Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Elias Torrez III

21, of Veribest, Texas.
Torrez died from hostile fire in Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California. Died on April 9, 2004.

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"Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens
San Angelo, Texas"
Aunt Sandy of Abilene, Texas

"ET...I remember you getting that awesome tattoo on your back and when you showed me and Garza, I remember thinking: "Christ, his DIs are gonna love this". I remember that we slightly may have encourage you just a tad bit to get that thing, cause we knew what would happen. After bootcamp you came home and told us about one of your DIs seeing it for the first time and the conversation that followed:
DI: "Recruit Torrez, what does that tattoo on your back mean?"
ET: "SIR, THIS RECRUIT IS BUILT LIKE A MACHINE SIR!"
DI: "Oh, is that freaking right recruit? You're built like a machine?"
ET: "YES SIR!"
DI: "Good to go...push."

a few hours later...
DI: "Recruit Torrez, how's the machine?"
ET: "sir...this...machine...is...broken...sir..."

I will never forget that story, and I will never forget you and the sacrifices that you made for the rest of us. Rest in Peace Marine."
Daniel Fowler of SA,Tx -> Oki

"I have the honor of carrying around a hero bracelet etched with your name, place of birth, service and date of death. I am from West Texas and often you are on my mind. Many times as I have traveled to San Angelo, I've wanted to visit your final resting place, but I do not know where you are buried. Know that my heart aches for you. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Know that I will never forget."
Corina Subia of Monahans, TX

"My grandson and I always place a Flag on your final resting place at Lawnhaven. I am retired military and he is 6 years old. I want my grandson to realize his freedom was paid for by the blood and toil of righteous men such as yourself and another Marine resting alongside you, Jason Poindexter. We do not place a Flag to remember how you died for us, but to celebrate how you lived in order to protect us from harm. As long as I live, every year since you passed away in the service of your country, I will ensure a Flag is posted where you rest in peace. Semper Fidelis!"
Desert Storm Veteran of San Angelo, Texas

"Primo, know your never forgotten."
Prima of San Angelo, tx

"Hey primo!

Man last night I was hanging out with my wife, watchn soldiers returning home videos and start telling her about my hero!! My crazy primo!! Haha Man I remember you having that scorpion and I stayed the night and could not sleep because you told me sometimes he gets out hahaha messed up man hahaha Also I remember Bebe took me to a party and we got to talk to you but hated it cuz I couldn't tell my mom that I got to talk to you. Primo I miss you man I still have that Dallas Cowboys jersey that you gave me and ill treasure it for the rest of my life!! Watch over me primo because this world pos ta cabron! Talk to you later man

Love ya primo

Your primo lil Martin"
Martin Reyes of San Angelo Texas

"Correction 9yrs. My head is spinning trying to figure out the years without him :("
Tia Sandy of Del Rio, Tx

"13yrs. Mijo and I feel your presence and your warmth as if you just now gave me me one of your bear hugs.... I don't need to write too much here because you can hear my heart!!! I love and miss you so much, your beautiful Momma Betty did a wonderful job raising you, and though she had a little help for a couple years once you were older, you still managed to stay the same gorgeous, respectful man you were always meant to be. Lots of love always E.T."
Tia Sandy of Del Rio/Abilene, Tx

"E.T.
GUESS WHAT?!?!! IM A SENIOR!!! I FINALLY MADE IT I OWE IT ALL TO YOU AND MY PARENTS YALL ARE MY MOVITATOR..
I LOVE YOU¢¾"
ASHTEN of SAN ANGELO TEXAS

"Elias I just want to let you know I was thinking of you today...Veteran's Day 11/11/11...here in Austin,Tx. We miss you so much, everytime I go home to San Angelo, I'm always looking over my shoulder to see if your there til this day. You were a great friend, someone who would be there to listen to my problems. Miss you Always, I know I will see you soon...my grandma is up there chillin with you, so i'll see yall both. Love ya."
Erica Garcia of Austin,TX

"Hey Uncle E.T. I haven't seen you in over 7 years. It's been really tough remembering when you would whhistle every time you walked in the house. When you would pick me up on your shoulders. I remember one time, you came and visited me at school. I missed you so much and was excited to you again. Gosh, I can't wait to see you again. I'm tearing up while I'm typing this but I can't help it. I love you very much and I can't wait to see you again."
Arianna Ramirez (your neice) of San Angelo, Texas

"E.T.
mann,its been hard keeping my head up these past days, i need you more then ever now, i get to thinking about you and then you no what happens, yupp you guessed it..i break down, you always told me to do good in school, your the reason, your the reason i wanna join the military, to make you proud, i was cleaning out my room and i found your letter.. i just lost it, you touched my in a way that no one know, its hard not having you here, to push me, ilove you so much, im so blessed to have had you in my life, and i cant wait to see you at the gates HUGS AND KISSES ILOVE YOU<3
-- YOUR LIL ASH:)"
ASHTEN

