Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Sgt. Moses D. Rocha

33, of Roswell, New Mexico.
Rocha died due to injuries received from enemy action in An Najaf, Iraq. He was assigned to Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on August 5, 2004.

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"Moses its been years my brother but I've never forgotten you. You gave me an answer when I asked you should I reenlist and you said No stay home and raise your kids. My oldest son Gavin is now 16 he drives and I am fixing a 66' Chevy corvair. I talk about you to my kids how family and friends come first. You my friend I learned from. I now have 3 boys 2 girls. I do my best to make sure I raise them the best I can because you wanted me to stay home. Thank you my Brother for the call you helped me make. I Miss you everyday. I Love you Bro. John 15:13 Juan Resendiz AKA Taco... 832-683-1739."
Juan Resendiz of Rosenberg Texas

"Roch, brother I have thought about you a lot with everything I do. I think about all our brothers that have gone to stand the ultimate post. I remember that day like it was yesterday. We were coming back in from the cemetery after dropping off guys and we pulled back into the FOB. I drove up in our Humvee and parked next to medical. I remember seeing people everywhere. Doc J came outside and grabbed me and told me what had happened. I immediately yelled there is no way. I ran inside the BAS and you were there. I personally had to see myself. My friend, I knew you were at peace. I stayed with you and helped load you onto the CH-46. That walk from BAS to the helo was filled with all the memories of our long conversations the the armory back at Horno. I remember telling the crew chief to take good care of you and make sure you stay covered with our flag. My heart is heavy writing this but I want you to know you are not forgotten. You were a great Marine!! Semper Fidelis my friend...... Sgt. Henson 1/4 " whatever it takes""
Sgt James Henson of Abilene texas

"Moses,
It's been a long time brother, still think of you and miss you all of the time. I remember that smile you wore everywhere, no matter how bad things got. Thank you, you managed to lift everyone else around you up, even though I'm sure you were battling your own demons like the rest of us. Your in our minds and hearts 24/7, rest easy my friend.
Until we meet again,
Semper Fi"
Brandon Wilson of Missoula Montana

"I remember when we were in boot camp together. Semper Fi Brother you will always be missed. You are always in my thoughts. Respectfully India Co. Plt. 3078 San Diego 12/5/1994."
J. Reza of Florence, AZ.

"May God bless you and your family, see you on the other side my brother"
Steven of San Diego

"Happy birthday. I miss you, and I will always love you."

"I know August already passed bro, but be steady I still remember you and I always will. Can you believe it I will retire in two years. Some of the Blackwater detail dudes did a video in YouTube to remember the battle of Najaf since all the attention always go to Fanthom Fury. "We" those who were there will always remember the human sacrifice before the mission."
GySgt, Munoz Roger G. of Washington, DC

"Hey Sgt Rocha,
Think of you and everyone else every day. The good times we all had. See alot of the guys have left you messages. Good to see they are thinking of you also. August is the toughest month of the year anymore. But we all get by somehow. Think about you all the time. Just wanted to say hi bro, and let ya know I miss ya. See you again someday brother. Love ya"
Brandon Wilson of missoula montana

"Happy birthday. I miss you."

"Moses RIP"
Marlon R of Ar Ramadi IQ

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"Here we go, as we get close to come yet into another August your smile always come to mind. Bro ill never forget you, this August I will remember, again. God speed."
GySgt Munoz of Hawaii

"Happy birthday. I miss you."

"Happy Birthday Mo. I miss you."

"Please we are still trying to locate whom ever still has pictures of Moses for his mother. She is reaching out you to see if she can collect some of the pictures that are still out there and to connect with some of his friends to see how they are doing. Please send any info to my e-mail at: aureliaapodaca1983@yahoo.com. Thank you for any help that you can provide to us."
Aurelia Molly of Roswell, NM

"Cousin Moses...Rocha's always stick together. I'm running the Heartbreak Ridge Half Marathon at Camp Pendleton tomorrow 09/10/11 in your memory. Hope your spirit keeps me going, as I hear it's a brutual course.
Love you always, Cousin Karla Rocha"
Karla of Riverside, CA

"I miss you and will always remember you!!"
Darwin Smith of Santa Ana

"What's up brother I come on here all the time to think about you bro. But you are on my mind all the time and know that you live in my heart and mind for ever I will never let your story or your memories die as long as I have a breath in my chest and my heart still beats I will tell the world what a great marine you were and what a great freind. I love you brother."
cpl martinez of stockton ca

"Gone but not forgotten, miss you Mo. I remember you and the others everyday, especially today August 5th, 2011."
Doc Perdomo of coachella, Ca

"I wake up and see the tattoos on my forearms of you, Seamus Davey and Byron Norwood. All friends of mine taken in that God forsaken country.

Every Damn Day Is Memorial Day."
mitch hailey of bremerton, WA

"Its close to Memorial Day and not a day goes by that i dont remember Sgt Moses D. Rocha. It is very emotional for me because i took this loss and sometimes still do, very personal. i had the oppurtunity to deploy with him both times to iraq, 2003 - 2005 with 1st Battalion 4th Marines. i was a corpsman with the unit. i have alot of wonderful memories of Moses, from Al Hilla in 2003 dealing with the p.o.w.'s, to being the corpsman he confided in to do things for him he might not have trusted other corpsman to do, to that day where HM2 Johnson and i took turns providing cpr trying to revive him. the doctor had to tell me to stop because you were already gone, but i chose to keep trying. and i sat there with you until you were taken by the helo. many Marines came by to say their good-byes before you were taken away. i have alot of trouble dealing with this because it was my job to keep you alive. to a corpsman, the worst thing is a fallen Marine. it has put me in the V.A. hospital a few times because i cant come to terms with you being gone. To the family, i am sorry it has taking me this long to write on here again, its just that its very emotional for me and in some ways i feel guilty because of what my job was overthere, and him and i being good friends just makes it harder. thats it for now. my contact info is joe perdomo, email: joe.perdomo@yahoo.com. im also on facebook."
Doc Perdomo of Coachella, Ca/USA

"Even now I forget your birthday, 21th or 22nd never got it right. Love you Mo"
of ca

"Happy birthday. I miss you."

"I still think of you, I still miss you, my man. Your daughter is a beautiful woman now, who just graduated from college (Texas Tech class of '10, International Business - Italian)!!!
CONGRATS!!!
It was a tough row to hoe from a long time ago, and you did it! You took it on and made it your own, and you were an inspiration to me - as you went into the service, just as you are an inspiration to me, even today! I don't think there will ever be a time when you and your family won't be in my thoughts, and my heart wishing the absolute best for them at every waking moment! Some of the best times of my life, ever, were with you in it. Missed, yes. Forgotten, NEVER. I'll definitely see you later, my friend!"
Guy Harris of Albuquerque, NM

"Ive always wanted to put something down in writing, but it could never be enough how could it be. Knowing you for as long as i did was a blessing and i thank you for being there for me, and it really hurts to this day knowing i wasn't always there for you. Everyone makes choices in there life and i think yours was to impact everyone else's in the best way you could and i know you have. The love you expressed for everyone around you was beyond my understanding at the time and to this day is hard to comprehend. Ive never met someone so compassionate for others. You were a true friend and someone i will never forget. I want you to know i found what i was looking for, you always knew i would though. Thank you for being there for me and know you were there for many others in one way or another. To your family i hope they know how much you thought of them and hopefully others have passed along their stories of how you always had them on your mind, i didn't get the chance to meet many of them but the ones i did get to meet i could see then the love you had for one another. Thank you for being you and know you are in my thoughts always."
Busby of Spokane WA.

"Semper Fi Sgt Rocha. You were the man!!!!"
Fred Peterson of Dallas TX

"To the family and friends I offer my deepest condolences. Rocha, I havenít been able to stop thinking about you ever since receiving the news of your loss. Itís still hard to accept that you are gone from among us. May God be with you throughout the rest of your journey.
1ST Batallion, 4th Marines SACO"
Former, SSgt Stanley Carmouche of North Liberty, Iowa

"Dear Moses: I still remember the days we spent together at the Sergeants barracks at Camp Horno before this whole thing kicked off. After 9/11 I still have that photo of us in Pasni Pakistan and I go back to those days when we were ready to go at a moments notice for our country. Though I got out skeptical of the whole Iraq situation that finally blew up after many years of false pretences. I still bare the guilt over a decade later that I could have extended my contract to help my fellow teamates in Iraq. Though it is too late now and I did fullfill my contract to the end. This is something I will not ever forget. To this day I wonder what could have happend if I were to have extended my contract. Would I have been there that fateful day on the supply run when you fell? Could I have prevented it? I will never know and to this day it eats me up inside like nothing else. I hope where ever you are that things are good and that your family is taken care of."
Tim Panza, Former SGT 1st Bn 4th Marines of Oakland, CA

"Hey Brother, Just thought I would say hi. Its been a long long time but you are still in our thoughts and in our hearts. It feels good to know you are up there keeping an eye on us. Still watching our backs as always. Miss you brother, Semper Fidelis"
Sam McAfee

"Moses, it has been 5 years since you passed, but it seems like just yesterday. Although my heart still aches with sadness, I will always honor the decision you made on Thursday, August 5, 2004. In Memory of My Loving Son Sgt. Moses D. Rocha Who Gave It All K.I.A In Najaf, Iraq
March 22, 1971- August 5, 2004 United States Marines
He has fire in his eyes as he wars his desert camouflage, boots and helmet

He is riding on a Humvee across Iraq land

He holds a machine gun in his hand

He never doubted his mission

He will do everything to secure the safety of his fellow MARINES

He has come to rescue all of you, as he stands and fights

He will fight the enemy to save their lives

Always faithful ,til the end

But now, his life is in jeopardy

For he has been wounded and he has lay down his gun

As he sheds his blood in An Najaf, Iraq.

That fire in his eyes has faded away

He has completed his mission here on Earth

He now rides in a hearse as he goes home

He wears his Dress Blues Uniform as a proud Marine

He will be laid to rest on American soil.

Sgt. Moses D. Rocha,
a United States Marine Hero
He Now guards the Pearly Gates where soldiers live in Peace.

He is now our Guardian Angel

Always faithful "All Eternity"


Written by: Velina Sanchez
A Proud Marine Mom

We will not forget.
The candle will burn on for he who served our country and gave all.......................
Love,
Mamason(Velina) & Family
P.S: " To All Who Served With My Son"
This Memorial Day I would Like To Share This Poem, I Wrote August 5, 2009. I Am Still In Need Of Picture's Of My Son. Please Contact Me Mitch, Jairus, Brian Bailey. I Read On The Web That You Have Picture's Of Moses.
Sincerly,
Velina Sanchez
E-mail: nanasanchez@live.com

Address: 605 Broken Arrow Rd
Roswell, NM 88201"
Velina Sanchez of Roswell, NM US

"Hey Dear,
I have had you on my mind so much lately. Man, I wish I could hear a "Dear, everything is going to be alright". Things just really haven't been the same. I have a great man in my life however, I do miss my best friend. I just say to myself that you are in a different military now.. You are my guardian Angel... Its been rough since you have been gone.. but it has only made me stronger. I miss you my friend. I hear "One night in Bangkok" and all I can do is just laugh my butt off. We had some great times. Too many to laugh about. I thank God that he put you in my life. I don't get to speak to mom as much as I would like since I have moved. I am trying to get her to come down here and visit me and bring Isiah down here with her. Maybe one day she will. "Happy Belated Birthday" I was in the hospital on your birthday. Just continue to watch over me, my family and your family. You are still and will always be with us in Spirit. Take care my friend and we will meet again someday."
your dear of Las Cruces, NM

"Happy Birthday. I still miss you."

"Roach - been too long since i've written on here again. Just wanted to let you know that you are still in my thoughts. I think of you often... I still recall your countless tutelage, daily, not just to me but every Marine you've ever crossed.

