Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Ramon C. Ojeda

22, of Ramona, California.
Ojeda died in Al Amarah, Iraq when his convoy was attacked. He was assigned to 84th Engineer Battalion, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Honolulu, Hawaii. Died on May 1, 2004.

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"hey dad its me angel i just wanted to say that i miss you alot and that things have gotten alot better over the years and that me and mom are ok. i know that you cant read this but i love you and i know that i was really young when this happend but remeber when you always came home and i use to crawl away and hide and that you said "wheres my buddy" and that i use to laugh and then you find me."
Angel ojeda of california/lancaster

"05/25/2016
Wow, I was sitting Here thinking about Him. I use to work with Him and I was there waiting to come home when He was KIA. I recall him being a Mentor for my Oldest Armando Gonzalez........ Let's remember Him this weekend!!! RIP Ojeda Prayers go out to your Family.......MSG Armando S Gonzalez (RET) "Big Sarge""
MSG Armando S Gonzalez (Ret) of Chester, Va

"Thank you brother. I don't know you but I know the ones you were protecting on that day. God bless and thanks.

Your a Hero."
CW4 Martin of Alexandria, AL.

"Happy Birthday!!! Miss You so much not a Day goes by and i know my brother misses you just as much. I bet your up there with Tata , Andy , Juanito and all of our other angels celebrating today :)"
Sheyna Ojeda of Cali

"Thinking of you today and everyday. MD2015"
Ruiz of Palmdale CA

"Ray Ray, Real quick, this just came to mind. I remember this one time you ran this lady over during pt, lmbo. We all know you didn't have the best eyesight, and she wasn't wearing a PT belt either. But she left the scene of the accident so you left after her. Then at 0900 work call, the MRS came down top the motorpool and arrested you, hahaha. They thought you did a hit n run. They stayed handcuffing you and I argued with them not to and they changed their mind because they didn't have the whole story yet. So they were going to take them off but didn't have they keys, hahaha. So you had to walk out the motorpool with a jacket covering it.lol. I can't stop laughing while I'm writing this. Then they wanted you to rose in the back of the cop car and I told them I will drive you down there, I told them is like u were guilty till proven innocent, lol. Then we got down there and the whole story came out, and both of you guys got s warning. The MRS kept getting mad because you kept talking crap to them. That's funny how before that we just finished talking about how you shouldn't drive because you couldn't see that good out of that eye, lol. That day was hilarious. I hope you still find this as funny as we did when it happened. Rest in Love Bro."
Mr. Frank Lopez (Ssg Retired) of Fort Hood, Texas

"Ok here goes, today is Veterans Day 2014. I've been having you on my mind for quite some time now. I just wanted to say thanks for your sacrifice (and sarcasm) at the best and worst times. I miss your presence. You are the only person i know had the best and the worst jokes at the same time, lol. You are missed greatly and left behind a great legacy they will make you very proud. I won't say "wherever you are" because I know exactly where you are. You made the ultimate sacrifice anyone could've made for another fellow brother in arms. everyday I remember telling you that I would bring you back safely to your family, and that was something I shouldn't have promised. I really wish I would've stayed with you guys and been able to go on that convoy with you, I relive that day all the time, them telling me I could not go for another reason. I feel like if I would've been there things would've went down way differently. But in the end, if that's when God wanted you to come home there's nothing we could've done to prevent it. I know your in heaven seated at the right hand of the father. Still making your awe fully funny jokes. Till we meet again Rest in Love P.I.M.P
Leslie, Angel and Ojeda family, not a day goes by that Ray Ray is not thought about our prayed for. He is always watching over you guys."
Mr. Frank Lopez (Ssg Retired) of Fort Hood, Texas

"Ray it's been about 10 years since you were taken and not one day passes that I don't think about you and tonight I had a terrible dream and you were in it and I decided to get on here and write this to you... Lam and you were like my brothers and I hate how things went down and never got the chance to make things right.. I know that your gone but it's been really hard for me all these years !! My prayers are always with you and your family and know that lord took you but left a spit image of you in your son !!! Much love bro hope all is well up there where ever you might be watching over your family!!!"
Daniel Fernandez of El Paso Texas

"It has been a long time and you have been on my mind man. I was just getting to know you brother and you was taken away from us too soon. I remember before we deployed and when I had a maintenance issue I would always come get you to figure things out. Miss you brother. Alpha Company, 84th Engineer Battalion"
SFC Henry Hardy of Goodfellow, AFB, TX

"I miss you Ramon. It's been nine years since you left and went to be with Jesus. See you later lil Brother! I love you."
Linda of Bakersfield, CA

"I met Spc Ojeda the night before he was killed in action. I jumped into the back of a truck late at night after helping some Soldiers change a tire on a truck after convoying from Anaconda to Abu ghraib prison. I remember this so clearly. He said to me you are a young Sergeant first class and I laughed. We talked some on the short ride to the building we were sleeping at. He told me his wife was active duty and she was at Camp Taji. We were scheduled to stop at Camp Taji on our way back from Kuwait. I told him he could see his wife then. He said he was told that it probably would not happen. I said that I would make it happen. It is still with me today that I told Spc Ojeda I would get him to see wife and the next day he was taken from us. Iím sorry that I didnít get you to see your wife."
David Cantyne