"E.T TODAY IS JUST ANOTHER DAY, IM DOING GOOD IN SCHOOL LIKE I PROMISED YOU I WOULD, I MISS YOU MORE THAN YOULL EVER NO, AND I NEED YOU MORE THAN RIGHT NOW , WELL AS YOU NO I WANNA BE A MARINE NURSE¢¾ SO IM GONNA KEEP FOLLOWING MY DREAMS I DREAM OF YOU EVERY NIGHT AND I MISS YOUR SMILE I LOVE YOU AND ILL WRITE AGAIN TOMORROW I LOVE YOU"
ASHTEN of SAN ANGELO TEXAS

"Eli...miss you brother. I hope you're getting some damn practice at spades so I can have a decent partner when I get to where you're at. I still haven't met anyone with your sense of humor. Getting stuck in 7th marines wasn't so bad with your wise-cracking * around. Thanks for the laughs and memories. I hear this in my head over and over and think of you: "you do it again and I'll stab you in the face with a soldering iron" or "more cowbell". You got me laughing and cracking up today and I haven't even seen you in over 7 years. Take it easy bro."
"dickweed" of Salem, mo

""ET" today as I think of you, I think how has time gone by. please know your missed and always thought of. I remember your tight hugs and especially your sillyness. I love you, and wish you were here."
"Always Special in MY heart" of San Angelo,Tx

"I miss you."
Stefanie of San Angelo, TX

"I was with torrez in Iraq on this day, 3/7 wpns company caat white plt I had gotten back from a 24 hr patrol when I went to sleep torrez came to my bed and pulled me out to eat with him so I did, little did I know it would be the last. He was a great Marine and I think about him all the time. Can someone tell me where he was laid to rest please. I reside in California but I would like to pay my respect on the corps birthday thank you..email; evidence62er@yahoo.com"
Paul call sign Smokey of Los angeles

"TORREZ, THIS IS LONG OVERDUE. I STILL REMEMBER THE DAYS WE KICKED UP DIRT AND SAND WHILE WE RAISED HELL IN 3/7 TOGETHER. YOUR MEMORY IS FOREVER ETCHED INTO MY LIFE AND ALL THOSE YOU WERE IN CONTACT WITH. COMM GODZ TIL' THE END. WE WILL SEE EACH OTHER AGAIN. SO GIVE HEAVEN THE HEADS UP THAT WHEN WE ALL GET BACK TOGETHER ITS GOING TO BE ONE HECK OF A FAMILY REUNION."
SSGT WASHINGTON, ANTONY R. of OKINAWA,JAPAN

"To the family of Elias, a true Marine's Marine. Not afraid to call a spade a spade to any and all

I will lend you, for a little time,
A child of mine, He said.
For you to love the while he lives,
And mourn for when he's dead.
It may be six or seven years,
Or twenty-two or three.
But will you, till I call him back,
Take care of him for Me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you,
And should his stay be brief.
You'll have his lovely memories,
As solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay,
Since all from earth return.
But there are lessons taught down there,
I want this child to learn.
I've looked the wide world over,
In search for teachers true.
And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes,
I have selected you.
Now will you give him all your love,
Nor think the labour vain.
Nor hate me when I come
To take him home again?
I fancied that I heard them say,
'Dear Lord, Thy will be done!'
For all the joys Thy child shall bring,
The risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter him with tenderness,
We'll love him while we may,
And for the happiness we've known,
Forever grateful stay.
But should the angels call for him,
Much sooner than we've planned.
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes,
And try to understand

All my love,
Semper Fidelis"
Paul Coughlin of Dorchester, MA

"It has been a long six years and hardly a day goes by when I am not reminded of the actions on 09 April 2003, taken the Marines of Kilo Co 3/7. The actions by Elias Torrez were heroic to say the least. He went above and beyond for his fellow Marines when we needed it and for that I will forever be eternally grateful."
Michael J. Templeton Sergeant Major USMC of Wounded Warrior Battalion-West michael.templeton@usmc.mil

"Hey Primo, it's been 6 years since you left us man!!! Damn bro you have no idea how much I miss you. I remember the memories we shared together here in the valley and how crazy both of our asses were, I know you're up there smiling right now man, we miss you. RIP!"
Jose Arman Jilpas of McAllen, TX

"Hey bro. Today is 6 years youve been gone, and six years of the worst of my life. I know im not supposed to feel that way, i know im supposed to be proud,(and i am) and keep my head up but, your death has changed my life. Im lost.... in in a dark room and trying to find the light on the wall... and i just cant. Maybe this is me giving up, but this time i cant keep it together. ET i love you, you touched many peoples lives and words cant express what me and mom are going through. (your real mom... Veronica Norris!!!!) Sometimes i feel selfish cause your not the only one.... im not the only brother, moms not the only mother, etc. And my heart goes out to them, cuz i know the real pain, the real price of freedom. But ill be here bro.... waiting to meet you at the gates.... looking for your signs and loving the nephews you never got to meet. Till we meet again... I LOVE YOU BRO!"
Pete Torres of San Angelo. TX

