Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Robert A. Martinez

20, of Splendora, Texas.
Martinez died from an improvised explosive device outside Fallujah, Iraq. He was inside an abandoned flour factory being used as a patrol base when the IED detonated. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was attached to the 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California. Died on December 1, 2005.

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I still remember when they put you in a two man room with me and kennedy. We were packed in there like sardines. You were new to the unit and I thought it was cool we shared the same last name and texas as our home. I'm Sorry things turned out the way they did, I just want you to know your not forgotten. I try to live in a way that honors you and every other marine that made the biggest sacrifice. Rest in peace"
Danny Martinez of San Antonio, TX

"To the family of Lance Cpl Robert Martinez,
Although I did not know or ever serve with Robert, I too am from Splendora and serve our country in the United States Navy. As a 23 year veteran, it saddens my heart to see such a young man have to pay the ultimate price in one of our countries battles. Please know that his memory will be honored throughout the rest of time for the sacrifice he made in our countries armed service.
I know that nothing that anyone could ever say will lessen the pain you feel from the loss of someone that I am sure was a fine young man and an OUTSTANDING Marine!! But, please know that those who continue to serve thank him for leading the way for us to follow in his footsteps.
It is men like him that are the cloth of what our country is made of!!! Robert and all of the family he left behind will always be in the hearts and prayers of my family.
Thank you for your service and your sacrifice!!
Command Master Chief Phillip Rogers
Phillip Rogers of Splendora, Tx.

"Yesterday, I found out that what I remember as “little Robby”, was killed 4 years ago today. I haven’t stopped thinking about him since I heard. Until yesterday, I spoke very highly of the fact that no one that I knew was a casualty of the war. This wasn’t an acquaintance that I had in school. This wasn’t a former neighbor. This was the 7 year old boy, who was so excited to find out I was having a boy in 92.This is the 7 year old boy that when I finally went into labor (3 weeks late) walked me up and down the street until his momma Kelly came home to sit by my bed until I delivered my first born son in the early am of July 92. I used to go over to Kelly’s house to just play with kids and talk. I always admired Kelly and Robby’s relationship. Kelly and I have a lot in common in regards to Raistlin and Robby. They were our 1st born children, little boys trying to be men and take care of their momma’s, our best friend with a smile that lit up any room. They had a whole lot more in common than you could imagine. Looks that drive the girls crazy, baseball players, leaders, music, and most of all family.

Robby, I remember you; I’ll never forget you, I’m very proud of you. I always knew you would be something great. I am so sorry your life was cut so short. It is not fair, and I am mad. Children are not supposed to greet us when we pass on, but I hope that one day we will meet again. We can play “Army Man” all over heaven like we did when you were little. You “shoot’em up all those bad guys” and I’ll hide behind the couch and throw baby bombs, (Candice’s baby toys…lol) to you. Rest in peace Robby, an angel, a soldier, and most of all HERO. You have given your life for my family and many others….Thank you. Love Stacey"
Stacey Lindsey (Knight) of Cypress, Texas

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Kenna of Manti, Utah

"December 7, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Robert A. Martinez:
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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"i know u got your texas flag snowboard wherever you are man. thinkn bout you all the time, we miss you"
Laskowski Family of Moorpark, CA USA

"U will always be my boy..ill never forget u bro...semper fi"
Freaknasty of 2/7 F 2ndPlt

"To the family of:Robert A. Martinez 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"

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Robert will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS. "

"i know of a few dvils who sreved with him the first time my adress is 264 fryman court oceanside ca 92054 2/7 2nd plt ooohrahh 4 ever"
sgt ortiz

"i am sgt ortiz and am his friend who served with him in the first oif he took me and my family to wal mart to get a tree in his step side during december he will always be my buddy i also wresstled with that devil dog plentry of times. his moma may not remember me but i remember her that marine is a true warrior"
sgt. ortiz edson range of camp pendelton

"To the Martinez Family, I am so sorry for your loss of your fine young Marine. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Robert will always be remembered and honored. He is a true American Hero. May God Bless you all and God Bless Robert."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"Robby, Everybody back here misses you and will always keep you in our hearts. You gave what us Marines call the "Ultimate Sacrafic" and your our hero. We had a blast in high school, a blast back in 29 palms, and next time we meet we will again have a blast. Well love ya man and think about you daily.
Cpl Rollins"
Cpl William Rollins of Texas

"I am truly sorry for your loss and for the loss of yet another brave young Texan. May you find comfort and strength in God to face the road ahead.

Michele Carter
Sister of CPL Gary Walters
KIA in Baghdad on 24 April 2005"

"Thank you Robert Martinez, 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 Lance Cpl. Robert Martinez:
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 Lance Cpl. Robert Martinez:
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