"I am from Australia and my name is Ramona. I recently visited Ramona simply because my name is the same. We were taking photos randomly and when i saw the memorial sign I took a photo of it, because my mother calls me ramon sometimes instead of Ramona. When I came home I was curious about this persons and I did some research on the internet. The sorrow on his parents face made me cry. He was such a long way from Ramona when he died almost like another world. We have lost aussie soldiers but not as much as America. I hope his parents can carry on with their lives, God Bless from Australia"
Ramona of Sydney, Australia

"Hey P.I.M.P. Thinking of you today... Love and miss ya man."
Manes, Shawn R. of 6L3R

"Lesliee: I can't believe it's been 7 years since SSG Medina and Ojeda paid the ultimate sacrifice, my thoughts and prayers to you, Angel and your family. Hope you're doing ok. I would like to see pictures of Angel...the last time I saw the little guy was at my wedding (Sep 2003 @ Waimea beach). michelle.rethage@us.army.mil"
Michelle Rethage of Fort Carson, CO

"Miss you everyday brother, but one day I will see you in heaven!! Love you!"
Marisa Morales of Fort Worth, TX

"Ramon,
I love you brother,
I have this piece in progress for my back, a tattoo, for you, oscar and other fallen friends.
moses and I talk about you all the time.
Love you, miss you"
Oscar Orozco of Chicago Il

"First off i want to say thank you to all the people that have kept our family in their prayers. We miss you Ray Ray and everyday your son is growing up to be the hand full you always knew he would be lol , but he is amazing and talks about you all the time . I know that where ever you are you're watching over us, we love you and miss you so much.."
Your Wife Lesliee Ojeda of Fort Bragg, NC

"Hey man just thought of you today, not sure why, still miss ya and think of you alot. I pray you are in His graces and watching out for all of us dowen here."
Shawn of 6L3R

"Leslie,Angel and Ojeda family, my name is Sgt Lopez. Ray-Ray was my Soldier in Hawaii months before they took him from us. He was a great Soldier and an even greater friend. Tomorrow is May 1st and I'm gonna go by the memorial on post.Take care and look over all of us P.I.M.P!"
Sgt Frank Lopez of Schofield Barracks, HI

"Man Ramon, I think about you all the time. I miss the times we had in wrestling practice, you were a funny guy. Just wish that I had gotten to spend a little more time with you. peace out man"
Andrew Smith of Santee, CA

"To the family of Spc. Ramon C. Ojeda

I do not know your fallen hero, however My dearest friend LCP Jeremy Bohlman is layed to rest about 12 spots away from him. I Just wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss, and how lovely adorned his resting place is every time I visit Jeremy (twice a year). Ramon is a hero, thank you."
Dawn DeBoer of Sioux Falls, South Dakota

"To Spc Ojeda and SSG Medina I will never forget you Two wonderful people you are both in my prayers"
SGT (P) PLATZER of USA

"Well it's like 1am here on march 22nd 2010, and i just started to feel sad for some reason. Then i thought of my cousin and all the good times we had. How much u loved me and took care of me. I always think of the times u would tell me that if anyone hurt me or made me sad u would kick there *, well cuz i am sad. But its cuz u are not here to talk to or hug or give a kiss too. So looks like u need to kick ur own * hahahaha. Well primo i just want to say i love u so much and think and talk to u every day. I hope u can hear me! I miss u so much and cant wait till the day i get to see u again just to hug u. Well its late so i will go to bed now, Love u lots Cuz...."
S. Murillo of Esco

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

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

"Hey P.I.M.P:
Not sure were to start man, I kind of just stumbled on here today. Have spent many years thinking of lifeís odd ways. I love and miss you very much bruh. You will always be a Pretty Important Mexican Person (P.I.M.P) to me. Leslie, if there is ever anything I or my family can do for Yaíll, please just ask. Shawn.manes@us.army.mil
-Manes Shawn R.
BMS 602nd ASMC"
Shawn Manes of Ft. Bragg N.C.

"hey Ray....today I couldnt help but think of you all day. I cant express how much I miss you. You where the epidome of a real friend!!!! Miss you so much, "ride toghether, die together. Bad boys for life!!!" SSG Roman Carlos"
SSG Roman Carlos of El Paso Tx

"25 May 09: Hey Ojeda, Happy Memorial Weekend ... you know the other day I took my kids to take pictures at AV Mall here in Palmdale and as soon as I walked in ... I saw a picture of this beautiful Handsome kid that caught my eye. .... I stared at that picture for a long time while I waited. Then I realized who he was ... He was your son... Let me tell you he is adorable .. I wish I had the oportunity to meet him again. You know I took that sign as if you were trying to show off your son to me and let me tell you ... you did a great job cause it caught my eye and I stared for a long time ... even my kids said "Whats wrong?" Oh Ojeda ... you are thought of so much. Take care.... Leslie I wish to come in contact with you to see the baby if you dont mind. ... Lomeliruiz@gmail.com or ask his godfather for my number as well.

