Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army 1st Lt. Michael W. Vega

41, of Lathrop, California.
Vega died at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in Washington, D.C., from injuries sustained when his military vehicle rolled over in Diwaniyah, Iraq, on March 11, 2004. He was assigned to the 223rd Military Intelligence Company, 223rd Military Intelligence Battalion, Army National Guard, based in Sacramento, California. Died on March 20, 2004.

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"We had a vigil service in Waterloo, IA years ago honoring what at that time was 2,000 service men and women killed in the Iraq/Afghanistan war. 2,000 flags were set out, each bearing the name, rank, age, hometown and date of death of these heroes. Because March 20th is my wife's birthday, and tragically, the date of Lt. Vega's death, we purchased that flag after the weekend ceremonies were concluded. This was a fund raiser for the veterans in need from our community. I just want to let Lt. Michael Vega's family know that as I was carefully curling this flag bearing his name etc. this morning at the conclusion of the Labor Day weekend I said a prayer for Lt. Michael Vega, and all of those who have served to keep our country free. And may the Lord please hold those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the palm of His hand."
Louie Fettkether of Waterloo, Iowa

"God Bless LT Vega. Lets never forget our heroes!!!"
Mwest of San Francisco

"2-13-2017

Thinking of you my baby Brother! Daddy is Home in Cali his Birthday is 2 days away...Laurie and I are gonna surprise him with all his favorite things!! Mostly Chocolate he loves Hershey's Kisses!lol Missing you brother! Give Momma a great big hug for me!Happy Valentine's Day to you all!
xoxoxoxo"
sister Debbie of American Canyon Ca

"Hey Brother. always in my heart and today is especially heavy. Somedays just go like that. Give Momma hugs and kisses. Take care of all those with you now. Love you always xoxox"
Chelbell of Benicia, ca

"Hi LT! Not a day goes by that I don't think of you, that beautiful smile and giving spirit. So proud to have served with you. My family and I will never forget you and are eternally grateful for your service, the ultimate sacrifice you paid and will keep you and your family in our prayers always. Picked roses for you from our garden today and will bring them to visit. RIP .."
LTC(R) Panagopoulos of Roseville, CA

"XOXOXOXO"
Your sister Debbie

"3/20/2016

Thinking of you Mikey....visiting you and Jessica all the time through rain or shine! I hope you and Jessica feel my
presence there when I'm with you!both! Missing you both more today than yesterday! I love you! Xoxoxoxo"
Your sister Debbie of American Canyon Ca

"Hi uncle, I just got done watching american sniper and that movie reminded me of you and how brave you were to serve our country, I tried to fight back tears but I couldn't I miss you so much and I love you"
Karra marie of Carmichael ca

"Hi uncle, I just got done watching american sniper and that movie reminded me of you and how brave you were to serve our country, I tried to fight back tears but I couldn't I miss you so much and I love you"
Karra marie of Carmichael ca

"September 21,2015
Hi brother, I haven't written in awhile but your never far from my mind and my heart,, life is drifferent for me as you know and I've been trying to find my path but I know your still watching over all of us and I thank you . Just wanted to come visit with you and tell you your missed and loved and thought of always! Take care brother I'll be back to visit again. xoxo"
Your sis, Laurie V. Morales of California

"July 8 2015
Hi Mikey, you've been on my mind more then normal. I think of you often as you know :-) Miss you to pieces!! xo"
Michelle of Benicia, ca

"Lt Vega, I'm very touched reading the comments that your family and friends have left behind. It was an honor serving with you in Iraq. You will forever be missed....although the time we new each other was short, the memories will last forever.....if any family or friends would like to reach out to me you can find me on Facebook....I was stationed on the same camp with Michael and had seen him just moments before his last mission. RIP brother. -Sgt Calbert."
Ricardo Calbert of sacramento, ca

"Heartbroken....our brother james is now with you Mikey and Jessica! Rest in Peace Jimmy! Fly with our Angels! Xoxoxo"
your sister Debbie Adams of American Canyon Ca

"3/20/2015

Thinking of you mikey! Love you baby brother....xoxo"
Debbie Adams

"December 18, 2014

Hi brother, you have been on my mind a lot especially the other day , I was outside and all of a sudden I smelled a wiffe of cologne pass my nose, ( Carlos never wore this scent I smelled) then it happened again and I though of you cuz you wore this scent. I was so happy!! I miss you so much, thanks for the visit. I love you Mikey !"
Laurie Morales of California

"December 7, 2014

Good Morning Mikey! It's the BATTLE OF THE BAY...49ers vs Raiders!!! Good Luck to Both Teams!!! I love you Brother, Keep shining your light from up above! love you Jessica xoxoxo"
Deb

"November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving Mikey! We love you! Please watch over my girl jessica! Xoxoxo"
Debbie Adams

"November 15, 2014

Is wishing you a very Happy Birthday Mikey and missing you more today than yesterday!I Love you Baby Brother!is lighting a candle in your Memory! Xoxoxo"
Debbie Adams

"Brother so very proud of the Lathrop Community who brought your park together, they worked hard to built this Masterpiece! Your Park is Beautiful!! Its where your Heart will be, your Home, and where we will spend plenty of gatherings, BBq's and making new Memories of Family for you Brother, feeling so damn proud right now Im so excited for the outcome and the FUTURE your Park will bring for OUR FAMILIES! I LOVE MIKEY! thank you for your love that you bring out to the Family we will Cherish your park FOREVER AND ALWAYS!! Goonie Goo Goo! xoxoxoxo"
Debbie Adams of American Canyon, Ca

"November 11, 2014

Hi brother, your park is beautiful ! I know you would feel very honored. I'm so proud of you Mikey (1st Lt. Michael Vega). :). With Respect brother I Salute you; along with lots of hugs and most importantly LOVE."
Laurie Morales of California

"Hi uncle.. Its been a while since a wrote you.. But I see your smile everyday as a picture of your beautiful face hangs on my wall.. Your park will be ready soon.. I love you and miss you so much"
karra of vallejo ca

"The park will be dedicated on veterans day"
Papa Jon

"Hi brother, remembering you and all you sacfificed
I love and miss yo u and think of you with overwhelming love!."
Laurie of California

"Thinking of you my Dear Brother on this Memorial Day! Very proud to wear your Army Hat and Jacket!We love and miss you so much! xoxoxoxo"
Your sister, Deb

"4/15/2014
"Step in the name of Love" This song came on and I smiled from ear to ear. So many things remind me of you. LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU! Kisses to heaven."
Chelbell

"4/6/2014...Hey Brother, just sitting here thinking about you...We all miss you so much."
Al Dolby of Bremerton Wa

"My dear Brother I'm sure you remember my Brother Juan.He is with you in Heaven. So is my Mom.I no you are all together for I can feel it in my Heart.I Just Found out what you went through I am so very sorry. I wish you were still with us.But I no the Heavens needed you in Heaven. I'm sorry my Brother. I won't say Goodbye. But I will say. See you later.Vaya Con DIOS HERMANITO."
Raul De La Rosa of cali.

"My Family is going through all your pictures I have so many with you and your nieces and nephews, oh and me of course, thinking of you brother...Balloons will fly high and candles will be lit tonight! Love and miss you to the Moon and Back...Goonie Goo Goo!!! XOXOXOXO"
Your sister, Deb

"3/20/2014
Mikey your park is almost completed! I'm extremely proud! Of course a celebration will be in order and we will once again honor the great man you are! I miss you brother!! Sending xoxoxo to you!"
Love Chelbell..

"3/20/14
Xoxoxox"
Love Chelbell

"3/10/14

Thinking of you today and everyday!! Came across a picture of Dad & lucy holding a pic of you brought me too tears! Im so sorry brother that the Lord has taken you too soon, your nieces & nephews, remembering the sleeo overs they use to spend with you, the baseball games and the visits to Grandma Vega's house....We miss you so much, please give hugs to Jessica for me and keep her safe! We love you! You are OUR SHINING STAR!! God Blessed your Beautiful Spirit and your Memory will live FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS!! XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO"
Your sister, Deb of American Canyon

"March 7 2014
Always and forever :-) <3"
LOVE Chelbell

"March 7 2014
Always and forever :-) <3"
LOVE Chelbell

"It has been nearly 10 yrs. My time serving with you was short; the memory a lifetime. You are missed."
Ken Brinton SSG (Ret) of Oroville, CA

"12/25/2013"

Merry Christmas brother, you are always in my heart and I miss you always. You have a lot of company these past years to celebrate these special occasions with, please send my love to them and God Bless you all always!"
Laurie Morales of California

""Happy Birthday Brother", 1st. Lt. Michael W. Vega, I'm sure in God's Paradise it will be a Beautiful Special Day for you! Love and miss you always. xoxo"
Laurie Morales of California

"11/11/2013

I Love you Brother! xoxoxo"

"You are so missed and we are truly Blessed to have a brother with so much passion and love for Our Country, you sacrifice it all and for that I am so proud to be your sister, and you are Truly a HERO to us ALL! I LOVE YOU MIKEY!Muahhhhhhhhhh!!!"
Deb

"Thinking of you Mikey and just wanted to tell how much I miss you and love you. Xoxo"
Laurie Morales of California

"Hi brother Mikey, I just wanted you to know that "I Love You" very much brother I keep you close to my heart and I'm sure you hear me when I talk to you! You will always be my "Hero"! Thank-you brother for letting me have my freedoms in being an American! xoxo


To MW of San Francisco , Thank-you for thinking of our Family. I'm sure 1st Ltd. Michael W. Vega would have appreciated your thoughtfulness.
God Bless You"
Laurie Morales of California

"9/11/13

Thinking of you today Mikey and the sacrifice you made to protect our country! God Bless you Brother! GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN!! xoxoxoxoxoxo"
your sister, Deb

"To all his family. 2nd Lt Vega was a true warrior. I was part of his 223rd MI Batallion. God bless you."
MW of San Francisco

"8/18/13

Thinking of you Brother....I miss you..."
your sister, Deb

"7/16/13
This is for Mikey's family.... can someone please give me a call. I have some of his things from work that I would like to give to one of the family members. 209-483-0254
Thanks-
Julianna"
Julianna Padova of Livermore, CA

"5.27.13
Hi Mikey- it's that time of year to say thank you! Missing you lots....
Xxx....ooo....."
Julianna Padova

"May 2013
Mikey your missed and loved deeply! Thank-you for your devotion to our Country and the ultimate sacrifice you gave for all . I love you brother! R.I.P."
Sister, Laurie Morales of California

"5/24/2013

Hi Brother its the Memorial weekend, thinking of you, and how so proud I am to have you as my Brother! You are the rock that held this family together, your compassion for Life and your Dedication to the ARMY!! We love you so much XOXOXOXOXO"
your sister Debbie Vega Adams of American Canyon, Ca

"March 31/ 2013

Happy Easter Mikey & Jessica, Thinking of you both always! xoxoxo"
sister Deb, Momma of American Canyon, Ca

"3/20/2013

Thinking of you Baby Brother!"
Deb

"March 19,2013
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
times a zillion!"
chelbell

"Kisses and Hugs to Heaven's Angel's up above!!!"
love you...............

"March 7, 2013

Hi Brother its me again, just thinking of you miss you and Jessica so much! LOVE YOU BOTH! xoxo"
Deb

"I LOVE YOU! xoxo"

"Thinking of you Mikey!!! Happy Valentine's Day! Miss you to the Moon and back! xoxo"
your sister, Deb

"Mikey-man! Always on my mind and forever in my heart. I miss you like crazy and wish you were here! <3"
chelbell of Benicia

"12/31/2012
Hi Brother its Christmas Eve thinking of you! We all miss you guys Damn this is so hard another year without you all!! Love & Kisses..........Hug Jessica real tight for me please!"

"12/25/2012

MERRY CHRISTMAS MIKEY.....GOONIE GOO GOO! XOXO"
YOUR SISTER DEB of AMERICAN CANYON CA

"Merry Christmas Mikey! You are so missed! I hope you all have your own little Christmas tree! I love you! Bruce said to keep an eye on Jessica and to let him know if she gives you any problems...lol!We Love you and miss you all! xoxoxo"

"11/11/12 Veteran's Day
Thinking of you my baby Brother and the sacrifices you gave up to protect our
country so proud of you!!
I love you and miss you so much Mikey! God Bless you! Xoxo"
Your sister, Deb of American Canyon Ca."

"Hi brother, man.....has time passed, I think of you always and on this day "Veterans Day", I wanted to say Thank - You for your sacrifices so I can have my Freedom in this Country. You will never be forgotten brother.
With all of my love your sis. xoxoxo"
Laurie of California

"Missing you! xoxoxoxo
Wishing you were here!"
Love chel

"9/5/2012
I miss you so much Mike. I can't believe how many years have gone by. I still have the voicemail you left me 2 days before the bad news came. I can't let it go. I've been working out of State and haven't been over to see you lately..... but I will as soon as I get back. LOVE YOU!

PS- If any of the family can contact me, I've lost all numbers.
jewels_pcc@yahoo.com"
Julianna of Concord/Stockton Cali

"Memorial Day, 2012

Thinking of you my baby Brother and the sacrifices you gave up to protect our country so proud of you and you have such a big Heart and how you share it to each and everyone you touch! I love you and miss you so much Mikey! God Bless you! Xoxo"
Your sister, Deb of American Canyon Ca.

"hi uncle, man how i miss your face, it would be nice if you jess nita or uncle carlos would visit me in my dreams it would be nice to talk to you all again, you came to me once after you passed away and let me know you were ok, i hope you guys are in heaven having a blast we all miss you down here."
Karra of Vallejo ca

"April 8, 2012

Happy Easter Mikey & Jessica! Love and miss you!"
Debbie

"March 19, 2012
Brother, I miss you like crazy! Not a day goes by I don't dream of the fun things we did together as kids and in our adult hood. You mean the world to me today and always. LOVE YOU FOREVER"
sister Chelbell of Benicia, CA

"Just thinking of you Mike...Always challenging myself to be at least half the man you always were."
Al Dolby of Bremerton Wa

"Jan 3 2012
Hi Brother! Although I haven't been posting here its not because your not in my every thought. I've been posting to fb mostly sending pictures of how handsome you are! I had a hard time this past Christmas without you, I know you heard me talking to you! Love forever xoxo"
cheolbell

"Happy Thanksgiving! Love and miss my ANGELS! xoxo"
Debbie Adams

"Happy Belated Birthday Brother! I LOVE YOU! XOXOXO"
Debbie Adams

"11/11/11

Hi Uncle just wanted to say I love you and and am honored to be your niece as you are a HERO in my eyes and many others. God Bless you!"
Mari Davila of Mexico

"11/11/11

Hello Brother, Its Veterans Day thinking of the sacrifices you made for OUR COUNTRY so proud of you!Wishin you were here!I love and miss you so much!!!"
your sister Debbie Adams

"November 2, 2011

Good Morning to my Angels!
Missing you all so very much!I love you all!
Mikey I miss you brother thinking of our childhood days...I have been wearing your hats (baseball caps) even the Raiders....lol! xoxoxo"
your sis, Debbie

"Oct.14,2011

Missing you all soo much!xoxo
Jessica I Love you my sweetness!"
Debbie Adams

"I love and miss you all sooo very much!! My Beautiful Angels together! xoxoxo"
Debbie Adams

"9/22/11

Thinking of you all! 4 Beautiful Angels in Heaven together! Miss and love you all! xoxoxo"
Debbie Adams

"9/11/11

"I Love you!""
Debbie

"September 11, 2011

To my Dear Brother Mikey,
Today is the day to reflect on our unsung Heroes, today is a difficult day for me because Mikey my Baby Brother, you sacrifice your Life for our country and I am so Blessed to have a brother who did so much for his family. I am truly grateful and proud to be your sister! You are dearly missed and loved by many! God Bless you 1st LT.Michael
W.Vega. I CARRY YOU IN MY HEART ALWAYS AND FOREVER!"
your sister Debbie Adams of Amcyn, Canyon, CA.