I hope you are looking down on us all from up above...

kc finley, blt 1/4"

"Sgt. Rocha, man its been along time. I was talking to my family about you last night and googled you and the old unit today. Sorry it took so long to write brother, I just found this site today. I have spent the entire day looking up our old unit online but i am suppose to be working. I still have the pictures of when we played soccer against the college in Al-Hila, man did we get our butts kicked. I talk about you and the boys, the platoon battles we use to have until foresberg would freak out b/c harris and back would get out the bull whip man, those were some crazy fights. I was flipping through my old Company yearbook and was telling my son about you and for Veterans day they did a piece on you, it was really nice. I still keep in touch with alot of the boys but not as much as I would like to. Looks like you really touched alot of people and made a tremondous impact in all of our lives. You were a good friend and I am Honored to have known you. Take care friend and we will see you again some day."
Dave Willis of Farmington, MO

"Moses, you were one of the kindest, gentlest, and toughest men I've ever known. We used to have so much fun. I just cannot believe you are gone. You died as you lived - as a true hero. I'll love you forever.
P.S. Sorry about your door. I wasn't angry at you, I was angry at Ernie!
XOXOXO"
Carrie Stearns

"Happy birthday"
Yvonne of Moreno Valley, Ca

"Well bud its been over 5 years now and I still think back to that year. I still tell the story of how we planned to jump CAAT A and B, and how we all ended up tapping out! Your still in my thoughs bud. I miss you."
SSgt Andy Saj of DC

"Hey bro, I remember how we just to joke around in the armory of the Bellauwoods. When they told me about you it really hurt, all I could do was to think of your family, God bless them and watch over them."
SSgt Munoz of D.C

"Momo,
its been 5 long years and i still cant believe your gone. there are so many memories that are going to stick with me forever. you were my best friend and no matter what you were like a older brother. i remember when you used to call the house and you used to say what up punk how are you doing and you used to always ask me how i was doing in school and if i was doing bad you would get on to me and say we would have a talk when you come home. my mom also said she remember when you would call her and tell her happy birthday every year but the july before you past you didnt call and my mom said there was something wrong. i remember that night mel called the house telling us you passed away and i was at work something told me to call the house and check the messages and i did and all i remember is hearing mel saying something but i couldnt understand what she was saying. then she left another message and all i heard was " tia moses was killed " and all i remember is droping the phone and droping to my knees crying. not only did i lose a friend but i lost my brother i never cried so hard in my life. i got something that i will always remember and to show my respect and love for u. about a year or two after you past i went and got a cross with a ribbon on my arm with your name on it. moses i thank you for everything you have done for me my mom my dad and especially mel mel you will always be in our hearts and never forgotten i will love you always

love always,
daniel matthew barragan, roswell,nm"
daniel of roswell,nm usa

"Moses,

Five years gone and your memory is still with me, as it will always be. You were a true friend, a mentor, and a hero. You are missed more than you could have ever imagined. God bless you brother. May He look after your family and protect them. Please be wtih those still in harms way, brother. You are a friend, a mentor, a brother. God bless."
Clint of Bahgdad, Iraq

"I did not know you. But want you and all who read this to know that each and every soldier who gives thier life in the service to our country is prayed for and in my heart every day.I know I speak for all of my friends also. God bless you, your families and friends for their sacrifices. You are not forgotten!"
Brad D'Emidio of Seattle,WA, USA

"It's been five years since you went to heaven. I was on the same convoy that went to the cemetary that day, on August 5, 2004. You will forever be engraved in my memory."
Chudi Areh of Hemet, CA

"Mo
Just picked up our old westpac float book the other day, the one from 98, and like sprinklers on a timer my eyes filled up with tears, when I saw your face. I guess it never goes away but the memories your family and us your brothers have of you, will always sustain us through life, along with our spiritual connection to God!!! My oldest daughter Vanessa was born on the Marine Corps birthday in '06 which of course is a blessing, but now she's in those terrible two's and now I have to play Senior Drill Instructor Momon, and let me tell ya it is a chore!!! U wouldn't be playing a trick on me are ya!?! Anyways I wanted u to know that I love ya and miss ya!!! God bless ya and the entire Rocha family!!! Rest easy Moses your band of brothers will always keep u in their hearts, while they carry on in the now, and the future. Of course the motto I live by and is tatooed to my body, is ""whatever it takes"". You've clearly shown that our motto is a lifes code imprinted in our dna, and Marines like yourself will be modeled after, until the end of time!!!
Semper Fidelis Moses"
Kenyatta Momon Bravo Co 1/4 weapons plt (202-288-0069) of Alexandria,Va

"Moses,

Sorry that it has been so long since I've written. It seems like we have all had some hard times dealing with the loss of you, a true hero. You are terribly missed and we spend our days grieving you brother. Most days it's just a thought and a prayer; sometimes it's a shot and a salute to you with old friends and sometimes it's tears bro. We all miss you brother. We miss you more than you would ever know. I think about you often and carry you with me in my heart. You push me to be a better person and to not waste the sacrifice that you made for us. You are a hero in the truest sense of the word. I can't wait to see you again brother. You were the best of us. Keep a watch out for those of us still over there. I know you're protecting me and the rest of the boys"
Merch

"To any of Moses's friends who read this site: Moses's mom is requesting if anyone has any pictures to please send a copy of them to her. She is especially wanting one of Moses in his dress blues. Out of all the pictures we have, we do not have one of him in his dress blues. Please let us know. We would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you
Melanie for Velina Sanchez- Moses's mom
605 Broken Arrow
Roswell, N.M. 88210
Her cell phone number is 575-910-0248.
Thank you"

"''What's up Playa'' It's been a long time. As you know in back in Iraq again. Im on duty at 3 in the morning and I thought of you, so I looked you up and thair you were. I didn' know about this sight until now. It now been over 4 years. As you know im not good with words, so i'll do the best I can. I remember the times we had just hanging out, mostly drinking. Remember the time when you called me to your room to drink and we put on 'Freedy vs. Jason' and we were drinking and we made a bet on who would win? I remember all the times were drinking with Rob, Chichil, Ramsey, valiente, leyva and everyone else that we drank with. You know me I drink everyday, you used to call me a alcoholic, yet there you were drinking with me.HAHA. Now everytime I drink it's mostly by myself, I pore some out for you everytime. I was reading Valiente;s message about the time we had in Al- Hilla OIF 1 about getting air conditioners, that was funny. man were we dedicated to getting those You would wake me up 'every morning' about 6 or 7 in the mornig, knowing im sleeping to go get some cokes or Ice. Remember when we went in the gator and we to get Ice, insted we went dirt riding, jumping hills. To those who know this remember what we use to do every night in Al- Hilla. Those were the best times of my life. You were and still my best friend. The day that I got the word, my world just stoped. I couldn't help stop saying to myself. ''My bestfriend is gone'' I remember you couldn't wait to see my doughter. You were exited. I keep thinking about the the day you had to go to San Diego and get on ship. You asked Ramsey and I if we could take you and drop you off. We went to San Diego and the first thing that we did was go to the E Club and have some beers, you wanted to get a little buzz going befor you got on ship and we take some. Then we took some pictures. and then we got to ship and we were on the flight deck joking and laughing, and we took some more pictures. It was the last time that I would see you and it was the last time we would drink together. Ramsey and I were the last to see you, have a beer with you. The day that Rob and I went to your funeral, I think it was mel, your friend. She read a verse from the bible. ''ESS 3, 1-8''. It was strange to me cause the was the tattoo that I had on my arm years before I met you. I keep thinking to myself you were the friend I needed in my life, and I lost you. 'I keeping asking why did my bestfriend had to go, when I found you'
The day Rob and I saw them lower you in the ground, I felt my life slipping inch by inch as they lowerd you.
You ment alot to us, the ones that knew you the most. I was so proud to know you and to serve with you. Espesily the day you promoted me to CPL. I still have that picture. What ever the reasion for god taken you, he has the same reasion for me. I guess heaven needed a hero. I hope when I see you again. I hope you will be waiting for me at the gates. I know everytime we start talking emotional we tell each other to shup up!''Quit crying'' HAHA so I will. Take care man Watch over us as we pray for you. To those reading,if you are friend or family. I have picture of Moses If you want some. (marinesus08@yahoo.com)
Message on 04-03-2009. Ba'ij, Iraq. If any old buddys are reading this hit me. It'll be good to speek to old friends.
''FREEDOM FIGHTERS''"
Sgt Zimmerman, Mark (Pokeman) of 1st LAR Camp Pendleton Ca.

"Sgt Rocha,
I just found this site and wanted to leave my comment for you. You were always good to the younger Marines in the unit. you were an easy person to talk to and that is why you were respected. I had some good times with you, Rob, pokeman and whoever else we got drunk with...remember when you sent me to knock on some girls door on base ...lol.. I apologize for not making it to your funeral. I will see you again bro. cuidate.....
chichilj@hotmail.com"
Sgt. Chichil, Jesus 1/4,CAG,MTB,2/23 of Phoenix,AZ

"Wow I cant believe its been more than 4 years and to this day I miss you Sgt Rocha ...you where my mentor the one who really showed me what the Marine Corp was all about .. and showed me how to be a Marine you will always be IN my heart ..I MISS YOU MAN AND I SAY THIS WITH TEARS DROPPING ..BUT ONE DAY WE WILL ALL BE TOGEATHER AGAIN ..WITH OUR LORD CUZ I KNOW YOUR THERE WITH HIM PROTECTING US FROM ABOVE HOE YOU DID HERE......BLT 1/4"
CPL GARZA, STEVEN of DEL RIO, TX

"Hey Dear,
I can't believe that it has already been four years. How time flies? I enjoy coming to this sight to see what people have written about you and the experiences, memories and the kind words that have depicted you. You touched the lives of many people especially your fellow marines. It is nice to see that you are still remembered despite the time that has gone by. You said that you wanted to be famous. Well you are in the eyes of those people you have touched. Sometimes the question I ask myself at times, is "What would Moses say" or "What would he do". But I know your answer 'til this day. "Dear, don't worry about it." So those are always the words or your phrase that you would always tell me. So my friend, you are and will continue to be in my life because of those few words that you would share with me. Thank you! Other than that, things are going well. My boyfriend is coming home on leave and I can't wait to see him. I already went back to school. Teachers had to report yesterday and we had a motivational speaker. I think the last time that I laughed that hard and that long was the time when we went to El Paso with your mom and we were listening to the George Lopez CD and you were laughing so hard that you were crying. I was just laughing so hard at you and your goofy laugh. So everytime I watch his stand-ups I don't forget how hard we laughed on that trip. I talked to mom on your anniversary to check and see how she is doing. I always call on holidays and your birthday to see how she is doing. She was doing good. She was on her way back from California. So as long as she is doing good, I am happy.
Well I am looking forward to this school year like I do every school year. My school has started something new- we recognize our veterans and those currently serving in a school assembly. Our assembly last year was awesome. We had high praises from the Vets and current service members. So because of the success, we will have one again this year. Mom and Joe went to it last year. When I see events such as this or anything having to do with welcoming home our soldiers and marines, it brings tears to my eyes. I think about the ultimate sacrafice that you made my friend as well as our other brothers and sisters who didn't get to come home and also those who have come home. I continue to pray for them and their families. Moses, it was so funny because on your anniversay, I heard your favorite song that you would laugh so hard at when we would play it and when you left it on in my car... and when I started it, that song was glaring and all you did was laugh... I knew my friend that your presence was there... Out of all days for it to play.. it plays on the day of your 4 year anniversary. All I could do was laugh.. and remember.. Well my dear, continue to look down upon us and take care of us. God Bless You,
love,
your dear"

"To the Family of Sgt Moses D. Rocha

Its coming on 4 yrs, when I first heard about his passing. I was stationed at Ft. Bliss at the time. My name is Sgt Gabriel Rocha and Iam deeply saddened by your loss. Though I never met Sgt Rocha(Moses), I felt alot of pain knowing that a Rocha has passed away. Even though we are not related, It was as if he was my brother. For my brother Sgt Micheal Rocha also serves in the Army. I know he is watching over us, and is Angel to all ROcha's serving in the military. He was the first Rocha to fall in combat since the Vietnam War. He will always be a Hero and never forgotten by the Rocha's of San Angelo and Big Spring TX. May God Bless you and your family. gabriel.f.rocha@us.army.mil"
SGT Gabriel Rocha of San Angelo Tx, and middle east

"Rocha,
Hey buddy! Well it's almost been 4 years now and still I picture you smiling in my mind. We miss you. Also letting you know we lost another brother today being Xavier Cobb, He was in a 4 wheeling accident. I flew out there to see him. So just letting you know you have another brother with you now. I miss you both and thank of yall daily."
Lee Strange of Dallas, TX (469)2364779

"July 4, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Moses D. Rocha:
Moses 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

"Hello Dear
Well Today is Memorial Day and you have been weighing heavily on my mind. Your mom, Joe and Rommel went to California to go to the Memorial Ceremony they have in honor of the Fallen Soldiers. Your mom has been trying to go to this for awhile and was able to this year because she went up there to go to Yvonne's wedding. So this my dear was the perfect opportunity for her and your brother who so dearly misses his brother as I dearly miss my dearest friend. So remember, this day does commemorate you and the rest of the fallen soldiers, however, we remember you each and everyday of our lives. Your absence in our lives is felt each day that we live. I honor you my dear for the life that you gave in order to have others live. Your life my dear has touched so many and you will forever remain in our hearts. You are and will remain a great son, brother, and best friend to so many. Your death created such a big impact on all of us, however, it is such an honor to know how loved you were by many especially your brother in arms who looked up to you and felt safe. You always created that place. Take care my dear and continue to watch over our lives.
love
your dear"

