Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Capt. Robert L. Lucero

34, of Casper, Wyoming.
Lucero died and another soldier was injured when they were struck by an improvised explosive device in Tikrit, Iraq. Lucero was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division Rear Area Operation Center, U.S. Army National Guard, Casper, Wyoming. Died on September 25, 2003.

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"I just learned specifically of this loss tonight. Yesterday I attended a portion of the ceremony on the steps of the Capital building here in Cheyenne, related to the attack on 9/11/01. It's great to think about peace and to listen to a choir sing "Love One Another". I find myself in awe, however, that real people lost their lives, their husbands, their fathers, their sons and daughters. To Mrs. Lucero (wife) and Ms. Lucero (mother)....I am deeply sorry for a sorrow that I'm certain still walks with you today. May peace comfort your hearts and may the time between now and when you see your beloved again be as a blink of an eye."
Scott Martinez of Cheyenne, WY, USA

"Captain Lucero, you were the first who came to mind tonight. Sorry we couldn't meet, but thank you for your service, your love for your family and country, and thank you for your life. You made this world a better place."
MIke King of Louisiana

"Rob- You are not forgotten."
Tank of Columbus, Ohio

""To the family of Robert L. Lucero ,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""

"Captain Robert Lucero was my battle buddy,my mentor,my friend and a soldier's soldier. There is not a day that goes by that I do not miss your encouragement, your humor and your friendship and your lead by example attitude."
1SG Bill Motley of Wheatland, Wyoming

"Rob you are gone, but not forgotten in the hearts of those who knew and served with you. Nary a day goes by that I do not think of you and pray for those left behind. Your memory lives within us until we meet again."
Tank of Columbus, Ohio

"Oct. 26, 2008: To Roberts family: Please accept my most sincere condolences for your loss. Having 3 of my own sons, I can't even imagine the sorrow. May the Lord help you find peace and strength. I met Robert 16 years ago and many times since then he has come into my thoughts. I am stricken with grief to have only found out of his sacrifice for our country. He was truly a good, kind, loving, and giving man. I will miss you forever, Robert. Thank you for the sacrifice you unkowingly made for my sons. All of my love forever, Tammy"
Tammy of Harrisburg, NE, USA

"August 20, 2008
To the family of Capt. Robert L. Lucero:
Robert 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 met Robert about a life time ago while married to his brother Bob.I cannot tell you how sad and proud of Robert I am.My greatest memory of Rob...we took a long road trip from Phoenix to Texas and hit a terrible ice storm on the way.While cars along the highway were at a snail's pace Robert decided to get out of the car in a pair of shorts,a sweatshirt and his dirty 'ol cowboy boots so that he could "ice skate" along side the car!!It was so funny and just like him.I stretched out of the car and grabbed his hands to pull him back into the car when he ventured too far away.He skated with all his might while I gripped his hands tightly and watched him laugh until none of us could stand it....This is how I remember him now.He was always so full of life...bigger than life!!!!I'd give anything to do that for him now...to reach out and pull him back.I know where you are is in perfect peace but for just one day I'd give anything to pull you back to us...Sherry, you are still in our prayers and I want you to know how thankful I am to you for being his amazing wife and for showing him real love.You were his world and it did our hearts good to see that you brought such happiness into his life.....Love you Robert and miss you more than words can express.God bless you for giving everything you had for my family and every other family in America....I hope the elk are plentiful where you are and the sun will forever shine upon your beautiful face...we love you....Julie 05-13-08"
Julie Nation of Ft. Worth,Texas...USA

"You'll always be PFC Lucero to me. I remember so much fun we had together in Germany. Thank you so much for being my friend then."
Tony G (Pony Boy) of Harker Heights, TX

"Lucky Lucero sounds like a person I would of liked to have met. Honor, Justice , commitment, never to turn from a hard/difficult task. Yet, a kind compassionate side; considerate of his peers. God Bless you robert and all those that you touched in your travels. May the Lord Jesus Christ watch over and His hedge row of protection cover your family."
Lucky Lucero of redlands, california/usa

"still, we are thinking of you!"
Heike Becker-Hoffmann of Germany

"You are still and will always be greatly missed. We love you Robert."
of Grand Junction, CO

"Robert, I miss you with all my heart. Much love."

"Robert, I miss you with all my heart. Much love."

