Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Diego Fernando Rincon


19, of Conyers, Georgia.
Killed when a taxi carrying a car bomb drove up to an Army checkpoint in central Iraq. He was assigned to the 2-7th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Died on March 29, 2003.

Shown in this family photo from a 2001 high school play in which Rincon played a Vietnam soldier killed in the war.

Pictured with his father, George

This letter was written by Don Theall to Kim Peterson, host of "The Kimmer Show" on Atlanta's NewsRadio 640 WGST:

Dear Kimmer

I'm sure you know about Diego Rincon of Conyers who died fighting for this great country of ours in Iraq. His father, George, owns the carpet cleaning service that we use. My wife talked to him the other day and even though his son died, all he could say between the choke ups is how proud he is to be in this country (I believe they are from Colombia originally), and how proud he is that his son chose to defend this country. We told him that at the very least his son died the most honorable death there is, and that we were very proud to have him and his family here in the greatest country in the world.

Mr. Rincon, although 41 years old, told us he would like to enlist in the military to go and finish his son's job!!!!!! Kimmer, this man is not even a naturalized citizen of this country, yet he still wants to go and fight for it after losing a son!!!!! What can we do to get this family their citizenship?? Please help spread the word. We need more George Rincons in this country instead of these pansy liberals who are just too lazy to get off their duffs and work, much less fight for their country.

If he goes to the military or not, I still think this is one of the bravest men I've ever met, and I hope the rest of his family enjoys generations of the fruits of their labors that this great country has afforded them. They are truly, truly inspirational people.

Their website is www.diegorincon.com. Let's get everyone we can on board to support this family. Good day and God bless the U.S.A.
Chef Don

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"If I can have your phone number I'll try to get POTUS Trump to give you the call your family deserves I'll be discrete with your number...God Bless your Family.....atlbobby215@yahoo.com"
Bobby of Lawrenceville,Ga. U.S.A.

"I only met George a week or so ago which is P.F.C. Diego Rincon's father. I've never met such a man that is so greatful to be here living in America. (Think about that). His son of 19 goes to war and dies serving the United States Army and looses his life serving his adopted country. They are from Colunbia originally as I understand. George is doing all he can to become a citizen. We all know how difficult times are where that is concerned. Seems to me he has earned that privelage and we should support him as best we can to insure him and his family's acceptance.
George is my neighbor, he needs our support. Very Respectfully, HTC BERGER RET. USN. ://www.pplmotorhomes.com/pdf/return-form.pdfminutes ago. https://www.pplmotorhomes.com/pdf/return-form.pdf"
Johan Berger of Bishop, Georgia/USA

"I'm a disabled veteran(Navy)I didn't know Diego, but I recently met his dad George. what a great guy! you can see the spirit of God all over him, no doubt that's Diego shining down on him...My God continue to bless you George and your family!"
Lawrence Griffin of Lawrenceville, GA

"I wish every American was as patriotic as your family, as in love with this country as your family is! Your and your family are what i call TRUE AMERICANS! Each of you is a shining example of the goodness in our country. I am blessed to have met you and your wife. And though I haven't met the rest of your family, I feel blessed to Know Diego,Fabian,Stephanie and George through your book.
Thank you Rincon family, each of you! thank you for being the great Americans that you are!!!! May God Bless your family!
Cheryl Ludwig
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Cheryl Ludwig of Watkinsville, Georgia. U.S.A.

"Brother though its been forever since we were in Basic Training and Infantry School and that last time we bumped into each other at Ft Stewart before we deployed, I haven't forgotten about you or your sacrifice and will continue to think about and honor your memoir and selfless sacrifice."
Kurtz of Florida

"My son Diego Rincon didn't die...He just went home...miss you! DAD."
GEORGE RINCON of WINDER,GEORGIA. U.S.A.

"dear rincon family i am honored to be doing a slide rocket on your son. he was truly a brave man who fought for what he belived in i am thankful that he gave his life for me"
tino vargas of halstead ks

"PFC Rincon,
Your sacrifice is not forgotten on this Memorial Day 2012 from a veteran of Gulf War I. May God bless and comfort those you left behind."
Tim Smith of Carrollton, GA

"I think of Diego and his family daily, but especially today. I will NEVER forget."
Leslie Montemayor of Toccoa, GA, USA

"To George and the family of Diego, we want to thank your son for his tremendous sacrifice. We will never forgot what he did for this great country. You carry on his great legacy with your own work ethic and love of country. Thank you."
Allen and Melissa Moseley of Atlanta, Georgia

"George-
Thank you for sharing the incredible story of your most brave son, Diego, who so valiantly serve our wonderful country!! I thank you, and your family too for the sacrifice you have made for our country.
Just as Jesus was sacrificed, you and your family have brought Glory to God on behalf of the sacrifice by Diego. There is not doubt Diego is "at home" dwelling in God's house forever and until we all meet again! May God continue to comfort you, as only HE can!"
Jo Beth Harrison of Suwanee, Georgia

"Just wanted Diego's Family to know that in the heart of strangers, your son is not forgotten. Diego was the first to be killed by a roadside bomb and our family has an American Flag dedicated just to him. His sacrifice will never be forgotten."
Carol Biggerstaff of Fenton, MO

"Hi George, this is Patricia I've been lifting all of you up in prayer, I know this is our anniversary month, I've been trying to get in touch with you. All the numbers I have don't work. Please contact me at 404-509-1001"
Patricia Roberts of Lithonia, Ga

"What's up Rincon,

It's strange talking to you like this. I do it all the time but I've never actually written to you. I didn't get to know you too well before we deployed for Iraq but once we got to Kuwait we became pretty good friends man-- as good as two guys stuck out there can be anyway. I often think about the nights we spent in line at the phone tent... having to hunt you down because you had my CD player... and why to this day you would always take the foam covers off of the headphones whenever you would use them... and chess bro, I still don't get how I would somehow always lose to you.