"Sgt. Rocha I am sorry it took so long for me to write something. I still don't know how to handle this. Time has gone by but I still feel the pain from when you left us. I feel like I did not do my part in keeping you safe. You made me a promise that I will never forget you said " Don't worry I will make sure that you make it back to your grilfreind and love ones." and the things you did you made sure of that. I feel like I should have done the same thing. I feel like I failed miserably. I just want you to know that you made me the man I am today. I try my harderst in everything I do. I want you to look down on me and be proud of me. But I will never forgett never. You were the one brought me dust me off and told me to do everything to the best of my abilities and with a smile. I have and I did I thank you for everything, for everything that I have done in my life is because of you. I will never forgett you never."
Fredy of loranger, La

"What's up player? (As that is your favorite greeting phrase)To learn the news hit hard. Just to think of all the things that we did out in Al-Hillah. The soda and chicken runs we did...Lol!! The times we went out to look for an A.C. with Z-man and Leyva. To your family and friends know and rest that Moses lived his life to the fullest and was a better man for what he did for himself, his fellow Marines, and Country. It is a trajedy to loose such a unique and awesome individual as Moses. But he rest in the hands of god and what better place than that...Semper Fi Devil Dog!!"
Sgt.Valiente of Burbank ,CA

"Sgt Rocha,(Moses)
It has been a dark ride for me since I lost my father and I am still saddened by our loss of a young hero like you and those in heaven with you. The pride you brought to our unit was apparent, the leadership you displayed was irreplaceable. I wish I could have shared more time in the dungeon with you, but you did very well with out supervision and carried yourself with incredible candor. I know everyone of your seniors slept well and never worried about anything you were in charge of. You were truelly a blessing to us all at 1/4 and most importantly you carried yourself with the pride that every Marine should strive to achieve. I think often of you and pray for your family, I hope my father has been blessed to be in your company as he left us protecting the ones he loved; just like you left protecting the ones you loved. My kids and I always say a prayer at dinner for my friends in iraq and the hero's in heaven. S/F JJM"
Juan Malfavon. CWO2 of Sun City, 92585

"Hey dear,
Happy Birthday. You will always be older than me, but I will always be wiser. I went to your gravesite and put some flowers there. No, they are not girly. I am doing good. I just had my major back surgery. I am doing good with my back but I now have a blood clot. I know that with prayer and faith it will dissolve. It is just scary, but I know if you were here you would say, "Dear, it is going to be alright". Those were always your most famous words to me everytime I talked to you and something is going on in my life. Mom, panson, and sister went to the hospital to go and see me. Panson is getting so big and sister is being the big sister even though she is younger than panson. He is not in any sports right now. Hopefully he will be playing soccer and basketball. You know your mom, she is always attentive to her grandchildren. Her, Johnathan, and Andrew came to the house. Andrew is so intrigued by Tony's collection of his Nascar trucks. He is too cute. When he came in, that was the first thing that he asked to do. He just stares at theat collection in awe. He is so precious. Your mom took all the kids this past weekend to albuquerque and they went and saw duder. Mom said that she colored eggs with them and they went to the park and had an Easter Egg hunt. She sure does enjoy doing her thing on her time with the kids. I haven't talked to Rommel or your dad. I need to give them a call and see how they are doing. I haven't talked to any of your friends that I met at your funeral. Well dear, continue to watch over us and be our guardian angel. Until I see you again
Your dear"

"Moses,
Again I want to let you know how deeply saddened I am about your leaving us but know that as time goes on, the pain is easing little by little. Is my sister with you? She passed away suddenly on December 18, 2007. It was a blow to the whole family. But when I came to my senses, I called on you to meet her at the heavenly gate along with my little "Lady". I miss all of you! Now I am not afraid to let go of my earthly home. I'm looking forward to the day GOD calls me home too. Moses, keep watching my back and defend me from all those obstacles that could cause problems to me or my family. Not a day goes by that I am reminded of you. Anything that has to do with America, I see in you. You defended this country with all your might and paid a high price for it. When my sister died, I felt so much peace. She had so much faith in the Lord. She was very humble and patient. Please see to it that the moment you meet her, you embrace her and let her know you are the one I used to talk to her about. She didn't know you in person, but the things I said about you to her made her feel as if she knew you. My "Lady" was laid to rest. She died Sept. 22, 2007. Old age illnessess crept up on her so I finally took her to the Doctor and she was put to sleep. I was so devastated. It was so hard to let her go. To this day, I wish she was still here with me, but the comfort I have is that she is in dog heaven and one day I will see all of you. Your mom and I keep in touch. You are so fortunate to have a family so loving. We finally bought another computer and now I can let some of my inner emotions out. You always listen! Thank you for been an angel. I will forever cherish our friendship."
Ramona Barragan of Artesia, NM

"Roch, Sorry I haven't left a message until now, truth is I didn't know about this site until just today. I remember just before we took off on that re-supply convoy how I was supposed to be the team leader but of course Capt Foresberg started to spaz out and fired me because I couldn't get the manafest done in the 30 seconds that he gave me. I remember how it was you the "Sgt" who came over to me the "SSgt" and asked if I was okay, we eventually laughed about it and you told me that you'd teach me soccer later that night to help releive my stress, I laughed and told you that I hated soccer and there was no way you were gonna get me to play, you smiled and then we got into our vehicles... That was the last time I saw you alive but I've never forgotten what you did for me over there in Najaf, you taught me how to take the best of a bad situation, for that I say thank you. When the Doc told me that you didn't make it...it crumbled me worse than I could imagine.

It didn't matter if you were handing out weapons in the armory, playing soccer with the locals or doing your job on a convoy you are the standard and definition of what a Marine should be. I'm a better Marine having known you and can't wait until we meet again. Thank You."
GySgt Howard Jones (S-4) BLT 1/4 Najaf of Washington D.C.

"Rocha,

Happy 232nd Marine! The many messages left by friends and family speak volumes about what kind of person and Marine you were.

Semper Fi and keep a cold one waiting for me brother!

Tim Phillips Nottingham, MD

tphiL13hotmail.com"

"ROCHA JUST WANTED TO SAY HAPPY 233 B-DAY THERE ISN'T A DAY THAT GOES BY THAT I DON'T THINK ABOUT YOU. ITS REAL HARD FOR ME AT TIMES IM SORY THAT I LEFT HEAD QUATERS PLATOON TO GO TO SNIPER PLATOON BECAUSE IF I DIDN'T DO THAT YOU WOULD PROBALY STILL BE HERE TODAY BECAUSE I WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THAT HUMVEE THAT DAY INSTEAD OF YOU. I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE NOT FORGOTEN AND I WANT TO GET OUT TO NEW MEXICO SO I CAN SEE WHERE YOU HAVE BEEN LAID TO REST. AND TO MOSSES FAMILY AND FRIENDS MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND SORRY ABOUT THE LOSS OF THE BEST MARINE THAT I HAVE EVER MET. I HAVE A COUPLE OF PICTURES OF MOSES THAT WE HAVE TAKEN IN HAWAII AND CALIFORNIA BEFORE WE HAVE TAKEN OFF TO IRAQ IF YOU WANT ANY DUPLICATES OF THEM E MAIL ME AT JMRAMSEY2@YAHOO.COM"
SGT JAMES M RAMSEY JR of CHICAGO ILLINOIS USA

"Hey Dear
Its been awhile since I have come to the site. The last time I came to the site a read the message that J.D. left. It was such a relief to finally know the truth of how you were taken from us. It was finally a peace. I called mom, rommel, and barbara to let them know. He came through Roswell and he and his wife came to visit you and they also visited with mom. I haven't spoken to him since then. We are having an assembly at the school for all the veterans. We are working hard and hoping to have a huge turn-out. Everytime there are events such as this one, you and mom always come to my mind. I let my students know what a great friend and marine you are. Well my boyfriend has been placed on a mission and he will be gone for a year. I know he will be safe. He is a strong man. I just get nervous because of what happened to you and I couldn't bear the thought of going through that again. I have a box that contains memories of you. I am looking forward to November to see your dad and barbara. I keep in touch with mom as always. I do miss you much my friend. I have gone an visited you at times that I feel down. I just always hear your words when I used to talk to you and felt down and you would say, "Dear, everything is going to be alright." Please continue to watch over us as well as your brothers in harms way. We miss you with each passing day and one day we will all be together again.
Take Care my dear friend.
Mel"

"miss you brothere, thinking of you all the time."
hm3 fmf perdomo of camp pendleton, ca

"Hey Moses,

I know I'm a few days late brother but the fight dictates right. You know I'm still over here carrying on the fight. I appreciate everything you did for me while we were together and still thank you for guiding me and looking over me. I love you brother and smile to the thought of us being together again."
Jairus Rice of Camp Fallujah, Iraq

"In Memory of My Marine
SGT. Moses D. Rocha
03-22-71 – 08-05-04

Moses it has been 3 yrs. Since you were killed in Iraq and my heart still aches with sadness, but with every tear that flows, I'm able to grow stronger and because of you im standing tall..
Moses words were never spoken the day you left ( on Mother's Day ), but I could see the sadness and concern for me as our eyes met and said the words I love You, and Goodbye, for we both knew that you weren't coming back.You have always been a Proud and Loyal Marine,thats why I will always Respect and Honor your decesions for going back to Irag. Moses Your Marine Brothers also
needed you to guide them through, as you have always done with us. You were commited to your family, friends,and country, for you were a loving and caring person to all who knew you. Moses not a day goes by that thoughts
of you have always filled our hearts with pride. We deeply miss you everyday, and for as long as we live, you should live too...
love Mamason
Proud Marine- Siempie Fi"
velina

"In Memory of My Marine
SGT. Moses D. Rocha
03-22-71 – 08-08-04

Moses it has been 3 yrs. Since you were killed in Iraq and my heart still aches with sadness, but with every tear that flows, I'm able to grow stronger and because of you im standing tall..

Moses words were never spoken the day you left ( on Mother's Day ), but I could see the sadness and concern for me as our eyes met and said the words I love You,and Goodbye, for we both knew that you weren't coming back.You have always been a Proud and Loyal Marine,
thats why I will always Respect and Honor your decesions for going back to Irag. Moses Your Marine Brothers also
needed you to guide them through, as you have always done with us. You were commited to your family, friends,and country, for you were a loving and caring person to all who knew you. Moses not a day go by that thoughts
of you have always filled our hearts with pride. We deeply miss you everyday, and for as long as we live, you should live too...
love
Mamason
Proud Marine- Siempie Fi"
velina of roswell, nm

"Mo today isn't a day that I look forward to, but a day that I will never forget. Today is my and all your friends and family memorial day. It was on this date that I actually understound the meaning of that day. Three year later the lost is still fresh. Yet I look foward to the day we see each other again. Until then watch over me and your loved ones always."
Alex

"Moses,
For some reason I decided to get on the computer to read what others wrote about you. As I read, I got a smile on my face or I felt sad because I know that I can't see you in person to talk to you. I would very much prefer to see and talk to you face to face. So many people admire you for being a simple, humble, and a true hero. I admire you for been so dedicated to your and our country. For defending our freedom that for years has been taken for granted. It has taken many tragic losses in order to see how fortunate we Americans are to live in a free country. It's only brave souls like you that take the time to enlist in the military to protect us. Thank you over and over and over again for all you did and continue to do. You must be having a time in heaven. God deserves to have the best working for him. He truly understands that we need heroes looking out for us. Your mom, Joe, and the kids came over to the house to celebrate Melanie's birthday in June. Several friends were here. We had a good time. It's always nice to spend time with your family. Your third anniversary is coming up this Sunday.
I hope to make it to the cemetary to share special memories and moments with you. I always enjoy talking to you. I feel your presence especially when I feel the soft, cool breeze. I know it is you letting me know you are with me.
I think about you alot. I still remember you telling me you'd watch my back. I believe you do. Moses, please tell God I love him and have Him send his forces of angels to watch over me and my friends and family. One day I will join you and others in heaven where I will be free of any illness, depression, sadness, etc...
I will never forget you.
A place will always be reserved for you in my heart."
Ramona Barragan of Artesia, NM

"Hey Dear,
Well Tony,his daughter and I went out to your gravesite today and took you some flowers for Memorial Day. It is hard to still go out there for me because it is still hard to believe that you are gone. We also put flowers on Gray's site. There were many people out that day at the cemetary paying their respects. Well, we all miss you but we know we will meet up with you one day. So please, continue watching over us as always. You are forever in our thoughts and prayers.
from: Your Dear"

"THINKING OF YOU TODAY!
THANK YOU!"
Legeta of Artesia,New MexicoUSA

"Hey Mo, I just wanted to say hello to you on this Memorial Day. This day is to you brother. I think of you often and know the chill I feel is you reaching out and watching over me. I love you my friend and will see you on the other side."
Jairus Rice of Camp Fallujah, Iraq

"Hey Rocha,
I am sorry for not writing on here sooner. It's been 3 1/2 years since you and I were on that machinegun, and it still haunts me like it was yesterday. I've had a rough time ever since then, but I think of you, and what you gave, and it makes my problems seem so petty. I'm sorry for letting you down that day. I'm sorry for not protecting you, like you did for me. If you hadn't had worn that SAPI plate on your back for the first time, I wouldn't be here either. I will forever miss ya bro, and I will never forget what happened that day...