"OH man.... this is the hardest thing to do... but it is now February.2010. And I think its time I let you go. It has been a very confusing six years. I never wanted to believe in my heart you were gone... I still don't. You are an amazing person. I will never ever forget you. You and your family were always great. Especially your mom... I know her by Betty. Elias I'm sorry. I hope you know I always have loved you. And I can't wait to see you again.. Betty,Marty,Eli and Petey may God continue to bless you.

I love you always
B"
of san angelo/ grape creek

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Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"Hey cousin,

Well its been 5 years, 3 months, and 26 days that you have been gone, and u are very missed. I think of you from time to time when i have no one around i get ur picture and talk to you as if you can hear me. When we were kids, we didnt have the best relationship, but hey who did. Its part of our family..:) (if u know wat i mean) i will never forget the time when my aunt molly (ur grandma) bought us bikes and we rode around in ur neighborhood and u slapped me cause lord knows what i did wrong..it was a good slap not like "i hate u lap" haha but i was a youngin and i probably deserved it..haha..i remember ur scorpion that u had in your fish tank. Scary but you were proud of that. Gosh, so many memories E.T. you were such a "ladies man" as you would call your self. I remember one morning i was sound asleep and dreamin that i was being hit by rocks, but in reality it was your punk * throwing spit balls at me trying to wake me up so i can call my little friends over and u can flirt..lol.. aww those "youngin" days. Or the nights that we would all go to the ranch and play dumb games in the tent that ur grandma got. bak then when no one had any worries about what the next day would bring. Those were the days. But as we got older we hardly saw each other and its sad to say that the last time i saw u, u were gone. U looked so peaceful as i helped marty put the vale over ur casket. Ill never forget how beautiful your service was, and those pictures that you took over seas. I still brag to my friends about u sitting up on Sudams desk with ur rifle and ur feet up on it like no bodies business..lol.. but till this day every time that song by faith evans and p. diddy comes out "ill be missing you", i think of you at ALL times. After all it was the song that finally broke me as i sat there in the bench. I have great respect for you and for what you have done for our country. Because of you my patriotism is to the fullest. I will be stopping by more often now that i have found your page. U are very missed ... i think of u all the time primo... ill see you soon..well not soon soon..lol..but u know what i mean.. i love you."
Analee Platas of Edinburg Tx

"Hey Buddy,
It's been over FIVE whole years now. I'm married and have a munchkin and still miss you ssssooooo much. You left such an imprint in my soul ET. I miss knowing that you have that baseball team of kids you used to say you wanted. I miss getting to dance with you at my wedding and introducing you to my husband. You really would of loved him, he's your kind of guy...Fun loving, beer drinking, football watching mans man. GOD I miss you! I hear your whistle(You KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT) every once in a while. I can even hear you soemtimes. I wish you were here. To anyone reading this ET was the best friend anyone could of asked for. He was honest and funny and just wanted to live life to the fullest. ET your parents did a good job with you, it's such a terrible waste that you're not here but I guess you're where you're supposed to be. I love you! I miss you! Come see me in my dreams!"
Stefanie of San Angelo,TX

"Hey Elias sorry i never left you a message i know its been 5 yrs since youve been gone i think about you every day of my life i have never forgotten about you. I always remember the last time we spoke we talked till i got sleepy it was the night before you were leaving to Iraq i remember asking you if you were afraid and you said no and that you were ready to fight for our country.. you were just afraid of flying so far lol i always think of all the things we would talk about and all the free style music u would play for me. I will never forget the night we meet at the club it felt like we were the only ones there we just looked at each other and u came up to me and we danced and talked all night long and i knew you were a special person that came into my life ill never forget that...I miss you so much you will always have a big part of my heart..."
MV of Del Rio Tx

"April 22, 2009
To the family of Lance Cpl. Elias Torrez, III:
Elias 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

"
Et, today is April 9th 2009, 5 years since you have passed away we miss you badly and you will always be remembered as the hero who never gave up!! We love/miss you and pray for you everyday¢¾"
Myra of SanAngeloTexas

"ET, wish i was here when you were brother, miss you man. your aways in my prayers, watch out for me and my boys here in iraq."
Felipe Barrientos of currently Mosul, From miles tx

"
To Et's Family,,I am his cousin and i know what it feels like to loose a family memeber, you just have too be strong you dont want elias too see ya sad ya will see him onnce again just be strong¢¾"
Your cousin Myra of SanAngeloTexas