"Hii uncleee I misss yu ohhh sooo much just wanted 2 let you kno I love you"
karebear of bay area

"July 8,2011

Miss you all, My brother Mikey, My daughter, Sweet Angel Jessica,
and My niece Anita! Miss you more today than YESTERDAY!
I LOVE YOU ALL!
XOXOXO"

""Thinking of you Brother n missin you so much! love u always! xoxoxo"
your sister Debbie

"4/19/11
It's just one of them days! Missing you so very much.
LOVE YOU ALWAYS!"
Chelbell

"Mikey, miss and love u soooooo much...I know that you are up there smiling down on us. I will see you again...Love you Snail"
Snail of Vallejo, CA

"Thinking of you Uncle and missing you~"
Mari Davila of Mexicali B.C.N

"I love you so much!"
chel

"Mikey, sorry i haven't left you a message lately, but there is not a day goes by that i don't think about you. I have not stopped loving and missing you. You are my first love and last. It has been hard to find someone to love and love me back the way you did. My heart still pounds to this day whenever i think of you. We will be together again where i can see that big smile of yours and hear you call me "Snail". love and miss you Snail"
Annabel Dizon of Vallejo, Ca

"Mikey-man! You know I think about you every single day. I'm sorry I haven't been by to post, but you are with me every moment of the day. I miss you like crazy! I love you my dear baby brother, we will be together one day and play xo"
LOVE Chel

""Happy Holidays" your always in my heart, I miss you both, and now my " Nita" has joined you. Please take care of each other. The lord has beautiful angels at his side. (I love and miss you so much Nita) may you rest in peace."
Morales Family of California

"Nov. 15th, 2010
"Happy Birthday Mikey!" I think of you always and love and miss you so much brother! You'll be forever in my heart!!Have a beautiful day!"
Laurie of California

"To my brother Mikey and my daughter Jessica, you are both so dearly missed, thinking of you always!! I love you!!
xoxoxo"

"Hey whats up michael.... When I heard you passed away I was deeply saddened. When I met you we both were in the mix of becoming officers. You greatly had a positive impact on me. You were always talking about your super duper charged and fast truck. But what I was extremly impressed about your drive to be a great leader. You were a stud both physically and mentally you were tough. Even tho I met you for a brief time, you had an everlasting impression on me and the way to lead men. Just recently I had an american flag, eagle, and the weapon with boots memorial tattooed on me....I can't help but think about you everytime I look at it.....Rangers lead the way...class 11-08 bud"
Alvino Garcia, Jr of Clovis, ca. USA

"Sept 2 2010
Mikey-man! Always thinkin of you. Today in particular, I'm thinking about the trip I made to Riverside and we hung out. Your the best brother ever! Thanks for always being there."
LOVE chelbell of vallejo

"June 4 2010

I'm missing you both so much!!"
chel

"Our Hearts are with you brother Mikey and my beautiful daughter Jessica. We Love you and miss you both sooo much!! Forever and always thinking of our ANGELS in Heaven...God Bless...XOXOXOXO"
Debbie Adams

"Uncle Mikey & cousin Jessica
We love and miss you both dearly!!"
Gina * G.G. * Vega of Vallejo Ca

"Mikey on this Memorial Day, I salute you brother, " 1st. Lt. Michael W. Vega " for
all you have sacraficed. Your loving memory is in my heart forever."
Laurie of California

"Mikey and Jessie, I think of you both always! Sometimes the path of life jumps up and hits you in the face with obstacles that is out of your control and all you can do is hope that the Lord will give you the strenght to keep going forward, your both missed so very much! I love you ."
L.Morales of California

"April 28 2010
Brother!
After my trip to Wash D.C., it humbled me even more. You are always in my thoughts and I miss you so, so much! You weren't just my lil' brother, but my best friend. I miss you every second of every day! My heart aches, not being able to talk, hold, touch you and my Jessica.
I love you both!!"
sister chel

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families 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 E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"April 10, 2010

Mikey and Jessica,
Thinking of you both with lots of love always. I miss you lots!!!"
Laurie and Family of California

"March 22 2010
Mikey and Jessica
Sending you both HUGS & LOVE!! Happy Spring")"
LOVE Chel of V-Town

""Thinking of You always and missing you just as much""
Laurie V. Morales of Healdsburg Ca

"3/20/10

I miss you Mikey....
xoxo"
your sister, Debbie

"Dear Mike.
I will never forget mom's surprise party when you were there, we all miss you a lot especially dad. I know your smiling at us from above. Much love Lieutenant"
PFC. Alex Dolby of Kitsap, Washington

"THINKING OF YOU BOTH" MY BROTHER MIKEY AND MY DAUGHTER JESSICA.....
xoxo"

"Feb 17 2010
Mikey ~ You and Jessica are in thoughts. Please look over Nita.
I love you both very much!"
Love Chel of Vallejo

"Jan 29 2010
Dear Brother:
Please look over all of us, and keep us safe."
Love Chel

"Jan 25 2010
Mikey-man!! When you gonna come back to me in my dreams? We have so much to talk about. Kailah looks at your picture and asks me who you are. I tell her thats your uncle Mikey. She replies "I love my uncle Mikey" and of course I reply "he loves you too baby.""
LOVE CHEL of Vallejo

"Its hard to believe that almost six years has gone by since your passing...
We have many new additions to our family, Lots of babies have been born.
Uncle Mikey- You are loved by so many and truely missed by all."
Gina "G.G." Vega of Vallejo , Ca

"MERRY CHRISTMAS MIKEY AND JESSICA!
I LOVE AND MISS YOU BOTH SOOOOO MUCH!!!!
GOD BLESS OUR ANGELS!!!
lOVE THE ADAMS FAMILY
MOMMA XOXOXO"

""Merry Christmas"... brother your missed very much, I think of you and Jessica and my heart is content knowing that your both around us..I just get this feeling inside. It makes me very happy..out of the blue you pop into my head and I know your around. I love you both very much!! Take care of eachother and we'll do the same here ok?"
Morales Family of California

"Dec 23, 09
Missing you both this Holiday season!

Love and miss you SO much!"
Love Chel

"Mikey and Jessica
Another Holiday Season upon us and another season without you. Your always in our hearts and spoke of highly at all family gatherings. I miss you so much!"
Love Chel

""Happy Thanksgiving " to you Mikey and Jessica..all though you were not with us in body I sure do feel you guys's spirit.
Miss you both lots."
The Morales Family of California

"Hi Uncle Mikey and Jess,, i know you are both exhausted from all the visiting u did today.. everytime there is a family event or holiday i feel u both very close and know in my heart that u are with us in spirit.. thank u for giving us a blessed day.. i love you !!"
your niece and cuzzin, Mari of California

"11/26/09

Hi brother wish u were here with us today miss all of our get togethers during the holidays without u and jessica it will never be the same but you both are missed and loved sooo much!!
I love you my daughter Jessica, brother Mikey please take care of my girl...
God Blessed My ANGELS!!
Happy Thanksgiving to U both!!!
xoxoxo
sister Debbie
love you jessica, love Momma"

"Mikey,
"Happy Birthday Brother" I'm not talking right now because I'm hugging you instead! I love and miss you so much!! Have a bless day brother and know your family loves and misses you each and everyday xxoo"
Laurie & Family of California

"Nov 15 2009
♫‹ Happy Birthday to you‹♫

sent to you brother with all the love in the world!"
Love chelbell

"Nov. 15, 2009

Happy Birthday Lil'Brother I love -n- miss U sooooo much!! Wish you were here!!
Love you Uncle Mikey!!
xoxoxo
Love, The Adams Family
God Bless You!"

"UNCLE MIKEY,
THANKING YOU FOR THE SERVICE AND THE ULTIMATE SACRAFICE YOU GAVE...WISHING
YOU WERE STILL HERE, AND FOR YOU AND THE GOOD LORD WATCHING OVER AND SENDING
MY BROTHER "ROBERT JAMES VEGA" HOME SAFELY. XOXO"
GINA "G.G." VEGA of VALLEJO, CA

"Brother Mikie,
I Salute you, especially today with great pride!! Miss you and love you always!"
The Morales Family of California

"My life is like a spinning wheel and wondering when it will ever stop thinking what could have been, how things would be like if you both were still here with us, I guess my Heart is still aching, still facing the everyday challenges that I still face everyday.. and that reality sinks in more and more
as time goes by it just seems like it was just yesterday for me and how hard it is for me still too wake up in the morning with a smile on my face but I try, God knows I try sooo hard!! I LOVE YOU AND MISS U BOTH SOOO MUCH!
God Bless My Beautiful Angels!!
xoxoxoxo
Your sis, Deb
Your Momma, love you Jessica
I love you sooo!"

"Happy Birthday Uncle Mickey. My dad and I were just talking about you. We miss and love you so much. I know you are watching over us."
Your niece Joann Vega of Orlando, FL

"Hey Mikey! LOL I still think about you when I listen to the Stylistics! Miss hearing you sing..."
Julie of Hawaii

"Nov 2 09
Hi Mikey ~~ I really wish you were here to lean on. Like always, your missed deeply. And for you my beautiful Jessica, your thought of and missed daily. Sending you both big strong hugs and kisses all over your faces!"
Love CHEL

"Thinking of u and missing u both so much!"
Mari of Santa Rosa

"10-15-09 UNCLE MIKEY AND COUSIN JESS
WE HAVE A NEW ADDITION TO THE "VEGA" FAMILY ROBERT'S SON WAS BORN YESTERDAY!
HIS NAME IS LONDON VEGA- THANK YOU FOR
SENDING HIM FROM HEAVEN HEALTHY AND STRONG. WE MISS YOU GUYS SOOO...MUCH!!!
XOXO"
GINA "G.G." VEGA of VALLEJO, CA

"Oct 15, 2009
Maaauh!! (((HUGS))) and lots of ~~kisses~~ to you both!"
LOVE chel

"October 14, 09

"Thinking of you both and missin you soooo much" xoxoxo

Love your sister, Debbie
Love you Jessica, Love momma"

"Hey Mikey
I just want you to know that I love and Miss you. Today dad saw a picture of himself when he was younger and he couldnt believe how much he looked like you : ( we miss you dearly My daughter Tonmare that you met when she was so young has been asking so many questons about you I believe it's you talking within her You will never be forgotten :) Love you always Evelisse"
Evelisse Vega/Gomez of Orlando Florida

"9/11
Mikey:
As always, your deeply missed . Your thought of at every family bbq and get together. I speak with pride each time I mention your name and always will! Thank you brother! Thank you, for keeping us safe. I suppose my tears with always fall, because I miss you so, so very MUCH. With all my love to you and Jessica. May your happiness in heaven be a zillion times better than it was on earth!"
With all my love chelbell

"9/11/2009
Thinking of you today. As i do always.
Family just isnt family without you here. We love and miss you dearly."
Gina "G.G." Vega of Vallejo , Ca.

"HI Uncle. Today is 9/11 and more then ever you are on my mind...You will never be just my uncle you are also a HERO ...I miss u so much and love you more then u know!"
Mariana of U.S.A

"Hey uncle... its been a l0ng time since I left y0u a message.. Its n0t because I d0nt think 0f y0u.. I think 0f you all the time... holidays are n0t the same with out you and jess... I l0ve and miss y0u s0 much uncle l0ve y0ur niece kare bear"
karra of bay area

"Hi Brother & Jessica. Mike and I came to visit with you, it makes me so sad. Your both so close, but yet so far :(
I love you so much!"
LOVE chelbell

"XOXOXO"

"Mikey & Jess, your in my thoughts always!"
LOVE Michelle

"O.M.G. My HEART is aching for you my sweet Jessica and my little brother Mikey, how I miss you both so much I have been very emotional this past week sometimes I wonder why life has to be this way and to be honest I dont have an answer.....I am completely empty inside! Dont know what to do! I love you and miss you both soooo much! My Jessica, Momma thinks of you everyday and is trying her hardest to be strong and to smile, I LOVE YOU MY JESSICA
God Bless you my beautiful ANGELS!
xoxoxoxo"
Debbie

"July 21 09
Mikey-man!! The drag races are this weekend. Of course I remember the first time we went together, we had soooo much fun! Your truck was fast enough brother, but you insisted on adding "NITRO". I love you so much!!"
Sister chel

"My Vega cousins I am so sorry about Mike I didn't spend much time with him (except for his prom) so I didn't know him well. I wanted to let you know it's great to see your family keeping Mike's spirit & memory alive. I am sorry I did not get in touch sooner and I thought now was a good time to do it.
Please tell your mom hello from me."
Geri (Lyn) San Nicolas of California

"July 8 09
Hi Mikey & Baby Jessica!!
I miss you both so much. Your always in my thoughts. Your with me everywhere I go. Big hugs & kisses to your both! Muaaah!"
Love chel of Vallejo

"Thinking of you both! Love you forever!!!"
Laurie of California

"Missing you both!!"
Laurie & Family of California

"Thinking of you both, I wish i could hug and kiss you .. I hate that i can't!!!! missing you guys so much!!!"
laurie of California

"5/25/09
Remembering you on Memorial Day
As i do every day..Uncle Mikey and Baby cousin Jess- You both are truley loved & missed."
Gina "GG" Vega of Vallejo , Ca

"TO MY SON MIKEY AND GRAND-DAUGHTER JESSICA GOD BLESS YOU BOTH I MISS YOU AND REMEMBER THAT GRANDPA ALWAYS LOVE YOU EVEN IF I COULD,NT SEE YOU. EVERY DAY AND EVERY MINUTE OF THE DAY I AM TAKING TO YOU BOTH.HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY MY SON LOVE PA,"
PA, of NY

"5-22-09

TO MY BROTHER MIKEY AND MY DAUGHTER JESSICA........
THINKING OF YOU BOTH TODAY AND EVERYDAY.......I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU SOOO MUCH. GOD BLESS MY BEAUTIFUL ANGELS......
xoxoxoxo"

"Mikey & Jessica,
Always on my mind, forever in my heart!
God Bless you both."
The Morales Family of California

"May 8 09
Mikey-man & Jessica!
You are always in my thoughts and forever in my HEART!
I miss you both so much!"
LOVE chel

"Dear family. It has been years since we've seen each other. I can't believe that 5 years have passed since I saw all of you last. I think of Michael and all of you often. Now I read that we have lost another family member, Jessica. Oh Debbie, I'm so very sorry. I am heartbroken for all of you. I can't stop crying. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I hope we can see each other again very soon. Love, and many hugs and kisses from your cousin Janice"
Janice of Falls Church, Virginia

"4/16/09
Mikey!
Gosh, I miss you so much!!
xoxoxoxoxoxoxo"
Love Michelle

"I LOVE AND MISS YOU BOTH SO VERY VERY MUCH! xoxoxo"

"Missing you always, love you forever!"
Morales Family of California

"March 21, 2009
To the family of 1st Lt. Michael W. Vega:
Michael 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

"March 19, 09
Hi Mikey *.*
I miss you and wish you were here!"
LOVE Michelle of Vallejo

"March 13 09
"I know your shinning down on me from heaven" I love you Mikey-man!!"
Love always your sister Michelle of Vallejo

"Always in my heart and on my mind."
Laurie & Family of California

"Hi Mikey,
There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you or talk to you. I had gotten a tattoo of a snail in remembrance of you. I miss your smile and your laugh and the way you tilt your head to one side. I always look at the two photo albums of us and think about all the wonderful things we done together. I love and miss you and you will always be in my heart."
Love you with all my heart, Snail of Vallejo, CA

"Hi Mikey and Jessica, I'm not talking I'm hugging you both really, really tight right now and not letting go!! I miss you both so much!!!! Never ending Love always!"
Laurie of California

"3/4/09
Oh Mikey...
I miss you!! I miss Jess!! I'm sending all my love up to you both!!"
LOVE YOU Michelle of Valleo

"Hey Mike- You've been on my mind and I know I talk to you just about every day..... but when I write it, I feel better! ;) hope you're doing well. I miss ya!
xxoo...."
Julianna of Concord, CA

"I Miss you guys."
Morales Family of California

"Heyy uncle. I haven't said hi in a real long time. Jus wanted yhu to noe dat I miss n love yhu!! See yhu soon! Hope u n jess are doin good!"
jackiee of vallejo

"Hi Mikey:
I miss you! SO MUCH

LOVE ALWAYS"
Michelle

"The Fallen Soldier Memorail Award( FSMA ), was established in 2005 after the deaths of our dear brothers and fellow classmates , 1st. Lt. Michael Vega and Sgt. Elmer Krause . The purpose of this award is to keep the memory of Mike and Elmer concious in the minds of future vallejo graduates and to provide financial assistance for deserving graduates from Vallejo High School. For more information, please go to http://vallejohigh81.x10hosting.com/index_files/Page6712.html.
Thankyou,
Vallejo High FSMA Committee."
Vallejo High c/o 81 of Vallejo Ca.

