramon y un dia nos volvermos a reunir con el.
Nuestra condolencias de todo corazon.
Blanca Luz, Lucita y familia, Sandra y familia."
Sandra Winnow of Sweden

"Rest in Peace Marine. J and T in NC USMC"

"To the family of SSgt. Ramon Cordova,

Please accept our condolences on the loss of Ramon. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and it is our sincerest hope that God's grace and mercy will guide you through this difficult time. Another Angel Guards The Gates Of Heaven."
Rich and Donna Cole of Springfield, Missouri

"MARINE STAFF SGT RAMON E. GONZALES -
You are an American Hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten by a grateful nation. Rest in peace Marine. You will be remembered for being faithful to God, Country, Family and the Corps.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ramon and may memories comfort you during this very difficult time and always. We are so very sorry for your loss.
AMERICA SALUTES STAFF SGT RAMON E. GONZALES"
Brad and Dorothy Burt of Portsmouth, RI

"TO THE CORDOVA FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. WE ARE DEEPLY SADDEN OF THE LOST TO RAMON. OUR HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOUR FAMILY! WE LOST OUR SON IN IRAQ LAST YEAR. WE ARE GRATEFUL TO RAMON FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY. AN FOR BEING A MILITARY BROTHER TO OUR SON AND OTHER'S. RAMON YOU WILL NEVER EVER BR FORGOTTEN!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your
Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the loyal service and sacrifice that was made and
WE WILL NEVER FORGET.
Our cousin LCPL Michael Smith Jr. gave his life on 4-17-04 fighting for freedom.
Please know that this was not in vain and these American Heros will FOREVER be honored.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"To the Cordova Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Ramon will always live on in spirit. He is a true American Hero. Ramon will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless you all and God Bless Ramon."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"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. Our nations HERO, Ramon will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless you ALWAYS.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Ramon Cordova, 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. Ramon Cordova:
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 Ramon 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. Ramon Cordova:
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 Ramon, 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