"To Robert's Family. I was deeply saddened that day we got that message. Robert was one of the first people I knew in the guard and was a great friend. There is not a day that goes by that I dont shed a tear for him and miss him really fiercely."
Spc Loran D Taylor of Fulton Texas

"Remembering your sacrifice and praying for your family left behind.
6/9/07"

"Capt. Lucero,
Sir, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"Even it is a long time ago, I think of you for my first love and one of the best friends I ever had!
You are always in my heart!
I feel sorry for your wife, your family and for your mum, which was such a nice and friendly person!"
Heike Helten of Ettlingen, Germany

"TO let the loved ones know that Robert did not die in vain and is not forgotten. May his memory be for a blessing."

"Robert, my friend from school, you and I shared a light friendship, but we were strong brothers-in-arms. I feel you with me here in this place, you are not forgotten. You will never be forgotten.

All my love and honor to your family."
John Goss of Casper (Ramadi, Iraq)

"Robert my friend you are missed! There are not many days that your presence is not felt or that I don't think of you. I miss the opportunties to visit and share experiences. You are a HERO and always will be. Great memories are difficult to forget. See you on the other side."
Dale of Laramie, WY

"I just found this page while looking for information to share with a co-worker. I would like to thank everyone who has responded for their good wishes, even though I did not know they were here until now. I really miss my brother, and I wish that things had been different and that we could have spent more time together. Unfortunately, growing up in different states makes that hard.

Again, thank you everyone, and thank you Robert for everything you did for me, our families, and all of America."
Jason Lucero of Concord, CA

"The Salute


To those who have died,
And to those who have cried.
We Salute You.

To those who have lost,
Paid the ultimate cost.
We Salute You.

And to those who still serve,
The Red White and Blue.
Our grateful Nation,
Proudly Salutes You."
Tom Balstad of West Warwick RI

"You are gone but not forgotten my brother. Not a day goes bye that I do not think of you and your family. I pray for them and all of our ROC brothers and sisters. Someday we will all meet again on the other side. Until then God Bless. Your friend and brother in arms, TANK"
Keven Clouse of Task Force IRONHORSE

"MAY GOD BLESS ROBERT LUCERO
THANKS FOR PROTECTING MY FAMILY AND KEEPING US SAFE

ALL 5 OF MY UNLCE WERE IN THE 2ND WORLD WAR AND THE LORD HAD BLESSED MY GRANDMOTHER FOR THEY ALL CAME BACK ALIVE.
I AM SURE HE SERVED HIS PURPOSE ON THIS EARTH AND WAS READY TO GO WITH PEACE.
AND FOR HIS FAMILY, MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL, FOR HE IS THE REASON IM PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN
THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS

THE LUCERO'S CALIFORNIA"
ORLANDO LUCERO of LOS ANGELES, CA

"thank you for your courage and your will to see freedom spread out through the world. We will always remember you."
Raymond Tapia of Guadalupe, AZ, United States Of America

"I'm Father David Noone, the pastor of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Albany, N.Y. Recently, we wrote the names of all those soldiers who have died in Operation Iraqui Freedom on Index Cards and passed the small baskets containing the names through the congregation at all the Masses on one weekend. Each parishioner was asked to take a card and to offer prayers for that soldier and his or her family, especially on Memorial Day. I happend to pick Robert's card. My thoughts and prayers are certainly with Robert's family, friends and all who loved him and who have been hurt by his loss. The condolence messages from those who did know him personally certainly indicate that though he lived a short life, he touched lives in a positive way. I'm confident he's in God's care."
David E. Noone of Albany, New York

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

"To the family and friends of Cpt. Lucero:
My husband was working with Cpt. Lucero during his deployment in Tikrit. He returned home for his retirement,and was in shock when he heard about Cpt. Lucero's fate shortly after.
His memories about Cpt. Lucero : He was a very kind, outgoing and fun person. He was well liked. Soldiers called him 'Lucky Lucero'. He will be missed.
Our prayers go out to you. Your son will not be forgotten."
The Wightman Family of Ft. Hood Texas

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

"To Capt Lucero's Family:
Though we are strangers, we want you to know how sorry we are your Robert was taken from you. There is no doubt his thoughts were of you as he served with the Army in Iraq. We will never forget. You are in our hearts."
With Love...Carol & Larry Miller of Tampa, Florida (2/9/04)

"To your family and friends:
Army Capt. Robert L. Lucero will not be forgotten!
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you in your sorrow.
May God's love and peace be with you."
Pat and Sandi B of Montana

"Thank you Robert Lucero, 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

"May your grief be lightened by loving memories of Rob. Know in your heart he is now forever known as a hero and indebted to by millions of American people. He sits with the Angels of God and watches over you. God Bless."
W. of Flushing, MI