The other day I was thinking about the day we were all playing baseball when we were staged by the border. I wish I knew it then but it has become one of the memories that I truly cherish... I play out that game in my head so many times... Its kind of like a scene at the end of that show band of brothers with the guys all playing a game and the picture freezes over each guy and has a little sentence or two about what they did after the war. Then it all started. Do you remember the first time the ramp dropped and we were invading a country. Its so strange to think of really. We were kids man, and yet here we were... I was newer to the company than you were by a couple months and I remember thinking "wow, this is a lot of responsibility we're given right out the gate" ...

I think about what happened that day every day man. I remember walking over to Sgt. Walker's bradley with you to change out your weapon. Then we parted ways-- See you later we both said... so casually. Rendon, Cvos, Black and I all got you 4 tattooed on us man. Wheeland drew it but I don't think he ended up getting it

We came to see your folks too... had to borrow your shoes (hope you don't mind) and we went to church with them. While we were having dinner rendon was making these weird noises and everyone just started laughing. Your mom said that you were tickling us all... And you probably were. I miss you man


Black and I got out back in 2006... Can you believe that... We actually made it through another tour. My last day at stewart I stopped by your memorial, you know I said a little somehting for you when it was first dedicated. Anyway, I stopped by there sometimes when I would think of you guys. I didn't really get to know mike, Curtin and Sgt will the way I got to know you though, but I wish I did.

I miss you man. I wish you could have come home with us.

A part of every soldier you left home with is with you forever. We were the same age and I know it could have been us up there... Thank you for everything you gave. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to live my life and bro, I am trying to make the most of it. I'm graduating from college soon--Electrical Engineering-- go figure right... infantryman to engineer... I figure there is some kind of poetic justice in that. I want to make things now, not destroy them.

You are missed my Friend, Fallen but not Forgotten."
SPC Paolo F Ronquillo of Orlando, Fl

"I trained at Ft. Benning with him, saw him 24hrs a day 7 days a week for 17 weeks and we became good friends, he was a great person and to his family I'm sorry for your loss. "Now He Belongs To The Ages"."
J. williams of dadeville, AL

"Diego was remembered and honored in a parade in Cedar Hill Missouri for Memorial Day. His sacrifice and yours is not forgotten. Diego gave his tomorrows for our days, we will never forget his sacrifice. He has touched the hearts of so many, even in the hearts of strangers his love is there. I hope his memory lives on through generations of his family and friends. The world needs more Diegos."
Carol Biggerstaff of Fenton, MO

"Thank you Karen for yours words. It means a lot for us to know that somebody still remebers Diego."
George Rincon

"I'm thinking of Diego on this Memorial Day 2009. I hope that his family sees this and knows that he is not forgotten.

I taught at Salem so that's how I knew Diego. He was always smiling whenever I saw him. That's how I picture him today. Well, I can also picture him doing about 100 back handsprings in a row. :-) Whatever Diego did was amazing - acting, cheering, being a friend, and even being a soldier. He put it all into it. I'm sorry he's not with you today, but I'm thankful for him and so may others like him that have given their lives for us."
Karen Tolmich of Atlanta, GA

"Dear Rincon Family,

Your Auburn Seventh-day Adventist Church family loves you and knows that there is still a special place in your heart for Diego. You are in our prayers and we join you in looking forward to the day when we will see Jesus coming in the clouds to reunite families torn apart. Jesus Come Soon!"
Pastor Gary Rustad of Auburm GA/USA

"2 novienbre de 2008

hola querida tia espero esten bien me gustaria que me escribieras se que llamaste a deisy me alegro mucho por que supe algo de ti siempre pienso mucho en ustedes y le enseño la foto de diego y le sonrie valentina ya cumplio 9 meses y el nuño de mi hermaco nacio el 4 de agosto y es grande y gordo es lindo y se llama samuel espero me escribes a este mail polavelandia@hotmail.com les envio un gran beso y un fuerte abrazo a todos los amo y los extraño envienme un mensaje para enviares las fotos de la familia"
PAOLA VELANDIA of BOGOTA, COLOMBIA

"hola familia nose que sucedio conustedes pero espero ahora esten mejor un beso de cesar, deisy y paola hijos de marcos velandia"
paola velandia of colombia

"My wife and I had the distinct pleasure of meeting the entire Rincon family this past Saturday. What an inspiration they were to us to be thankful for our country and all that we have. Diego's family loved him so much and I'm sure he loved them very much also. His father George told how he dreamed as a teenager in Bogota, Columbia of coming to the USA and making a better life for his family and himself - and he did it! Thank you Mr. Rincon for sharing your story with us. I wish and pray for your family and you better days ahead."
Sven Lovegren of Atlanta, GA, USA

"Happy Birthday Diego. I can't believe you'd be 25. Mid twenties! I love you para eternidad. You're always in my heart."
Catherine (Your Baby) of Atlanta