Take care,
Favi"
"Ruiz" of Palmdale, CA

"21 May 09
Hello, I want to let everyone know there are many times throughout each year I think of SSG Medina,SPC Ojeda and their families. Matter of fact, I came across this website while searching for a link to include in an email to honor SSG Medina and SPC Ojeda. I am currently a squad leader at the new army unit called, Warrior Transition Unit, at Fort Leonard Wood. I take care of the wounded warriors who return from Iraq and Afghanistan. Saturday, 23 May 09, I will be throwing out the first pitch at a minor league baseball game along with other warriors. So the people wanted a bio on the wounded warriors to say as we walk out on the pitchers mound. Since I am not a wounded warrior I thought it would be great to possibly have them show the pictures of Medina and Ojeda on the big screen at the stadium and mention how I lost my two comrades on 1 May 04 to help the public get a grasp on the sacrifices that are made. I will include this link in that email so the people in charge can read it also. As SPC Ojeda always told me, he is a P.I.M.P. (Pretty Important Mexican Person). I will never forget that acronym thanks to him. We were becoming pretty tight prior to his death. He was my go to guy to work on my bull dozers. Carlos Roman, if you come on here again, I'd love to hear from you. I looked you up on AKO but their are 20 Carlos Romans in the army. Jeffcoat, I'd love to hear from you also.
"Never Daunted"


eric.johnson3@us.army.mil"
SSG(P) Eric Johnson of Fort Leonard Wood, MO"

"April 28, 2009
To the family of Spc. Ramon C. Ojeda:
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

"Wow, this is the first time that I have brought myself to leave a message, where to begin...Ramon was more then just a friend to me, he was someone that I loved dearly with all my heart. I remember meeting him at church, I just saw this skinny little kid who would have thought we would have become such great friends. He was such a caring and loving son, brother and friend....I remember when we were about 10 or 11 that he would say, "will you wait for me ?" and so I asked him, "wait for you for what?" he then said, "wait for me when we grow up so that we can get married!" with all do respect to Leslie, it was a child's thought....I am currently a teacher and this year I have a student that reminds me of Ramon, the way he talks, walks and looks...I miss him everyday that goes by he was not only my best friend but also like a brother. I remember the day I found out that he had died like it was yesterday...but I hold on to the wonderful memories that I have of him...I love you and miss you Ramon PS. I still have your school ID :-)"
Marisa Morales of Fort Worth, TX

"For Ramon and his family
I thank you for giving me a chance to be friends with you when you first got to hawaii. You were a very kind, big-hearted person who has touched my life as well as others. I have only now, for yers later found out about you and I am sad to hear that. The last time I seen you, you were so happy with your son. My god keep your family safe."
Jenn G of Volcano, Hi

"Hey Sweetie, well its about 7 days from what would have been you 27th birthday......these last couple years have been hard... Angel can be a hand full but i adore every minute.... hes getting so big and a real good soccer player.......... he says he wants to be just like his Daddy .... but i always remind him that you always got beat in Soccer ..lol we miss you but as always i know your watching over us keeping me strong for Angel....we miss you Ray Ray....love always your wife ..Lesliee Ojeda"
lesliee of California

"I will always remember Ramon, he was a very outgoing guy I served with him in the same platoon at Fort Riley, when I arrived at Fort Riley he always made sure I was squared away and showed me the ropes. The last time I saw Ramon was in Balad before I rolled out back to my FOB in Baghdad. I will alway remember him, he is a hereo."
SGT Coba, Bolivar of illesheim, Germany 12th CAB

"I will always remember Ramon, he was a very outgoing guy I served with him in the same platoon at Fort Riley, when I arrived at Fort Riley he always made sure I was squared away and showed me the ropes. The last time I saw Ramon was in Balad before I rolled out back to my FOB in Baghdad. I will alway remember him, he is a hereo."
SGT Coba, Bolivar of illesheim, Germany

"Hey bro this is Adam Bruno we were in the 84th together.I was a heavy equipment op and you were a damm good grease monkey. I cant believe your gone I had just got out of the army in Dec 03 and 5 short months later you were gone.I will always keep you in my prayers bro.keep a space open for all your bro's in heaven see you when I see you Bruno"
Adam Bruno of kingsburg CA USA brunoa98@hotmail.com

"Hey Ojeda, how are you doing? Just been thinking a lot about you lately. I wanted to let you know that I will be visiting your grave on your annivesary hopefully I get to see Lesliee and the baby there. Just wanted to pass by and let you know you will never be forgotten you will be part of my life forever. I will also take a cruise through the highway that was named after you and just leave poggie bate through out the way ok. Miss you lots.

Lesliee: Please contact me at Lomeliruiz@gmail.com I would really like to know how you are and the baby are doing.

OK my grease monkey I will go see you soon."
SGT RUIZ (Faviola Lomeli-Ruiz of Los Angeles/Palmdale, California

"hi tia leslie how u been lately? we miss u and angel dearly and hope u guyz are doing fine. remember the good times u and mi tio had and wat piece of him still lives on with you.ihope to hear from u someday if u have the time.when ever you get the chance please e-mail me at rosieojeda@yahoo.com.I love u and misss u dearly."
rosalina ojeda of oceanside.C.A.