"To Sherry, Lois and all of Rob's hunting partners over the years, I and my family send you our deepest regrets over Robs passing-our prayers are with you. In 15 years of military service I have never lost anyone that I have known or much less had grown close to. Rob was the absolute epitome of what an officer is suppose to be physically tough, competent, and able to make light of the day to day grind of the military. Rob and I met at the Field Artillery Officers Basic Course as new LTs in OCT of 94. We instantly became friends when he found out that I had spent 5 years in AK living an outdoorsmans dream-soon to return again for another tour and I found out he was as fanatic about the outdoors as I was. There were three of us Rob, myself and Robert Wright who spent the next 7 months working every day together-from before sun up till bed time. We worked our way through gunnery (neither of us were Rhoad scholars but we were determined not to fail a test) while fishing and getting out as much as possible. The three of us completed the Ranger School Prep course together. I always wondered what made a National Guard guy volunteer to get up every morning-earlier than everone not in the program and go run 6-8 miles or do sprints up and down a snow/mud covered hill until we wanted to or did puke, depending on how sadistic our instructors were feeling that morning. I am sure Rob did it because he loved to be challenged and couldn't stand to be average. On most of the runs which would start out with 40 or more people Rob and I and maybe one or two more would be the only ones to finish with our instructor-CPT Flynn. Rob was such a good runner that many times he would disappear into the woodline to do his business-be gone for several minutes and then catch back up-sometimes only wearing one sock. That may not sound like much but when your running a 6:30 pace for 6-8 miles it is pretty significant. I have to say that is what probably bonded us as much as the outdoors- the ability to abuse ourselves beyond most peoples understanding and laugh about it. We spent most weekends together finding every haunt in OK and Texas and we spent that Christmas hunting whitetail in AL for two weeks. When I went on to Ranger School and many others Rob always spoke about regretting not going back to active duty but I always assured him he had made the right decision. He was able to continue hunting and then found his beautiful wife whom I was so honored to meet as his wedding. When I saw him there I said - see patience and the National Guard finally paid off. We stayed in touch over the years always planning to go hunting again. When I left command at FT Campbell on DEC 6, 02 and my unit left on JAN 12, 03 - I was sick to my stomach. Then Rob e-mailed me to tell me he was shipping out. We made light of the fact that he was going to the big game with the Guard and I had missed the Boat-for the 3rd time in my career. Even within the last two months we had written trying to figure out how we were going to con Sherry into coming to AK instead of going to the beach. It is so hard to believe our paths will never cross in the woods again but this is our lives and there are unfortunately many others going through the same emotions. I will miss him tremendously and I pray for the recovery of the soldier who was injured with him. Sherry and Lois-be strong as Rob would want. Robs death has hit me like a ton of bricks. He was an outstanding man and soldier. His internal preset was always DUTY-HONOR-COUNTRY. His life was not sacrificed in vain. CPT Shanon Mosakowski, 2/196th IN"
Shanon Mosakowski of Palmer, Alaska

"To Lois and all of her loved ones:I heard of your recent loss from Chris at the State, and I just cried. You are a sweet, sweet woman and truly a joy to work with and you are in my prayers. From everyone at Genesis, please accept our condolences. We will pray for God's arms to wrap around you and comfort you and your family in this awful time."
Amy Rhodes, Genesis Systems of Lewistown, Pennsylvania

"“There are those of us who believe, in good faith, that when we answer this or any call to arms or service that our obligation to the country, military, and each other far outweighs our personal needs or political views”
Those words were written by Captain Lucero in a letter to a Casper, Wyoming Newspaper. The world is indeed a poorer place without this man in it. God Bless his friends and family for sharing some of their memories about this wonderful man. I think it's important for all of us who did not know him personally to know a little about one who sacrificed so much to make our lives better. To his family: My heart goes out to you. I pray that God will somehow help you through this. He won't be forgotten."
Kelli

"Having watched the events preceding Robert's death through the eyes of a family member of his, I am shocked, saddened, and bewildered by how close Robert's death hits to home. Everything came into perspective when we were notifified that Robert had died. Suddenly petty arguments, debates and disagreements about the war and the actions in Iraq meant nothing anymore - and all I could see was this man who had selflessly given his life for his country. There is a character in a person who volunteers to protect the United States. For he is protecting all of us, even those who do not care about our freedom - that means nothing to a man like Robert, who only cares about doing his duty, with honor and with courage. Robert will not be forgotten by me. To his family, your sacrifice of the loss of your loved one is a price no family should have to pay - my heart aches for you, and you will be in my prayers."
Michelle of Texas

"To the family and friends of Capt. Robert Lucero:
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 Robert 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 Capt. Robert Lucero:
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 Robert, 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