"Missing you and thinking of you every day, Sir."
SSG Jessamyn Sobecki-Engle of CA

"JUST THINKING OF YOU BOTH TODAY AND EVERYDAY...I LOVE AND MISS YOU SO...
YOUR SISTER DEB,XOXOXOXO
LOVE MOMMA, OH MY GOD I MISS YOU SO MUCH JESSE XOXOXOXOXOXOXO"

"TO MY BROTHER MIKEY AND MY BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER JESSICA,

I AM MISSIN YOU BOTH SO BADLY, I AM SO SAD AND TRYING SO HARD BUT THE PAIN WILL NEVER GO AWAY, MY HEART HURTS...I LOVE YOU BOTH SOO MUCH AND MISS YOU SO! GOD BLESS MY BEAUTIFUL ANGELS.....
LOVE YOU ALWAYS,
YOUR SIS, DEB

I LOVE YOU MY GIRL,
LOVE MOMMA"

"December 20, 2008
Dear Mikey & Jessica,
I wish I could put into words how I'm feeling right this minute...I'll just say.... "I love you" and miss you both very,very much."
Laurie of California

"Hi Brother, Iím feeling sad. I miss you every day, but more so around the Holidays. I remember all the wonderful times we had at Mom's house on Christmas. I especially remember our last Christmas together. You and I we're listening to your brand new IPod dancing around, then we snuck into Mom's booze cabinet and started making cocktails. After dinner we sat in Momís dining room, each of us taking turns singing Christmas songs. I believe you started off with Rudolf the red nose reindeer. ")
Mikey... I miss you and love you with all my heart forever!
MERRY CHRISTMAS X0X0"
Love Michelle

"You are both missed deeply! You're in my prayers and thoughts every day. My heart is heavy,. I miss seeing the twinkle in your eyes and your beautiful smiles.
With all my love to you both Mikey & Jessica"
LOVE Michelle

"December 15, 2008

Mikey & Jessica,
"Happy Holidays", your spirits are truly with us. We love and miss you both."
The Morales Family of California

"12/4/08
Your my Angel...~~O~~"
Love Chel

"Nov. 27,2008
"Happy Thanksgiving" brother. Your always close to my heart, miss you lots !"
Laurie & Family of California

"11-27-08
Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Uncle Mikey and Cousin Jess
you are truely missed.xoxoxo
Although i had no knowledge
of your ceremony im truely honored
to carry the "Vega" name."
Gina M.Vega & Family of Vallejo, Ca

"Hey! Always thinking of you.
sweetie pie"
maria of az

"Just thinking of you and my girl jessica take care of each other love and miss you both soooo much!!"

"Mikey:
Your memorial on Nov 15 2008 was very beautiful!! Me and Mom cried tears of missing you, along with being so very proud of you!! When the release of 11 white doves and "TAPS" played gave mixed emotions of you being gone, along with being very, very proud of you!! I miss you brother!!"
Love Chel of Vallejo

"Your always in my heart! I love you !"
Laurie & Family of California

"Hi Mikey just wanted to say Happy Birthday and that I LOVE YOU."

"Vets Day 2008
Mikey..your deeply missed!! I always talk about you and how much fun you and I had together. I have my memories of you that continually make me smile. Thank you brother for all you have given!!
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo"
Love Chel ~~o~~ of Vallejo

"Hi brother, you were on my mind.
XOXOXO"
Laurie of California

"Hi Uncle you will be happy to know that many of our family members including me!! will be in attendance for the ceremony in your honor. I am so proud of you uncle and love and miss you very much!"
Mari of Sacramento,CA

"Love you brother!!! I'll be at the
Ceremony too."
Laurie & Family of California

"Oct 21 08
Mikey
We were invited to a dedication in your name from the town of Lathrop, it's going to be held on your birthday. I will be there in your honor!!
I love and miss you so much!"
Love chel

"Thinking of you....XXXXXXXXOOOOOOOXXXXX"
Laurie of California

"Gooney-goo-goo!

xoxox"
Love Chel

"Sept. 26, 2008

Hi brother & Precious Niece Jessie, you both have been on my mind alot (more than usual)and i want you both to know that your presences are missed so much, your smiles, laughter and just being able to hug and kiss you both. My life along with our family carries a void in our hearts, although we can't enjoy all of that any longer, we do have loving memories...(i rather have you guys !!!)I miss you guys so much !!!
Mikey, I remember our conversations and how funny you are; and so positive about life, you always made me see the bigger picture when things weren't so good in mine. ( I miss that alot about you)and you my dear Jessica, Your unique laugh and thoughtfulness always put a smile on my face... my heart gets heavy when i think of all of us together and the family things we share with eachother, at get togethers and holidays..I miss all of that soooooo much, my love for you both is as strong as it always has been, I thank you both for the happiness you brought me in my life I will love and cherish my memories of you both forever!!! I love you both deeply. Take care of eachother, for one day we will unite again."
Your Sis & Auntie, Laurie of California

"Sept 25 08
Earth, Wind & Fire or Confunkshun
Everytime I hear any of their music, the one and only thing that comes to mind is you and brother Bobby!!

Thinking of you always!!
Mauuuuah xoxoxoxo
Love chel"
Love you always of vallejo

"Thinking of you more today then yesterday and remembering your smile and laughter, honoring your courage and admiring your strength to stand up for our country 7 years ago on September 11, 2001, Our nation experienced a attack like no other in American history. Americans of all creed and color stood together United, because we all have the same sense of American Pride. Being a American means several things, Unity, Integrity, Independence, and most of all FREEDOM. On September 11, 2001 an extreme militant terrorist organization challenged these things that Americans hold dear and cherish with an un-yielding love. They discovered something, you may attack us and you may taunt us, but you can never break the American Spirit. Every American loves being an American, because we have Freedoms that no one else in this world has..........


Thank you Uncle for helping us keep our freedom and loving us enough to give your life so that ours would be better!"
Mariana of Sacramento, CA.

"
"

"September 5
Hi Mikey, you've been on my mind and i wanted to stop by and say Hello. We have get togethers with the family and I always wish you were there, I carry you memories with me.... always!!!! I love you brother. (Please send Love to Jessie for us.) take care of eachother."
With love always, Laurie & Family of California

"Aug 28, 08
Hi Mikey-Man
I want to say how proud of am of you! What you did when you were here!!
I never realized.
You have inspired me so much so, I'm taking a college course hoping to get my AA in Business Admin. I miss you brother with my heart and soul, I hurt down deep in my heart, I have a big empty spot no one can ever fill, but you and my baby Jessica!!"
LOVE Chel

"8/18/08

Hi Uncle,
I woke up this morning thinkin' about you and Jess....I miss you both very very much and just wanted to say I love you .....god bless..........."
Mariana of Sacramento CALIFORNIA

"Hi Brother!
I miss you so much! Please send love to Bro Bobby, he misses you as well.
We all miss you Mikey-man
hugs & kisses to you and to my Jessica"
Love Chel of Vallejo

"Hi Mikey,
Missing your presence and just missing you!!!! I love you brother. God bless you always."
Laurie & Family of California

"To the family and friends of Lt. Mike Vega. My name is Ssgt Mike Vega, USAF. I served in Iraq at the same time as Lt. Vega. I'm also from around the same area. Needless to say that when news of of his death hit the local newspapers, many of my family and friends thought it was me. My sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of the man who I have never met but share the same name. No doubt he was a fine man to have served in the finest military the world has to offer. God Bless."
Michael Alfonso Vega of Vallejo, CA

"July 4, 2008
Mikey, I love and miss you lots, you and Jessie are always in thoughts. Take care of eachother."
Your Family, The Morales's of California

"My Dear Soilder!
I wish you were here with me! I think of you always, speak of you proudly. I cry tears missing you and how very proud I am of you, but most I wish you were here!
Come to me in my dreams, so we can play!!"
Love Chel of Vallejo

"May 26,2008
Memorial Day

My Brother Mikey,
Thinking of you and all of your brothers and sisters who fought for their COUNTRY and Died for their COUNTRY.....God Bless you All!
I Love you Mikey and miss you so much
I think of you today and everyday and how proud we are....I just got back from the WATERFRONT PARK where they had ceremonies of all the Veterans and Soldiers...your name is on the wall I am so proud of you and your accomplishments. Brandon is determined to joined the Army after High School he wants to follow in your footsteps. He wants to be just like you when he grows up! I love you so much!
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
Love your sister,
Debbie

Jessica, Momma loves you and misses you
so much, you both take care of each other...Take care my love
You are always in my Heart!
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
Momma"

"5/10/08
Hi Brother, you were on my mind and I thought I'd come visit you. Your missed very much!! I love you!(can you please wrap your arms around Jessica and let her know we love and miss her) Take care of eachother."
Your Sis, Laurie of California

"Mikey,
As each day goes by you are so dearly missed, the FAMILY the real VEGA'S that all live on the WEST Coast (California) and Jimmy that lives in NEW YORK will all come together again as The Real Vega Family just the way you all want us too, someday soon brother and we will reunite as Family and be together again just the way it should be. Jimmy is coming home soon, I can hardly wait! You are defintely lookin out for the Vega Family, you take Care and keep Jessica safe and tell her that we all loved her and miss her so much !! Love you both so very much, you are both my beautiful angels....
xoxo"

"April 21st 2008
Uncle Mikey and Baby Cousin Jess,
You are of of sight but never out of mind. You both are very much missed.
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo"
Gina "G.G." Vega of Vallejo, Ca.

"THINKING OF YOU AND JESSICA TODAY AND EVERYDAY....LOVE YOU AND MISSED YOU BOTH SO MUCH....STILL TRYING TO STAY STRONG XOXO"

"Hey uncle, its jackie again. i miss you alot! I cant wait to see you and jessica again! I really need your help. latley i have been really bad not listening to my parents, i feel like im ruening there life. I really need your help to help me strighten out and stop doing the things im doing! My mom and dad hate me now and i dont think they will ever trust me again, i dont blame them. please uncle i need your help. I dont want my parents to hate me, I dont know what i would do without them. All the things they have done for me and all I do is act like i dont care or appreciate it. Can you some how tell them that I do?? Even after jessica died ive been getting worst and that makes it even harder on them. Well I want to say sorry to you to uncle. I love you! tell jess I said hi and i miss her so much! love you!"
jackie adams of american canyon

"hey uncle. i miss you and jessica alot!! i wish i can just see you guys one more time. sometimes i feel all lonley when im in my room and im used to my sister being there and shes not. i love you uncle and jessica! i cant wait to see you guys again!"
jackiee adams of american canyon

"To my brother Mike Vega,
Though the years have been many since I last saw or spoke with you, I have never forgotten you or the lessons you taught me. Every year on the anniversary of your passing and during Veteran's Day, my students have a memorial and do a couple of speeches in your honor for the man I am so proud of and will be forever. Thank you for the good memories of growing up and teaching me to defend myself. (It came in handy!!!!) May God bless you and keep you in the palm of his hand. You are missed and I will see you again. Much love!"
Yvette (Vega) Hart of Spring Hill, FL

"Hi Brother, this day is a hard one!! Your with me always and the memories are embedded in my heart. Love and Miss you Lots!!"
Laurie & Family of California

"Mikey,
This month is very hard on my Family we have endure such a loss of loved ones as I lost you brother and my beloved daughter Jessica, my Heart is so empty I am still waiting for my Heart to be Heal somehow, someway! You are so missed brother just thinking of us all when we were little kids living on Melba drive. You are the best!!!
God Bless your sweet soul!! I love you and miss you very much!! xoxo
I love and miss you sooo much Jessica please take care of your uncle Mikey he needs you too!!!
Love you both xoxoxo"

"Today is a sad day for all that knew and loved you Uncle.... I miss you soo"
Mariana of Sacramento, CA

"20 March 08
Mikey- Today marks the date of loosing you, 4 years. I still see your smile, and your goonie goo-goo, calling me chelbell and biting your toung! Your missed by so many!!"
I LOVE YOU BROTHER!! chel

"19 March 08
Mikey...I love you! You will always be in my heart, body and soul!!ALWAYS!!
Your my hero!!"
LOVE MICHELLE

"3-12-2008

I miss you brother and my darling Jessica...Mikey please keep my girl Jessica safe... I love you Jessica very much! My heart is so empty and my tears are still flowing.....your loving Mother

Take Care Brother, miss you sooooo....
your loving sister Deb"

"Mar 12, 08
Hi Brother! I had a weird dream last night, you were in it, but I can't seem to grasp what it was about! Anyway your in my thoughts today like always, I feel so heavy hearted. I want to just cry, I'm at work and my mascara is not water proof! urr!
I love you!"
Sister Michelle

"Hey Mikey~
Just wanted to say "hi"! and that I miss you. Love ya lots......"
Julianna of Concord, CA

"Happy Valentines Day Mikey-Man!I'm sending you lots of Hugs and Kisses for You and our beautiful Jessica!
With so much love sent up to heaven for you both!!"
Chel

"Feb.5,2008
Dear Mikey, I think of you always and miss you so much, especially at family gaterings. Your always in my thoughts, take care and give Jessica all of our love."
Sister, Laurie of California

"Hi Uncle Mickey,

I love you so much. Always thinking of you."
Your Niece Joann Vega of Orlando, FL

"Dear Brother, Good Morning, yesterday our brother Jimmy sent me pictures of you (the dates on the pictures show me they were one of your last taken before your death) I couldn't see them to good threw all my tears. I miss you so much brother my heart still carries a deep painful scar from your absents.
Miss you and love you so much!!"
Your sis.. Laurie of California

"Jan 9, 08
Hi Brother! I cry for you and Jessica! Missing you both is painful, I look at your pictures and I think to myself what a wonderful brother and niece I have!! So many times I wish I could call and talk to you. My hearts ache and my eyes well up with tears, I know you and Jessica are good. Your both missed so very much! Thanks for always being here for me! I love you!"
Sister chelbell

"To the Vega Family,
Our deepest sympathy for all of you on the loss of your loved one. We will be praying for you."
The Diggs Family of Vallejo, Ca.

