Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Lawrence A. Roukey

33, of Westbrook, Maine.
Roukey died in Baghdad, Iraq, by a large explosion while performing site security. He was assigned to the Army Reserve's Detachment 1, 3rd Battalion, 304th Regiment, 98th Division, Lewiston, Maine. Died on April 26, 2004.

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"Hey buddy missing you something bad today. Got you and your family on my mind. Thank you for providing me and my family with freedom, man I miss our days in Korea. Drinking a cold one in your honor today brother. Just know I will never forget you!! Please keep looking over us from your watch up there and soon we will stand on formation again just like the old days. Love you brother!

MSG Mooring"
Christopher Mooring of Princeton,nc

"I remember and honor Lawrence Roukey every year on this date. We must never forget the costs of freedom and order in our world"
Rick Coveno of Groton MA

"Thinking of you brother. It's been 11 years now and you death still weighs heavy on my heart. Till we meet again at that final formation."
MSG Chris Mooring of Princeton, NC

"We miss you brother."

"Saturday 26 April is the 10th Anniversary of the loss of Lawrence Roukey. I did not know Larry but I do know he served with honor and commitment to protect the freedoms we believe in. I was in the ISG with Larry in 2004, and his loss was the saddest moment of my military career. I honor his memory and offer my condolences to his close friends and family. All free people of this earth owe unending gratitude to his service. I have great sorrow for this loss. LtCol (Ret) Rick Coveno"
LtCol (Ret) Rick Coveno of Groton MA

"I think of you all the time i love and miss you uncle larry<3"
Brian Bailey of berwick maine

"I still think of you every day
I miss you uncle Larry <3"
Audrey Tasker of U.S.A

"Thank you old friend for all your sacrifices, you will never be forgotten."
Daniel McElroy of Lincoln, NE

"remember west point...coyote ugly; hogs and heifers"
ken teale of lewiston, me

"Its now two days away from the day you were taken so sudden from us brother. Just know you are always on my mind and in my thoughts! I still don't know why you were chosen and not me but just know I love you and miss you brother!! I can't wait till the day we meet again. I know your up there looking down on all of us. You touched so many lives while you were here, I only hope I can one day be the man you were.
Brothers always!

"First Rock!"
SFC Mooring, Christopher"
SFC Mooring, Christopher of Smithfield, NC

"I served with SGT Roukey and SGT Baker in Iraq, and feel honored too have served with them and think of them always more on veteransday.
-SGT Adrian Johnson"
Adrian Johnson of FT Bragg NC US

"April 18, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Lawrence A. Roukey:
Lawrence gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"I had served in Iraq with Roukey during this time with the ISG. Great Man, and exceptional soldier."
Matthew Bode of Sacramento, California

"My name is Scott Allen Roukey,son of Kevin,grandson of Walter.I am a distant relative in California.I served in the Marines during the first gulf war and could not believe when I saw that a Roukey had gone down in battle.I am very sorry for your loss!I would really like more information about my cousin to keep his/our name to be passed down through are family so we can all be proud and to let you know you are in all our prayers!

Sincerely

SCOTT ALLEN ROUKEY (LANCE CORPORAL UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS)"
SCOTT ALLEN ROUKEY of sacramento california

"To the family. I served with Roukey back in Korea and have several photos of Lawrence back in our younger days having fun. I would like to send them to his family so one day his children and grandchildren will know just how special of a man he was. Not a day goes by that I don't wish I could take his place and bring him back. Pleas contact me so I can give these pictures to whom they belong.

christopher.mooring@us.army.mil

Roukey I will never forget you brother and years don't seem to ease the pain!!"
Chris Mooring of Smithfield, NC

"Larry " Wookie" Whats up Dude, I miss you! I think of you often. All the way back to aldworth street where we grew up Brother!You were the Gentle Giant" that sacrificed it all."
Chad of New York

"I dont even know what to say!! i miss him soo much!! I really feel bad! i love you!! you were the greatest uncle!!"
Deastiny Tasker of berwick main

"I just want to thank you Larry for all you did. I worked with Larry at the USPS and had the greatest times with him, went to a couple Redsox's games and he was what I considered to be a best friend. I miss everything from the mandatory overtime to the great times hanging out. Ill see you on the other side my friend.. Miss ya Bro"
Derek of Gardiner,Maine

"To the family of: Lawrence A. Roukey 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"

"I served with SGT Roukey in Korea and at Fort Campbell, KY. To his family you will forever be in my prayers as only time can heal the loss of a loved one. I will never forget the many smiles/laughs he gave us during training. No matter how bad we thought it was he was always there to cheer us up in his usual "Wooky" way. Brother you will be missed and I look forward to the day when we can once again walk together and make each other laugh. "First Rock"!"
SSG Christopher B. Mooring of Smithfield, North Carolina

"I served with Larry in IRAQ as a member of the ISG and MCT team #12. I'll never forget that day when Larry and Sherwood Baker were killed in Baghdad. Joe Washam, a team memember was wounded in action! I escorted Larry back to his wife Ryann, and loved ones in Maine. I wear a braclet in honor of my buddy. I will always remeber the fun times we had at Ft. Bliss and Camp Slayer, Iraq. April 26th will always be the day I reflect back on the lives of my departed friends."
SFC Max Franklin of Kendallville, Indiana