To Mo's family...
My name is J.D. Stauffer, I am in the picture that day around the Humvee, with the shaved head, standing behind the machinegun. I want to send my deepest condolences to you all. My family and I cannot imagine what you have been through these past 3 1/2 years. I have wanted to drive to Roswell to visit his resting place, and to meet you all, but it has been very difficult for me to even write on this website. I would like to talk to you about the good times I shared with him. If you can, please e-mail me at staufferjd@yahoo.com. I would like to know where he was laid to rest, and when would be a good time to drive out there and perhaps meet. I am sorry for your loss, and may God be with you, as he is with Moses."
LCpl Stauffer BLT 1/4 of Tulsa, OK

"Hey Dear,
Well it is hard to believe that it is going on 3 years coming this August that you have been gone. You are constantly on my mind. I'm just wondering what your doing and if your making the Angels go crazy! Knowing you, you are. Remember when you used to say that today is a beautiful day when the sun was shining and you would say that God loves me because the sun is shining. There is never a minute of the day that goes by that I wonder what you are doing. If you were alive I wonder where you would be today. I take pride my dear friend in everything that you stand for. I wear my uniform with pride and honor and I continue to serve because I know that I have brothers and sisters like you still in harms way. We had a G.I. Joe night for the kids and Isiah and Haley came. They had a great time. I am just trying to get little Phillip to get into it next year. Isiah got ran over by a herd of kids on the Physical Fitness Run. Sister did good. She was the last one standing in dodge ball. She got an award and she was given the Guide-On Flag. Mom told me that Isiah started crying because he wanted to get an award too. Mom told him to try harder next year. Those kids miss you so much and they need you. I know you are watching over them and you will provide for them from heaven. It has been crazy around here and things are finally settling down. School is almost over, yeah! Lord only knows I need a summer off. I haven't written in a while. I find it hard at times because I still can't believe that my best friend is gone. I was going through some pictures that mom gave me while I was on deployment and it is so hard to believe that I will never see you again on this earth. Everytime there is a sunny day, I smile and think of what you used to say. Yes, he does love you. You are lucky. I know you were somehow in the mix of watching over me in my accident. I thank God every minute that I am alive and doing well. Just Remember that your name will never fade. It will forever be remembered. Mom makes sure of that. I call and check up on her on days that I know she is feeling blue; Especially on your birthday. I love to come to this site to see all of the many lives that you have touched. You just were truly blessed like that. Continue to watch over your family and friends, especially your brother at arms who are in harms way. Bring them home safe to their families. You are a marine with gold wings. Your service to your family, friends and country will never be forgotten. Forever you live on my dear. Until we see eachother again.
Mel Mel"

"Hey Mo I wanted to take the time to thank not only you for who and what you gave your life to preserve for the rest of us in this country, but also for your friendship. It was the basketball playoffs this time of the year when I last heard your voice and laughter. I am grateful for the memories of your last night in Roswell. This remains the greatest country in the world thanks to it's defenders. I will never forget the call I got from Rommel about our loss, and there is no doubt that our loss was heavens gain. We all know that you continue to watch over and protect us with the love of God. I will forever remember the night at Farleys with you and Rommel. Your brothers are still like my own, and though no one will ever fill your place with them, please know that I would be there for them anytime that they may need. Your mom has given me a picture of you and your crew before you left on that last detail. It sits in my office where it will remain with your smiling face forever. God Bless you, your family, and America always. Thank You my brother! May 8, 2007"
Ernest Urquides of Roswell, NM /USA

"hey momo,

i cant believe it took this long for me to write u i guess it was becouse i didnt want to believe that you are gone. its just seems like yesterday you would call and i would answer the phone and i would here whats up big guy. i remember the day i found out you died i was at work and i called the house to here the messages couse i was waiting for a phone call. i remember hearing mel mel crying saying that you died all i remember was droping the phone and falling to my knees. you were there for me alot moses as for my mom. well i am sorry it took so long but i am hear and i will never forget you as you will never forget me. take care moses as i no u will always be watching over me. i love you"
daniel barragan of roswell, nm

"To the family and friends of Moses,

I served with Moses at 1/4 in Najaf and was very proud to have known him and been blessed with his friendship. I am planning a trip this summer to the Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada area and really want to visit his final resting place. If anyone could post the name and address of the cemetery I would really appreciate it. You can also send it to my email at jairusrice@yahoo.com if you prefer. Thank you very much."
Jairus Rice of Camp Fallujah, Iraq

"Happy Birthday Mo
Time goes by fast and yet it doesn't. It seems like just yesterday when we went to the Angels game, three days before you were going to ship out. I couldn't believe you showed up in an Angel shirt. I took a picture of you so I could blackmail you later. I still look at that picture and get a smile on my face. Well Mo just wanted to say happy birthday. Thinking of you and missing you always.
Alex"
Alex of California

"Happy Birthday Moses just wanted to say how much we miss you, isiah ,haley and baby phillip miss you the most, not a day goes bye that they dont mention your name, or say you member this or that. you made their lives complete everytime you where down , and i thank you, i thank you for showing my kids how to play soccer, and how to act like "good kids" we miss and love you alot... with all our love
isiah, haley. baby phillip sanchez and
linda"
linda of roswell

"In Memory of my son Moses Rocha
03-22-71 - 08-05-2004

Moses Happy Birthday to you. Sorry for feeling so Blue.. Today 36 years ago, I brought you into this world, I gave you life, Trapped in this moment, our life will never be the same, Imprinted in our minds are the letters of your name, We miss your laughter, fun and gentleness. We miss the things you did for us. For we all still grief as we stand beside your grave. You were and are and will be, just as ever, in so many minds and hearts,not only mine, our Guardian Angel, and so goodbye does not mean you are gone: so long as we still Love you, YOU LIVE ON.

Deeply Missed but Never Forgotten
Love,
Mama,brothers,niece,nephews and cousins"
velina of roswell, nm chavez

"hIn Memory of my son Moses Rocha
03-22-71 - 08-05-2004

Moses Happy Birthday to you. Sorry for feeling so Blue.. Today 36 years ago, I brought you into this world, I gave you life, Trapped in this moment, our life will never be the same, Imprinted in our minds are the letters of your name, We miss your laughter, fun and gentleness. We miss the things you did for us. For we all still grief as we stand beside your grave. You were and are and will be, just as ever, in so many minds and hearts,not only mine, our Guardian Angel, and so goodbye does not mean you are gone: so long as we still Love you, YOU LIVE ON.

Deeply Missed but Never Forgotten
Love,
Mama,brothers,niece,nephews and cousins"
velina of roswell, nm chavez

"I still miss you man. Life carries on of course, but there will also be an empty space for you. I'll be in New Mexico in April to visit the Trinity site. I plan on stopping in Roswell to visit you and leave you some things I know you'd like.

-Bryan
rofdfirefighter@gmail.com"
Bryan of Ft Worth Texas

"To the family of:Moses D. Rocha 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"

"A Moses Dx. Roacha its your tag team partner stopping by to say i miss you and i love you. Your missed by all and Teran misses you to. I'll see you one day keep the angels going crazy and i'll be there one day."
Taco DX of WWE

"Happy 231st brother. I still miss you. Look out for J untill he finishes his tour. Can't wait to meet up with you."
Clint

"Moses, Happy Birthday brother. 231 years and still the finest fighting force the world has ever seen because of men like you who gave it all. I love you brother. Keep an eye over me for this last month over here."
Sgt Jairus Rice of Camp Fallujah, Iraq

"Damn it Mo. Ruge and Mielke just told me about you. You were by far the easiest going guy in the Marine Corps. It was an honor to serve with a Marine like you. You were the embodiment of what a Marine should be, and what I couldn't be. For that I thank you. May you rest in the peace only God can provide."
PVT. Michael Pack of San Antonio TX.

"Hey Mo,

It's your cousin Bobby. I was in Mexico on the 5th and was thinking about you a lot and started to cry. People around me asked me why I was crying and I told them all about you and what a hero you are. Being in Mexico brought back so many memories of us cousins being there back in I believe 1984. I was only ten and I always remember how you always protected me. We had so much fun there! I remember all the good times and trouble we got into there. I know we all will never forget that time because we often talk about all adventures we had. It's really nice to read what others feel for you and how they miss and love you. Man I still can't believe that your gone. We all miss and love you cus!"
Bobby Rendon of Corona Ca

"Mo - So been about two years and still mad and sad about what happened. Take care and I still miss you."

"In Memory of SGT. Moses D. Rocha

To my Marine who gave it all Deeply missed, but never forgotten

March 22,1971 - August 5,2004

Moses with all the memories of you close to our hearts, Your goofy laugh, unconditional love and loyalty to your Marine brothers ( Siempre Fi) we will always treasure.

USMC Siempre Fi

For as long as we breath and with every heartbeat we will always miss you.

love
mamasan and family"
velina of Roswell, NM Chaves

"MOSES I MISS YOU MAN ITS BEEN TWO YEARS. AND IT FEELS LIKE YESTERDAY.I JUST WANTED TO WRITE YOU TO LET YOU KNOW THAT I HAVE NOT FORGOTEN ABOUT YOU. (630)688-3783"
SGT JAMES RAMSEY of NAPERVILLE ILLINOIS USA

"DEAR MOSES,
2 YEARS HAVE GONE BY SENCE YOU HAVE LEFT US! I CAN STILL REMEMBER THAT DAY LIKE IT WAS YESTURDAY. ME,NICOLE,GREGORY,NICHOLAS,AND DANIEL WERE WATCHING A MOVIE. I HEARD THE PHONE RING AND BEING THE NOSEY PERSON THAT I AM I WENT TO GO SEE WHO IT WAS. WHEN I WALKED INTO MY MOMS ROOM SHE WAS CRYING I TIRED TO ASK WHAT WAS WRONG BUT SHE DIDNT ANSWER ME. WHEN SHE WAS ON THE PHONE I HEARD HER SAY MOSES!! THEN I RAN TO TELL NICOLE THAT I THOUGHT YOU HAD DIED. ME AND NICOLE STARTED CRYING. THEN NICOLE SAID,"MAYBE SHE IS CRYING ECAUSE OF SOMETHING ELSE." THEN MY MOM CALLED US IN THE ROOM SHE TOLD US THAT YOU WERE DEAD. I WAS IN SHOCK. WE ALL STARTED CRYING. OVER THE PAST 2 YEARS I HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT IT ALOT. I USE TO THINK THAT WE WOULD LIVE FOREVER. BUT I GUESS I WAS WRONG. I MISS YOU SO MUCH. EVERYTIME I THING ABUT YOU I START TO CRY. I ALWAYS LOOK AT THE LAST PICTURE WE TOOK TOGETHER THE ONE AT THE ANGEL GAME. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT DAY! AND I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART. I LOVE YOU!!"
AMANDA of MORENO VALLEY,CA

"Moses,
I can't believe it's been two years. It seems like just yesterday we were hanging out in Hawaii. Me and the rest of the guys miss you a lot. Please keep watch over Jairus and the rest of the Marines in Iraq. We won't ever forget, brother."
Clint Merchen of Chadron, NE

"Hey Moe,
Well it’s taken me two years to do this and it’s still hard to believe that you are not here with us. They’re not a day that goes by that I do not think about you. I always remember that last day we had together at the ANGEL game you, Alex and me and I will always be great full that I have that memory. I just want to let you know that you will never be forgotten because we all think and talk about you constantly. I also know that wherever you are that you are still with us looking down and watching over us with your goofy grin.
Always with love Cuz"
Yvonne of Riverside, ca

"WELL MO I'VE BEEN THINKING OF YOU EVERY DAY THIS WEEK. I KNEW THE 5TH WAS COMING. I FOUND AN OLD TAPE FROM ABOUT 6 YEARS AGO, OF DANIEL'S BIRTHDAY. YOU ARE SITTING IN A CHAIR AS THE KIDS ARE HITTING A PINATA. YOUR PRETTY CLOSE TO THE SWINGS AND YOU KEEP PUTTING YOUR HANDS UP FOR PROTECTION. YOU TURN TO ME AND WITH A GRIN YOU SAY HEY CUZ I'M NOT MOVING. I WATCH THAT VIDEO TO SEE THAT GRIN OF YOURS THE SMILE THAT YOU HAD WHEN YOU TALKED. THE NECKLACE THAT I GOT IS AROUND MY NECK EVERY DAY FROM MORNING UNTIL NIGHT. MY WAY OF HAVING A PIECE OF YOU WITH ME AT ALL TIMES. LIKE LORD OF THE RINGS I FIND MYSELF HOLDING ONTO IT AT TIMES. DAMN MO THESE ARE JUST WORDS AND THERE IS NO WAY I CAN EXPRESS MY TRUE FEELINGS AND LOVE FOR YOU. ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT I MISS HEARING THOSE TWO SIMPLE WORDS "HEY CUZ"
LOVE ALWAYS"
ALEX of CALIFORNIA

"Moses Brother,

Well today is 2 years and I still miss you terribly. I can still see your face as clear as day. The bracelet and tattoo remind me of you often and I know you're still watching me and protecting me. I'm still in Iraq. Do me a favor brother and watch over Sal for me. He's by your side garding the Pearly Gates now. He was my Marine and I trust no one more than you to keep him under your wing. Thank you again for everything Moses. I love you brother.