"To the Ojeda family, My deepest and sincerest condolences. I will always remeber Ramon as I taught in his sabbath school class at church. He was quiet but was quick to smile or laugh. When he asked a question, it was always a good one I had to think about, lol. I'll never forget the day him and some freinds walked up to me and asked me about military service. I told them it was good for a young man to experiance and get a chance to see the world and meet new folks. All I can think of since his loss is those words I said. I comfort myself because I know he was proud of his militry service and I know he did a good job and it was what he wanted to do. I wish I coulda stayed for his funeral but I stopped by to see his casket at the service. I said a prayer for him and his family, then I gave him my best salute. I will always remember Ramon and will always be proud of him. On Jesus return, we will all be re-united again...till then little bro'."
Jeff Gerald

"Hey ray as i sit here typing knowing your always in my mind i talked to angel today why when i hear his little funny jokes i know he will be just like you the day of your birthday i was sad i couldnt even think straight all day u were in my mind in class we are doing cards for the soldiers in iraq i broke down in tears during the whole thing my teacher is the one who does all of the memorials for you he told me"you are the only one in this class that really gets this " i hate the attention but i would do anything for you to be here with angel i have pictures of you in my room all over the place our mami does to i saw my mom write to you on your birthday she comes on the internet everyday and when i come on i see that she comes on this thing to check on you my mom made this big file about you i was reading it i couldnt help but cry i still have that question in my head what would it be like if you were still here i cant find a answer but its never going to be answered im 13 now and growing up as you can say . i cant help but cry remembering the past the little time we spent but it ment so much. im going to graduate middle school and if i had one person that i would want to see me go get my certificate it would be you and only you i miss you so much we would never forget about you i know i wont i think about you everyday i tell you i love you everyday i dont know whats harder seeing angel grow p without a dad like you or seeing how angels gonna feel when he finds out the truth i know everyone miss's youmy mami does thats for sure her whole house is about you lesliee and angel i wish you could of been here for angels grauation i know you saw it up there in heaven. you wold of been so proud you come at me like one of those dads like "thats my son" haha i love i cant find the way to tell you it more i try but you already know it i love you ray my brother"
Denise Salazar of lancaster,

"Lesliee, you don't know me, but I went to church with Ramon and grew up with him. My sister, Marisa, and Ramon were best friends at church growing up. He use to call her his sister. I have many memories of going to church with Ramon. I remember in Sabbath School his favorite song was "Redeemed How I love to Proclaim It" He didn't have the best voice in the world, but he loved that song and would alway request it during our Sabbath School song service. He would sing that song with such conviction and meaning. Every time I hear that song or sing it I start to get tears in my eyes because I can hear him singing it. He was a great friend and always had a smile on his face and had only good things to say about people. I keep you, your son and his parents in my prayers. I have two brothers who also grew up with Ramon serving in the Army, one of which is in Iraq. I can't imagine going through the pain of losing one of them. As Veterans Day is coming up. You all are especially in my thoughts and prayers. I know that one day we will see Ramon in heaven. He will have that smile on his face and I know he will be requesting "Redeemed." I pray that God will be with you and guide you as you are raising Angel. God is always there by your side. God bless."
Amber Morales of Hayato, Japan

"My Little Brother, you will forever live in my memories and in my heart. It is my honor to have had the opportunity to serve my country along side with you. I will draw determination from your sacrifice to complete the mission. I am proud of you. You are indeed "squared away soldier" You are and you will always be a member of 2nd squad.
Nov 99-Nov 00 Camp Kyle, South Korea."
SSG Ornelas, Guadalupe of Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD

"Hi Leslie..its been a while...and I hope you are doing well...there is not a day that goes by that I dont think of Ojeda...miss his funny ways...I hope everything is working out in your life right now...and I know he's making angels laugh..."
SGT Bonnie Jeffcoat of Wahiawa, HI

"TO LESLIEE AND OJEDA,
FIRST LET ME SAY THAT ITS BEEN 3YRS SINCE OJEDA WAS TAKEN FROM US AND THERE'S NOT A DAY THAT GOES BY THAT I DON'T THINK OF HIM. EVEN THOUGH HE DIDN'T WORK FOR ME DIRECTLY HE WAS DEFINITELY ONE OF MY SOLDIERS. EVERY TIME I HAD TO PULL DUTY HE WAS THERE WITH ME FAITHFULLY. I WANT TO SAY THAT I AM SORRY THAT IT HAS TAKEN ME SO LONG TO WRITE THIS BUT IT'S STILL HARD FOR ME TO BELIEVE THAT HE'S NOT WITH US ANYMORE. I HAVE TEARS IN MY EYES AS I TYPE THIS AND EVERYTIME I THINK OF HIM IT MAKES ME TEAR UP. YOU BOTH WERE LIKE MY CHILDREN AND IF EVER YOU OR YOUR FAMILY NEED ANYTHING PLEASE LET ME KNOW. YOU ALL WILL FOREVER BE IN MY PRAYERS."
SSG ANTONIO M. WIGGINS of FORT CAMPBELL, KY

"Whats up Ray it's been a little while but i always carry your name on my right wrist..i will never leave home with out it. I know that you have been looking out for me from up there. I miss you brother, i sure wish we could have one more corona. till we meet again your twin..SGT ROMAN, C"
SGT ROMAN, CARLOS of EL PASO TX