"In the next few days I will have my tattoo remembering Larry. As I stated in an earlier message I was a fellow member of the same team as Larry. It hit too close to home when he perished, and I want to carry his memory permanently. Feel free to email me for photos of the tattoo. I will also post it on a website, http://www.geocities.com/parawiss/tattoo.html, when i have it completed in the next few days."
parawiss@yahoo.com of Orange County, CA

"Ryann, Nicholas and Sonya,
My name is Kevin Roukey, my wife and I live in Sacramento, CA. Larry was my cousin and although we never met, his death hit us very hard and our thoughts and prayers are with you always. The day after Larry was KIA I received a call from a member of Ted Koppel's news team informing me of the incedent. I was very shaken up at first to think that one "our family members" had been so tragically lost. If it is any comfort the reason the news peolple contacted me was to ensure they paid proper dignity to Larry by getting the pronunciation of his last name correct.

In reading the follow-up stories on Larry's incident I have learned quite a lot about this fine young man and the many reasons it hit me so hard. Larry is the same age as my oldest son, who served in the Marines, but was out before the IRagi War started. Larry father, my dad's cousin, was a Korean War vet, as was my father. But the must strange thing was how much he resembled my older brother, Carter.

I know that we cannot in anyway feel the pain of your loss, but please know that Your family and Larry are always in our thoughts and prayers.

Here is just a bit of information on our family. My grand father was Walter P. Roukey Sr. and resided in Easthampton, Mass.; I know he had a brother Harold and I think Joseph. I am trying to compile as much Roukey Family information that I can, so if you could provide any family history information, I would be most greatful.

Your "west coast family""
Kevin J. Roukey of Sacramento, CA

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Lawrence Roukey,

You are in my thoughts and prayers always. Lawrence Roukey had left a lasting impression on my son and will never be forgotten by our family. God Bless you all."
D.L. Wissinger of Aliso Viejo, CA

"Thank you seems too little to say for your sacrifice. Rest assured we don't forget and only wish it was possible to tell you in person. THANK YOU! That you died so millions can enjoy what you cannot is unjust. THANK YOU! All other days of the year we live the happiness you made possible, but today we live with sullen heart. Today we honor and respect you and all the brave souls like you who make freedom possible. THANK YOU Lawrence Roukey! (Memorial Day 2005)"
Mark Ecker of Massachusetts\Maine

"One year later and you are just as sorely missed as then. God bless you and your family....I miss you bro."
Mike Sweeney of Barre, Vt

"Larry, I cant even begin to say how much I miss you. I wish you were back home..we need you. but we love you and miss you
love sonya"
Sonya of Home

"Cousin Larry,
I will always remember and cherish your wedding day when I wore my pretty dress and danced and danced with you!! You spun me around like a princess, you were my hero then and you will continue to be forever. You will hold a special place in my heart forever and always. Nobody can ever thank you enough for the sacrafice that you made. You will forever be remembered. I promise to do anything I can to take care of and protect Nicholas, Sonya, and Ry. I love them very much.
We miss you and love you
RIP"
Tasha Lee Kneeland of Windham, Maine..USA

"I was with him in Iraq and I just wanted to say he was a great person and an excellent soldier. I will never forget the day it all happened. It was the worst feeling i have ever had. I will always remember April 26th and honor his sacrafice."
parawiss@yahoo.com of Irvine, CA

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

"To Lawrence's Family and Friends:

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

Sincerely,

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

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

"To Lawrence's Family and Friends:

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

Sincerely,

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

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

"To Lawrence's 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

"Larry (SGT Roukey)
It was an honor to know and serve with you. Your friendship, contagious smile and Selfless-Service to our great nation will not be forgotten. Rest now and continue to protect us from above.

Ryann, Nicholas and Sonya: It was a great honor to bring your husband/father home. He loved you dearly. Your loss and sadness is shared by countless others all over the world. Larry is a great American hero that will not be forgotten."
CPT Michael King of Lewiston, Maine / Iraq

"RayAnne: I have recently learned of the death of your dear husband, Larry. My daughter, Amy, worked with Larry at St. Jay and I had the privilege of meeting you and your husband at her wedding a few years ago. Please be assured you and your family will be remembered in my prayers."
Mother of Amy Anderson, Peggy Anderson of Waterbury, Vermont, USA

"Larry, you only lived in Vermont for a short time, but I want you to know that you touched many people while you were here, and we are all deeply saddened by the news of your sacrifice. We will miss your smile and we will do whatever we can do for your children and your wife. You dedicated all of your adult life to protecting this country from the evils of the world both at home and abroad. Your selflessness didn't go unnoticed or unrecognized, and you won't be forgotten."
Amy Anderson of Waterbury, Vt./USA

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

"Thank you Lawrence Roukey, 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. Lawrence Roukey:
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 Lawrence 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. Lawrence Roukey:
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 Lawrence, 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