"To the Vega Family,
Vallejo High School class of 81 ' has an award foundation in Memory of Michael Vega and Elmer Krause. It took a long time to get this up and running but we did not give up and were official. We hope that this award/ scholarship will help vallejo students for years to come.
God Bless all of you,our prayers and thoughts are with you not only during the holiday season but each day.
Sincerly,
Vallejo High class of 81'
Reunion Committee
(for information on donating or volunteering please contact Vallejo High School.)"
Vallejo/ Class of 81' of Vallejo, Ca.

"To the Vega Family,
Vallejo High School class of 81 ' has an award foundation in Memory of Michael Vega and Elmer Krause. It took a long time to get this up and running but we did not give up and were official. We hope that this award/ scholarship will help vallejo students for years to come.
God Bless all of you,our prayers and thoughts are with you not only during the holiday season but each day.
Sincerly,
Vallejo High class of 81'
Reunion Committee
( for more information contact Vallejo High School financial aide office)."
Vallejo/ Class of 81' of Vallejo, Ca.

"Dec. 24,2007

Good Morning Mikey & Jessica, I've had you guys on my mind alot. I love you guys take care of eachother."
With all my love always, Laurie of California

"Dec.15,2007
Dearest Brother Mikey, Our precious Jessica is no longer presence on earth with us, I pictured you standing at the gates of heaven awaiting her arrival , what a beautiful sight!You both have alot of catching up to do. Please watch over her and when the good lord is ready to give out more wings I'll try not to be scared, make sure there's more room for us you know our family is BIG. I love you both and may God Bless you always."
Laurie & Family of California

"December 12, 2007
Hi Uncle Mikie,
Oh Uncle...:( My baby cousin is in HEAVEN with you.Tell her we miss her so much.OUR FAMILY now has two angeles to watch over us. You know we never seem to realize how precious life is until it's lost. We take life for granted at times. Please give The Adam's family a healing heart. I love all my family. (distant and close) let's all come together& be closer in life. Remember We are FAMILY!"
Gina Marie Vega of Vallejo , Ca.

"Dec 3 07
Mikey... I know you and Jessica are hand and hand, keep her safe and make sure she's not scared. Have fun with her brother until the rest of us come to be with you both. Mikey please help our sister Debbie through such a termoudous loss. Give the Adams family strength."
Love your sister Michelle

"Nov 27 2007
Hi Brother!! I've been praying and praying that GOD will heal our Jessica and help her through such a hard time. She has a whole life time ahead of her and she is going through such a rough time in her young life. Mikey please look over Jessica and help give her strength to hang on and to beat this cancer. We are fighters and nothing is going to take us. WE will prevail. WE ARE VEGA's!! Thank you brother!!"
LOVE Michelle

"Nov.19,2007

My Dear Brother Mikey,
Just want you to know that Jessica needs you as her guardian Angel and to look out for her to give her Courage, Strength, Faith, Hope, and to Believe that she will get through these tough times ahead! We have a long road ahead of us, some setbacks to overcome but we will get through this together!! I love you brother and thank-you for watching over my Jessica!!!
Youe lovin sister,
Debbie"

"'I LOVE YOU"
your sister,
Debbie"

"Mikey,
We honor you, We Honor our Fellow Soldiers! God Blessed to you all!
The Adams Family"

"Just thinking of you brother and missing you so! Muahhh!!
your lovin sister,
Debbie"

"Happy Birthday "Uncle Mikie!"
My dad and i were talking about how you would celebrate your B-DAY. He said you would stop and see Grandma, go out to eat or even "Movie Hop" :) We LOVE and MISS you."
Your niece Gina M. Vega of Vallejo, Ca.

"Mikey,
HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! I LOVE YOU MIKEY I HEARD YOUR SONG TODAY "I SAW YOU AND HIM WALKING IN THE RAIN" IT MADE ME SMILE I TOLD MY BESTFRIEND THIS REMINDS ME OF MY UNCLE MIKEY!! ME AND MOMMY (SUNA)MISS AND LOVE VERY MUCH MY LOVE!
LOVE YOUR NIECE EVELISSE VEGA!!"
EVELISSE of FLORIDA

"Nov.15,2007

Mikey,

Wishin you a very Happy Birthday!! The Family says Hello and loves you very much! You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless your sweet, sweet Heart! Happy Birthday!!

The Adams Family
American Canyon,Ca."

"YOUR BIRTHDAY NOV 15,2007
Mikey you would be 45 years old today! Your in my thoughts as always! with all my love brother Happy Birthday!!"
Love chelbell

"Nov 13 2007
Hi Mikey-Man!!
Mike and I had a great visit with you on Sat for Veterans Day!! I miss you so much, and I second everything sister Deb said about you! You are truly my HERO also. :) I love you brother!!"
Michelle

"Nov.12, 2007

Mikey,
My Soldier, My Hero, My Brother, My Life! You are in my thoughts today, and missing you so much! I honor you with such respect and integrity, you have a Heart of Gold, a smile that will shine forever like the stars in the sky and Family and Friends who will never forget you! I love you with all my heart..... God Bless.......xoxoxoxo

your loving sister,
Debbie"

"Nov 8, 07
Hi Mikey-man! I miss you!"
Love Chelbell

"Nov.5,2007
Good Morning Brother, your Birthday is near and we've all been thinking of you, your very much alive in our hearts. We love and miss you very much.
Have a great "Birthday". x0x0x0x0x0x0x0"
The Morales Family of California

"Oct. 29. 2007
Good Morning Brother, Carlos has many "Guardian Angels", I'm sure you were one of them on Saturday, Thank-you !
Your loved and Missed very much."
The Morales Family of California

"10-24-07
HELLO UNCLE MIKIE,
THE HOLIDAYS ARE HERE AGAIN
AND YOUR B-DAY IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER.ITS THESE TIMES YOU ARE GREATLY MISSED, YOUR BIG "VEGA" SMILE AND YOUR HEART FOR GATHERING FAMILY.YOU ARE TRULEY LOVED AND MISSED XOXO!!!!"
LOVE YOUR NIECE "GG" of VALLEJO , CA.

"To the Family of 1st Lieutenant Michael Vega, my name is Joe Winkler, I am a reporter for a nationally syndicated news-insert called The Boomer Report. I am putting together a story on the contributions Baby Boomers are making to the War On Terror. I would like to include 1st Lieutenant Michael Vega in this story by having a family member tell us about him. Let me be clear: I want to honor his memory and his sacrifice, along with all the Baby Boomer warriors. Please contact me at jwinkler@theboomereport.com"
Joe Winkler of Sacramento, CA

"Oct.20,2007

Mikey,
Just want you to know that Jessica's is back in the Hospital for her 4th round of treatment! She is ready and stronger than ever. She knows that she has 1 more round after this one and we are good to go. I am so proud of my girl and you would be too! We all miss you so Mikey, take care and God bless!! Love and kisses, muahhhhh!!
your loving sister,
Debbie"

"Mikey,
By the way I passed my written test for my Drivers License boy was I sweatin bullets, LOL! Love you brother will talk again soon! Muahhhhh!
your crazy sister,
Debbie"

"Oct.17, 2007

Mikey,
Just letting you know that I think of you all the time its just been a difficult time for my Family which I'm sure you have been looking down on your sweet Jessica and praying for her to get well!We love and miss you so much Mikey! Jessica is doing very well she is a very strong young lady and she will get through this! God Bless You!!
Your loving sister, Muahhhhh!!!
Debbie"

"September 22,2007
Hi Brother,
I wanted to stop by and say "Hello", I think of you always and miss you lots.
"I love You"."
Your Sis, Laurie of California

"Sept 21, 07
Hi Mikey-man!! Thank you for coming into my dreams!!! I carry you with me everywhere I go, always talking about you and how proud I am that you are my brother. I wish you were here so very much, I miss you more then words can describe."
LOVE Chel

"Good morning Uncle,
Just wanted to say hi and love you lots!"
Mari of Santa Rosa CA.

"Hey Mike~ I was driving through your neck of the woods, so I stopped by to spend some time with you. It was so peaceful. Being there really brought back memories. I miss you!
xxoo......."
Jules of Concord

"Sept. 1, 2007
THINKING OF YOU BROTHER!"
With love always, Laurie of California

"8/19/07
Mikey,
I MISS YOU !!!"
Laurie & Family of California

"Hey mikey It's still hard to believe that your not here I still feel like your in cali i want you to know that I love and miss you!! I respect your strength & courage you make me proud to say I'm a VEGA! I know your watching over me and my family! ALWAYS IN MY HEART ALWAYS IN MY THOUGHTS...love your niece :-)"
EVELISSE of ORLANDO FLORIDA

"MIKEY!!! She's here my Granddaughter Kailah Nicole has arrived Aug 1, 2007 and she is so beautiful and more precious then I ever would of imagined. I give her lots of kisses from you brother; I know you'd be biting your tongue. Yes she is that adorable. I love you Mikey with all of my heart and soul."
Love Michelle

"Miss you Brother !!!"
Love Laurie of California

"I LOVE YOU MIKEY!

LOVE YOUR SISTER,
DEBBIE"

"siempre"
maria of az

"July 25 07
Hi Brother!!! I've been thinking about you more then normal. Wishing you were here. I love you!!"
Love you sister Chel of Vallejo

"hi mike,
i was in total disbelief when i got the news of your departure!!!! god's garden must look even more spectacular since he's added you. i loved roomimg with you in san leandro. i miss you too..like everyone who's left their message i echo their sentiments!!!! it's just me your cousin Ray (uncle david aguon's son)."
ray of guam

"July 12,2007
Good Morning Brother, you've been on my mind alot lately. I miss you so much Mikey !!! Love to you always brother."
Laurie of California

"WoW.......This is great! Not only do I get to talk to you in my prayers, but I get to write you as well. This is like leaving you a "myspace" comment! :) Anyhow.....I miss you Mike! I came across the email you sent me and you've been on my mind. I have our picture up on my mirror on my dresser from when we went shopping. The first day my boyfriend come over, I had to explain to him who you were and that our picture would NEVER come down. He agreed that it shouldn't. :) I've been keeping busy with work and dancing. Competitions are keeping me busy working so that I have the money to dance...lol! I came in 2nd place last competition. Wish you were here so that I could teach you the 2-step and west coast swing:( I haven't been out to see you in a while.....but I promise I'll go soon. I miss you and love you.
xxoo......"
Julianna of Concord, CA

"July 4th, 2007
Good Morning Brother, "Happy 4th of July". It's been awhile since I wrote you, sorry !! There's been alot going on with our family. Although you don't hear from me I keep you close to my heart and always in my mind.
Brother, I wanted to ask if you could please stay close to Jessica and family, guide them through what will be a very hard next few months they will need all the blessings they can get. Thank-you Brother I know you've probably been doing that already.
We love and Miss you."
With all our love always, The Morales Family of California

"Hi Uncle Mikey....
Sorry it's been so long I've just been buisy preparing for the baby who will be here tomorrow...YIKES!! lol
Anyway the reason for this note is simple as you know Jessica is very ill and could use your guidance as well as Auntie Debbie and the family please help them through the long journey ahead and Give them strength...I KNOW U GOT CONNECTIONS!! Love you forever.."
Mari of Santa Rosa, CA.

"June 13 07
HI Mikey-man...I've been thinking of you so much. Just wanted to say I LOVE YOU!!"
LOVE Chelbel

"Thinking of You! I Love You!

Your sister,
Deb"

"Memorial Day 2007
Mikey!
TodayÖ.. a day to remember our fallen soldiers, a special moment of silence for you and all of our soldiers fighting for our freedom. Thank you brother for the ultimate sacrifice you will never be forgotten. I love you!!"
Love Sister Chelbell

"Memorial Day 2007"
"In Memory of those who gave All"

Mikey,
My Baby brother, you fought for your Country and die for your Country! You are a True Soldier, you will never be forgotten, your memory will live For-ever! God Bless Your Sweet, Sweet Soul!

Your loving sister,
Deborah Adams
xoxoxoxoxoxo"

"May 28 2007,
Hey Michael, just wanted to drop by and let you know that you are very much in our hearts today."
Al Dolby of Silverdale, Wa

"May 27,2007
Brother,on this Memorial Day, I wanted to thank-you for the greatest scarifice you and our other soldiers have given so we can have the freedoms we have today.You are always on my mind and forever in my heart. Bless your soul always."
Your Family, The Morales's of California

"Prayers going out and remembering you always. love ya"
maria of AZ

"To the family of Michael Vega,

As a student of Howard Medina i wish the best to the family Vega and Tyson. Well how i found out about Michael Vega and Andre Tyson was because Mr Medina does not teach science on the day before Memorial Day he always does a presentation that focuses on his two classmates who were killed in Iraq. He makes us realize that we dont have a day off for fun but to realize that we should take that day to say thank you. People who where there for us and gave their lives people that are the same and real as us.

Good luck to the family Vega and Tyson. Hope that their story hits a spot in there heart to the classmate in my class because i know it did to me.
In Memory of Michael Vega And Andre Tyson."
Guadalupe Alvarado of Santa Ana, CA

"To the family of Mike Vega,

I just wanted you to know that, as a teacher and former OCS classmate of Mike and Andre Tyson (CA OCS Class of 2002), I do not teach science on the day before Memorial Day. I do a Memorial Day presentation that focuses on our two classmates who were killed in Iraq. I try to make sure that at least for a day, the kids not only realize why they have the day off, but also have a chance to realize that the people who gave their lives are real, with real families, and real friends.

Good luck to all of you. May Michael's memory always be a source of strength and happiness to you all."
CPT Howard Medina of Irvine, CA

"May 12,2007
Mikie, thinking of you and missing you lots."
With all of my love always, your sis Laurie & Family of California

"Missing you!
Your sis, Deb"

"The memories...glad to have them. Miss u always."
maria of az

"April 27,2007
Uncle Mikie,
You are so missed,your "Vega" smile and your tender heart.You were the true meaninig of family. Wish you were here!
Uncle i thank you for the for the unconditional love you showed to me and Robert James, and thank you for being his "Angel" and bringing him home to us.We love and miss you much!!!"
Love your neice "G.G." of Vallejo , Ca.

"Mikey!!!
April 23 07
I know your shining down on me from heaven!! I miss you so so much!!!mauuuuuu big kiss and hugs up to heaven to you!! oxoxoxo"
Love your Sister Chelbell

"I LOVE YOU, BROTHER!

your sister Debbie"

"April 10, 2007
Hi brother, I was thinking about you, so here I am! I miss you so very much brother!"
With all of my love always, Laurie of California

"Easter came and gone. Hope yours was nice. siempre"
maria of az

"Happy Easter Mikey! I love you!!
your sister Debbie"

"Hi uncle,
Just wanted to say "Buenas Dias" and I Miss you!"
Mari of santa rosa

"Happy Easter Brother!! " )"
LOVE ALWAYS Chel

"March 30, 2007
Mikey, just wanted to say "hi", and tell you "I love you Brother"."
your sis, Laurie of California

"Thinking of you!

Debbie"

"Vega, its been 3 years. But I have not forgotten you my friend. I have not forgotten you. I'm still missing you.
Your boy, O'B"
Brian.

"March 22. 2007

Mikey it's a beautiful evening! Thinking of you, you are smiling bright tonight! Love you so, Debbie"

"Mikey,

If I could reach up and hold a star for everytime you've made me smile "ALL THE STARS IN THE SKY" would be in the palm of my hand!