"Dear Rincon Family,

We are a Bible Study group at Cornerstone Bible Church in Glendora, CA. Your son Diego's letter to his mother was printed in our local newspaper. I read it aloud to the ladies in our group. We all cried, then prayed for your family and for Diego. His letter to his mother was the most beautiful love letter I have ever read. What a treasure the letter is for you to have in memory of the love your son had for you. How wonderful for you to know that with Diego's last breath he knew his beloved mother would know the love he felt for her. What a testament of the way you raised your son. I've always heard that Latin families nurture their children with great affection and love...now I know it is true. May you recieve God's peace and comfort in the knowledge that your very special son is now in His presence and that you will be reunited one day. We cherish his memory and the sacrifice that he made for our country. I am certain that our Father is heaven has let Diego know that he is now officially a U.S. Citizen! May Jesus reassure you through your faith that your son is in His loving arms for eternity."
Julie Pielaat of Glendora, CA USA

"SENOR Y SENORA RINCON :
LAMENTO MUCHO LA PERDIDA DE SU HIJO, EL ERA UN GRAN INFANTRYMAN, TODO UN HEROE. YO ESTUBE CON EL EN IRAQ ESTABAMOS EN LA MISMA COMPANIA ALPHA COMPANY 2/7 INF, PERO EN PELOTONES DIFERENTES, EL EN 3rd PLATOON Y YO EN 1st PLATOON. CREAME QUE SU HIJO SACRIFICO SU VIDA POR LA DE TODOS LOS DEMAS.
DESPUES DE LO QUE A EL LE SUCEDIO YO NO FUI EL MISMO. POR QUE ME PUSE EN SU LUGAR, ME IMAJINE EL DOLOR QUE LE CAUSARIA A MI ESPOSA, PADRES, HERMANOS Y DEMAS FAMILIARES.
TANTO ME CAMBIO LA VIDA QUE HASTA DEJE DE TENERLE MIEDO A LA MUERTE. PARA MI EL ESTAR LEJOS PELEANDO UNA GUERRA QUE NO ERA MIA, Y VIENDO COMO LA VIDA DE LOS DEMAS SE ACABABA EN UN ABRIR Y CERRAR DE HOJOS.
PERO SU HIJO ES AHORA UN SOLDADO DE DIOS Y EL CUIDARA POR TODOS NOSOSTROS DESDE EL CIELO."
SPC GUTIERREZ CARLOS of DALLAS,TX,USA

"Your son was a hero. In his memory and honor, a guide dog puppy was named 'Rincon'. This puppy is being trained as a Guide Dog for the Blind. He will become someone's hero, as he was named for a hero. Heros live on in our hearts."
Wendy Harris of Santa Clara, CA

"July 4, 2007
To the family of Diego Fernando Rincon. Diego 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

"George and Yolanda: I know it has been quite a while since we have spoken, but I want you to know I wear Diego's button every day and think of you always. People still ask me about the button, and I have the opportunity to talk to them about the wonderful man Diego was. I know this Memorial Day will be a painful reminder of your loss, but please know that I am praying for and thinking of you. God be near you today!"
Dave Ross of Monroe, GA

"The following letter was mailed about February 23rd from an undisclosed staging area by a young soldier, Pfc. Diego Rincon, about to go into battle for the first time.
If anyone thinks going into battle is child's play, think again.. I believe the range of emotions, logical thought, wishes and prayers expressed by this young man pretty well cover the thoughts and emotions of all soldiers going into battle, whether for the first time or the hundredth time..
Yet, even at this young age, through the thoughts and hopes and prayers, comes an unmistakable resolve.. a dedication and committment to get the job done..
Such determination can only be born from love of country, love of family and love of God.. This letter arrived at his parent's home on March 22, 2003.
On March 29th, just one week after this letter arrived home, Diego and three other soldiers were mortally wounded by a suicide car bomber at the checkpoint they were manning.. Diego was 19 years old..
May God Bless his young life and hold Diego, his comrades, and the families of all, in His loving embrace until such time as they are reunited again in Paradise. Amen



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" A Son's Last Letter Home "




February 22, 2003

Hola, Mother,
How are you doing? Good, I hope. I'm doing OK, I guess. I won't be able to write anymore starting the 28th of this month. We are moving out. We are already packed and ready to move to a tactical Alpha-Alpha (in Iraq). Once that happens, there will not be any mail sent out. We will only receive mail that is less than 12 ounces. At least that's what they said.
I'm not sure where exactly we're going [to] be yet, but it is said to be a 20-hour drive in the Bradleys [fighting vehicles].
So I guess the time has finally come for us to see what we are made of, who will crack when the stress level rises and who will be calm all the way through it. Only time will tell. We are at the peak of our training and it's time to put it to the test.
I just want to tell everybody how much you all mean to me and how much I love you all. Mother, I love you so much! I'm not going to give up! I'm living my life one day at a time, sitting here picturing home with a small tear in my eyes, spending time with my brothers, who will hold my life in their hands.
I try not to think of what may happen in the future, but I can't stand seeing it in my eyes. There's going to be murders, funerals and tears rolling down everybody's eyes. But the only thing I can say is, keep my head up and try to keep the faith and pray for better days. All this will pass. I believe God has a path for me. Whether I make it or not, it's all part of the plan. It can't be changed, only completed.
"Mother" will be the last word I'll say. Your face will be the last picture that goes through my
eyes. I'm not trying to scare you, but it's reality. The time is here to see the plan laid out. And, hopefully, I'll be at home in it. I don't know what I'm talking about or why I'm writing it down. Maybe I just want someone to know what goes through my head. It's probably good not keeping it all inside.
I just hope that you're proud of what I'm doing and have faith in my decisions. I will try hard and not give up. I just want to say [I'm] sorry for anything I have ever done wrong. And I'm doing it all for you, Mom. I love you.
Your son,

Diego Rincon



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My sincere Thank You to Jorge Rincon, Diego's Dad, for sharing this moving correspondence with a nation that is sharing his family's grief."

