Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army 2nd Lt. Charles R. Rubado

23, of Clearwater, Florida.
Rubado died in Tal Afar, Iraq, when his M1A2 Abrams tank came under attack by enemy forces using small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on August 29, 2005.

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"Thank you for sharing your son with the world. We are safer for his sacrificed life. He is remembered."
Molly McGuire of Auburn, AL

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry at times. I understand, in theory only, that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take your families and friends pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3
A hundred times a day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am receiving. - Albert Einstein"
Scott Edward Steiner of Worthington, Ohio USA

"July 5, 2008
To the family of 2nd Lt. Charles R. Rubado:
Charles 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

"To the family of:Charles R. Rubado 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"

"To the family and friends,

I only met Charles very briefly, but thinking back on that one instance of time, it was a great moment in time. Charles came up to my tent on the base camp asking us how many people were going downtown. He received word that we were going to see our Iraqi unit downtown and had only so many seats in his tank. "Are you crazy, Lieutenant?", I said to him. "We all (all 10 of us) are going downtown". He replied, "Ooops, well they told me you guys needed a ride." That was the last time I ever saw him again on the base camp. Your service will never be forgotten. "Charlie Pride!""
Pedro A of El Paso, Texas

"Dear Rubado Family and Mary-Anne: I am a Florida Southern alum, and a Lambda Chi. I also have two brothers in the Army, one is active duty, and the other is in the reserves. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your/our fallen hero. If I can ever assist you in any way please feel free to contact me at kma5150@msn.com
God Bless you all."
Timothy Roess of Orlando, FL/USA

"All of Charlie's Lambda Chi Alpha brothers miss him, and we send our condolences to his family and our friend, Mary-Anne. We love you and are here for you.

-Lambda Chi Alpha
-Florida Southern College"
Grits Hall of Lakeland, Florida

"My condolences go out to the family of Charlie Rubado. He gave the ultimate sacrifice and will not be forgotten by me or my family. I knew Charlie as a young boy and friend of my son Matt in Syracuse, everything I knew about him then told me that he would turn into the hero I believe he is today. I am so proud to have known him. I hope your memories of him will help lessen your grief."
James Miller of LaFayette/N.Y./USA

"Our sincerest sympathys to the family and friends of Charles Rubado. Our hearts are tender to hear of your loss. Our deepest respects to Charles for his service, commitment and courage to defend freedom. We will never forget."
Vigil Family of Wheatridge CO

"Mary Anne,

What a horrifying time for you and the rest of Charlie's family. I only met Charlie twice, but I've been skimming the internet, and every story I see confirms the man that we knew to be strong and honorable, sincere and giving.

I wish I could make this all make sense, but I don't think it will until you stand beside him again at the throne. For now, the best we can do is go on trying to honor Charlie's life by how we live our own.

I'm praying for you and the rest of the Rubados. Come up and visit sometime soon."
Matthew Algren (another cousin) of New Carlisle, Ohio

"Mary-Anne,

My heart goes out to you during this time. I'm glad that Charles and your faith in Christ can bring some comfort during this difficult time. My mom will see you shortly to give you a hug. Thank you for sharing your husband with us - he truly was a hero and will be missed."
Philip Gray (your cousin) of Cary, NC

"To the Rubado Family,
I'm sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all."
Brenda Abbasi of Knoxville, Tn

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

"TO THE RUBADO FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. WE DEEPLY ARE SADDEN BY THE LOST OF CHARLES. AN OUR HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH CHARLES AND YOUR FAMILY. CHARLES HAS NOT DIED IN VAIN! HE IS MORE THEN A HERO AND SOLDIER! HE HAS TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY. TO THOSE HEARTS HE HAS TOUCHED. ALL HOLD VERY DEAR FOND MEMORIES OF CHARLES. THANK YOU CHARLES FOR SERVING ALONG SIDE OUR SON GREGORY. I REALIZE NEITHER JNEW ONE ANOTHER. STILL BOTH WATCHED OVER ONE ANOTHER AS MILITARY BROTHER'S. NOW BOTH ARE JOINED TOGETHER. GOD BLESS!"
leonard wahl of valley stream ny

"To The family of Charles Rubado,
Your loss will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Know that Charles died an American Hero, and his death will not have been in vain. God bless!"
Franci of New Port Richey, FL

"Thank you Charles Rubado, 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 2nd Lt. Charles Rubado:
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 Charles 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 2nd Lt. Charles Rubado:
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 Charles, 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