Your sister, Debbie"

"March 22, 07
I LOVE YOU BROTHER!! " )"
Sister chelbell

"March 20,2007
Hey uncle Mikey it has been three years today and I can't belive it I wish you were here with me and the family right now!! we all miss you alot and can't wait too see you again i love and miss you uncle!!"
Jacklynn Adams of American Canyon

"MIKEY,
God Bless you always Brother. Miss you lots, and love you even more."
Laurie of California

"Our thoughts and prayers are with you always!
love the Adams Family"

"Mikey-Man!! whoa...its been a tough 3 years. I wish and wish I could have you right here with me. I miss our play fights, the talks and most of all when our family would come together for whatever the reasons. Your in my thoughts every single day, and you always will be!!!. Until I meet up with you...keep shinning down on us brother. I love you with all my heart! Here's a big fat kiss and hug..maaua!! xoxoxo"
Sister Chelbell of vallejo

"March 20, 2007

My Baby Brother Mikey,
I'ts been 3 years ago today since we had to say goodbye. I never realize that I would lose you for a WAR that is so Destructive and so Imperfect. My heart hurts for you, I miss you so much Mikey, I want you to come home and have your family and your life back that you so dearly deserved! I will miss your beautiful smile and your laugh. You'll always be in my thoughts. God Bless your sweet, sweet, Heart! I love you, Mikey. I miss you so!

Love your sister,"
Debbie

"Mikey, you will always be missed and loved. I look at you everyday and see that big smile on your face that always warms my heart. You have always had a wonderful soul. I will never stop loving and caring for you. Love and god bless Snail."
Annabel Dizon of Vallejo, CA

"You gave your all and asked for nothing in return.
siempre sweetie pie"
maria of az

"TO MY GRANDDAUGHTER MARIANNA THANK YOU FOR WRTING TO ME I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH AND GIVE ANGEL A A BIG KISS FROM GRANDPA CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW BABY I UNDERSTAND ITS A GIRL GOOD LUCK AND TELL MY OTHER GRAND KIDS CARLOS JR AND ANNITA I LOVE THEM TOO. I MISS MY SON VERY MUCH AND IT HURTS SO SO TAKE CARE LOVE GRANDPA RAFAEL MY EMAIL IS LRV1229@AOL.COM"
RAFAEL G VEGA of UP STATE

"TO MY SON MICHAEL TODAY-3-20-2007 ON YOUR 3RD ANNIVERSARY OF YOUR UNTIMELY DEMISE I WOULD LIKE TO TELL YOU MY DEAR MIKIE HOW MUCH I MISS YOU.LONG TO EMBRACE YOU AND RE-ASSURE YOU THAT YEARS WILL PASS BUT MY LOVE TO YOU SHALL ENDURE FOREVER AND A DAY.AND TO YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHICH I MISS VERY MUCH I LOVE THEM VERY MUCH GOD BLESS. LOVE ALWAYS DAD"
RAFAEL G VEGA of UPSTATE NEW YORK

"TO MY SON MICHEAL TODAY-3-20-2007 ON YOUR 3RD ANNIVERSARY OF YOUR UNTIMELY DEMISE I WOULD LIKE TO TELL YOU MY DEAR MIKIE HOW MUCH I MISS YOU.LONG TO EMBRACE YOU AND RE-ASSURE YOU THAT YEARS WILL PASS BUT MY LOVE TO YOU SHALL ENDURE FOREVER AND A DAY.AND TO YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHICH I MISS VERY MUCH I LOVE THEM VERY MUCH GOD BLESS. LOVE ALWAYS DAD"
RAFAEL G VEGA of UPSTATE NEW YORK

"March 17, 2007
Hi Brother, as you know Carlos & I went to visit you yesterday. It was a beautiful day for a visit and it did wonders for me just to sit and talk to you and give you up dates on the family and what's been going on in our lives. Of course, I'll be back to see you soon. I LOVE YOU !!! Take care ."
Your sis & family, The Morales's of California

"March 8,2007
Hi Mikey, It's been Three years since you've been gone it doesn't seem that long!It still feels like yesterday!!!!I miss everything about you brother, the hugs, the phone calls, family get togethers, all of it!! I think of you always and miss you so much!! As you know through our other members of the family, our family is growing more & more, you now have a new nephew , Christian 1yr.& 3 mos old. Omar and Mariana's baby girl that will be here in July, I know you know all this already I feel you around me at times, I love you brother!take care."
Your sis, Laurie of California

"Hello uncle,
I've been thinking about you alot lately as well as other members of our family; and you know.. things just haven't been the same since you have been gone. I know that you are always guiding us and helping us through our good times and bad and i just wanted you to know that I love you and I have great news......READY.....I am having a Baby Girl...finally a girl ...My mommas first granddaughter she is thrilled as is everyone else. It is definitely going to be a change being that boys have taken over the family these past years....well she will be here 7-7-07 (if she is not stubborn..hahaha)well that's all the news I have for now I Love ya and miss you lots.


P.S.
I love you grandpa and hope you are feeling better."
Mari of Santa Rosa, CA.

""Wishing you were here""
Debbie of A.C.

"March 6, 2007
Hi Brother, I started my new job today, this one is defintely a keeper its close to home too! I love you!! xoxo"
Debbie of A.C.

"laurie if you want to talk to dad my phone number is 518 843-4507 he been crying ever since he talk too you. so stay well.mike will always be in our hearts."

"Hey uncle ii was just thinking about you well I hope everythings going go0d up there && that you know that we will all be with you again someday!! Well guess what im turning 15 MArch 9th! I know im getting old hahaha I just wish you were here to celebrate it with me!! But its ok.... i'll never forget the first time you took me to the movies && saw TARZAN for my 5th birthday!!! I love that movie && i'll never forget it!! oh yeah && do you remeber when you took me to Great America && the A's game man that was the best time I ever had in my whole life!! But guess what im not scared to ride roller coasters anymore!! You told me that its not that big of deal and so I finally went on one with my brother && I loved them you were right! well I guess thats enofe talking haha I just have sooo much to tell you but im going to have to save the rest till later!! I LOVE YOU UNCLE MIKEY!!
Your my #1 Soilder!!
WE ALL LOVE && MISS YOU ESPECIALLY ME AND MY MOM!!"
JACKLYNN ADAMS of AMERICAN CANYON

"I LOVE YOU BROTHER."
D.A. of CA.

"March 4, 2007
I feel your presence with me brother, I just read the letter that you wrote to momma, dated March 5 2004, there's a big smile on my face and laughter in my heart. Oh gosh how I miss and love you so. Brother, if I could reach up and hold a star for everytime you've made me smile "All the stars in the Sky" would be in the palm of my Hand!!
I love you Mikey!! God Bless your sweet, sweet, heart."
Deborah Adams of American Canyon, Ca.

"March 2007
My Beloved Brother!!
This is and always will be a very hard month, 3years now the good lord called you home and it feels like yesterday. Your missed dearly by so many and your absense is felt by all! I know your shining down on me. I love you my angel."
Love Chel

"March 3, 2007
I know its been awhile brother, so sorry. I think about you each and everyday!! You will always be in our Hearts. I still light candles every night because you are the light in my Heart and it will shine for-ever!! I miss you so, I love you, God Bless you. xoxoxo
Your sister"
Deborah Adams of American Canyon, Ca

"Daddy, call me Please I don't have your current phone number. Mind is still the same. I love you very much!"
Lollipop of California

"TO MY SON MICHAEL W VEGA AND OTHER YEAR HAS PAST AND I CANNOT ACCEPT YOU ARE GONE.EVERY MINUTE OF THE DAY YOU ARE THERE WITH ME BUT IT IS NOT ENOUGH.I NEED YOU THAT I LOVES YOU SO MUCH YOU WERE THE BEST AND STILL THE BEST IN MY HEART AND I LOVE BOBBY TOO I MISSED HIM DEARLY.SON PLEASE ASK GOD NOT TOO LET ME SUFFER TO MUCH BECAUSE I KNOWN THAT I DONT HAVE TOO LONG I BEEN VERY ILL AND I NEED TO STAY HERE JUST TIME TOO GET EVERYTHING STRAIGHTEND OUT SO SON UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN. LOVE DAD"
RAFAEL G VEGA of UPSTATE

"March 2, 2007
Thinking of you..:)"
Your niece Gina "G.G." Vega of Vallejo, Ca.

"March 1st
Hi brother, you've been on my mind alot! I think of you always and miss your presents, I'm sending another BIG HUG, wish you were here so I can get one back!! Miss you so much!! love you lots!!! (Love to Our Family in Flordia)"
Your Sis, Laurie Morales of California

"March 1 07
")

xoxoxo"
Love Chelbell

"Hey uncle just thinkig about you && just wanted you to know that ii love && miss you very much!! well ii have to0 go so talk to you soon!!
LOVE YOU JACKIE!!"
- - ->>Jackie Adams!<<- - - of American Canyon

"Hi Uncle Mikey,

Today was one of those days where I wanted to pick up the phone and call you for advice and then we would end up talking about you....lol. I miss you so much. I was listening to that song "reasons" which reminds me of you. It came on at the perfect time. Well, my love I know your watching over all of us, you are the perfect angel.

My love to my family in Cali.

Love you always,

Your niece,"
Joann of Orlando, FL

"Happy Valentine's DAY!!xoxoxo"
Love Chel

"Feb 14, 07
" ) Always in my thoughts xoxox"
Chel

"Feb. 6, 2007
Hi Brother, just wanted to stop in and say "I love You" and give you a BIG HUG!!Can you feel it?,I hope so!Miss you Lots!!

(Hello Family in Florida we love you!!)"
Your Sis, Laurie of California

"Feb 6 07
Hi Mikey,
Theres so much going on and I wish I can talk to you face to face, so you bite your tongue and say "HUM, HUM Chelbell", I miss you brother, very much. always xoxoxoxo"
Love Your Sissy Chelbell

"02-05-2007
Hi Uncle
Thinking of you.. Love and miss you much!"
Gina M. Vega & Family of Vallejo, Ca.

";)"
maria of az

"i dont no you, but im sure you wer a good guy and servd your country well! miss you mate!"
Dane Forster of Queensland Australia

"Hi uncle just wonderin how youve been latley well i have to go to 1st period talk to0 u later!"
---->JaCkIe<----- of American Canyon!

"Jan 14th 2007

Hey uncle Mikey,

It's been a while since I've touched base with you so I just wanted to fill you in on The latest news "I got married last july" I think you met my husband at grandmas once; anyway we are expecting a baby on 07-07-07 everyone sez that is a lucky day ! I wish you could be here to meet your great niece or nephew but don't worry your memory is alive and stronger than ever and I can't wait to take my family to "your park" what a grand day that will be!! Miss you and love you always."
Mariana M. Davila of Santa Rosa, CA. 95407

"Jan 2007
Hi Mikey!!
A New Year has begun and another year without our beloved Mikey-man, I miss you brother!!! Always in my heart. I love you!"
LOVE Michelle of Vallejo

"December 29,2006
Hi Mikey, youv'e been on my mind alot!
Miss you lots brother.! I love you"
Laurie of California

"Merry Christmas!"
maria of az

"December 9, 2006
"Merry Christmas" brother!! We think of you always and your missed more than words can express, especially during these times!!! Your in all of our hearts and we love you deeply. God Bless you always!!"
With all of our Love, The Morales Family of California

"Dec 6, 06
Happy Holidays to you brother!!! You are going to be missed at MOM's. we will say a prayer for you and set you out a plate like always!!"
LOVE Chel of Vallejo

"Mikey,
"Happy Thanksgiving", brother. I will always have a plate set for you."
with love always, Laurie of California

"Happy Birthday to a very, very special Person!! I love and miss you!"
LOVE Chel of Vallejo ca

"Dearest Brother Mikey,
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you", "Happy Birthday to you", "Happy Birthday dear Mikey", "Happy Birthday to you." I love you brother and miss you lots!!!"
With all of my love always, Your sis, Laurie of California

"Happy Birthday!!!!"
maria of AZ

"My Dearest Uncle Mickey,

It has been a while since I have come bye, but you know you are always on my mind. I miss you so much....especially those surprise phone calls we gave each other out the blue. Its funny because I wanted to make one of those phone calls today....so here I am. I love you so much.