To the Rocha Family:
Moses is still thought of often and missed by all of us. He is never forgotten. Thank you for your sacrafice and may God bless you."
Cpl Jairus M Rice of Camp Fallujah, Iraq

"Hey Dear,
I know that I don't have to type to you because you already know everything, haha. I had to give you a laugh. Well, you weighed heavily on my mind today. All I was doing was just crying. You are such a loss to this earth but you are such a wonderful gain in being one of heaven's soldiers. I never truly realized how much I have missed talking to you until today after I dreamt of you last night. I just pray that you continue to watch my back. It is so hard to believe that we have been without you for 2 years. It is hard to believe that you and I were best friends for ten years; and you said that I was lucky, no, you were lucky. haha. I was laughing so hard deep inside. Remember that time when your flat top was crooked but you didn't know. You were all proud of your haircut until I told you that your flattop was crooked and that you looked like Gumby, remember, you remember. You were so embarassed that we had to have Bobby cut it and when she saw it she started laughing too. That was so funny. The whole time you thought it was straight. Well of course it looked straight to you because you were walking with your head slanted to the side. I know you are laughing. The stuff we used to do. Thank You my friend. Moses, as much as I wanted us to be together and to have a life together, somehow, I knew it wasn't going to happen. Our friendship was far more precious and I think deep down inside you knew it and I didn't, not until the last two years that I had you in my life and God took you away. I was much happier knowing that you and I continued to still be best friends than let our relationship sour. Well the man you said that I would meet one day, Well I have. He is good to me and sometimes there are things that he does that I swear you sent him in my life just to push my buttons. I have lost touch with Pokeman and Taco. When I got deployed, Pokeman tried to get ahold of me and I was unable to get ahold of him. I know he changed is number. I haven't heard from Rivas either. Crazy Mexican. Well Moses, there are so many things that I want to ask you and just talk to you about, but the one thing I hope and pray is that you are proud of me! Remember when you and I first became friends and you told me, If people can except you for you then screw them. Well, today more than ever, that is kind of the attitude that I am carrying. I have always been a proud independent woman and you know that, but now that I don't have you here as my counselor, I walk with my head up and my chest out, don't worry dear, I won't hurt anybody.
Well my dear, I will close for now. Until I see you in my dreams again continue to watch over me, my loved one, and my family. You are always in our thoughts and prayers, but most of all you have a special corner solely to you in our hearts.
Forever Missed,
Your Dear"

"Moses,
its been some time now but i still think of you often. it hurts man. i miss hearing you. you were a great friend to us all. my prayers go to you and your family. i look forward to meeting up with you again. take care and see you soon. love ya man"
Andy Saj of kuwait

"MOSES I SEE THE TIME IS DRAWING NEAR FOR THE ANNIVERSERY OF THE DAY YOU BECAME AN ANGEL,WE ARE GOING ON INTO YEAR NUMBER THREE, THANK YOU FOR I MADE A PROMISE TO YOUR MAMASON THAT NO ONE WOULD EVER FORGET YOU,EVERYTHING YOU DID FOR US, FOR OUR COUNTRY, WE LUV AND MISS YOU ALWAYS."
NICOLE SENA-VARGAS of ROSWELL N.M.

"Well Moses, I promised I would get back to you after I returned from DC.
I finally met your father, Manuel, and his wife, Barbara personally. They are very nice and very loving. Your mom and Joe are also loving and giving of themselves. All of them made me feel like I was one of the family. I saw Rommel and Kirsten in Albq. NM the night before we left to DC. They took us out to eat Pizza. The ceremony for the fallen heroes was very touching. Of course all of us went to see many of the sights Washington has to offer. We walked so much! It was quite an experience. I would like to go back some day. Thank you for making it all possible. Your father is a very humble person. He always kept a smile even during the times we were backseat drivers. He drove us around DC. He never lost his cool with us. He is starting to understand what it means to be in the military fighting for freedom. I could see it in his face the pain and hurt over losing you but at the same time trying to understand why you did what you did. You gave the best of yourself to provide us all with the greatest gift of all "LOVE". Thank you again for being an angel. I can already see you hurrying up to do the jobs GOD calls you to do. I miss you and will never forget you. "Happy Memorial Day"
Mel and Tony along with others in their unit left to Fort Carson in Colorado for two weeks training. Please keep a close watch over them and watch their backs."
Ramona Barragan of Artesia, NM

"Moses,

Happy Memorial Day to you and of course your family. I cant say enough about what you have done for me, and I'm sure for others. Miss you."
CPL Petrino, 1st Bn / 4th Mar, 00-03

"Rocha,
I wanted to leave a message for you and your family on this Memorial Day. It seems like it wasn't that long ago we were on the USS Belleau Wood; discussing what happens when we "get back". I can't begin to tell you how much the 1/4 Marines miss you, all of us that knew you; they were special times. In some way I hope you realize we remember you and pray for you always. Your loss will always weigh heavily on those of us who knew you and your loved ones.....you are not forgotten, ever. We miss you, on this Memorial Day and every day. -SSgt Berrios"
Cecilio Berrios of Virginia Beach, VA.

"Moses,
I try to stop by the cemetery to talk to you. I feel empty when I just pass by without stopping to see your grave.
The headstone your mother chose is very beautiful. I can't help but read it over and over again. I talk to you and you reply with the cool breeze that whisks through me. It is a coolness that is unexplainable, but only can be felt. Thank you for listening and caring about my feelings. I still cry and wish you were here with us. I'm taking a trip to DC with your mom, Joe, your dad and Barbara. Please be with us to guide and protect us. I know it will be great just to get away for a good reason. I am getting a little anxious as time draws nearer. I plan to visit as many places as possible and as time permits. Mel would love to go too but that will be the last week of school and semester tests are given. It will be hard for her to get away. I read the message your friend left about trying to save your life when you were shot. I hope that one day I could meet him to thank him for being there for you. I continue to miss you especially for Easter when I watch the movie "Ben Hur."
You, Melanie, and I watched it in November of 1994 when the guys had gone hunting and I stayed home with the flu. I was so sick and you were so good to me. You went out of your way to take care of me and you didn't know me that well. No wonder you were and still are a very special person. Your parents, brothers, friends, neice, and nephews are so fortunate to have such a wonderful "angel" watching over them.
I will let you know how it goes in DC.
I'm very fortunate to be your mom's friend. I like her an awful lot. She's a very loyal and dedicated woman.
LOVE AND MISS YOU!"
Ramona Barragan of Artesia, New Mexico

"Cpl. Rocha (when I knew him)
Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice. You were always cool to hang out with even when I was a Boot. Ruge and I are planning a get together with some of the guys( Jayne, Rowden, etc..). We will definitely tilt one back in your honor.

Pvt. Jon Mielke
jonmielke@tds.net"
Jon Mielke of Kalamazoo, Mi.

"April,21,2006
To the Rocha Family,
My name is Roy Montoya. I served with Sgt Rocha in Najaf and was in the vehicle with him when he passed away in the cemetary in Najaf. I sent you his last picture we took together and I am the one holding the banna in the air. I was recalled back into active duty off retirement as the Battalion Gunner for 1/4. Sgt Rocha will always be in my thoughts and prayers until we meet again in the heavens. He was a very good Marine and I would always see him playing soccer with other Marines along with other supporting forces that were in the Camp. His energy and motivation made his presense known to everyone in our Unit and he had a great impact on the all the Jr. Marines. When he fell on me when he was shot I tried everything possible to keep him alive, that is a memory I will never forget and I am always remembered of that day when I think of all the lives that we have given to kep our country safe. Sgt Rocha is a hero in my eyes and I miss his presense as a Marine and Freind. My prayers are with you and I continue to talk to Sgt Rocha in my own way, everyday! God Bless!

montoyar2001@yahoo.com
951 660-9663"
Gunner Montoya of Menifee, CA

"Hey Dear,
Happy Birthday. It was a sad day today. I called your mom and checked up on her to see how she was doing, but you know your mom. She is a strong lady. I worry about her Moses. However, I know you will take care of her. Her and my mom are going to D.C. together. It is amazing. I always wanted those two to be close while you and are were together and even when we remained friends. You being gone has brought those two closer than you would ever imagine. It is nice to see them talk and plan things together. Your mom will always be a part of my family as well as your brothers and sisters. My dearest friend, you are so deeply missed. Even though it is a sad day, it is also a happy day because on this day 35 years ago, you were brought into this world and 12 yrs ago, you were brought into my life. Take Care Dear and watch over us all"
Mel

"Happy Birthday Moses
Today is your birthday Moses and i still can't believe that you are gone, Only God knows what I have been through. Sometimes I wonder if this pain will ever end. The only thing that gives me strength is the unconditional LOVE we shared. I thought that being strong meant never losing self control, but Moses I miss hearing your voice, I miss your HUGS and that special KISS you would give me on my forehead, so to hell with my pride, today I will cry once more, for it is another Birthday thay you are gone.
I Love and Miss you
MAMA
SEMPER FI

The Broken Chain
We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same, It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone; for part of us went with you,the day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide; and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side. Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same, but God calls us one by one, the Chain will link again.
Deeply missed but never forgotten,
Love, your daughter,brothers & newphews"
Velina Sanchez of Roswell, NM Chaves

"Hey Dear,
Just a little note to tell you hi. I am back from deployment and your parting has really been starting to hit me. I miss the pep talks and the e-mails. I talk to your mom as much as I can. She and my mom along with your dad and Barbara are planning to go to Washington for some ceremony they are having there for the fallen. I wish I could go, but I can't. You are always with me in spirit. I still find it hard to believe that you are gone and never coming back. Your absence is like a beat missing to a beautiful piece of music- life.
Please continue to watch over us my dearest friend. You are truly missed."
Dear

"Moses,

Wow I am sorry for writing this so late my bro. It has been a long time since we last talked. Maybe even since Gradaution. I remeber the days at G.H.S. chiilin' with you and Rommel and all the other bro's. You and Rommel were always good to me. I just want to say Thank You for the paying the "ULTIMATE SACRIFICE" for all of us American's. You will never be forgotton in my heart. I always think about you when I hear of another fallen soldier. It saddens me but yet I know there is a purpose fol all this. Well I better get going my Bro. God Be With You.
Jeremiah Richardson

To all the Family of Moses,
I know you all know this but I must say this anyway. Moses was a great friend. I always respected him because of his kind heart. He always excepted people for who they were. I am pround to be a friend and you will always be in my prayers.
God Bless You All."
Jeremiah Richarson, Goddard High School Class of 1990 of Roswell, NM

"Sgt Rocha,
The impact that you've made on the Marines under you, in life and death, is beyond description. I think of you often and pray for your family and friends. I wish that you were here again, if only for a minute, so that I could tell you how much you meant to me, Mac and Jairus. We miss you so much, brother.
With all the love and respect that I have."
Sgt Clint Merchen of Camp Pendleton, CA

"May God be with you and your family Moses. I was with you in Kuwait only for a couple hours on your way home.
We never met in life but I was able to find your photo on the internet.
I would just like your family to know that I will carry you in my heart for the rest of my life.