"george, I have talked to you before and I hope you don"t find this inapropriate but this is for those who are reading this page who know the coward that was driving the taxi or recieved money for his cowardly actions. I will get every penny back and vengence will be mine. I couldn't believe it when I found out that faggots name. I'm homeless right now but as soon as I get funding and can get over to Iraq every person who supports that coward should be living in fear. I will find his family. I will get any reward money they recieved. and I will kill each and every one of those m-f-s. There days are numbered.Out cast forever."

"To the whole Rincon family,
I served w/your son in his plt. I was assigned to Aco 2-7inf for 4yrs. i remember the day he showed up @ my company. My name use to be SGT Bortz. I got out of the army 7 months ago. I now reside in Loganville, GA but it would be greatly appreciated if i can hear from you guys sometime soon.

I have no idea how often you check this or what not with the new messages but when you get this please call me. My cell # is (912) 674-1623. Like i said, I knew diego quite well. I always gave him crap about his yellow mustang just because of the color of it. I also remembered when you're whole family showed up to our company when we got back from the war and MR.Rincon, you handed out cards in memory of your son.

I appreciated the fact that all of you're family came down to my company and visited with us when we were in class A's that day. Well I do hope to hear back from you soon. Here is my email address.....infpunk692003@yahoo.com
cell # once again...(912) 674-1623
Take care of yourself and best of wishes for this new year.

Thankyou for giving me a wonderful loving buddy to serve with in the army, in which PFC Diego Rincon was a true infantry soldier, a fighter and we all knew he had our backs!

RAGE-FURY-AGGRESSION
Aco 2-7Inf
CottonBailers by GOD, Damn fine soldiers!

SGT Bortz, Kenny"
Kenny Bortz of Loganville, GA

"diego...what's up man... its los from mcintosh. I wear a bracelet in your honor my friend. I never got to thank you for hooking me up freshman and sophomore year at mcintosh with yearbooks and food. sounds trivial now but i miss you man. I know you're in the heavens with that huge smile on your face. until we meet again..."
1LT Carlos Dinkins of Tikrit, Iraq

"To the family of:Diego Fernando Rincon 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"

"Diego,
I would like to say thank you to you and the other soldiers who were killed in that blast for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Volens Et Potens"(Willing And Able)
7th Inf. Motto"

"To honor the Georgia soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families, the professional portrait artists of the Atlanta Fine Arts League are offering to paint a portrait of the individual soldier for his family. These 16 X 20” original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrifices made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families’ loss. Please visit our website www.atlantafineartsleague.org or email us at AtlantaFineArtsLeague@Yahoo.com for further information."
–The Atlanta Fine Arts League of Georgia

"We wanted you to know, we have not forgotten your son, his sacrifice and yours. We created a parade float to honor and remember our country's past and current military, with special honor to those who died. We proudly display your son's picture in every parade we do for the last 3 years. We are so sorry for your lost and will never forget Rincon."
Don & Carol Biggerstaff of Fenton, MO

"hola se que perdimos a un ser maravilloso en colombia poco tiempo lo vi sus recuerdos son los que me cuentan mi familia en colombia pero es por eso es que mi pena es mayor ya que nunca fuy caoas de llamar a mi familia ni enterarlos de las cosas que sucedian los amo mucho tios lleven siempre sus recuerdos en la memoria y dejandon que el asienda con el padre descansara"
paola velandia( pima) of COLOMBIA

"Dear Mr.& Mrs. Rincon
I must write to you as I once again read the newspaper article re: your wonderful son Diego. When it first came out in the paper I cut it out and hung it directly in front of me at my kitchen sink. Everytime I stood there I lifted you,your family and friends up in prayer. I also thanked God for young men and women such as your son who were willing to fight for this great country and sacrifice for our freedom. I took his picture down after a few months as the fighting continued but I kept it close to me and I read it again this morning and knew I had to send a thank you for raising such a fine young man. I am most grateful that he believed in the supreme God as I have no doubt he is sitting at the feet of our almighty God and he is so happy. I just had to tell you he is not forgotten and he has touched so many lives and I thank you. I continue to lift you up in prayer. Our door is always open to you if you are ever in this neighborhood. God bless America and you. Nancy Redden July 20th, 2006"
Nancy Redden of Versailles, Ky

"I will always remember how uniqe Ricon was. I was in his company Alpha 2/7. I was in 1st plt and Ricon was in 3rd plt. His squad had just relieved my squad at the check point prior to the tragic incident that ocurred. I will always remember how fun he was to hang with, and I will never forget his selfless service toward his plt,his company and his country. Godbless the Ricon family"
Ameen Snowden of Philadelphia

"I saw Diego Rincon featured on a news program over the Memorial Day weekend and my heart broke in a million pieces as his father so bravely recounted his life, and the pride he feels for his son and his service to our country. I love this country and I love the freedoms we enjoy here because of the men and women like this beautiful young man. I will not take my freedoms for granted because I want to honor every single person who gave their lives so that we can live as we choose. On behalf of my family and me, we are eternally grateful. God bless these soldiers, their families and our country."
Maruchy Ramos-Lachance of Jupiter, Florida

"Mr. Rincon:
How can I put this...I am 100% against this war and 200% for your son, and the others who are bravely serving this country. He was a special human being and a true hero. I cry with you for the passing of this beautiful soul."
Wendyz of Seattle, WA USA

"As I watched "Saving Private Ryan" this Memorial Weekend 2006, I could not help but think of the CNN tribute to Fallen Hero Diego Fernando Rincon.
Diego's courage in joining the armed forces after experiencing the barbaric World Trade Center attack, which ultimately cost him his life, as well as George Rincon's desire to enlist to "finish the job", exemplifies what is great about this country.
This country needs more people like the Rincon Family.
God bless them."
JC Camarena of West Covina, CA USA

"TO THE RICON FAMILY;

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR GREAT SACRIFICE AND LOSS IN GIVING THE LIFE OF YOUR SON TO THE GREAT SOCIETY WE CALL AMERICA.