Hello family in Cali love you all :)"
~~~Your Niece Joann Vega~~~ of Orlando, FL

"I know your B-day is tomorrow but wanted to stop by today and let you know you were on my mind. Mom put your picture in church."
maria of AZ

"November 13,2006
I miss you lots Mikey!xoxoxoxox"
love your sis, Laurie of California

"October 20,2006
Hi brother,
Been thinking about you alot, just wanted to write you and let you know that and also let you know how much your missed!!xxxoooxxxxoxoxox"
Love Laurie of California

"Mike, still thinking about you, man. Yvonne and I are coming up on our 5th anniversary. I remembered the day I told that I was going to propose..you told me we were the perfect match.....you were right...I miss you, bud........Kevin"
Kevin W. of Fontana, Ca.

"Been on my mind alot lately."
maria of az

"Oct 10 06
Mikey-Man!!! You just had your 25 year High School Reunion, your friends put together a Vallejo High Scholarship fund under your Name 1st Lt. Mike Vega...how wonderful! Your sprint lives strong. Your missed deeply by all!!"
Love your Sissy Chelbell of Vallejo ca

"Hey! Guess what?! OB came in the store today. I saw him right away!!! He told me that he still has the last email you wrote him in his inbox and will not delete it. He got alittle choked up and I could see the tears about to well up. He misses you and said you are an awesome guy! To see him and know that you guys would be in class together hurt. He wished he could of came to your funeral but he was at the sandbox at that time. It was great time see him and like I said we shared a moment for you. God!!! You have touched so many lives in more ways than one. SIEMPRE"
maria of az

"Aug. 31,2006
Hi Mikey, yes brother the ground breaking in your honor was beautiful!!! ha,ha, yes the Vega's almost built the park that day, ha,ha, I know your going to love it! What can i say brother, you shine more and more everyday!!!xxxxoooo"
With all of my love! Laurie of California

"Hi Brother! Aug 26, 2006 was your ground breaking day for your new park, It was a beautiful ceromony, River Islands supplied 19 golden shovels...they lined us all up in the dirt to break ground and I tell you, the way the "VEGA" klan was shoveling we were about to build the park that day : ! Mikey you've made this family so very, very proud. I miss you so much!! always with LOVE!!"
chelbell of Vallejo

"Hey! I told you, you were famous!! Te amo baby boo!"
sweetie pie

""VEGA PARK"!! WOW...Mikey no one could have done it better, "Vega Park" will keep your sprirt alive forever, and ever!! Were so very proud of you, your missed deeply!! xoxoxox"
LOVE Chelbell of VAllejo ca

"August 22,2006
Just wanted to say how proud i am of you & that i couldn't ask for a better brother (beside the other 4 we have)I love you very much Mikie, your always in my thoughts and forever in my heart!! May god keep your spirit alive & happy."
with all my love, Sister Laurie of California

"Hi Everyone - I just wanted to clarify Michelle's last message about the park dedication. The park is not yet built and what we are really doing on the 26th is "breaking ground" for the initial construction. The Vega Park will be built over the next 12-18 months and will open some time late next year or early 2008. We will meet at the River Islands development office at noon on the 26th and all go out to the future park site for the offical ground breaking. An opening dedication ceremony will take place when the park is completed and open to the public.

The ground breaking is the first step in making the park a reality and we are very pleased to be able to honor Mike in this manner. We welcome all close friends and family and look forward to seeing you on the 26th. Please RSVP to 209 879-7900.
Susan"
Susan Dell'Osso

"Aug 9, 2006
The town of Lathrop is dedicating a childrenís park in Memory of 1st Lt. Mike Vega, the memorial will be held at 73 Steward Rd, Lathrop CA 95330, Aug 26, 2006, at 12 Noon. The town of Lathrop would like for all those who knew Mike to please attend. This event will be catered, so please contact River Islands at 209 879-7900 ASAP. This is going to be a very special dedication, if you have any small Memorabilia you'd like to give to Mike in his Memory please bring with you."
Mike' s Sister Michelle of Vallejo ca

"HI Mikey-Man!!! remembering how you would always bite your tounge and say "chelbell" when you would grab my head! makes me laugh! I think of all the play fights we use to have. I miss you brother!! alot!! xoxoxoxoxo MAUUUU kisses to you up in heaven!!"
chelbell

"August 3, 2006
Hi brother you've been on my mind alot!, just wanted to say Hi, and tell you I love you Lots!!!"
Your Sis, Laurie of California

"Aug 2, 06
Your in my thoughts...I miss you so much! I wish we could talk...I'll keep praying to you.
xoxoxo"
LOVE chelbell of Vallejo

"July 21, 2006
Mikie, I remember that night Michelle's taking about. Ha, ha, we had so much fun, I wanted more rum too hee, hee. Miss you lots brother!!!"
Love Laurie of California

"HI Brother!!
Remembering when I lived in the Duplex,you and Laurie came over from riding around in spanky parting,you wanted more rum!! heehee
Missing you brother!!"
Love chel

"The conversations are playing back in my mind. Miss you"
sweetie pie of az

"July 3, 2006
Thinking of you Mikie and Wanted to wish you a happy 4th of July."
Love Laurie of California

"Good Morning Brother, Miss you Lots!!"
Love Laurie of California

"June 15,06
Dear my Beloved Brother!! I cried myself to sleep last night, praying to You and to God to keep you safe and happy with him, I miss you so much Mike, you have inspired me in so many ways, funny I knew you had such a way about you, didn't realize it was how inspiring you were until you left. You are in my thoughts daily more then once. I know I will be with you one day, its hard being here without you. I LOVE YOU MIKEY-MAN xoxoxo"
Your Sister Chelbell

"Been on my mind alot lately and wanted to say "hi"!"
sweetie pie of az

"June 7th, 2006
Hi brother, you've been on my mind. Just wanted to say "Hey"
Love you Lots, Laurie of California

"Hey Michael..Just wanted to say hello to ya Bro...Charlene and I think of you all the time."
Al of Silverdale, Wa

"Your in my thoughts...forever in my heart!! I miss you!
xoxoxoxox"
Love chel

"May 19,2006
Thinking about you alot more lately.
Miss you."
Laurie of Healdsburg

"I miss u so much Uncle"
Jessica of AC

"HI Brother!
I miss you!"
Love chel of Vallejo

"5/2/06
OH Mikey!
I just got the urge to call you, I even reached for the phone, my heart is heavy, I miss you so much brother, so much!"
LOVE chelbell of Vallejo

"May 2, 2006
Hello brother, just thinking about you."
Love & miss you, Laurie of California

"Apr 25, 06
HI Mikey-man! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox Always in my thoughts, Always in my heart, Thanks for being my Angel"
LOVE chelbell of Vallejo ca

"Happy Easter! Siempre"
sweetie pie of az

"April 8, 2006
My thoughts are with you brother."
Love you always , Laurie of California

"hey uncle, its been a while since i been on here, but never the less, u have'nt been forgot about, i was at work a couple days ago and i was spoosed to go out and pass out flyers for my job, but instead i stopped by ure grave, i miss u soooo much, i know ure looking down on us, but it's not the same, i want u here, i want to hug u and i want to be able to talk to u and u be able to respond, i miss u soo much uncle and i love u, i cant believe its been 2 years since god took u home, one day we will meet again"
karra of vjo ca

"Uncle your in my dreams sometimes i wake up crying and just wishing you were here. The thought of you bein gone is so hurtfull i cant take it. I just wish i could bring you back some how some way. I miss you so very much you bein gone leaves me feelin empty inside but i will always keep you in my heart no matter what. My heart frames you like a picture frame. I love you Uncle REST IN PEACE! Love always your niece"
Jessica of American Canyon Ca.

"Dear Brother,
I wish I could hear your voice and your laughter. Just missing you and remembering our good times which was all the time. Love you as much as there is sand in the ocean."
Your Sis, Laurie of California

"March 20th,06
Uncle Mikie,
Today 2 years ago you were called home.
I pray you are resting peacfully.
You are so very missed xoxo."
Gina M.Vega of Vallejo, Ca.

"March 20, 2006
2 years ago today God called a solider to watch over his guards, God had better plans for you Mikie. everyone reading this today please pray a prayer for his soul. and let his memories continue with us."
Patricia A Vasquez of Stockton, California

"March 20th,
Mikie, it's been a hard 2 years for me and of course our family knowing what this date 3/20 means to all of us, your gone and I'm being selfish by wishing you were here, can't help it, I LOVE and MISS you so much !!
Love,Love,Love you"
Laurie of California

"March 20th , 2006
Uncle Mikey,
2 years ago today you took a journey to a better place. Since that day our lives have never been the same. I miss you and love you always ."
Mari Morales of Santa Rosa , CA.

"Came to see you, it was rough but I made it. Saw your mom and Jon, was with Chel Bell. Talk about all the emotions just flooding through with memories. Tears flowed. Miss you alot and glad for my trip to see you and family. You are so missed. I am glad you came into my life. You are a work of art! You touched many and still do. Love always"
sweetie pie of az

"March 17,2006
My dearest brother Mikie, your second year anniversary of your death is near, I miss you so much, and I going to celebrate your life on this day."
LoveYour sis, Laurie of California

"Wow it is still hard to believe...Mike I miss you and that joker smile of yours. Its was very easy for you to make anybody laugh. I thank god that he gave me the opportunity to meet you, which has made me a better person today. You will always be in my heart and thoughts. Love you!!!"
Patricia A. Vasquez of Stockton Ca, San Joaquin

"Uncle Mikey,
You were on my mind all day today :) Just wanted to say I love and miss you Always."
Mariana of Santa Rosa, CA. U.S.A

"March 7, 06
HI Brother! I've been thinking about you so much...most of the time I crack a smile, and of course other times I'm wishing you are with me.
Always in my heart! XOXOXOOX"
LOVE chelbell of Vallejo CA

"February 24, 2006
Mikie you are Deep in my heart and I miss you very much, wanted to say "I Love You", still miss you like it was yesterday. Hope to see you in my dreams!"
With all the love i can give, your sis, Laurie of California

"2/23/06
Mauuuuu! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
Mikey....I Miss YOU!"
Love Chelbell of Vallejo, CA

"Brother I love you very much we all miss you ive been so lost without you Iam just now starting to open up with myself about you being with God ALLWAYS REMEMBER Im always with you wherever you are!!! I LOVE YOU..."
Bobby Vega of Vallejo , Ca.

"Febuary 17th 2006
Uncle Mikie,
Still thinking of you.. We love and miss you xoxo!!"
Gina M Vega (your neice) of Vallejo , Ca

"Wishing you were here, I miss you so much. It hurts that you are not here with us. Don't know what to do... I love you and miss you soooo..... xoxoxo"
Debbie of AC

"Happy Valentine's Day!!! Think bout you all the time. See you soon!"
maria of az

"Hey Uncle im missin you so much its so very hard without you your what kept this family together.I love you and cant wait to see you and be with you again."
J3$$!c@ of AC

"Hey Uncle Mikey just wanted to sat hi. I have been thinkin about you alot and wishin you where here with us.Love you lots!!!!!!MUAH KISSES XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX"
Je$$!c@ of AC

"Hey uncle Mikey I thought of you today more then most days i wonder if your trying to tell me something? I Love and Miss you dearly
Love your Niece Evelisse xxxooo"
Evelisse Vega of Florida

"To the family of:Michael W. Vega 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"

"January 25,2006
Thinking about you brother and wanted you to know I miss you and love you very much. God Bless you always."
Sister, Laurie of California

"Vega Family, I finally found someplace to post my thoughts. My wife and I worked with Mike at Southwest Airlines in LAX. We eventually befriended Mike and started socializing with him. We were literally heartbroken when we received the news and sent prayers your way. We were not able to attend the memorial service, but there is something I would like you to hear. It was actually the last time I spoke to Mike and it is something that he said that will stay with me forever. Please leave me an e-mail address(kevinj813@yahoo.com) because it shows exactly what kind of person he was........God Bless You, Mike....Until I see you again..."
Kevin W. of Fontana, California

"Vega Family, I finally found someplace to post my thoughts. My wife and I worked with Mike at Southwest Airlines in LAX. We eventually befriended Mike and started socializing with him. We were literally heartbroken when we received the news and sent prayers your way. We were not able to attend the memorial service, but there is something I would like you to hear. It was actually the last time I spoke to Mike and it is something that he said that will stay with me forever. Please leave me an e-mail address because it shows exactly what kind of person he was........God Bless You, Mike....Until I see you again..."
Kevin W. of Fontana, California

"January 16, 2006
Mikie, You finally came to me in my dreams!,Thank-you!I meant everything I told you, see you again soon. Love,Love,Love you, Your sis"
Laurie of California

"January 14th, 2006
Uncle Mikie,
Happy New Year!!!
We love and miss you always!"
xoxo"
Gina M. Vega ( your neice) of Vallejo , Ca

"12/29/05
Another year upon us...Another year without you! Mikey-Man I miss you so much, I have so much to tell you, so much hugs and kisses to give you...I will give all this to you in my dreams..You will Never, EVER be forgotten."
I LOVE YOU!! Michelle of Vallejo, Ca

"12/25/05 Merry Christmas Mikey! Remember when we were little kids that one christmas morning when we all got bicycles (schwinn). I'll never forget that day. Mikey you are my "Shining Star". We all love you and miss you sooo much. Take care brother, and I hope those angels up above are taking care of you too!"
Debbie of A.C. of CA.

"Feliz Navidad! Much love to your family and prayers. You are in my thoughts always. sweetie pie"
maria of az

"12/23*2005
Merry Christmas Brother, Merry Christmas! I love you! miss you so bad!"
LOVE YOU Chelbell of Vallejo

""Merry Christmas Mikey" Your always in my thoughts and forever in my heart. I love you brother, it's not the same without you, I know your spirit is with us and I'm grateful to have that. I love, love, love you!!!!!!"
Your Sister, Laurie of California

"12/20/05
Mikey-Man!!!! You are loved and missed deeply by so many!!! I will always remember the Christmas songs we sang at Mom's 2003. I will always and forever keep you close to my heart and your memory alive. ALWAYS xoxoxoxoxoxo"
Love your sissy Chelbell of Vallejo

""My thoughts are with you"."
Laurie of California

"12/03/05
Thinking of you brother, miss everything about you!!!"
Love Always Your Sis, Laurie of California

"Mikey, the holidays are upon us and your presents will be missed. You are in my heart and thoughts."
LOL Snail of Vallejo, CA

"I am just a stranger and fellow army officer that happened to find this site on the internet. I salute and hold dear the freedom and security every serviceman grants our nation. The loss of Mike was horrid I am sure and I will say a prayer for his family. I deploy to Afghanistan next year and do so with resolve to keep our way of life secure. Those who "gave all" are my inspiration."
1LT R. Chappell of Fort Ord, CA

"Nov. 23,2005
Happy Thanksgiving Brother. A plate will be set for you."
Love you always Laurie of California

"November 21,2005
Thinking of you!! Love and Miss you something terrible!!!"
Your Sis, Laurie of California

"Happy Birthday Mikey, I miss you your big smile and when you bite your tongue."
Love you Snail of Vallejo, Ca

"November 15th , 2005
"Happy Birthday Uncle Mikie!:)
We Love and miss you..
Uncle, My brother Robert James
deploys this friday 11-18-05.
Please watch over him,keep him
SAFE and PLEASE bring him home.
xoxoxoxoxox"
Gina M.Vega of Vallejo, Ca.

"NOVEMBER 15, 2005
HAPPY BIRTHDAY,MIKEY!I MISS YOU SOOO MUCH! YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART AND THE MEMORIES FOREVER! I DID NOT KNOW HOW HARD IT WAS TO SAY GOOD-BYE. YET IT WAS HARDER STILL,WHEN I REFUSED TO SAY IT.I LOVE YOU BABY BROTHER. XOXOXO"
Deborah Adams of American Canyon, CA

"November 15, 2005
"Happy Birthday Brother" ,may your soul be resting in Peace."
Miss you lots Laurie of California

"Happy Birthday!! I love you!!"
chelbell of Vallejo

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAEL W. VEGA"
sweetie pie of az

"Mikey, You know that you will always be in my heart. We have shared so many things together. You and me only know one special thing we do share and no one can take that from us. We would talk about it every time we see each other. I will always Love you with all my heart. You will always be my first Love. I will see you again."