"I remember back in the day when we would go out on the roof ,look at the stars and the airplanes crash into the floor. Yeah, nice sweet memories of when he was alive.I alwaysed looked up to him as a big brother when really he was my uncle who is now my hero and idol.My grandmother has been so sad that she is practally starving herself because of the lost of her one and only baby boy she has ever had.My whole entire family is greatful for what our troops have the guts to do.Oh,whatever we do we better not pull out of the war because if we that just means that my uncle died in vien just for a bunch of cowards.So we better not back out. WORDS FROM 13 YEAR OLD"
Rosalina Ojeda(niece) of Santa Ysabel

"I remember back in the day when we would go out on the roof ,look at the stars and the airplanes crash into the floor. Yeah, nice sweet memories of when he was alive.I alwaysed looked up to him as a big brother when really he was my uncle who is now my hero and idol.My grandmother has been so sad that she is practally starving herself because of the lost of her one and only baby boy she has ever had.My whole entire family is greatful for what our troops have the guts to do.Oh,whatever we do we better not pull out of the war because if we that just means that my uncle died in vien just for a bunch of cowards.So we better not back out. WORDS FROM 13 YEAR OLD"
Rosalina Ojeda(niece) of Santa Ysabel

"I remember back in the day when we would go out on the roof ,look at the stars and the airplanes crash into the floor. Yeah, nice sweet memories of when he was alive.I alwaysed looked up to him as a big brother when really he was my uncle who is now my hero and idol.My grandmother has been so sad that she is practally starving herself because of the lost of her one and only baby boy she has ever had.My whole entire family is greatful for what our troops have the guts to do.Oh,whatever we do we better not pull out of the war because if we that just means that my uncle died in vien just for a bunch of cowards.So we better not back out. WORDS FROM 13 YEAR OLD"
Rosalina Ojeda of Santa Ysabel,CA ,US

"I remember back in the day when we would go out on the roof ,look at the stars and the airplanes crash into the floor. Yeah, nice sweet memories of when he was alive.I alwaysed looked up to him as a big brother when really he was my uncle who is now my hero and idol.My grandmother has been so sad that she is practally starving herself because of the lost of her one and only baby boy she has ever had.My whole entire family is greatful for what our troops have the guts to do.Oh,whatever we do we better not pull out of the war because if we that just means that my uncle died in vien just for a bunch of cowards.So we better not back out. WORDS FROM 13 YEAR OLD"
Rosalina Ojeda of Santa Ysabel,CA ,US

"Hey Ray well just wanted to say that even though you're gone there are a lot of people that think and miss you a lot... I'll always remember all the good times we had... You and Lam were always a great friends.. And because of you I have learned a very valueable lesson in life.. When you left Riley we weren't really in good terms and that took me a long time to forgive myself because now you're gone and I can never ask you for your forgiveness .. Just know that I never forgot about you and the day you left us was a very sad day for me, cause I was out here in Iraq as well... Lesliee I just wanted to send my condolences to you and your family for your loss. It's been a long time but I couldn't find a way to face Ray's death, or contact you. When I go home for R and R I will try to find pictures that I had of Ray and post them.."
Daniel Fernandez of El Paso TX.

"Ojdea its been about four years now since I last saw you in Ft Riley Ks in front of our barracks at that time. That day you were getting ready to leave for Hawaii. You were so excited to be getting out of Ft Riley and saying how much Riley suckd. Im glad I had the chance to know you know you. Daniel Fernadez your other close friend with Lam says hello and that hell never forget you either. I dont want to remeber you gone, but I know youd want everyone to go on and be strong for you. Thats the way you lived you life and its how you would have told us. Well Ill just say that you were one of the guys of 568th rowdy party dogs. Your Apache friend Kelsey James. Ft Riley 2000-2002. If someone want to know more memories I have of ojeda or to know me. Call 928-338-2398."
Kelsey James of Whiteriver, Arizona

"I was stationed in Ft. Riley Kansas with Spc. Ojeda and his wife Lesliee. I remember talking to him that he was lucky to go to Hawaii and served with the 84th Engineers. I was stationed in Hawaii with the 84th Engineers and I know that they took good care of him. He is a highly motivated soldier willing to do what it takes to get the job done. You will be miss........

Lesliee I remeber you when you first came to 568th engineers and I wanna offer my condolences for losing your husband. My only regret is that I wasn't able to stay in the Army long enough to fight with my brothers. Your husband gave the ultimate sacrifice to keep this country safe & secure. Make sure that your child remembers the sacrifice that his father did."
SGT Christopher Soliva (retired) of Plano Texas

"Hey there babe,
Well as our sons 4th Birthday is just around the corner i wish that you could be he and see how much he has grown.. he thinks hes the king, but i now that where ur at your always watching over us and giving me the strenght to deal with this cruel world......your always on my mind and will remain in my heart..... we miss you angel sends u many kisses everyday..
your loving family Angel& Lesliee.
BESOS"
lesliee ojeda of I LOVE YOU

"Hey Ray miss you every day. your battle buddy always!
SGT ROMAN, CARLOS"