"From your couson Myra(:
Dudeeeee;we miss you soooo much =/ but at least we know you died fighting for our country..all of our family is thinkking of you its about too be five years since we havent seen you but we will see you soon in heaven((: we all love you and you will never be forgotten!!¢¾"
Myra of SanAngeloTexas

"Torrez, I was just thinking about that time we got stuck out at range 400 and we got the pizza and jack. That was the first time I met you. You were a great friend and will always be my brother. I think about you often and I know your smiling down because you found the million dollars and got out (You know what I'm talking about). We will meet again, but until then SEMPER FI MARINE."
Cpl. Tim Moore of Tulsa. Ok

"I met Betty when I worked at Wells Fargo in San Angelo, Texas. I will always remember her love for her son and what a great person she is! My family and I have since moved to Hawaii where my husband is serving in the USAF! On Sunday, the 24th of August, my husband Tim and I, and our children Jake & Haley, will be running The Run For the Fallen 1 miler in Memory of Lance Cpl. Elias Torrez III, Pfc. Jason Poindexter, Sgt. Timothy Shane Folmar & Sfc. Lawrence D. Ezell. We are so proud to be Americans and grateful to these gentlemen and everyone serving in our armed forces for fighting and sacrificing their lives for our freedom! Many blessings to their family and friend.

**Betty, please e-mail me so I can send you the pictures. LSNESLONY@gmail.com"
Lori Sanchez-Neslony of Honolulu, Hawaii (originally from TEXAS)

"My Brother in Arms,

I first met you on Black Friday when we were put in Platoon 1015 w/ SSgt. King, Ssgt. Tillman, Ssgt. Kern & Sgt. Hardin. I must admit that I hated you at first because you were very cocky but as time went on in Basic Training we became close friends. We ended up being stuck together in MCT and later on in COMM School. Damn those were GREAT TIMES! My only regret was that we lost touch since then but I did get to see you one last time in Iraq during OIF II. I miss you so much brother and I know you are up there in Heaven yelling "Zero! Freeze Recruit Freeze!" hahaha I will see you again my friend and we will have a grand 'ol time catching up. SEMPER FIDELIS MARINE!"
Cpl. Marco Ordazvalencia, USMC of Navasota, TX

"02/18/2008
Please know you are thought of and remembered always.
rest in peace."

"Whats up brother. I just got my legs broken from a blast over there and lost 2 of my men im stateside and safe now. You have been on my mind. I wish there was more I could do in some way but I miss you brother and hope you are watching over us all and smiling.
SGT Kristopher Biggs U.S. Army
kristopherbiggs@yahoo.com"
Kristopher Biggs of Ft Hood Tx

"E.T.
I just wanted to let you know you are my hero MARINE. My heart goes out to your family and friends (May God bless you all.) You gave YOUR life for OUR freedom and we will never forget that. When I die I will see you in your Dress Blues, gaurding those pearly gates and will be honored to join you. Godspeed and SEMPER FI!"
Former Corporal Gino Garza USMC of Brownsville, TX

"I know I'm late but I wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday and tell you that I miss you and love you very much. I know we'll meet again someday."
Erica Garcia of San Angelo,TX

"Sweet Betty,
Know that today, ET's birthday, I will have you close in my heart all day. I look at his wonderful picture you sent me and it is hard to believe they are gone from our sight! I think of you every day, you are one special mom! Keep watching for rainbows and those butterfly kisses......."
Merce of Granada Hills, CA

"E.T.
Although I didn't get to meet you until you were in 3rd grade, I feel VERY special AND privileged to know you, you were one of the kindest people I knew, you hardly ever had an unkind word to say about or to anyone, very rare in a child, but I know your mom had alot to do with that. Your mom used to babysit Megan and you always picked on her and told her you were going to take her snacks away and that would make her cry. I was called right after your mom was notified that you were killed and I went to straight to her house, and I felt that I had lost a child of my own. WE MISS YOU AND LOVE YOU. R.I.P and we will see you when it is our time. Until we meet again, Trish"
Patricia Williamson of San Angelo, TX

"ET IS MY CUSIN AND I MISS HIM ALOT WE ALL DO
ET WAS VERY SWEET. THE LAST THINK I COULD REMEMBER THAT HE SAID TO ME WAS ''HEY MIJA TAKE CARE OF MY MOM FOR ME OK '' THEN HE GAVE A KISSED AND WALKED OUT THE DOOR TO GO TO IRAQ.
YOU R ONE OF MI BIGGEST HEROS
THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME MY FREEDOM E.T I LOVE YOU



I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH ET I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU CUZ AND IM TAKING CARE OF YOUR MOM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH
YOUR LITTLE ASHTEN"
ASHTEN of SAN ANGELO TEXAS

"ET IS MY CUSIN AND I MISS HIM ALOT WE ALL DO
ET WAS VERY SWEET. THE LAST THINK I COULD REMEMBER THAT HE SAID TO ME WAS ''HEY MIJA TAKE CARE OF MY MOM FOR ME OK '' THEN HE GAVE A KISSED AND WALKED OUT THE DOOR TO GO TO IRAQ.
YOU R ONE OF MI BIGGEST HEROS
THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME MY FREEDOM E.T I LOVE



I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH ET I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU CUZ AND IM TAKING CARE OF YOUR MOM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH
YOUR LITTLE ASHTEN"
ASHTEN of SAN ANGELO TEXAS

"To the family of:Elias Torrez 111 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"

"God Bless you E.T.
By Martha Ramirez Torres

September Ten Two Thousand and one,
A Marine stood tall E.T. my son.
And proud was I as he began
I watched my son go from boy to man!