YOUR SON, DIEGO, IS A BETTER MAN THEN I CAN EVER BE.

THANK YOU ALSO FOR COMING HERE FROM YOUR NATIVE LAND OF COLUMBIA, TO SEEK A BETTER LIFE AND FOR THE MANY CONTRIBUTIONS YOUR FAMILY HAS MADE TO THIS COUNTRY.
AMERICA IS A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE,GROW AND LEARN BECAUSE YOU HAVE HONORED YOUR NEW HOMELAND WITH YOUR PRESENCE HERE AND THE GIVING OF YOUR SON'S LIFE TO THIS WONDERFUL NATION.

I AM PROUD THAT YOU ALL ARE MY FELLOW CITIZENS. MY ENTIRE FAMILY CAME HERE TO AMERICA FROM ITALY. WE ALL ARE PROUD TO HOLD OUT OUR CHEST WITH PRIDE AND RESPECT, JUST AS ALL OF THE RICON FAMILY WILL DO, WHEN EVER WE RECALL YOUR SON AND ALL THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR OWN LIVES SO OTHERS MAY LIVE ON FREE.

WE CAN NOT THINK OF ANY OTHER ACT OF THE HUMAN CONDITION, WHICH IS SO LOVING AND GIVING AND SELFLESS, THEN YOUR SON, DIEGO'S ULTIMATE SACRIFICE.

I LIVE IN CALDWELL, NEW JERSEY WHICH IS 15 MILES FROM NEW YORK CITY.
IF AT ANY TIME YOU FIND YOURSELF VISITING THIS AREA OF THE COUNTRY, MY FAMILY WOULD CONSIDER YOUR VISITING AND STAYING WITH US A GREAT HONOR.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF YOUR SON, I AM,
RESPECTFULLY YOURS,
ALBERT SIMEONE
NOKIALF@COMCAST.NET

THE FOLLOWING IS A POEM WRITTEN BY PETE SEGER.
AFTER READING YOUR YOUNG SON DIEGO'S BIOGRAPHY, I SUDDENLY RECALLED THIS POEM AND THOUGHT OF ALL THOSE YOUNG MEN
AND WOMEN WHO HAVE DIED FOR THEIR COUNTRY AND ITS CAUSE THROUGH OUT ITS HISTORY.


Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the flowers gone?
Girls have picked them every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the young girls gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the young girls gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the young girls gone?
Taken husbands every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the young men gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the young men gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the young men gone?
Gone for soldiers every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the soldiers gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the soldiers gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the soldiers gone?
Gone to graveyards every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the graveyards gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the graveyards gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the graveyards gone?
Covered with flowers every one
When will we ever learn?
When will we ever learn?"
Albert Simeone of CALDWELL, NEW JERSEY

"On this day in Canada, when we are burying our 1st female soldier lost in battle (Afganishtan), the message of duty, pride and honor really hit home not in the news coverage of her funeral, but on a CNN report I watched about Diego Rincon. For me, it is almost hard to understand the passion and Patriotism that young people like Diego and Nichola Goddard (CANADA) exemplify in their committment to defend us. Watching his father and Diego on CNN, and seeing pictures of this "CHILD" in uniform in front of the flag...and then seeing his Dog Tags in front of the flag made me both very sad and very proud...Very proud that we in CANADA and the USA have people like Diego Rincon and Nichola Goddard have the PRIDE, HONOR, COMMITTMENT, LOVE and DESIRE to protect us, and very sad that I, and others in my generation didn't or don't understand their their love for their Country."
Ryan Dennis of Kamloops, B.C. CANADA

"Saw the story on your son on CNN. From the Wilson family in Olathe, Kansas, please accept our sincere appreciation, gratitude, and admiration for your son ... we share the sorrow for your loss. Americans everywhere should be thankful for Americans like you and your son. The pride in your son should be your overwhelming emotion. God bless."
Chris Wilson and family of Olathe, Kansas

"Remembering Diego as we approach Memorial Day 2006.His sacrifice will be something that I will never forget.A true American hero."
Gary Crowe of Queens,New York City

"Mr. Rincon, I have not been able to find your number through information. I have a vidio tape of your son in kuait telling everyone he loves them. I would really like to send you a copy. Kevin Fee (727)458-0067."

"Mr. Rincon and faimly,

I was in your son's platoon in Ft. Stewart and Iraq.I held the American flag for the one year anniversary of their death. I wanted to tell you you had a wonderful son a strong solider and a all around great person. He died a Hero and we will never forget. I love you all for the sacrifices you've made for your son."
N Driggers of Las Vegas NV

"Words cannot qualify your dedication to and sacrifice for our country. Thank you for defending our freedom. God bless you and your family."
Ethan Beck of Conyers, GA

"Mr Diego And Family ,
i am in ft stewart i had the honor of meeting your son he was a great person and a good listener he will always be missed i will keep you all in my prayers as i just lost my daughter to a car accident the 27th of may this year she really liked him to she thought he was funny and cool"
donna of ft stewart

"I knew Diego when he was just a kid, I was a teenager. we went to the same church. He was always a very cheerful and happy child, had this really big smile that would just make you smile too when you saw it. I know we'll see each other again in heaven. God bless you Diego, and God bless your family."
Liang Feria of Norcross, GA

"HEY SON I MISS YOU A LOT EVERY DAY, EVERY MINUTE,AND EVERY SECOND THAT I BREATH EVERY MORNING AND EVERY NIGHT. YOUR LITTLE SISTER, LITTLE BROTHER AND YOUR BIG BROTHER
FABIAN ARE DOING OK.MOM IS CRYING FOR YOU EVERY DAY,AND SHE MISS YOU SO MUCH.
BUT WE KNOW THAT WE'RE GOING TO SEE YOU SOMEDAY AND THIS TIME ITS GOING TO BE FOR ETERNITY! WE LOVE AND MISS YOU."
George Rincon Sr.