Snail of Vallejo, CA

"Nov. 07,2005
Just wanted to tell you "I love and miss you lots". Always in my heart and on my mind."
Laurie of California

"Nov 7, 05
Hi Brother!! remembering how you would say my name...makes me smile every time!! I think of you ever single day! You are missed so, so, much."
LOVE chelbell of Vallejo, Ca

"hEY I jUST WANTED TO SAY HI TO EVERYONE AND I LOVE YOU ALL VERY MUCH"
JESSICA ADAMS of AC

"10/26/05
Thinking of you and reminising, still miss you lots brother."
Laurie of California

"The wink and thumbs up was shared and more and you know that put a smile on my face and my heart alittle at ease. Miss you! Baby Boo and Sweetie Pie"
Maria of AZ

"I LOVE YOU ALL AND I HOPE TO SEE U GUYS SOON. I LOVE YOU GRANDMA AND JON I KNOW IT'S HARD. I LOVE YOU TO ALL THE FAMILY. STAY STRONG."
JESSICA ADAMS of AC

"Its been awhile and everyone is just takein everyday one step at a time im at school right now and thought i should go on your sight i go on every chance i get just to right you and read everyone elses messages i miss u so much and im always thinkin about u my mom is not takein it well and is upset all the time and im scared because i dont know what i should do. Oct,2 was moms birthday and she just stayed home and rested had some friends come over and then leave. i could actually say she's doin alot better then before and i know this is a very BIG loss 4 everyone even me i never thought it would affect me as much as it did. I am doin good in school and makeing the best of everyday of my life just like u did. I just hope to see u again one day and to just be as happy as i was when u were here. I LOVE U UNCLE. Uncle this saturday i am going to baby shower Sonny's girlfriend is having a wonderful baby boy and he is gonna be a 49er baby (SORRY)im very happy 4 them. Auntie laurie is doin really well and has a great job and is happy and that is all that matters as long as there happy. My dad is getting a job and is doing well. Everyone else from what i think are doin good I HOPE (SMILE) Grandma does her once in a while calls to see how everyones doin were all keepin in contact with each other. The one person i havent talk to in the longest time is my brother jason he just dosent call and that does upset me but i try not to let it get to me like that. Im relly mad at my self because he called on christmas last yr but i just couldnt talk to him i was just so mad. And i regret that but your anger always makes u do something u end up regreting right. Uncle its so hard without u i look at you picture everynight and cry it hurts to see u gone. I just dont know how to live without u im scared and cofused about everthing thats goin on right know but im doin my best to make it right. I will right u soon again I LOVE U UNCLE MIKEY."
JESSICA ADAMS of AC

"Maria, I know how hard it is for you, I pray God will give us all strength to keep his memory alive without so much sorrow."
Laurie Morales of Healdsburg

"Baby Boo! I just don't know. Miss you and this is hard."
Maria of AZ

"Mikie,
I think of you always and miss you deeply. I love you very much brother.
May god bless you always."
Laurie of Healdsburg, Ca.

"September 11, 2005
Today marks the day the reason why our
soliders are fighting. "Uncle Mikie,"
We love and miss you so much. So many of
us take life for granted and we don't always display our true love for our family and friends until there gone.
To my family: Even though some of us don't have day to day contact and i may only see you once a year know that "I love you.."
To my brother: Robert James,even though your so far away and you won't be home with us these coming holidays know that we love and miss you. I pray for you baby brother. Once you deploy in November '05 i know you will be safe Uncle Mikie is watching over you..xoxo"
Gina M. Vega of Vallejo, Ca USA

"I MISS U SO MUSH UNCLE I LOVE U AND MISS U WEREALWAYS THERE 4 ME"
jESSICA aDAMS

"uNCLE iTS aLREADY a NEW yEAR aND THINGS ARE NOT GETTING ANY BETTER SINCE U LEFT ILOVE YOU SO MUCH AND MISS U LOVE ALWAYS"
JESSICA ADAMS of aMERICAN cANYON

"I LOVE AND MISS YOU UNCLE (MY PRECIOUS ANGLE)

AUG 18 2005"
KARRA

"Hi Brother!
Sat Aug 19, 05 is your Officer Canidate School "OCS" Graduation...we will be there in your Honor. I love you and miss you, I'm so very, very proud to be your sister!"
LOVE chel-bell of Vallejo, Ca

"7-23-05
"Uncle Mikie"
Today like all days your so
very much missed, we love you:)!!!
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
To my little brother:
PFC Robert J. Vega
You make us proud! You have grown into
such a wonderful young man,thinking back to when you were small how time passes so fast, huh Rob!? Now you serve for our country and for our family under the VEGA name just like "Uncle Mikie" He would be proud too. I love you
baby brother."
Gina M. Vega of Vallejo,Ca.

"Hi Brother!
Well we did it!!!..Mike and I are married...I wore your sacrafice star on my wedding dress, I have you close to my heart. You are so missed brother, so much, I LOVE YOU!! WE LOVE YOU!!"
LOVE Mike & Chelbell of Vallejo. CA

"Mike,
Your mom and I to the welcome ceremony for your batt. in SF and we were proud of your fellow guardsmen and the way they honored you . After the ceremony several of the soldiers came to your mom and gave her the flowers they had for their special someone. She really appreciated the jestures. We duplicated the arrangement and placed it on your memorial stone to share with others.
We still miss you and would rather have you with us . We know it will get easier, but will never get better."
Papa Jon & MOM of Rio Vista CA

"6-27-2005
Still thinking of you, missing your smile and warm heart at every family
gathering.Your truely loved and missed "Uncle Mikie!" xoxo
Words to the wise : Let's love ,Honor, and Cherish our fallen soldier and make it our duty to do the same to our soldier who is still here PFC Robert J.Vega"
Gina M. Vega of Vallejo, Ca.

"There is not much that can be said on this day, Father’s Day that would help your family miss you any less. I would just like to let them know that even though some of us only knew you for a short time, you made a difference in our lives. I enjoyed knowing you and I remember and enjoyed the time we visited Mexico while in Arizona for OBC. I think of you often and I pray for the comfort that your family may feel knowing that you are still being taken care of."
1LT Raul January of 2/1/203 ANA-ETT, Ghazni Province Afghanistan

"June 15th 2005
Hi Uncle,
still miss you everyday!"
Mari of Santa Rosa

"June 7, 2005
Never had I imagine living without your smile, knowing you can hear me keeps me alive, I know your shining down on me from Heaven, and I know eventually will be together one sweet day, although the sun will never shine the same, I always look to a brighter day, Your missed so very much, always in my heart always!"
Michelle of Vallejo

"Hey Brother,
I think of you and miss you every single day. and guess what? I finished another semester of school I'm one step closer to my goal.. I love you! I hope I'm making you proud brother."
your sister, Laurie of Healdsburg, Ca.

"Hey Soldier! Just remembering, love ya."
Maria of AZ

"5-23-05
Uncle Mikie,
Thinking of you..Today and everyday!
We love and miss you so much xoxoxo:)"
Gina Vega of Vallejo, Ca

"5/6/05
Hi Mikey! Remembering you. I carry you close to my heart everday, I'm sure you hear me talking to you! Love always"
Chelbell of Vallejo

"Just miss you and remembering. Siempre"
Maria of AZ

"4/8/05
Hi Brother:
My wedding is coming soon, I will wear your star on my dress, I want you close to me. Your always in my thoughts, forever and ever in my Heart. xoxoxoxo"
Love Chel-bell of Vallejo CA

"4/8/05
Hi Brother:
My wedding is coming soon, I will wear your star on my dress, I want you close to me. Your always in my thoughts, forever and ever in my Heart. xoxoxoxo"
Love Chel-bell of Vallejo CA

"UNCLE,
IT'S G.G. JUST WANTED TO SAY
WE LOVE AND MISS YOU SO MUCH..
IVE BEEN TALKING TO YOU LATELY "UNCLE"
SOMEONE ONCE TOLD ME WHEN YOU PRAY TO GOD ALSO PRAY TO THOSE THAT HAVE PASSED ON, I KNOW YOU CAN HEAR ME:)
WE MISS YOU SOLDIER XOXOXOXOXOXOXO"
G.G. of VALLEJO,CA.

"3/28/2005
Happy Easter Brother, Your in my thoughts and always in our hearts I love you always. I'm doing the bunny hop for you. heehee love you for ever!!"
Love you my brave Soilder Your sister Chel-Bell

"God bless your family and may your memory bring happiness to them everyday. Your brothers in arms will always care."
1LT Gomez, Richard EN of korea

"3/20/05
Love you and miss you so much uncle"
Mari of Santa Rosa

"Today alot are remembering and celebrating our soldier, my soldier. Hope you like the flowers I sent for you. Te amo!"
Maria of AZ

"Uncle,
Tomorrow will mark the one year anniversary of a wonderful and courageous life lost....all of us will be celebrating your life and remembering good times in our own way
our thoughts and prayers are always with you."
Mari ( mikes niece) of santa rosa

"Uncle,
Guess what? I was at work last week and a fellow nurse was speaking of her daughter Jessamyn Sobecki who just got back from Iraq and as the conversation progressed we ended up talking about loss and I told her about how I lost my uncle ..well once I said your name she looked at me and said "No, Really. My daughter was friends with Lt. Vega" I thought "Wow" what a small world needless to say I was very excited and wanted every detail but I also felt so very proud of you not only for serving our country and giving your life for us but for the impact you have had on others ; you have touched many lives uncle.and lets not talk about your
" Vega Smile " that broke so many hearts ! ha ha anyway uncle Mikie I love you and miss you very much and I can't wait to see the picture of you and "Sobe" on the bus from Camp Roberts I hear you are flashing that smile!"
Mariana Morales of Santa Rosa

"2/25/05
Dear Mikey:
I've been so heavy hearted...today I went to church and lit a candle for you and also prayed for us all. I miss talking with you so, so much. Always know your in my thoughts and heart always...with all my love baby brother!!"
Love Chel-bell of Vallejo, CA

"I am sorry I haven't written earlier, but I am in the same unit as Mike and I was in OIF 1. When last I saw Mike was back at our unit talking about our future together in the National Guard and of course him inviting me to his boat once we both got back from deployment. I am glad to had serve with Mike."
1LT Vincent S. Vibat of Sacramento, CA

"I received a Hero bracelet for 1st Lt. Michael Vega. From reading these tributes to him, I am honored to wear his name."
Jerry Whitaker of Walden, N.Y.

"Uncle Mikie, 1-31-05
I had a new baby girl just this past
Thankgiving Day. Can you believe it!?
The day we were all together the previous year having dinner at your house. I named her Micah-Michelle.Auntie Chell was happy:) I feel like my new baby girl was you reborn. We miss you so much uncle. I know your watching over all of us. Please if you would pay some extra attention to my dad he needs you right now. You were always the one that could get him back on the right track. God Bless you uncle Mikie we love you xoxo..."
Gina M.Vega ( Michael's neice) of Vallejo,Ca

"hey uncle its your baby bear, it's been a while since i been online and its been a while since i wrote you, but your always on my mind, i love you uncle and i miss u so very much."
Karra

"I met Lt. Michael Vega (Mike) at Ft Hood, Tx when we were getting ready to go to Iraq. I had the pleasure to get to know him and become friends with him. He was always so upbeat and kind. I will hold the memory of him in my heart forever."
SGT Lanclos, Aja M. of Baghdad, Iraq

"Thanks for taking care of us her in the US! Your family should be proud to know how brave you were, I pray your family knows you will never be forgotten, and appreciated."
Police Officer of Sacramento

"Dear Family of Lt. Vega,

The San Joaquin County Leadership Prayer Breakfast would like to honor Lt. Vega for his courage and valor. We would like to invite you as our guests to the February 2005 event. Please contact me at the email below. God bless you."
Kerrie Valenzuela of kerrievalenzuela@hotmail.com, STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA

"To Mike and his family, he is a real hero who died performing his duty. A true professional, a soldier's soldier. I remember our sadness and grief upon first learning of his death and then again during his memorial at Camp Victory, Iraq. To his family, please accept my condolences and know he is missed, but not forgotten."
CW3 Russ Hamilton of Camp Victory, Iraq

"Baby Boo!!! Take Care of my brother. He's up there with you guys now! Te amo con todo mi corizon!"
Maria of AZ

"Feliz Navidad!"
Maria of AZ

"12/22/04
My Beloved Baby Brother!
It's the Holiday season again, and it has been a bit difficult trying to embrace the Christmas spirit without you here with us...I was told by a very dear friend that "Weeds always get pulled by God...it was this special time God pulled a Flower"...I truly believe that! I love you Mikey, always will brother, Until the Good Lord needs another flower, I will always keep the sweet memories of you near my heart! XO"
Sister Chel-bell of Vallejo, CA 94590

"Reminiscing on our highschool days at our 20th class reunion in 2001." I can't believe you are gone and we can't talk about life which brought us here now in 2004. My condolence go out to your family. My brother is just like you were and proud to be representing the military. So you will always be remembered at every class reunion that we embark upon in our future. You are home with our loving God and may you rest in peace.
Love always....Monica Lynn Lewis"
Monica Lewis(Highbaugh) of Vallejo, Ca. USA

"Mikie
We really miss you and some days are harder than others especially during the holidays .
Christmas is at our house again this year but one seat will be empty . Not our hearts. We miss you and set a place for you at all the family events.
Your mom is doing OK .
We know you are in a better place and serving with other fallen heros. We are woking wwith some people to help all who lost loved ones find healing.
To all Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year"
Papa Jon & MOM of Rio Vista CA

"Nov 24, 04
Dear Mikey:
Its been 1 year ago today we all drove to your new house in Lathrop to celebrate your first Thanksgiving in your beautful new home, we all had such a good time, dancing and singing! and big headaches the next morning, good thing the turkey didn't burn, Thanks brother for the wonderful memories, until I see you in heaven I love and miss you so very much!"
Love always your sister Chel-bell of Vallejo Ca

""Feliz cumpleanos uncle Mikie"
love and miss you forever, Mari"
Mariana of santa rosa, Ca

"Happy Birthday Baby Boo!!! Still "HappyGoVega"!! Te amo! Miss you something awful! But you know that! Keep on marching soldier!"
Maria of ARIZONA

"I LOVE AND MISS YOU LOTS UNCLE MIKEY !"
Mari of SANTA ROSA

"For some odd reason my plea to the public for answers regarding my uncles passing was erased so here is my second attempt please e mail at
O6mmorales@yahoo.com . I just want to know what happened? why it happened? and how it happened? were there any survivors ? was he alone when he died or was someone there for him .......these are all questions I ask
him in my prayers if anyone knows please fill me in."
Mari - mikies niece of Santa Rosa, Ca. 95403

"I met LT Vega just before the unit left to Iraq...One morning I gave him and some other soldiers a ride to see a nurse, he had the flu. I was expremely sad when I heard of his departure. I want his family to know that every Soldier that departed to Iraq from the 250th and 223rd MI units where proud to serve and I'm sure that the LT felt the same way. Lets all honor his memory. Due to medical problems I was unable to serve in Iraq. I wish I could have been a part of these brave men and women and I'm sorry I didn't get to serve by LT Vega. God bless the Vega family and I'm truly sorry for your loss."
SSG Gudiel of Norwalk, CA

"0CT.1ST.04
"UNCLE MIKIE,"
WHEN I PRAY..I PRAY THAT YOU CAN HEAR
"US" (YOUR FAMILY)WE LOVE AND MISS YOU SO VERY MUCH. I HAVE SAT YOUR PHOTO NEXT TO MY BABY BROTHER, ROBERT JAMES
ASKING YOU TO WATCH OVER HIM ALWAYS AND KEEP HIM SAFE. UNCLE I HAVE A NEW
BABY COMING SHE'S DUE NOV.22. MAYBE SHE'LL BE BORN ON YOUR BIRTHDAY:)UNCLE I HOPE YOU ARE RESTING PEACEFULLY, GOODNITE SOLDIER!"
GINA VEGA (MICHAEL'S NIECE) of VALLEJO,CA

"Oct 1, 04
My baby brother!!
I had another dream about you, you were in the back seat of spanky, in the middle sitting forward with your head in the front seat...(did you wanna drive?) I miss you so much brother...still I cry and cry because I wish somehow...someway I can have you back home with us!"
LOVE forever your Sister chel-bell of Vallejo, ca