December Seventh felt like a dream,
For he was now " One of the few the Proud - a Marine!"
As they marched in formation while passing by,
A tear glistened in both me and my son's eye.
As I whipered these words and looked at the sky:

" Lord I do not ask for fame or wealth,
But to protect and guide my son and his health.
He's so very young,still just a teen
And far from home he's never been"
Amen.

Honor, Courage and Commitment
Were his values everyday.
To keep his country safe from harm
The United States Marine way.

My son left us when he deployed to Iraq,
Now he's with the Lord with wings on his back.
Protecting our freedom and rights from afar,
A salute to the red, white and blue and the stars.

We are the land of the free,
because of brave soldiers like you.
Who lay their lives down to,
to make the dream of peace come true.

From patroling the land to patroling the skies,
With Honor, Courage, Commitment and Pride.
He proudly served his country;
He now serves the Lord.
God Bless you E.T.; spread your wings and soar.

Semper fi - Rest in Peace E.T.
We love you and miss you and will never forget! Love your Dad, Elias and Marty Torres ( Veribest, Texas)
KIA 4/09/2004 Iraqi Freedom

Sept. 11th 2006"
Martha Ramirez Torres of Veribest, Texas

"Hello Elias,
Til this day, I can't believe your not here. I now live in San Antonio and when I go home I still feel like I'm gonna see you around town.
The other day was looking at some old pictures and I came across my junior high pictures, I had a big crush on you back then so I have all these pictures of you and Leroy. One of my favorites was our junior favorites dance, I was shocked when you asked me to go with you to favorites. From then on we grew this wonderful friendship that I will treasure for the rest of my life. I remember your reaction when you found out I was getting married. I never got to tell you that I cared alot about you and thank you for always being there when I needed someone to talk to. Always know that I love you,and miss you very much. You are my hero, and thank you for your bravery and sacrifice for our country.


To the Torrez family:
I just want to let all of you know that yall are in my prayers and I also wanted to give my condolences for your loss.

Love Always & God Bless"
Erica Ochoa of San Angelo,TX

"Happy Birthday E.T.

You will not be forgotten, Hero."
Jeanne Hines of Arvada, Colorado

"ET you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. ET was a great Marine and I am honored to have gotten a chance to know him and his family. I used to live in 29 palms where he was stationed at. I personally got to know LcPL Torrez he was a wonderful person, he left great memories in our hearts. Momma Marty I had the pleasure to meet your son ET before he left to Iraq with my husband, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Torres In my heart you will always be Jaden's GodFather. One day we'll meet again in Heaven until then keep watching over Garza may that G.T connection live On... You are my Hero!!! Rest in Peace"
Annette Garza of Edinburg,TX

"TO THE TORREZ FAMILY, I AM SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS E.T WAS A HERO FIGHTING FOR OUR FREEDOM.... HE WILL BE MISSED... A FAMILY FRIEND YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS..."
CRISELDA MARES of SAN ANGELO, TEXAS

"To the family of Lance Corporal Elias Torrez III,
I donated to herobracelets.org and received a bracelet engraved your son's, or maybe husband's, name. On behalf of a grateful nation, please accept my heartfelt thanks for LCpl Torrez's service. I sincerely hope you have found closure to this profoundly unfortunate circumstance.
Being a veteran of the first Gulf War, I cannot imagine what a family has to go through upon receiving the news that one of my brother veterans has perished. However, please realize that LCpl Torrez, or Elias, did not give his life in vain. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God speed.

Semper Fi!

Kelly Sharpe
jessica.sharpe@verizon.net"
Kelly Sharpe of Georgetown, TX

"My heart goes out to your family as you walk this journey with your son. Our family knows well the pain you feel as we too buried our Marine, an 18 year old boy who took the same oath as yours, to protect this country he loved so much. I am of the belief that our sons chose us for this task as they knew we were the only ones who could carry on for them the way they needed us to when their destiny was finally realized. I would like to share the words with you that were spoken at my son's memorial because they hold true for you as well. "He is gone from us for only a little while. He has had the distinct honor to be chosen by the Marine Corps' Supreme Commander and he stands at his new post now. We will see him again. He will be standing at his post, his chest poking out with pride, a big smile on his face. He will wrap us in a warm embrace and then he will let us know to carry on, heaven is all secure."
Your son has something that not many men share...honor and dignity. There are few men who have the courage to do what he did. His name is a part of history now as a man who fought and died for the flag. Long may it wave. God bless him, and you.