"Diego,
My heart hurts so badly as I remember your sacrifice. I am overcome with joy and sorrow reflecting on the life that you led and the memories we created. You were a better friend than I could ever ask for, a more courageous man than I could ever hope to be. I thank God for the years we spent together and pray that we will someday see each other again. I will never forget the life that you led and the sacrifice that you made. I love you and miss you with all of my heart!"
Josh Kinnebrew of Conyers, GA

"Diego,
Hey Baby. I love you & I am still missing you. It's Memorial Day again. Every second of every day of mine is filled with memories of you. Your name was in the paper. It was one of the names in a long list. It saddens me to think of your name being on lists of fallen soldiers. You shouldn't be there. I love you this much (<-->), that line goes on forever...it never ends.
Love Always,

Catherine Montemayor(Your Baby)"
Catherine of Atlanta, GA, USA

"Dear Mr. Rincon: I am deeply sorry and saddened over your loss. Your brave, strong, and loving son will always be in our hearts."
Mike of CA

"I offer my prayers to the Rincon family in their grief and time of loss. All Americans are grateful for Diego's bravery, patriotism and love for his country."
David Klinger of Sugar Land, TX

"Diego Rincon was an angel. He was innocent. He had an angelic smile and a loving father. You see a lot of stories on TV but this boy who went to war leaves a mark on us. Every man dies but not every man lives. Diego lived....you could see his enthusiasm in his videos.
He had a lot going for him.

But now he is dead. We will all die. The world will not remember most of us 100 years in the future or 1000 years. They might remember Neil Armstrong for being the first man on the moon....but they wont remember the rest of us. What they will remember is not what we leave online here but what our brave soldiers did over there. They will remember America.

They will remember our brave soldiers. They will remember our heritage of democracy which will endure for centuries and it will endure because of sons like Diego Rincon and fathers who remind us that the red in the flag is the blood of their sons."
Larry Gordon Handy of Bountiful, Utah

"Dear Mr. Diego,

You honor your son with your obvious love and sorrow. Your son will forever bring honor to his family for his sense of duty and patriotism."
Monica Reno of Orlando, Fl

"I still have tears in my eyes after watching Diego's dad on CNN. I just want him to know that I am so proud and appreciative of Diego, as well as other young men and women of the United States forces who have lost there lives in defense of the freedoms that the whole world enjoys because of The Uited States of America. We owe you everything Diego, thank you for our FREEDOM. Diego would also be proud of such a classy Dad. My greatest sympathies George."
Morgan of Alberta, Canada

"I just watched CNN's story about PFC Diego Rincon and his father and am proud to serve with fine young men and women in the military. I have had the pleasure of serving for almost 25 years between the Air Force, Tenn. Army Gaurd, and Tenn. Air Guard. Most Americans don't know how great our fellow American patriots are and how willing they are to answer the call when this Country beckons them to serve anytiime, any place. Thanks to ALL my fellow servicemen and women!!! I salute each and everyone of you. Please say "THANK YOU" to a veteran this memorial Day weekend. God Bless America!!!"
Norman Gaither of Trion, GA

"I just watched the Rincon family on CNN. The determination, strength, and faith displayed by Diego's father was an inspiration beyond description. To hear Mr. Rincon speak of his son with such passion moved me to tears."
Scott of Alberta, CANADA

"My God. What can I say... Diego's Dad was just one CNN (1600 PST 5/28/05). I am a 28 year old ex-Marine, and father. I had great-big tears well-up in my eyes listening to him. What a sacrifice he made giving his son to all of us. I could see how much he really truly loved that boy (like I love my own son). I could not imagine his languish over the death of his "child". I find myself wondering if I could make the same sacrifice upon the alter of freedom. I cannot imagine loosing my child. No matter what transpired to start this conflict, we must know we have liberated Iraqi people from a man called "the Butcher of Baghdad" (for years).
It is "bitter-sweet" to know that we have diverted Al Qaeda to that theater, from our own soil. The suffering of the Iraqi Children will soon be over, and they will have THE most precious gift ever- FREEDOM!

To Diego's Father: My HEART GOES OUT TO YOU SIR. Thank you for being so GRACIOUS, even though you are at a loss. I cannot stop crying for you. I'm sorry this happened to you. Your son has brought you GREAT HONOR, and all of us courage to do what is right.

"The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free. - John Stewart Mill""
JB of Merced, Ca.

"I just saw the story about your son on CNN. You should be proud to have raised such a fine young hero Mr Rincon, Stay strong."
PJ of Alpharetta, GA

"Estimada familia De Diego Fernando Rincon, hacabo de ver las noticias con la historia de Diego. Siento mucha tristesa que su hijo tan joven y lleno de vida y valor se haya ido de este mundo sin saber cuantas vidas ayudo y cuantos inspiro. Estara en nuestros corazones y nunca se olvidara.