"Well damn man........i've still been wishin that it really wasn't true. when i found out it hurt more than i thougt loosin a friend would. but man it made me think about the old times. you kept me outta trouble when i really needed it. i remember the countless hours we spent workin on your truck at the auto shop on base, at that car wash, man we were always there. i miss ya man...you showed me how to be a good person. i still wish that i would have been able to talk to you before you left. but i know today you are in a better place then down here. you are up there doing the lords work, watching over your family and friends. most of all i know your watching over lesliee and angel. to you lesliee i will never forget the memories i have of us 3 and our spontanious trips. making me fit behind the passenger seat of ray's truck then drivin for like 2 hours. i still can remember tryin to help you out as much as i could when ray changed duty stations. if you read this i would like to talk to you. its been years and i wanna she your lil man and how big he's gotten. well if you can please contact me or any of the ojeda family and let me know how lesliee's doing.....208-353-1865"
jason V Craig------ PVT Craig of boise, ID

"Saturday was your birthday, and i am pretty sure that you still have strong lungs to blow out your 25 candles, next year we are going to use the tricky ones, ja ja. happy birthday, god bless you and we love you. you are our hero"
your mother in law of Lancaster, Ca.

"SEMPER FI BROTHER !!! You are a true HERO and may you never be forgoton. I know you are standing post at the lords side. God bless you and all your family."
Cpl F. Ojeda USMC 88-92 of N Las Vegas NV

"Hi Ray well i still can not belive its been two years time went by so slow maybe its cause i always think of you well now that i have grown i realize im stronger well all for u i think of you every night and think what if u were still here u know well i guess i wont find that out soon but i always will remember u as my brother the little timme we met was when i knew it this is the guy who is going to make my sister happy and guess what I WAS RIGHT well as i grow stronger each day i want u to know so is angel that boy is big all he says ids pappa mon (just cause he cant say ramon) he knows your in heaven he knows your still with him no matter wat he will always have a loving dad as for lesliee she is still crazy over u and she knows it well talk to u later love u with all my heart"
Denise salazar (sisster in law) of lancaster

"Hi Ray well i still can not belive its been two years time went by so slow mayb its cause i always think of you well now that i have grown i realize im stronger well all for u i think of you every night and think what if u were still here u know well i guess i wont find that out soon but i always will remember u as my brother the little timme we met was when i knew it this is the guy who is going to make my sister happy and guess what I WAS RIGHT well as i grow stronger each day i want u to know so is angel that boy is big all he says ids pappa mon (just cause he cant say ramon) he knows your in heaven he knows your still with him no matter wat he will always have a loving dad as for lesliee she is still crazy over u and she knows it well talk to u later love u with all my heart"
Denise salazar (sisster in law) of lancaster

"Ramon, I know you and Oscar are looking down on us and I know you both still feel all the love and memories we have for you two.

Leslie, I'm sorry, I know I hurt you, but I was so much hurt myself and I just had the strength for myself. I didn't mean to ignore you, but I didn't know how to handle the situation. My outside didn't show my real inside. I want to appologize to you!
Today like so many days I think about you and Angel and I hope you were able to find the peace in the heart, that I found. I wish you the best, whereever you are."
Beate of Ft. Hood, Texas

"01 May 2006

To SPC Ojeda: I know there are so many people thinking of you today and every day. You will never be forgotten and you are our hero!!

To Lesliee: If you see this know that I think of you all the time but especially today. I miss you!!!! I hope you and Angel are doing well wherever you are now. I will say a special prayer for the two of you when Meaghan Long and I go to the Memorial Stone."
Janelle Barlow & Family of Schofield Barracks, HI

"Mrs. Ojeda,
I just wanted to let you know myself, and Janelle Barlow are going to place lei's at the memorial stone, in memory of your husband and SSG Medina on 1 May 06. With much love and respect to you always."
Meaghan Long A co.84th ENG FRG Leader of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

"Yo man, it seems like it's been so long. I'll always remember that time you got your truck stuck in the mud. That was some funny stuff. Take care and God Bless, where ever you are."
SGT Ricky Saribay of Honolulu, HI, US

"It's been over a year now since i have heard of your death. I heard about it when i was in Korea, at that moment I couldn't believe it, no it can't be you, no way. Now i have finally came to face reality and accept the fact that you are gone off to a better place, a place of peace. Still today i remember, how we meet and how we became brothers. It was crazy to see how you have changed from the first day I have meet you to the day you became a father. I miss you bro. I miss the old times. Things will never be the same. Well, i know i will see you some day. Love and miss you much."
Sgt.Lam, Tuan(Lamchop) of Alhambra, CA USA

"To the family of: Ramon C. Ojeda I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga

"OH HEY DUHHHHHH,Ojeda Damn I cant believe your gone,PFC Craig called me from Washington 1 week after your death I live in Phoenix ,AZ now and am doing fine ,I have lots of memories of you as my Assistant squad leader,1 of them is when we were in the barracks and I just arrived at FT Riley and u caught me drinking I was 18 at the time and u were so pissed for some reason but if u didnt come down hard Corporal Nicholson would have come down on u I learned that day * rolls down hill,When PFC Craig called me that day I remember it well at first I didnt believe it then when I returned home from work I looked on the internet and it was true I was hoping it was another SPC Raymon Ojeda but what are the chances of that,later that night I informed SPC Cato and he couldnt believe it either,well Ray, I know we will all see u soon some day till then I will always remember what u did for this nation,,,,,Chow"
Eric Harroun of Phoenix,AZ