May GOD give you and your family his peace which passes all understanding.

S/Fi
RBPRICE "MONGO""
Richard Price of Tacoma, WA

"Mo,

Happy Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day. You got me through, all the way to Baghdad and back home. I wish I could have done the same for you, I looked up to you and still do.

Miss you man."
Cpl Petrino, 00-03

"Moses,

It's our 230th, I'm sitting here drinking a beer for you, and the rest of our brothers and sisters who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. You might be gone, but you'll never be forgotten!
Semper Fi!"
Tim Phillips of Nottingham, MD

"Hey bro
Well here we are on November 10th again. Happy birthday to you man. Our families look at other dates as our birthdays but you and I know, just like every other Marine. Today is our real birthday. We all took the name of Marine, some of us stayed, some didn't. You stayed and gave your life for our Corps. Not for any other BS reason people think, you gave it for your Marine family, and for that we all owe you an undying debt. I miss you and think of you daily. I've finally accepted what happened to you. It took me all this year, but I finally looked at myself and realized it could have been any of us. As much as I hate it, it was just your time. I remember one time you and I talked about what would happen when the shooting started, and we both agreed and knew that when our number was up, it was up. There was nothing anyone could do about it. I hate that your time came because it was just too early. But since it did, I know you were doing what you loved more then anything. You were with your brother Marines when you left us. You were never alone when it happened. We were all with you and next to you. Semper Fi Mo. I miss you man..."
Bryan Bailey of Ft Worth Tx 817.996.8519

"Hey Brother,

Just want you to know I still think of you often and pray for you. I know you're looking down on me and watching over me through hard times. Clint, Sam, and I all got a tattoo in your memory. It's really nice and we will never forget the things you taught us and the things you stood for. I love you man and am always thinking of you."
Jairus of Camp Pendleton, CA

"Hey Brother,

Just want you to know I still think of you often and pray for you. I know you're looking down on me and watching over me through hard times. Clint, Sam, and I all got a tattoo in your memory. It's really nice and we will never forget the things you taught us and the things you stood for. I love you man and am always thinking of you."
Jairus of Camp Pendleton, CA

"Hey Dear,
Well your family held a candlelight vigil in your memory. Your Dad and Barbara came down to participate as well as to see you. From what Barbara tells me, your Dad misses you tremendously. You are so missed by everybody. I wish I could have been there, but as you know, I am doing my duty. It is still hard to deal with your death and to believe that you are gone, but what alleviates the pain is knowing that you are in a better place and able to watch over us and be with us in spirit. You will never be forgotten, especially if your mom can help it. Rommel misses you so much. He misses doing things with you. He too as I am is worried about your mom. She does so much to keep herself busy so she doesn't have to deal with things. Well, from what I heard, Diana's wedding was very nice and they set a place just for you. You are truly missed my dearest friend. Please provide your family with peace and comfort.... they all could use it. Well football season started and I know you would be throwing a fit because T.O is playing for the Eagles and is crying because he isn't getting paid enough. I actually have a chance to see a 49ers and Redskins game. Hopefully I will have that day off. Tia Alma's Cowboys have actually won some games...she says that you have something to do with it... yeah right, not if you can help it.LOL Well the kids are getting big and panson misses you. Once I get back home, I will be able to spend time with him and take him to the park like we used to when you came home. Well Dear, continue to watch over us...
love,
your dear (your best friend),"
melanie

"Moses,
It's been a year since you left us to go to a better place, although I personally would prefer to have you here with us. I have your picture in the living room surrounded by those of Melanie's too. I talk to you and ask you to protect me and "watch my back" as you put it one day when you came to visit me. I really didn't understand why you would say that but every day I live, I can see why. This is not a very beautiful world we live in when there are so many of our people getting killed every day. I am very honored to have known you through my daughter, Melanie. She misses you tremendously! The hurt and pain this war is creating to families is unbearable. Everyday you hear the news and someone else dies to protect our freedom. You are truly a HERO! I miss you alot. I go to Roswell and try to go to the cemetary every chance I get. I know your spirit is with GOD but I still stop by to see and talk to YOU. It lifts me up and gives me a sense of direction. I cry, laugh, then there is silence. I leave knowing you listened to what I had to pour out. I am still here on earth until I too am called to lay my woes and worries down and go HOME. I want you to meet me in your blues at the pearly gates. I feel the hurt and the pain your family is going through and I wish I was an angel that I could spread my wings and give them the hug they need to comfort them and tell them everything will be Okay. That is only wishful thinking. I pray for your loved ones every night and pray to you to guide and protect us. You are our GUARDIAN ANGEL. I love and miss you so much. August 5, 2004 will be a day that will never be forgotten for that is the day GOD called Moses to join HIM and all the other HEROES into His heavenly home. That is such a comfort to know. GOD WILL LIFT US UP AND HOLD US IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND."
Ramona Barragan of Artesia, NM

"Pappa Roach i miss your brother i think about you everyday Semper Fi"
Lcpl Benefield aka Bitter of Albuquerque New Mexico

"Moses,

You were a good man and a fine Marine.

Your sacrifice, along with your friendship will never be forgotten by any of us. As Moman said, you were there for a lot of Marines, even us boots when we arrived at Horno.

Rest in peace brother...."
Tim Phillips B Co. 1/4 Sgt./0351 96'-00' of Nottingham, MD tphil13@hotmail.com

"Mo it's august 5th a year to the day you died. I'm at home drinking more beers than I should, but not as many as you would have. Cuz it's hard not having you in my life anymore. I just don't know how to react to your death even a year latter. We all love you and miss you, but it doesn't end there Mo you were just the type of person who made our family proud, somebody who treated everbody as an equal family or friend. What makes it worst is how most people don't realize what is going on over there with your brothers. Life goes on in the states while others die, people turn the page of the newpaper or change the channel. They don't want to see what is going on this night or this moment. We don't deserve people like you cuz. Heros who give their lives for what they believe in. 33yrs is not as enough time for you to have lived my cuz, but I have to accept it because I know it is what you loved and believed in. Anyways Mo I don't deserve having had you as my cousin but I'm happy and gratefull that I did. I try to have dreams of you most nights because that is the only I can feel you near. I am mad at myself because I was unable to see you today, but I will be in Roswell some time next year. So until then I'll dream of you and remember all the times we had growing up together. Funny thing happened last week. I took my wife and kids to disneyland. We were in line for space mountain, all of a sudden I started to get choked up. It was weird, but then I remebered how as kids we would hang out in the arcade, didn't even care abouts rides. Also when we were teenagers leaving our parents and walking looking for girls. It's memories like this that keep me going cuz, I miss you, but I'll have to understand your path right now I don't but maybe someday I will."
Alex

"Mo,August-5-2005,It's been a year to the day that you passed away.I speak for everyone in the family and friends and brotherhood of your marine brothers.It's a friday night and I sit here typing alone by myself,because that's the only way I can really express myself is when I'm alone.Me and Kirstin just left Garduno's uptown,because that's one of the spot's we use to kick it at when you would come visit me here in Albuquerque.We had a couple drinks for you my bro.I miss you so much it literaly hurts my heart.Mel just called and we talked for about 45 minutes,and we are all missing you so much.She's been having dreams about you lately,so have I and dad and probably alot people.I'm jamming NIRVANA's unplugged album and it reminds me of you.I know me and you had alot of the same choice of music and that's so cool.Mo,some day's I really have some bad ones.I'm trying to be strong about this whole ordeal,but still very bitter and pissed off about the Bush Adm. to go to war.You know our family is very supported of the troops and will always be,til the end,if there ever is one.We can't pull out of this war even if we wanted to.I hope we finish this mess the Bush Adm. created,because I don't want to ever fill that you died in vain.I know alot of people are not going to agree on what I have to say,but I don't care about other people's opinion.You know I always speak my mind on what I have to say.I'm not afraid to stand up and speak for our family and friends.That's how ROCHA'S are,period...I just want you to know that you could never be replaced.When you first died I felt alot pressure that I had to live up to your reputation.I'm not you and you're not me.That's what made us different,but we are BLOOD.So I learned to live with the fact that I can't feel you're shoes.You're unreplacable.It hurts me deeply to know how much of a gap you are to our FAMILIA.We are a tight family,and you being gone is devastating to every single one of us.I know I'm just rambling on,but I need to just let it flow.This is hard for me to sit here and type all this up.I've cried three times since I started,so I have to stop and regroup.I can go on for hours,bro.The bottom line is,I miss you and I'm trying to express myself with my fingers and a keypad.It's 10:30 Mountain Time Zone and I just want to keep going off.Next weekend Mom,Kirsten and I are going to Califas for Diana's wedding.Wish you were here.Watch over us on our trip.I will give Diana a big hug for you.We are going to to Rosarito Beach for a couple of days of R and R.We should have fun.You should be there with us,but you're with GOD.I love and miss you so much.RIP BRO."
ROMMEL ROCHA of ALBUQUERQUE,NM

"HEY DEAR,
IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE BEEN AWAY FROM US FOR A YEAR. I STILL HAVE A HARD TIME ACCEPTING THAT YOU ARE GONE. MAYBE IT IS BECAUSE I AM DEPLOYED AND KEEPING BUSY AND THE ONLY TIME IT IS REAL IS WHEN I DON'T HEAR YOUR VOICE ON THE OTHER LINE, RECEIVE AN E-MAIL FROM YOU OR A LETTER. GOD ONLY KNOWS HOW MUCH I MISS YOU. I KEEP IN TOUCH WITH MOM AS OFTEN AS I CAN. MO PLEASE WATCH OVER HER AND TAKE CARE OF HER. WE ALL MISS YOU. I WAS LAUGHING THE OTHER DAY AND REMEMBERING THAT STUPID SONG THAT YOU LIKED SO MUCH, THE ONE THAT YOU MADE ME LISTEN TO OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND IT GLARING WHEN I STARTED THE CAR, "ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK, REMEMBER HOW WE USE TO JUST LAUGH. YOU HAVE BEEN ON MY MIND SO MUCH. ITS FUNNY, WE HAD ALOT OF GOOD TIMES. I SWEAR YOU WERE WITH ME ALL DAY THE OTHER DAY. ALL THE SONGS THAT WE USED TO LISTEN TO WERE PLAYING ON THE RADIO AND I REMEMBERED HOW MUCH YOU USED TO LOVE THAT SONG "I RAN" AND THEN OUR SONG PLAYED. THERE IS NEVER A DAY ROCHA THAT GOES BY WHEN YOU ARE NOT IN MY THOUGHTS. I AM JUST SO GLAD THAT YOU WERE IN MY LIFE. I KNOW IF I HADN'T OF MET MY BOYFRIEND I WOULD BE IN A WORLD FULL OF HURT, BUT I KNOW DEEP IN MY HEART YOU HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH THAT. SO THANK YOU. IT IS JUST NOT THE SAME HERE WITHOUT YOU AND I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL THAT DAY THAT I GET TO SEE YOU, BUT UNTIL THEN, PLEASE CONTINUE YOUR VISITS IN MY DREAMS. IT IS GOOD TO SEE YOUR SMILE AND HEAR YOUR VOICE. I KNOW THAT YOU ARE WATCHING OVER US. TAKE CARE MOSES AND ONE OF THESE DAYS MY DEAR WE WILL SEE YOU AGAIN. YOU WILL BE FOREVER MISSED BUT THE MEMORIES OF YOU ARE FOREVER CHERISHED. THANK YOU FOR BEING A PART OF MY LIFE FOR 10 YEARS.
LOVE
YOUR DEAR, MELANIE"
MELANIE of ROSWELL, N.M.

"Moses, August 5, 2005
Just letting you know you are
thought of every day. You will not
be forgotten. Subbase Bangor recently
had a parade and a company who is
contracted to work on the base had a
memorial for families with service members. On this flyer, which was pretty good sized (at least12 foot long and a couple feet high), I had a picture put on the center of it for
you. The picture was of Panza, myself, and you on a CH-46 going into
Pakistan if I remember right. It's got a big thing dedicating it in your memory. You didn't die "in vain" Mo...please remember that. --Hailey"
Mitch Hailey of Bremerton, Washington

"Mo - I miss you a lot. Please watch over everyone."