Semper Fi

Michele
Proud mom of LCpl Seth Garrett Jones
June 9, 1981 - April 8, 2000
3rd Battalion, 5th Marines
1st Marine Division
India Company, Weapons Platoon
Camp Pendleton, Ca."
Michele Fentriss of Portland, Oregon

"My E.T.,
I wanted to let you know that I felt your kiss the other day. I think about about you every single day. And I remember days when you had me cracking up w/your jokes or Pissing Petey off because , as you would say, when I asked you "Why do you do that to him?"
"Because I can Mom", He makes it too easy.
I went to a ceremony in your honor and I saw your second grade teacher. She hugged me and said she wasn't sure if it was the same Elias Torres that was in her class, until she saw me, then she knew...that made me think of all the people that you have known and met through out your short life.....whether they were good, bad, ugly, whatever. you always made each one feel like they were someone special to you....that's just who you were.
I always taught you to respect your elders. I'm glad, because too many made your life hard and because of the respect you were taught, well, that had something to do w/who and what you became.
I will never be the same person as long as I'm alive.... But eventually I'll see you again and I will be commplete "again", You were my heart and Pete is my soul. without one I never thought I'd survive. I wasn't supposed to. But I keep remembering the T-shirt You gave me for one of my birthday's, It read " The Mother of a Marine... is a woman of strength".
So, I keep getting up in the morning , I have to survive...That's how you saw me. and that's who I have to be.
I think you would be very proud of me. {i think you are}
I remember you wrote me and said how proud you were of me..... If I can remember correctly you wrote. "Congratulations to Petey for graduating" . and you said you were so proud of him . " Not only am I proud of him, mom. But you too. One in the worlds #1 core, the other on his way to Mesquite, TX. to school. CONGRATUALTIONS!! you "passed" :) A+.

I share about you as much as I possibly can...not only because I'm proud of you. But, because I want everyone to know you... the real you.
my baby boy.
I think about our heart to heart talks and how mature you always were.
I even remember the day you walked out the front door for the last time. How you paused at the door and looked around the room....I told you.."It'll be the same when you come back , baby"
And you just gave me your beautiful smile.... but you didn't say a word.

I love you E.T....I will always love. I'll see you later ok. In my dreams.

June 29, 2005"
Betty Norris of San Angelo, TX. 76901

"Some people are outspoken. I would hope you might allow me to remain anonymous. Your Marine gave of himself doing what HE believed in. And, I respect him for this. One of the things military people appreciate the most while overseas is a touch of home. Anything from home. A letter, a card, baked goods or music. Music has always been a special part of that home. I wanted to let you know your Marine and his sacrifice is not forgotten. So, if on occasion you find something left for your Marine, I mean no disrespect. It is not meant to upset you, his family and friends or intrude on his final resting place. It was done out of respect. His sacrifice has not been forgotten. Your personal loss has not been forgotten. Anonymous"
Anonymous of San Angelo, TX

"God bless you, Marine and God bless your family. We live with hope in this country because of the Man you're with right now, and because of men like yourself who gave all when called upon. Thank you."
De'on Miller, Proud Mom of L.Cpl. Aaron C. Austin, USMC, KIA April 26, 2004 Fallujah, Iraq of Lovington, NM, USA

"I pray that God will bless you with the strenght to get through your terrible loss. I didn't know your son but I am proud of him. I thank him for his sacrifice and pray that he will always be remembered. God Bless you and thank you for letting me share this with you.
Debbie"
Debbie Deaton of Cincinnati, OH

"I pray that God will bless you with the strenght to get through your terrible loss. I didn't know your son but I am proud of him. I thank him for his sacrifice and pray that he will always be remembered. God Bless you and thank you for letting me share this with you. Semper-FI
Debbie"
Debbie Deaton of Cincinnati, OH

"Every day I think how on that day I survived and you did not it is now March of 2005 and your one year memorial is almost here. I will leave MCB Pendleton and return home to Texas next week I will look up your family to see them and tell them you will always be the hero."
SGT A of Austin Texas

"Well ET, just wanted to let you know that I miss you very much and that I always keep you in mind! Still taking care of Grandpa for you like you always asked me to, but now you can help me as you watch over all of us from above! Wish we would have spend more time together when you came down around Christmas time(2003) I'll just have to wait till we met up in heaven! Always remember that I Love You!"
Tia Lolis of Del Rio, Tx

"I will be wearing red today for your son and all of his brothers who have given the ultimate sacrifice."
Carolin Nicholson of North Richland Hills Texas