"as i sit here more than a year after you left our side i still ask my self why? when i look in Angels eyes i see you and i pray that where ever you are you watch over us. no matter how many days pass i cant find enough things to kep my self busy so that maybe the time will pass. Me and angel both miss you and i know that no matter where my life may take me you will always watch over us. i love you and will never forget the one who showed me what LOVE really is.. love always your wife lesliee ."
lesliee ojeda of hawaii

"Hey Chango, I want to say Happy 4th of July. Today we will celebrate your heroism. I will release two fireworks to the sky today one just for you so it can tickle your toes and another for SSG Medina. I want to let you know that you are still being thought of and missed. Keep on harrassing the rest of the Angels and keep on watching over us. You are missed."
SPC Ruiz of Ft Carson, Colorado

"TO THE FAMILY OF SPC RAY OJEDA,
MY NAME IS SPC JIMENEZ I MET OJEDA IN KOREA WE WERE BOTH 62B MECHANICS WITH THE 61ST MAINT. COMPANY IN CAMP KYLE, KOREA WE WERE GOOD FRIENDS THERE THEN HE WENT TO KS AND I FOLLOWED BUT DIDNT KEEP IN TOUCH THERE AS MUCH BUT FOR THE YEAR THAT WE WERE FRIENDS IN KOREA WE HAD A BLAST HE WAS A GREAT GUY AND A GOOD FRIEND WHO ALWAYS MADE PEOPLE LAUGH. HE IS A TRUE HERO, HE WILL BE MISSED MY CONDOLENCES GOES OUT TO YOU AND MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU"
SPC IGNACIO JIMENEZ of WHITTIER, CA

"Ramon there isn't a day that goes by,that I start thinking about you,and start to getting ------ mad,but that smile I remember,make me so proud to be TIA J.B to the YOUNG MAN YOU'll ALWAYS BE. { OUR HERO )laughing and joking around. Leslie & Angel I look forward to meeting you real soon.I got to go this is 3 hrs of typing 1 handed FLACO jr. we love & miss you alot"
FLACA with a cold beer of mission viejo, ca . USA

"Hey Bro, This is your eldest sister Linda. We didn't really get the opportunity to grow up together and have the memories that most siblings have but the memories that I have with you while you were here will always be kept deep inside my heart. Your nephew Jeremy misses you and has fond memories of you that first summer he spent a few weeks with you in Ramona. I know you are watching over your nephew as he grows to be a fine young man. He has only one more year of high school left. Michael and Jessica were too young to remember you but will always know that you are watching over them and that you are our hero. Your son, Angel is absolutely adorable and Lesliee such a sweet mom. We all miss you Ramon.. Until we meet again. Love always your sister Linda."
Linda Turner of Bakersfield, California

"What's up brother! OJ, I just wanted to say it was a true honor to be your freind. Thank you for being a freind and always keeping everyone smiling with your awesome sense of humor. You made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us that were with you that day and for the rest of this great country. For that I am truly graeful. OJ, you were a good freind and I look forward to the day we meet again. Leslie and Angel I am so sorry for your loss. Until we meet again OJ.
Much love, respect, and admiration!"
SGT James D. Jackson of Schofield Bks, HI USA

"Ramon,
This is your cuz Sophia i just want to say that i miss you so much you just dont know. i will never for get the times that we spent together. all the memorys we have i think of them every day because thats all i have now. i think of how you always toke care of me and picked on me too. i never thaought that we would loose you but i know that it was ment to be. i am so sorry for takeing for granted the time we had together. if i could go back i promise that i wouldent. i hope that you look over lesily and angel and the rest of the family. let lesily and the baby know that i love them and miss them. i hope we are abole to let our kids grow up together like we did so that they could have all the memorys like us. i love you and miss you so much till we meat up again."
Sophia Murillo of Escondido CA.

"OJ was one of my "kids" when he was assigned to my platoon at Fort Riley, KS. He was one of the "good" kids and did everything that was asked of him. He was always good for a laugh and I always laugh because he told me often that he wanted to be like me. Like me, he always kept his hair a little longer than the army thought it should be, which was a bond between us. His wife Lesliee was my clerk and she grew up alot in the time we were stationed together and we became very close. When I heard that OJ had lost his life, I dedicated my performance that night to him and his memory. I also placed a small american flag and a cross with his name on it at a local church in memory of all of our fallen comrades. Peace be with you OJ, you will always be in my thoughts and prayers. rick@rickstanley.com"
Rick Stanley (SFC Retired) of Leonardville, KS

"To the family of Ramon Ojeda, Not a week passes when i dont think of the guys who were lost and injured in the al amarah attack,i tended and looked after Ramon and his collegues that night,it was hard,i pray for all Ramons family.I pray for all the lads who were with you,i hope you are at peace now, the world is a lesser place without you.E-Mail williemac@hotmail.com (please reply)"
Cpl Willie McLeish,ARRC SP BN, KREFELD LINES,BFPO 40 of Scotland