Un fuerte abrazo,"
Rebecca McClure of Bel Aire, KS

"In Loving Memory
We thought of you with love today
but that is nothing new,We thought
about you yesterday,and the day before
that too.We think of you in silence
we often speak your name.All we have
now are memories and your picture
in a frame.You memory is our keepsake
with which we will never part.God
has you in his keeping,We have you
in our hearts.We shed a tear for
what might have been,a million
times we've cried if love alone could
have saved you.You never would
have died.in life we loved you
dearly.In death we love you still.
in our hearts you hold a place.
no one could ever fill.It broke our
hearts to lose you but you didn't
go alone for a part of us went with
you the day god took you home .


Donna W Fuller"
DONNA FULLER of FT STEWART ,GA

"your are sorerly missed Fernando we love you your friend"
donna of ft stewart ,ga

"Mr. Rincon and family:
I have been praying for you and your family ever since I heard about the tragic loss of your beautiful, wonderful, brave and courageous son. I watched every news cast about him and even the funeral. I prayed mightily for your younger son, when it showed up on his face how deeply hurt he was at losing his big brother. I have two wonderful daughters but always wished I had a son and if I did I'd like him to have been as wonderful as I feel that your son was. Therefore, I encourage you to always keep him in your hearts daily, and when you want to feel close to him ask Jesus to deliver a message to him. For I truly believe he is in God's loving arms now and resting peacefully. We love you and your family and pray daily that God will comfort you and your family. My prayer is that God will lead and lay on the hearts of whom ever necessary to grant you and your family full citizenship for having paid such a high price (the life of your son). Please know that you are not forgotten and your wonderful son who stood and fought so diligently will always be remembered for such bravery. May God bless and keep you and your family is our prayer. Remember the word of our Lord: Thou wilt keep thee in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on him. God richest blessing abide with you now and forever more. Arvern Thompson and Family"
Arvern Thompson of Lithonia,Ga. USA

"I went to basic training with Diego, at Fort Benning Ga. We graduated on June 7 2002. I just want to say that he will never be forgotten and I think about him everyday. I, too, just returned after 11 months in Iraq and I know what kind of a sacrifice he made. I feel fortunate to have known him- he was a great guy!"
SPC Chris Burke of Corinth NY 12822

"I saw Diego for the first time on CNN on 1/30/05.What a true American hero.God bless Diego and his family.I will never forget you"
Gary of Queens,New York

"I read in the newspaper the letter Diego wrote home to his mom and it broke my heart. I never read such a beautiful letter, I pray for your son every night. I was at the memorial service for Michael Curtain the soldier from NJ who died with Diego.He will never be forgotten. May God Bless your family and know that you are not alone nor forgotten. Diego is in my heart every day."
Ellen Pawlowski of Millstone Twp, NJ

"R.I.P. you brave human.
whish, I´d knew and met you...
all the best to your family !

nik"
nik of vienna, austria

"i'm so sorry for your loss, i too lost a friend in iraq. i too served my country. stationed at fort stewart, ga i had to make a choice whether to stay and leave my newborn son or chapter out to take care of him. gratefully i chose to opt out. although i did not know your son i do feel your pain. i have friends who i was close to and call family who will be leaving back to iraq for a second time in dec. some with newborns and some very young. reading about all these soldiers chokes me up because my husband has four months left in the army and i can't sleep at night because i'm so scared the next day he will tell me he's leaving to iraq. i wish this didn't have to be this way. i wish our troops would come home. i wish this war will be over. i guess all we can do is pray. if you get a chance there is a poem called when tommorrow starts without me please look it up. it is a beautiful poem. thank you for your time. god bless you and your family."
michelle of whittier, ca

"To the friends and family of Diego Fernando Rincon:
Until I too lost a loved one in Iraq, I didn't realize how many of our soldiers we had lost to this war. I am so sorry for your tragic loss and I can't say how sorry I am for not posting this before I too was in your place. These men were all heroes and will never be forgotten. Diego's memories will live on forever in your hearts. Know that you are always in my prayers."
Sarah Linden of Portland, OR USA

"Hi my name is Rubi and I go to Barker Central School. My social studies teacher found out about the website and she told us that it would be very nice if we could choose two people off of the list and write a short summary on his death. The reason that I chose your son because it sounded like he was a Hispanic and so am I. I would like to tell you that even though that Diego has moved one the memories that he has had will live on forever. the many friends that your son had will miss him greatly. Diego was a very important person and what he did to help our country will be remembered in many hearts. Diego is watching over you like your very own guardian angel. Diego was a very intelligent person and by the messages left by friends and family I'm sure that your family will be accompanied by many friends of your son. Since Diego has gone away I'm sure that your family will be more closer than ever. I know how you feel because October 20th,2003 I lost my cousin who was very special to me. Chinta and I shared many unforgettable times together.
I would recommend that you and your family and the many friends of your son get together and make a scrap book of your sons life. That really helps you in not feeling so bad. So just remember your son is with you wherever you go."
7th grade student of Barker Middle school

"To Remember Them..In loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

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

"We Will NEVER FORGET !" As the first anniversary of the death of your loved one arrives;
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering all your family and loved ones in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Diego, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi B from Montana "

"Yo le quiero dar las gracias a Diego por servir a los estados unidos en la guerra contr Iraq. El siempre va a estar en nuestros corazones y siempre va a estar junto a sus mejores amigos ayudandoles para seguir adelante. Que Dios los bendiga, familia Rinco su hijo esta en buenas manos porque esta junto a dios en los cielos caminando en las calles de oro que Dios nos promete. Algun dia podran ver a su hijo una vez mas. Miren adelante no miren atras que yo estoy segura que Diego los esta viendo desde los cielos. Hasta luego recuerden que Dios Los ama."
Rubi Torres of Barker