"Dear Torres Family...I bring my thanks for your wonderful hero ;he is a hero forever in the hearts of many...He is a hero to me forever for giving his ultimate best to preserve our feedoms and to fight for those of others in a foreign land...as you celebrate his memory remember he is with GOD in a most blessed and peaceful place....may he be forever remembered with joy and quiet happiness in your loving memories until that day all are rejoined in glorious celebration in eternity...."
Meeko:Nada Rollins of New Sharon,Maine

"Dearest Betty and family of E.T. I pray for you all as you celebrate the memory of the day this wonderful Marine was born. I thank God for him and his life that he willingly gave for our freedom. I look forward to meeting him one day in Heaven. Please know our family keeps yours in our prayers always and forever.
I am a Proud Marine Mom Semper Fi!"
Jan Moon of Eunice, La.

"Dear E.T.
Words can't describe how much we all miss you. I just wish we could have reunited sooner then we did. Even though we were friends for short while, you changed me. You helped me relize so many things, and I just want to thank you and tell you that you've always been an angel to us. You where so proud to be a MARINE. Thank you. We love you and miss you, Papi Chulo! You will always be in our hearts! Till we meet again, Leti, Lil Billy, Joey, Martin, Gloria and My Dad Joe."
L_Bejil@msn.com of San Angelo, TX., USA

"Little "E.T" Primo I'll Never Forget You coming over to see me before chistmas, You left me worried, But Happy to know that you were happy. But today as you rest, always remember your in a better place than us!! Go get those girls!!"
Elizabeth Perez of San Angelo, TX

"TO E.T. and his family,

I know it's hard. We will all miss E.T. There's not day that doesn't go by that I don't think of him and cry. I wanted to get out of the Air Force a while back, but then I thought of E.T. and remembered what he told me when he came home. He said "Serve your country and never quit, no matter where you are don't quit till you die in honor of your country." So needless to say I am still part of the U.S.A.F. and I am very proud to be. I will see you one day in heaven E.T., till we meet again it will never be good bye just see ya later."
AMN Delaney, Amanda of McChord AFB,WA

"ET, Hey bro. Theres nothing in this world that can describe my pain and hurt. Not a day goes by I dont shed one tear for you. I miss you with everything I have. I wish I was blowing in the wind with you. Till you open the gates for me, Rip Bro!! Your little brother. Petey."
Pete of San Angelo, TX, USA

"this is to ETs familly and friend but mostly for his mom(veronica norris)my tia i hope to see ET in heaven soon and ill never forget him he was the coolest cousen and you will always be missed love you and rest in peace!!!"
kassie ibarra of del rio tx

"I had just signed up to join the Corps when I met E.T.. I remember him being friendly, charismatic--a big flirt and an all around nice guy. My mother had asked me if i knew him and told me that he had passed. I am deeply saddened and my heart goes out to his family. God bless his family and God bless E.T.. Rest in peace, hero."
Lcpl Lylanie Joyce(San Angelo) of Camp Pendleton, Ca

""RIP BRO,YOU WILL BE MISSED""
SGT BALCOBERO of MCBH

"Its hard to explain what you meant to me ET. We all looked up to you. You were always your brothers keeper and hes gonna be a better man because of it. I'll see you again. You'll NEVER be forgotten!!! Love You DAWG!!!!!!"
Jonathan Ramirez of San Angelo, TX

"YOU WILL BE MISSED BRO.....I'LL SEE YOU WHEN I GET THERE. A TRUE 3/7 COMM GOD AND LEADER OF MARINES. IM SURE YOU'RE STILL PLAYING SPADES HIGH IN THE SKY...R.I.P."
SGT BUKOWSKI of CAMP PENDLETON,CA

"RIP Marine"
Petty Officer Cawthon of RTC Great Lakes, IL

"TO E.T.'s Family:
My greatest sympathy goes out to you in your loss of a wonderful and proud hero. Especially to mom "Marty", your inspiring and encouraging strength to live life to the fullest for your fallen angel. No words can describe your loss; you and your family are in our prayers and thoughts, for one day we all will join E.T. in his glory."
The Meza's; Joe, Slivia, Victoria and Jesse of Mereta, TX

"E.T. I KNOW YOU ARE UP IN HEAVEN WATCHING OVER US,YOU ALWAYS MADE US SO PROUD OF WHAT YOU DID.WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOUR GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR AND BIG HEART.YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS AND IN OUR PRAYERS.I WONT SAY GOODBYE FOR EVER BUT UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN KEEP SMILING AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU."
UNCLE MARIO ,AUNT NORMA.COUSINS,GEORGIE,MYRA,BIANCA of SAN ANGELO ,TX

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

"To The Family Of Elias Torrez III,
Seldom in a man's life is he blessed to
have known a young man such as E.T. I feel blessed. I thank God for allowing me to be a part of his life and feel proud of his dedication to life itself. E.T. never met a challenge he did not meet head-on and give 110%. We as a country mourn young men and women who give their lives so that others might live free. For me I will miss E.T. but will never forget the impact this 21 year old had on my life and the pride I feel to have known him. Never take for granted the blessings we have in this country and the people that pay the price for these blessings. Never forget the one's that have died so that others might live. Pray for our troops on a daily basis and for their families that endure the pain of losing a loved one. My prayers are with all the families and thank you for your sacrifice."
STEVEN W. KILLAM of SAN ANGELO, TX.