"Mo-my dear friend...You have touched and influenced more lives in your 33 years..than most people accomplish in a lifetime. The last time i saw you was at Kenneth and Leah's wedding. Had i'd known better, i would have given you a hug and told you how much you mean to me as a friend. We all pretty much went our separate ways out of high school but that strong bond of friendship always resurfaced when we all got together. I am so proud to have known such a true hero as yourself-not just as a soldier-but as a human being. I will miss you bro and hope to see you again some day.***FAME IS A VAPOR***POPULARITY AN ACCIDENT***RICHES TAKE WINGS***THOSE WHO CHEER TODAY...CRY TOMORROW***ONLY ONE THING ENDURES.......CHARACTER I LOVE U BUDDY"
LANCE RICHARDS of AUSTIN TEXAS

"MOSES,
LEMME START BY SAYING I SEND MY PRAYERS TO YOUR FAMILY&FRIENDS BROTHER BECAUSE THEY NEED IT AND DESERVE IT!!! I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR LOOKING OUT FOR ME WHEN I CAME TO HAPPY HORNO 1/4 BRAVO COMPANY WEAPONS PLT, FROM 8&I MARINE BARRACKS. YOU SHOWED ME HOW TO STAY OUT OF TROUBLE IN THE FLEET AND TO ALWAYS BE ON TOP OF MY KNOWLEDGE BECAUSE WE WERE MACHINEGUNNERS AND WHEN THE TIME COMES EVERYONE NEEDS YA!!! BESIDES SSGT HILL AND GUNNY BECKNEL WERE ON ME TOUGH BECAUSE I WAS NEW. WELL FOR ALL THOSE DAYS IN THE ARMORY AND IN THE ALWAYS HOT WELL DECK OF THE USS DENVER AND GUNNY JUSTICE DIGGING INTO YA BECAUSE THE WEAPONS WE HANDED IN WERE UNSAT AND YOU WERE ALWAYS THE FIRST TO HEAR IT,,,YOOHOO!!! BUT NOT TO GO UNNOTICED YOU DID KNOW YOUR WAY AROUND THE ARMORY AND YOU REALLY KNEW WHAT YOU WERE DOIN, AND I WISH I COULD'VE BEEN THERE WITH YA TO RETURN THE FAVOR WHEN YOU NEEDED SOMEONE,,,, EVERY MARINE PAST AND PRESENT SHOULD STRIVE TO "PERFECT" THEIR CRAFT, LORD KNOWS YOU DID. TAVAREZ "TAZ", AND I TALK ABOUT YA ALL THE TIME, ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE GOOFBALLS IN OUR OLD COMPANY BRAVO 1/4, WE HAD A BLAST BROTHER, BUT YOU ARE IN HEAVEN NOW SO PLEASE SEE TO IT THAT YOU WATCH OVER THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS. LIKE MOSES LED THE CHILDREN OF EGYPT TO THE PROMISE LAND YOU TOO WERE A GREAT LEADER SO TO THAT I SALUTE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY BROTHER SEMPER FI!!!"
Kenyatta L. Momon aka Milwaukee Mo' aka Big Mo of Lorton,Va (202)498-0951 or Breadman1977@yahoo.com

"Can you do me a favor, SGT? Take care of my little brother...I miss you both. Rest easy, man. You're not forgotten. Even after leaving 1/4, I'll never forget you, man. I'll try to leave more messages for you, man."
CPL Jacob Maynard of Camp Lejeune, NC

"MO,
its been so long yet it still seems like yesterday. i miss you alot. you were one of the best friends a guy could ever have. you never treated me anything less than a man, and i thank you for that. i will always miss you brother. i'll see you again. cpl andy ( saj ) sajdera. you know the real nickname"
cpl andrew sajdera of camp pendleton ca

"Hey man i can't believe it when i got the news, Specially all the good times we had. I know that you are in a better place."
Cpl Perez, Raul of Miami, fl

"Roch
I cant belive it was you. It hurts so bad.I love you Man"
SSG VIERA (chogee) of colorado springs co 719-637-2966

"MO,
I know you are here somewhere and just wanted to tell you goodbye. I know it has been a long time brother but I know you will never forget me just like I will never forget you. It seems like yesterday that we were in your room, giving your brother grief, talking about girls, and listening to the newest cd's we bought. I can still hear your mom telling us to keep it down and still remember all the crzy nights here in Roswell. It makes me proud to know you reading all of the kind comments left behind by these servicemen who so obviously respect you. It is men like you who bring pride to our country and to our little city here in the west. I miss you brother and I know I will see you again in time. Until then, keep an eye out for all of our "boys" and God bless."
James Mares of Roswell, NM

"TO SGT ROCHA & FAMILY, "ALL GAVE SOME, AND SOME GAVE IT THEIR ALL." ROCHA WAS THE TYPE OF GUY THAT WAS RESPECTED BY ALL MARINES AND THERE WAS NEVER ANY DOUBT ABOUT HIM GIVING IT HIS ALL WHEN IT CAME TO COMPLETEING A MISSION. I SERVED WITH ROCHA THE FIRST TIME AROUND IN IRAQ AND HE WAS SOMEONE I COULD DEPEND ON AND ALSO SOMEONE TO JUST KICK IT WITH. SO ROCHA I JUST WANTED TO SAY IT WAS AN HONOR TO SERVE WITH SUCH HUMBLE AND RESPECTFUL MAN! A GUY ALL OTHERS WILL REMEMBER AND WE'LL TELL OTHERS ABOUT YOU. I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT YOU DIDN'T DO THIS FOR NOTHING AND EVERY AMERICAN CAN THANK YOU FOR GIVING IT YOUR ALL. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE A LEGEND TO ME!"
SGT HAMILTON W.K. of DAYTON, OHIO

"5/1/05

Dear Mrs. Rocha,

What an honor it was to meet you yesterday. I'm so glad that we both were able to attend the ceremony and to meet each other. It was good to meet another Mom of a Marine and I know that we will forever miss our sons. It takes a lot to want to become a Marine, and I thank you for rearing a man who took on such a challenge. I thank you for a man that put his life in harm's way for others. I know the pain will be with us forever, but I know that we will see them again one day. They are at peace now, and it is to us to stay strong when we can, and when we can't, I pray we can lean on God and on others who face the challenge of living without the sons we so loved. Those who spoiled us and charmed us. I think they pray for us even more now than they did while on earth. That's what gets me through. I could never say "no" to Aaron. God bless you.

Semper Fi"
De'on Miller, Proud Mom of L.Cpl. Aaron C. Austin, USMC, KIA April 26, 2004 Fallujah, Iraq of Lovington, NM, USA

"Always looking out for us boots...Thanks for all the times, brother. Your pictures are all over the place in 53 area. I know they'll be here forever."
Cpl Maynard, 1/4 of Camp Pendleton

"Please accept my deepest sympathy for the Rocha family. My name is Clancy DeVries and I paint "Portraits of fallen Heroes" and work with Kaziah Hancock as a participating artist on "Project Compassion". Please go to www.heropaintings.com. Go to page 3 to review my paintings. All portraits of Heroes are in oils and are free of charge. I tried to contact Manuel or Manny in Laguna Hills but to no avail so I hope you will read this.
My phone number and address is at the above web sight so please call me. God bless you."
Clancy DeVries of Newport Beach, CA

"Mo,
I Just wasnt to let you know your sacrifice did not go unnoticed; we all appreciate your sacrifice for this great country. I can honestly say I have never known a better Marine in my time in the Corps, I served with Mo from 95-99 along with Bailey and Busby and just like them He was truly "One Of The Few,One of the Proud". We will all miss you and My best to your Family"
SSgt Tommy Lee Hamilton of Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego

"Hey cuz just wanted to say happy birthday.
Thinking of you and missing you.
love always
Alex"
Alex

"Roch,
Man...I can't believe your gone. I served with moses from '98 til '02. There wasn't a funnier guy out there. I remember all the times on ship and in the armory and in the barracks just cracking jokes. I really am choked up right now my friend. Remember Pasni, Pakistan? Man...the four of us "D" Boys!!! Pots and Panza! Wick wicka wicka...MITCH HAILEY!!! The Cowman! HA HA HA!! I'll never forget that, man. Never. I wish I was back up in the Bonnie, going up to the H and S office and seeing you smiling in the gym having a good time working out and listening to your headphones. And all the times goofing off in that office talking about life, love and family, and just laughing. You had this sense of ease about you that people just picked up on. You will be missed by many, my friend. I love you, man. D-Boys for life."
Cpl MITCH HAILEY of PORT ORCHARD, WA

"Mo,
Just wanted to let you know that Dad and Mom are flying out to see you this weekend. They are going to see your beautiful stone. Please watch over them as they fly over there, they might get lost. Sorry I can't be there but I promise I will come soon to visit. I brag about you every chance I get, you have made me a very proud little brother. Miss you bro.
Love,
Manny"
Manuel of Laguna Hills

"Dear Mo,

It’s taken me awhile to write to you because I guess I still can't believe that you’re gone. The pain is still fresh in my heart, and I'm sure I’m not alone when saying that. I want to start off by saying that I am so proud of you. I'm so proud telling people that my cousin fought and died for this country. I tell them what a good person you were, and how much you loved people, and how much they loved you back. I tell them of all the adventures we shared as children, and how important you were to our family. You always made me feel like I was your little brother when we were growing up. I can remember you always protecting me and sticking up for me when I was a kid, especially when we were in Mexico. I'm going to miss hearing your laughs, and hearing you call grandpa grandpy. That was always your word for him, and it hurts to know I’ll never hear you say those words again. It's hard for me to write this because of the tears that are coming down my face. I have so much inside of me that I just want to express, but it’s hard when your heart is broken. I see the pain and the tears in my family's eyes to this date, and it hurts to see them in pain. Moses.... there's only one good thing that I can see that came from your death....and that is that it has made us a closer and stronger family. You made us realize that life is very precious, especially the life of our loved ones. Well I want to end by saying that I love you, and that you will always be my hero. Love your primo Bobby."
Robert Rendon of Corona, CA, USA

"Moses' Family
Words can not express the grief and sorrow we feel for your loss. My husband knew Moses for 9 1/2 years, they played soccer together, hung out together, and served in the USMC together. Moses will NEVER be forgotten. He is a true American Hero who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms and because of his sacrifice and your loss, we are forever indebted to you.

Moses,
Thank you for your service to the military. Thank you for the friendship and memories that we had in California. You are an amazing person and I'm honored to say that I knew you. You've made the ultimate sacrifice for us, and because of that our daughter will grow up in a better place. You will never be forgotten, nor will the memories. God Bless you, your family and daughter."
Mary & Makena Stoural of California 760.500.9624

""MO,
HAPPY VETERANS DAY.YOU WILL ALWAYS BE
MY HERO.YOUR THE BEST BROTHER ANYONE
COULD ASK FOR.I MISS AND LOVE YOU MORE
THAN YOU'LL EVER REALLY KNOW.PRAY WITH
US TONIGHT FOR L.D. AND HIS FUTURE.I
KNOW YOUR WATCHING OVER HIM.I"LL BE GET-
TING BACK TO YOU REAL SOON."
LOVE YOUR BROTHER,ROMMEL ROCHA"
ROMMEL ROCHA of ALBUQUERQUE,NM

"Sgt. Rocha was obviously a great example of what it means to be a Marine. And I pray that my son, who is also with 1/4, will be as honored and so well respected as Sgt. Rocha. To the family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Words can't express it well. The 11th MEU was better for having Sgt. Rocha as part of their team."
Beverly Rosen of San Antonio, TX

"Hey Dear, was the heading we used to state on every e-mail and letter that you and I sent to one another. I still go online thinking that I am going to receive and e-mail from you asking me how I am doing as well as always checking up on me and asking me to give mom messages. It is hard to believe that you are no longer with us, but spiritually dear, I feel your presence each and everyday of my life. Everynight before I go to bed, Taps is played on post and all I can think about is you and the sacrafice that you made and the sacrafice of all our brothers and sisters in the military continue to make. You were always worried about me and telling me to let you know when I was leaving. Who would have ever thought that it would be you leaving us behind. I still have yourlast e-mail that you sent me the day before you were taken from this earth. I finally got brave to look at this sight. I am so proud of you and everything that you accomplished in your life and I am so glad that I was a part of that life. I miss talking to you on the phone. Football has started and I am not going to recieve phone calls of you making in fun of me and Rommel's 49'ers. I am going to actually miss you pushing my buttons. LOL. You are so loved by many "Dear" and you have left a lasting impression as well as an engravement in one's soul. You will forever continue to hold a very special place in my heart. I remember telling you once that I always wanted to meet your friends, especially Rivas and Taco. Well dear, I finally met them as well as T-REX, Robert, and most of all your son, Pokemon. It was just sad to meet them in this certain circumstance, but like I told them dear, any friend of yours is a friend of mine. When you told me that you wanted to be a Marine dear, I knew that you would be a great leader. You just have that spirit. I am glad that you made me a part of your life. As I always promised you before you left, I will take care of mom and L.D. You are now my guardian angel and those words that you used to tell me "Dear, everything is going to be okay" continues to give me great strength and comfort even more so, because you are my guardian angel. I love you dear and you will be missed especially by those whose life and heart you touched.
Forever your best friend. Until we see each other again.
GLYASDI"
Melanie Barragan aka "Dear" of Roswell, New Mexico