"While my husband was serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, my small sons saw the button bearing PFC Rincon's photo on his aunt's blouse at the restaurant where she works. They excitedly told her that their daddy was overseas too. I'll never forget the sadness on her face when she told them that her nephew was gone. It was then that I realized who the young man in the photo was. The night my husband returned to Ft Stewart I walked down the side of the parade field where trees had been planted in memory of the fallen. There is a beautiful marker with his name on it beside a tree that will grow tall and strong. The sacrifice of this fine AMERICAN soldier will never be forgotten."
Jennifer Long of Conyers, GA

"Thank you Diego Rincon, 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

"You are a true hero to everyone in this great nation. May your memory live on forever. God bles you, Deigo, and your family and friends."
Anonymous

"You Will Always Be My Special Angel Diego"
Alice Morris of New London,NC USA

"I first heard about Diego during the same week he was killed by reading some of the letter he wrote to his mother, it was probably the saddest and most ironic piece of literature i've ever read. I had a friend from Columbia that was shot six times and killed in Ohio. He didn't deserve it by any means and neither did Diego. But their both in a better place and will never be forgotten.

God Bless Diego for his sacrifice & may he Rest in peace.....Drive On"
B of Utica,NY

"Gorge ,mi hermano,
tu sabes el sentimiento de orgullo que sineto por diego y por jesus, ellos son el ejemplo que devemos tener para salir adelante con nuestras familias y asi demostrar a la comunidad angosajona que nosotros venimos a dar algo mas que nuestro trabajo a esta generoza nacion, venimos y dimos la sangre de nuestros hijos por su libertad! por la libertad del mundo.
animo mi hermano.
Dios tenga en su gloria a nuestros hijos Diego Fernando Rincon y Jesus Alberto Suarez del Solar Navarro y atodos nuestros heroes latinos caidos en esta absurda guerra.."
Fernando Suarez del Solar of Escondido CA.

"Your son has died that we might live freely. May God, who gave His Son to die that we might live, grant you a supernatural peace that will override your pain. God be with you. Thank you."
Rev. Joseph F. Scro of Hainesport, NJ USA

"Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you brave soldier, your courage and sacrifice will nerver be forgotten."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Diego Rincon:
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 Diego 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 Pfc. Diego Rincon:
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 Diego, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"I want to thank you and your family for the ultimate sacrifice to our country and how much the cost of the liberties I have are never forgotten because of HEROES like you.

I am proud to be an American that has freedom that is not cheap. You paid the price that my heart has a place because I am still able to exercise freedoms that you have upheld for all Americans.

May God Bless your family as they go through these trying times. I look forward to seeing you in Heaven to say thank you.

May God have you under His wing through eons of time."
Robert N Askew of Lawrenceville, GA, USA

"Deigo graduated with my son, Jeff and another friend Jonathon from Salem High School. My son, Jeff and his best friend are in the 3BCT 2/69 stationed out of Fort Benning. I personally knew Deigo. He always had a smile. I don't know if Jeff and Jonathon even know about their fallen class mate. My blessing is that Jeff and Jonathon have each other and they are both coming home. Conyers is proud and all are praying. Deigo will never be forgotten. He is our Conyers HERO."
Cheri Boudreaux of Conyers, GA

"They say the greatest sacrifice one can make is to die for their country. I say it is to die for a country that you love with all your heart even though legally it is not yours. I have known several non-Americans that have been in our military and know that they are just as brave as "our boys". I just wish that Diego had made the paper on the 5th page of the last section in little print of the names that received their citizenship instead of in a special ceremony as a fallen hero."
Christie Nestor of LaGrange, GA

"Su hijo es alguien a quien admirar. Que Dios lo tenga en su gloria y que pronto puedan sentir paz en sus corazones."
Melly of California

"This Soldier is now a SPECIAL Angel with the Lord. He will live on in our hearts forever."
The Taylors, USMC of NC

"To the family of Army Pfc. Diego Fernando Rincon: You should be very proud of your son's willingness to serve in an Army where he had not yet received his citizinship. That is courage. But thanks to God and to the Senators from Georgia for getting him his U.S. Citizenship. His labor was not in vain. And reading his letter to his mother, we sense that he knew that he had moved from the US Army to God's Army. I'm glad he will be joining God's forces with my son, who died 5 years ago from a stray bullet. It is not an easy task to cope with a loss of a child. But rest assured, with the love of family, a supportive church family, and more importantly God's unfailing love and comfort, we get through it all. Thank you for sharing your son with humanity. He is forever a true American hero. Many blessings and prayers to you in the name of Jesus."
Veverly Davis of Decatur, Georgia, USA

"God Bless Mr. Rincon. He paid the price for freedom. To myself an ex Army person he was more of an American than most the day he put on a U.S. Army uniform."
Jerome Aiken of Lawrenceville, GA, USA

"I first read of Diego on a yahoo website. I read the letter his mother had received after Diego had past away. I was at work and i had to excuse my self to the ladies room to cry. I've been looking for more information about Diego, I want to know everything about him. I printed that letter and i carry it with me. I told my mother about it and it quickly brought her to tears. I'm crying now as i'm writting this. I was so touched by what he wrote to his mother. At first I thought this war was completely worth fighting but once i reallized how many young boys were dying so far away from their homes, i quickly changed my mind. I do support all the troops but it hurts my heart to know of our fallen heroes and the ones that are still so far away from their families. God help our men and women that are out there, they are all in my mother's and my nightly prayers. God bless the mothers and fathers off all of our fallen heroes."
Maria Garcia of Whittier, CA

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on