"E.T. I miss you so much!!! I know you are in heaven right now,watching over us.We had so many dreams for when you came home, but God had other plans.We will be together some day soon!Until then we will miss you so much,Love your Uncle Oscar"
Oscar Torrez of San Angelo,Texas

"To E.T.'s family - I cannot fathom your pain, but I do experience the freedom that your loss has given me and mine. I thank God for you and keep you in my prayers."
Bernie Coffee of San Angelo,TX

"IN LOVING MEMORY OF MY "E.T." KIA 04/09/04 LCPL ELIAS TORREZ 111 USMC
Please continue to pray for us and for our troops.Our prayers go out to all who have lost a loved one may the Lord Bless each and everyone of our troops and bring them back. Thank you for all the love, comfort and support you all have given us.GOD BLESS AMERICA GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS God Bless "E.T."
He now patrols the heavens along with Nakia.I love you both and miss you both so much.Rest in peace my Angels. Love you mom Marty"
Martha Ramirez Torrez of Veribest ,Tx.

"To the family of Elias Torrez, my heart goes out ot you all. My nephew,Sgt. Ryan Young, died December 2nd. My prayers go out to your family and my heart breaks for you all. Elias will never be forgotten. Thank you Elias for giving your life so we can live freely. You will be in our hearts forever. God bless you and keep you close"
Maureen Ledet of San Angelo, Texas

"E.T. It was my pleasure to have known you. I will never forget your firm handshake, your smile and the look of pride on your face when you spoke about your job as a Marine defending his country. When we see the children of Iraq sitting in classrooms and the women are able to walk on the street with their heads up, we know they have you and your fellow soldiers to thank for that right. As the father of three small boys, I thank you, your comrades and your family for the sacrifice you have made so that they may live free."
Harold Sharp of San Angelo, Texas

"To The Family of Elias Torrez III: I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. He was a hero, whose bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. A salute to a fallen soldier- THANK YOU, ELIAS! May you rest peacefully in Heaven."
Tina Rexroad, sister-in-law of Peter Enos, who was also KIA on 4/09/04 of WV

"From one Marine family to another
"Though you cannot always see the bird singing, if you listen with your heart, you can always hear his song.
Though the ones we love may leave life as we know it, in our memory, the love we knew will always carry on." unknown author
Our heart and thoughts are with you at this very sad time. Your precious Elias will not be forgotten. He was a true American!"
Charles Davis family of Kailua, Hawaii

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Elias Torrez III

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

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. 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. Please register so we can send you
our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Member Of Marine Comfort Quilt group, and Proud Marine Mom"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"Rest in Peace Tufelhunden....Semper Fi"
The Taylors USMC of NC"

"Men like ET are why we live freely today. He is a hero, who gave his life so we didn't have to. We owe him and his family a huge debt. We pray now for the comfort and strength of his mother, father, brother and loved ones, as well as for the safety of the troops remaining there. Our prayers and thoughts are with you always. ET will be remembered."
Wesley Kearney of Brownwood, TX

"We are without words to express our sorrow at the news of ET's death. He never failed to impress me when we spoke, and his devotion to his family and country was evidence of his honor and strength of character. I am honored to have known him. Our prayers are with you all and we stand ready to serve you in any way we can."
Rick and Janelle Smitherman of San Angelo, Texas, USA

"To the family of Lance Corporal Elias Torrez III. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Elias, thank you for your sacrifice and bravery to this country. You will never be forgotten."
Sgt. Kevin Rodgers of Stephenville, Texas

"May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. I can only thank you and Elias for your sacrifice that I may live free. Elias was a hero!"
Billy Willis of Brownwood, Texas

"To Elias' Family:
Please accept our condolences for the loss of your brave family member and may God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To Elias' Family:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincere condolences to you. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.

From the family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003"
Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Dear Elias,
Thank you for fighting on behalf of honor and freedom in Iraq. True evil must be defeated in this world and you did the honorbale and brave thing by fighting it. The evil and dishonorable insurgents were undoubtedly impacted by your actions and will think twice before attacking the USA again. Thank you for your brave and heroic actions."
mark reif of winchester, VA

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

"Thank you Elias Torrez III, 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 Lance Cpl. Elias Torrez III:
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 Elias 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 Lance Cpl. Elias Torrez III:
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 Elias, 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