"Mo,
You WILL be missed my brother. You will NOT be forgotten."
Greg Lind of Madison, Wis

"Mo,
Even us guys going back to when "Nubby" was there are catching up to this now. Definitely be missed and Busby and I have spent alot of days remembering all the great times we had from 94 -98 together. Every day another memory comes back, from us humping through Jordan in the godawful heat to feeling like we would freeze in Case Springs. And never forget the nights in Manila and Phuket, what fun we had and what wild times we lived together."
Bryan Bailey of San Antonio TX

"Roach-

I served with you from 94-97. It was an honor to know you and serve with you. You will not be forgotten by me and others who served with you."
Cpl. Nathan B. "Nubby" Johnson of Rochester, MN

"Mo,
It's still hard to believe that you're gone. You were not only a great Marine, but also a great friend. Knowing you was an honor. You will be missed, brother."
Cpl Andres Telles IV of FOB Echo Diwaniyah, Iraq

""Roch",
I'll never forget the day after I got to 1/4, I had checked in to the armory and met you. I thought to myself, what a hard working Marine. You were always a professional. I can still hear you asking me " Hey SSgt, where's my compass? I was in shock when I heard that he passed away and I'm still shaken up till this day, is because I remember saying goodbye to him when he left to go to Hotel. My heart and prayers go out to your family. Roach, thank you for being such a good friend, I miss you, my brother. I know that you're looking down on us from heaven above, our guardian angel. God bless you, Sgt Rocha."
SSgt James L Joseph Jr. Assit. Radio Chief, 1/4 of FOB Echo, Diwayniya, Iraq

"I COULD REALLY USE A HUG RIGHT ABOUT NOW. MOSES AND I GAVE THAT SENTENCE MEANING ON OUR SECOND DEPLOYMENT ABOARD THE USS BONHOMME RICHARD LHD 6. IT WAS OUR WAY OF LETTING THE OTHER KNOW THAT WE REALLY NEEDED A FRIEND TO TALK TO. A HUGE BEAR HUG WAS THE CURE TO OUR VENTING SESSIONS."
Wendy M. Herrera *OS2 (SW) Lopez* of Buena Park, Ca

"President Ronald Reagan once said that "People go their entire lives wondering if they made a difference in the World. Marines don't have that problem." Sgt. Moses D. Rocha was a Marines' Marine. Not a better one have I ever served with. I knew him in 98' when I first came to 1/4 and deployed twice with him. We were pretty tight during the four years I was with him. With out a doubt I can say that he was one of the best friends that I have ever had. Which is why I was pretty broken up when I heard of his passing. My deepest condolences and sympathies go out to his family and other friends. I deeply regret that I was unable to attend his funeral service. Although he is gone, he will NEVER be forgotten. He will always be with us in our hearts and minds. He will be our Guardian Angel in our time of need. Once a Marine, always a Marine. I love you Roach. See you on the other side brother."
Sgt. Anthony C. Moreno of 9th Comm Bn. Fallujah, Iraq

"Sgt Rocha: A leader amongst leaders. One of the most noble, courageous, fearless men I have ever met. Always stood up for his younger Marines, and we are ALL forever grateful. The Marines of 1/4 will never forget you. You will always be in our hearts and spirits - guiding us, forever."
Cpl Kayitz Finley BLT 1/4 of Najaf, Iraq/Los Angeles

"Sgt Rocha was a true example of a brave man. I remember those days we used to play soccer toghether, it was fun, because you were there. I worked with you and you are a very good man. You will never be forgotten. You are a true hero.May God grant your family the fortitude to bear your lost. May your soul continue to rest in heavenly peace, till the day we meet again."
Lcpl Areh Chudi of Camp Pendleton, CA

"This is taken from Moses memorial in Iraq. Given on 6 Sept 2004:
"Let us pray, Gracious true and living God, we are gathered here to remember our brother, that gave his all. Sgt Rocha was a leader among men. He brings to reality that freedom comes at a high cost. But without men like Sgt Rocha, there would be no fruited plains or alabaster cities. Bless this day oh Lord and let us never forget his sacrifice. For your word says- Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. This I do pray in your precious name, Amen.
-Chaplain Weise 1/4"
Cpl Dockings

"Moses has touched more marines lives than he ever knew. He has been a brother and leader to myself and so many others. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. He was truly a friend to all who knew him. Mo was always there with words of encouragement to all junior marines under him and along side him. There is no better a marine to travel around the world with. Mo, you will leave everlasting memories within everyone you have served with. Thank you for your friendship, support and guidance."
Cpl Dwayne Dockings DDOCKINGS@YAHOO.COM of Redondo Beach CA

"Cant believe it man. I have known you for 4 years and you were always a blessing in my life. I will always remember you bro. Thanks for all the times you put up with all the crap you dealt with everyday. Love you man...Ill be praying bigtime for your family. Midgett"
Bryan Midgett of Bakersfield,CA

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Moses D. Rocha,

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

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

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

"SGT MOSES D. ROCHA,A.K.A PAPA ROCH
YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MISS MY FRIEND. YOU WERE A MENTOR AND FRIEND, THAT I WILL NEVER FORGET . THE MEMORIES WE SHARED TOGETHER I WILL CHERISH THEM UNTIL THE DAY WE MEET AGAIN. MY FAMILY AND I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU PAPA ROCH. TO THE FAMILY OF MOSES THANK YOU FOR WELCOMING ME IN YOUR HOME AND SHARING THE WONDERFUL MEMORIES OF MOSES WITH ME AND GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY."
Cpl Robert D Arroyo of Camp Pendleton, California

"MO, I'm really going to miss you cuz. Just the small things like during any sporting event you would call upset or happy. We would just talk. Football season is starting soon and anytime my phone rings during a game I'm going to think it's you. You were only a month older but you were always the leader, protector, and the one we looked to. I guess that is what made you such a great marine and person. Always there for everyone. It didn't matter what was going on I always knew you would be there. Even though were just cousins I always thought of you as the brother I always wished I had. I just want to thank you for all the things you did for me as we grew up Mo. It's funny even though you weren't very tall everybody always called you Big MO. I guess they were talking about your heart. You may be gone, but you will never forgotten."
Alex Garcia of Moreno Valley, CA

"Mo im gonna miss you playa. I wanted to let everyone who reads this that you mean everything to me and pokeyman. You were a role model to us. You were like are father.Who ever reads this i want them to know that there isn't a better friend than you i will never be the same now that your gone. Pokeyman, Rob and I are going to drink some beer and bailys for you when i get back home from Iraq."
Cpl Ramsey J.M of Chicago IL USA

"Yo Mo,
What to say when a man of your caliber is taken away from us before your time. There are no words to describe what your family must be going through, and though my simple words can not do you justice, I give my heartfelt sympathy to the entire Rocha family.
"Mo" was a great Marine. The testimonials already left by other Marines surely shows that, and so much more. He was the "go to" guy for everything. His junior Marines knew he was always there for them, no matter how big or how small, they knew he would be there with words of encouragement, and some great advice.
I still remember playing soccer with him the night before. He was smiling and laughing, as were the rest of us, and that's how he lived. Forever cheerful, never doubting the cause that he was over here fighting for.
This man was known and loved throughout the entire battalion, and will be eternally missed.
Go easy brother. We'll see you again someday."
SSgt Lyle Scott 1/4 Tech Chief of FOB Hotel, Najaf, Iraq

"Mo
I will always remember you. I can still hear your voice around the F.O.B. You meant so much to the Marines in the company. You always had advice when we needed it and were always smiling. Mo, you were a Marines Marine. You trusted my driving and I didn't let you down when you needed it the most. I miss you player."
Cpl Haubert, John R of F.O.B. Hotel Najaf Iraq

"To the family of Sgt. Moses Rocha,
My name is Cpl Leon. I met Sgt.Rocha a few months before we left for Iraq. Off the bat i could tell he was a cool guy, he was always in a good mood. We would always talk about Santa Ana, cuz we were both from there, so we would talk about places i knew and he knew. I will never forget the last time we spoke on Aug 5th 2004, i seen him as i was walking outside of my tent and he looks to me and sais... whats up killer, and i said to him nothing just waiting to go out and help, so he turns to me and said "hey thats what we are here for right" and he gave me a pat on the back and left for a convoy. His face was full of bravery, not a single look of doubt in his mind. But thats the way he was, confident, brave, and he made you feel like everything was gonna be alright. I will miss him and he will always be remembered as a hero of this country by me and all who knew him."
Cpl Leon,E. of SANTA ANA, CA. USA

"To the family of Sgt Rocha..I am so sorry for ur loss.. I had not known Sgt Rocha for more than 6 month but in that time I had gained a great respect for who he was.. His dedication in his job as well as his honor as a man will not be forgotten..He had my earned repsect and will be missed."
PFC GIBSON of AUBURN CA USA

"Sgt. Rocha,
There are no words to describe how much you will be missed. You are one of the best NCO's I have ever met. A good friend and a good leader. I can still hear you coming into the room at FOB Hotel and saying "Hey, what's up Buddy?" I know you are still here protecting us as you would have in life and fighting along side us. Your memory is engraved in our hearts and minds forever. I am proud to call you my Brother."
LCpl McAfee 1/4 of FOB Hotel, Iraq

"Sgt Rocha,
You are a true friend. You are a great Marine who will be deeply missed. I will never forget the examples you set and the times we had. I know your looking down on us from heaven and you will never be forgotten. May God bless you and your family for your ultimate sacrifice. I love you brother. Semper Fidelis"
LCpl Jairus Rice of FOB Echo, Iraq

"Rocha,
We all miss you and the good times hanging out together either back in Cali or somewhere less scenic. We will always remember you as you were and nothing changes that, not even the passage of time. My sympathies go out to the entire Rocha family, the loss you have to bare is unspeakable and please know I held Moses in very high regard....everyone still does."
SSgt. Cecilio Berrios of BLT 1/4 Najaf, Iraq

"Sgt Rocha,
You are everything that I want to be when I become a Sergeant. You were always there for me and every other Marine in 1/4. I know that you are fighting alongside us still. Protecting us always. I pray that God is with your family and friends in their time of need. It was an honor."
Cpl Clint Merchen of Iraq

"My prayers and thoughts are with Velina and all of Moses' family and loved ones. God Bless Us All!"
Cynthia of Roswell, NM/USA

"Sgt. Rocha,
An honor and a privelege...."
LCpl Campa, Michael of Camp Pendleton, Ca

"thank you all for your messages we really appreciate all your input he will be missed but not forgotten
the rocha-sanchez family"
velina sanchez of roswell,nm

"Sgt. Moses Rocha's tragic death left the Stern family in shock and deep sadness. A young life taken away from a family so filled with respect and love for "Mo". His memories will live on and hopefully his love for Shaina will sustain her in her period of great sadness. He must have been a very special person to have touched the lives of this fine family."
Darlene Murray

"John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
Your cousin, Melissa Acosta of Lemoore, CA

"Rocha,
It was an honor and privleage to serve with you at 1/4. You were one of my best friends and you will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your family."
Kendal C. Abernethy of Amarillo, TX

"Pappa Roacha
I really enjoyed working under you and having you to look up to as an outstanding marine i will never forget all you have done,and all you accomplished during OIF 1.I will miss you brother."
Lcpl Benefield aka Benny of Albuquerque New Mexico

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

"Big Mo, I never thought it would be you... It has been a pleasure knowing you and working by your side for the past 3 years. You will be greatly missed and I sincerly believe there will never be another one like you. Your Command and your family has suffered a great loss, and they realize it. Please continue to charge fwd and stand your new post watching over us. S/F."
SSgt Bryson of 1st Marine Regiment

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

"To Moses' 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 your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"Moses, It was a pleasure to serve with you during the war. My prayers are with your family. Semper Fidelis Moses.
(319)504 1631"
Jason Boynton, SSgt USMC of Waterloo, IA

"Moses,
We all grieve for you and your family. I know your still in the fight with us. Semper Fi"

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude.
May G-d provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten.
A grateful citizen and a Proud Marine Mom"
Lily of Wakefield MA

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

"To the family of Moses Rocha;

Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Our family has also lost a precious life in this battle for freedom. Moses is a true American hero and will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave his country. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time."
The McClain family---azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"Thank you Moses Rocha, 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 Sgt. Moses Rocha:
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 Moses 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 Sgt. Moses Rocha:
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 Moses, 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