"I received my Hero Bracelet today. It bears the name of Spc Ramon C. Ojeda. I will wear it with deep gratitude for his service and sacrifice."
Marie Guard of Martinez, CA

"Hey Ramon,Its me Sheyna i just wanted to say that i love you and ill miss you.I know that you watch over all of us every day and that we are safe.I just wish u were here to put my big bro in his place.LOL. he also misses u .take care of Leslie and Angel.love ya!!!"
sheyna of Ramona,California

"well first of all i want to say THANK YOU so much to my family friends my unit,everyone for there support, prayers. ive been trying to pretend like this is all a dream and that ray will come home but i know in my heart that its not a dream as i close my eyes and wish that i could make all this pain go away i look at my son and think why me why us and thats a question that i cant even begin to answer..ray you walked into my life out of nowhere and in the short time that i spent with you i learned so much about life about love and most of all i learnd about my self......somedays i feel like the whole whole is coiming down on me and that i cant do this anymore, but then i look at our precious son and in him i see you in him i see the love and happiness that you brought me......in him i see my guardian ANGEL.. telling me that i have to be strong .i miss you so much but i know where your at your watchin over me and Angel and that youll keep us safe.......babe you were there to love me to make me belive in the future ill never forget about you even though your gone it doesnt mean this all has to end...ill see you in my dreams.....love always your sweetcheeks, your wife lesliee ojeda"
lesliee ojeda of HI

"Hey Chango, it's me Ruiz, how you holding up there man? Well let tell you, you made me cry once mo'gain, I know you are probably harrasing people up there, by making them laugh like you used to make us crack up. Mr P-I-M-P lol you used to say that all the time that you were a pimp not cause of the ladies cause you were a great family man, but it meant Pretty Important Mexican Person. Yes, I have to agree. Well just make sure you have enough of your Pokie Bate for your journey, cause you never left home without it. ... Man you dont know how much I miss you making me mad, teasing me, and sharing all of them cali times. I will miss you but I will never forget and you know that is true. Well Grease Monkey just keep a good eye on the rest of the Grease Monkey and bring them home safe. Many hugs to you and your family. Your family lost a family member but so did I, you were like a brother to me, you did everything that a brother would, you made me cry, you made me mad, you made me laugh and you made me think of the consequenses of my every action. Thank you. When we meet up again I want to meet you at the Mexican Restaurant where we always ate. You are a true hero. I am glad that the military crossed our paths."
Spc RUIZ, Faviola of Los Angeles, California

"Hi, Ray, I know that you are not going to read this message, but i know that as i am typing it you are reading it. and you know that just because you are no longer here with us in this life, does not mean than you are not in my heart, I love you and you will always be in a special part of my heart, and not just my heart but everybody hearts, and even the people that did not know you will remember you as a true hero. As special request i am asking you to look up for your mom, dad, my sister (Lesliee Ojeda, my nephew Angel Ojeda)and your sisters.i will always keep taking to you and praying for you, even know you are in a better place, close to God. Thank you for loving my sister and your son and thank you for the love that you gave us in such litle time that we spended together. I love you, miss you, and i will never forget you. By Ray, Rest in Peace."
Denise Salazar (Sister in Law) of Lancaster, Ca

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

"To the family of SPC Ramon Ojeda,

My condolence goes out to you and my prayers are with you. I am saddend by what happened. He was a good guy, funny, a good family man, a good soldier and a hero. Ray you will never be forgotten. Rest in peace. Lesliee take care of yourself and Angel."
your friends of Hawaii

"I hope your family is doing well and my heart is with you all

Brother of Oscar Medina"
MIke Lopez-Medina of Kissimmee Fl

"I'm sorry I never had the chance to meet you in person. Oscar was always talking so good about you. You both shared the very special moment of death together. Now your family and I share the pain. You'll stay in my memories like Oscar does and it will keep you both alive."
Beate Medina of Wahiawa, HI

"We lost our Hero here in Ramona Ca. Our Prayers and thoughts are with the Ojeda Family.He will always live in our hearts his memory will always be here in this little town of Ramona.The Lord called his name on May 1st and our brave soldier replied "Yes,Sir". Sacrifice Never Forgoten!"
Blanco of Ramon,Ca

"I was in 568th Engineer with SPC Ojeda. I didn't know him that well! But, I do remember him always making people laugh! I came upon his name while looking through the list. And that last name i remember. My prayers are with you and all his family !!"
Tracy Holder of Beckley ,WV

"Though I did not personally know Ramon Ojeda his sacrifice and valor shall be for ever etched in my mind and his picture shall be forever highlighted in my High School yearbook as "Hero""
David Serrano of Ramona, CA

"To Ramon's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.

Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX"
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com

"From all of us in 568CSE at Ft. Riley we are so sorry to hear about your loss. We knew Ray to be a great guy with a good sense of humor and we wish both you and the baby our best. Words can not say how sadden we are by this and how deeply it has hurt you. Best of luck your in our prayers."
Trisha & Richard Wodrich of Ft. Riley KS

"To Ramon's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for you loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To Ramon's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for you loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

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

"Thank you Ramon Ojeda, 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 Spc. Ramon Ojeda:
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 Spc. Ramon Ojeda:
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