"To the Vega Family, My heart was sadden when I found out about Michaels passing. I just found out this August. I have been trying to locate someone from the family. My name is Peggy. I live in Chicago. Michael and I go back over 18 years. He was my first true love. I was happy to have had him in my life. We were young and in love. I would like for someone from the family to contact me (773-622-5135). I would like to talk to his mom, Maria or one of his sisters. Please help me locate Michaels final resting place. My deepest sympathy to each and everyone of you.
Love
Peggy"
Peggy Flores of Chicago, Ill.

"Mike it has taken me so long to be able to say good-bye. You made friends so easily with everyone around camp, even when your Spanish was terrible; it was your friendly personality, your outlook on life, very rarely did I ever see you upset. We ran around camp, I thought I was going to die, but you were running and talking at the same time. I remember the night before the accident, you had just moved into your room, all these other people came to help you, and you wanted to keep some of our food, you kept telling us how we would have tea in your new "casa", you owe me a cup of tea. I still remember your very last words; they are always with me. I never got to say good-bye; I just kept missing you at the hospital. I wanted to thank you, for all you taught me in such a short time, my life will never be the same because of you, and I would not have it any other way. I still pray for you and your family every night. God Bless."

"My Baby Brother Mikey,
Brother I miss you so much and at times I still can't believe you are gone. I love you with all my heart and miss you more than words can express. You are always in my thoughts and Prayers brother."
Your Sis, Laurie V. Morales of Healdsburg, CA

"Aug 11, 04

Hey Mikey Man,
Thinking of you "Always" wanted to tell you how much I Love and Miss you!!
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox"
LOVE Always Chel-bell of Vallejo, CA

"hey uncle, i was with my mother yesterday, and she has your old cell phone and on there your voice is recorded, and she let me listen to it and i almost broke down, i havent heard your voice in so long, i miss you uncle, and i love u"
....

"HELLO UNCLE MIKEY,
I JUST WANTED TO TOUCH BASE WITH YOU AND LET YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU AND ALSO TO ASK A FAVOR ....ROBERT JAMES IS BEING STATIONED IN GERMANY BUT I HEAR THAT THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT HE MAY BE DEPLOYED SOMEWHERE IN IRAQ PLEASE WATCH OVER HIM AND KEEP HIM SAFE . LOVE YOU FOREVER.... MARI
TO MY FAMILY:
I HOPE ALL OF YOU REALIZE WHAT A SACRAFICE OUR SOLDIERS MAKE FOR US ESPECIALLY THOSE IN OUR OWN FAMILY REMEMBER EVERYDAY IS PRECIOUS DON'T TAKE EACHOTHER FOR GRANTED BECAUSE TOMORROW IS NOT PROMISED TO ANYONE!"
Mariana M. Morales of SANTA ROSA ,CA.

""UNCLE MIKIE,"
I THINK ABOUT YOU OFTEN, I TALK TO YOU
IN MY PRAYERS,TO YOUR PICTURE,I EVEN CARRY YOU IN MY WALLET AND ALWAYS IN MY
HEART. IT'S STILL HARD TO BELIEVE THAT YOUR GONE. YOU'LL ALWAYS BE HERE IN MEMORY AND ONE DAY WE'LL ALL MEET AGAIN. UNCLE "I PRAY" TO YOU...TO ASK
THAT YOU WATCH OVER ARE FAMILY KEEP US
SAFE AND CLOSE. ALSO MY BABY BROTHER
IS LEAVING FOR GERMANY IN A FEW DAYS
WATCH OVER HIM KEEP HIM SAFE AND BRING HIM HOME. I LOVE YOU UNCLE!
TO MY FAMILY: I LOVE YOU ALL..."
GINA M.VEGA of VALLEJO,CA

"june 25 04

Hey uncle, its been a minute since i been on here to leave u a message, i apologize for that, i still cant face the fact that your not here, our i cant pick up a phone to call u or say hello, thats why i havent been to ure grave site yet, i dont want to face the fact that my favorite uncle, is now with our creator, no matter ho long i dont speak to u our talk to u, u are always on my mind and in my thoughts ure an angel, and as the world comes to a close, a new era will began,and our family will be reunited once again.. I love you uncle

Karra"
Kare Bear of an angels arms

"HELLO UNCLE,
I WOKE UP THIS MORNING FEELING A LITTLE SAD BECAUSE THE NIGHT BEFORE I HAD A DREAM ABOUT YOU BUT FOR SOME REASON WAS UNABLE TO TALK TO YOU . I SAW YOU AND YOU SMILED BUT AS I APPROACHED YOU ; YOU SEEMED TO GET FURTHER AND FURTHER AWAY.....I HAVE BEEN PONDERING MY BRAIN TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THAT DREAM MEANT BUT I KEEP COMING UP EMPTY MAYBE IT WAS JUST YOUR WAY OF SAYING "NO MATTER HOW FAR AWAY I AM ; I'M STILL HERE" . ANYWAY A FRIENDS' GRANDMA WENT TO A PSYCHIC AND WAS ABLE TO GIVE HER A MESSAGE FROM A LOVED ONE THAT PASSED IT WAS A VERY TOUCHING STORY BUT I DON'T KNOW IF I BELIEVE IN THAT; AND IF I DID WOULD I BE DISTURBING YOU? WELL UNCLE THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN ON MY MIND . I LOVE YOU AND AS YOU KNOW EACH NIGHT I LOOK UP AT THE SKY AND FIND THE BIGGEST BRIGHTEST STAR IN THE SKY AND KNOW THAT IT IS YOU AND TALK TO YOU SO I'LL SEE YOU TONIGHT SAME TIME SAME PLACE."
Mariana of SANTA ROSA CA

"To all, We are so proud of what mike did for uis all and we all need to show mour love to each other as we continue with our lives . We don't understand why Mike was taken from us but, we all know he is in a better place and with faith in God and Christ we will see him again to all the other military brothers and sisters especially Robert James and Jesssica may God prtotect you at all times and St michael be with you.
Maria in AZ we love you and hope you can visit and share your sorrow with us.
To my wife Tita God blessed us with a great son and we can only love his memory until we meet again in heaven ."
PAPA JON of Rio Vosta

"17 June, 2004

I think about you all the time Mike, I remember how much you looked forward to going back in the Military. We talked so many times about how I wished you would not do it, then you would call me from all these different places and the sound of your voice told me that you were so happy, and I couldnt help but be just as happy for you. Last year you called me from Chevy's in Tracy, you knew I would be driving home from work at that time,"hey Al where are you man?" you asked, I told you I was already on I-5 heading into Stockton, you replied "well turn around and come and meet me at Chevy's", I told you the traffic was nasty and that I would hook up with you later...if I could turn time around Mike, I would turn my car around also. I cannot turn time around, but I will hook up with you later old friend, until then I will live my live according to the inspiration you always instilled into me, and everyone else who ever was fortunate enough to have you as a friend."
Al Dolby of Bremerton, Washington

"June 9, 2004

Hi Brother! : )

I'm slowing starting to realize, (not so much accepting the fact) that God has you safe with him...I have to tell you brother, ME and our big loving family all have a big part of us that is definitely missing,.......we always will until we see you again in the heavens. I love you Mikey, now and forever, My tears are few, but never will they stop, and YOU will Never Ever be forgotten!
Thank you brother! You've made us so very PROUD!!"
Chel-bell of Vallejo, CA 94590

"Hey Vega,

I guess you know the Lakers beat my Spurs. You told me they would get their revenge this year. Well I only have 60 more days left in Korea. I'll be there in California to say my good byes to you. You and your family are still in my prayers.

always,

Tyrone (Pee Dee Wee)"
Tyrone West of Seoul, South Korea

"Baby Boo, missing you alot and thinking about you. Love You!!!"
MLL of AZ

"hey uncle its ya fav niece, i jus wanted to tell you that i love you!!"
Fav Niece

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

"the pain inside wont go away WILL I WAKE TO SEE A BRIGHTER DAY? will my pain fade, the fact that your physcial is gone has'nt hit me, now thanksgiving and christmas is just another day to me, minus 1 in our family, the one that held the bond strong, this isnt fair to me, WILL I WAKE TO SEE A BRIGHTER DAY? WILL THIS PAIN SOON FADE AWAY? mikey man.. a uncle brother and a son, he was like a father to all his nieces and nephews, never had his own so he had us to spoil, i miss you more then life its self uncle "mickey" and i would do anything just to look in to ure eyes and tell you, that i love you and that you had a big head, always cracked jokes on you, but the big head part, that wasent a joke, that was true (SMILES) I LOVE YOU SO MUCH UNCLE, WATCH OVER THE FAMILY PLEASE.
Love always and for ever your baby bear Karra"
Karra

"I remember when I first met you at Ft Huachuca Military Clothing And Sales. I said I was going to talk to you the next time you came back to the store. Well you came back and you talked to me first. I told you my name was Mary Lou and you told me to tell you my real name because I didn't look like a Mary Lou. So Maria is my name. We had some good times and I met some of your friends you went to school with here. They had nicknames you gave them: OB and PEEDY WEE and there were a few more.We went out one time and we all had fun, but OB went home early. I remember the first time you sang to me it was the song from Cameo, "Sparkle", you told me to listen to the words and that was our song, you even burned a cd for me with that song. I am so glad God put you in my path and I miss you so much and the pain is deep in my heart. I have the other dogtag you gave me and I keep it close. We are still together in my heart! We talked about alot of things and you always talked about your family and how much they meant to you. You had a big heart and would do anything for anybody. Te amo con todo mi corizon. Thanks for all the memories and the love. We all miss you very much. My condolences to the Vega family I am glad I had the opportunity to meet you guys. Your son gave his all and his heart was in the right place. Love you Baby Boo! "Happy Go Vega""
Maria of Ft Huachuca, Arizona

"TO Maria in Arizona
I am so sorry you had to hear about Mikes' death the way you did however I would like you to know that we all know how much Michael loved you and I am so happy he got to spend valentines day with you you were the love he always wished for and wanted thank you for putting the spark in his eye and the smile on his face... please know in his heart you were already his wife ."
The Vega Family of Vallejo Ca.

"TO MY FAMILY:
Abuelo Raphael, Grandma Maria, Uncles Ralph, James, Bobby, Paul, Michael, Bruce and Aunts Michelle and Debbie cousins, Gina, karra, Jessica, Jackie, Andrew, Mikey, Brandon, Robert, raquelle and lil mikie and all my extended family but Especially To You Mom laurie Vega Morales , Dad, sister and brother and my precious Son I love you all Very much

If I knew it would be the last time that I'd see you fall asleep,
I'd tuck in more tightly and pray the lord your soul to keep.....

If I knew it would be the last time that I see you walk out the door I would give you a hug and a kiss and call you back for one more......

If I knew it would be the last time I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise..
I'd video each action and word so I could play them back day after day......

If I knew it would be the last time I could spare an extra minute to stop and say "I LOVE YOU " instead of assuming you know I do.......

If I knew it would be the last time I would be there to share your day, I would; instead of saying you'll have so many more, so I can just let this one slip away.................

For surely there's always tomorrow to make up for an oversight and we always get a second chance to make everything just right..........

There will always be another day to say "I LOVE YOU" and certainly there's another chance to say "Anything I can do?" But in case I might be wrong and today is all I get; I'd like to say how much I LOVE YOU and I hope we never forget........Tomorrow is not promised to anyone , young or old alike and today may be the last chance you get to hold your loved one tight..........

So if you're waiting for tomorrow why not do it today ? for if tomorrow never comes, you'll surely regret the day that you didn't take that extra time for..... A Smile ...A Hug..or A Kiss
( and you were to buisy to grant someone what turned out to be their one last wish )...............

So hold your loved one close today, and whisper in their ear, tell them how much you love them and that you'll always hold them dear........

Take the time to say "I'M SORRY"
or "IT'S OK" and if tomorrow never comes you'll have no regrets about today!!


Author unknown

DEDICATED TO MY FAMILY IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR BELOVED 1ST Lt. MICHAEL W. VEGA"
Mariana M. Morales of SANTA ROSA CA

"UNCLE I NEVER REALLY THOUGHT THIS COULD HAPPEN TO YOU I'M CONFUSED BECAUSE HOW COULD THEY TAKE A GREAT MAN LIKE YOU AWAY FROM THIS FAMILY.YOU WERE EVERYTHING TO ME AND JUST KNOWING THAT YOUR IN A BETTER PLACE NOW MAKES ME HAPPY. I HOPE YOUR HAVING FUN. BEFORE YOU PAST AWAY ME AND JACKIE PUT PICTURES AND WRITINGS ABOUT YOU ALL OVER OUR WALLS. UNCLE WE JUST WANT YOU TO BE HAPPY AND KNOW THAT WE WILL ALL BE TOGETHER AGAIN SOMEDAY BUT WHEN I DON'T KNOW I WISH WE COULD ALL BE TOGETHER NOW BUT WE HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE RIGHT TIME. I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH AND I CAN'T WAIT FOR ALL OF US TO BE A FAMILY AGAIN.

JESSICA ADAMS
AMERICAN CANYON CA"

"In the eyes of a child you are better than super man
in the eyes of a loved one you are their strength and courage.
in the eyes of a stranger you are a hero
in the eyes of your mother you are an angel
in the eyes of your father you are his pride.
in the eyes of America you are freedom.
thank you for the ultimate sacrifice you will always be in our hearts"
A grateful American of U.S.A

"TO MY UNCLE MIKEY I NEVER REALLY GOT TO SAY GOOD BYE BECAUSE AT THE FUNERAL I WAS SO SCARED TO SEE YOU THERE AND DID'NT NO WHAT TO DO I WAS HURTING IN SIDE AND I DID'NT HAVE THE COURAGE TO SAY GOOD BYE I DID'NT WANT TO HAVE TO SAY GOOD BYE IT WAS TO SOON I DID'NT WANT THE MEMORY OF NOING I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SEE YOU FOR A WHILE I DID'NT WANT TO BELIEVE YOU WERE GONE. UNCLE I KNOW YOUR NOT GONE FOR EVER WE WILL MEET AGAIN IN HEAVEN BUT IT JUST SEEMS WAY TO LONG FOR ME NOT TO BE ABLE TO SEE YOU UNTIL THAT TIME COMES IT MAKES ME THINK HOW LONG UNTIL I SEE YOU AGAIN IT MAY BE 40 YEARS JUST THE THOUGHT OF NOT BEING ABLE TO SEE YOU UNIL THAT TIME MAKES ME THINK WHAT COULD I DO WITH OUT YOU. I'M SCARED AND NERVOUS FOR MY MOM SHE NEEDS THE COMFORT AND LOVE THAT I DON'T THINK I CAN GIVE TO HER SHE MAY LOOK LIKE SHE'S OK BUT SHE'S NOT UNCLE YOU ARE MY EVERY THING AND I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT I HOPE YOU ARE HAPPY WHERE YOU ARE AND I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH AND I HOPE TO SEE ONE DAY IN HEAVEN I LOVE YOU LOTS:)"
JESSICA ADAMS of AMERICAN CANYON, CA

"WE KNEW MIKE ONLY A SHORT TIME WHEN WE LEFT FOR OUR NEW ASSIGNMENT IN NEW YORK.I WANT TO SEND MY PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS AROUND THE COUNTRY. HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM EVEN ONLY SLIGHTLY. HE DEFINITELY TOUCHED MANY PEOPLES LIVES IN MANY WAYS"
Dennis Nothnagel Sr. of goshen NY

"I never really thought You know how this could be uncle Mikey It never really got to me that he's gone I just kept thinking UNcle Mikey It could'nt be Uncle Mikey. I never really thought that anyone could take the only person who kept this family together just be gone that quick. I remember the day that me and Karra auntie chell and a Gina and Robert and some other people went to uncle mikey's and spent the night THE next day was Thanksgiving I cryed because I did'nt want him to go But I was thinking in my heart he will come back and we could all be a family again. IN LOVING MEMORY OF 1ST LT. MICHAEL VEGA I LOVE YOU"
JESSICA ADAMS of AMERICAN CANYON CA

"To the family and friends of Mike Vega,

When I first met Mike at the Armyís Military Intelligence Basic Officer Course (Feb-June 2003), I knew we would immediately hit it off. Everything about Mike was positive. He was the type of classmate and friend that would do anything to accomplish the mission or daily task. As the Class Leaders, we shared both good and bad times. It didnít take us long to become best friends at the intelligence school. I am thankful that I had the blessed opportunity to meet someone like Mike Vega. The friendship we shared made me a better person both professionally and personally. I will never forget him, nor forget how he impacted my life. He truly had the ability to bring joy to the people around him.

I know that even now, Mike is bringing joy to the people around him

I will always think of him as a WARRIOR.

The MI CREED states:

I am a Soldier first, but an Intelligence Professional second to none.

With pride in my heritage, but focused on the future.

Performing the first tasks of an Army; to find, know, and never lose the enemy.

With a sense of urgency, tenacity, and professionalism and physical fitness.

And, above all Integrity.

For truth lies victory.

Always at silent war while ready for a shooting war;

the Silent Warrior of the Army Team.

The MI CREED lives within Mike Vega




Tyrone (Peedy Wee)"
Tyrone West , 2LT of Seoul, Korea

"We Will Miss You Alot Love the Adams Family WE love you Mikey"
Adams Family of American Canyon Ca

"Uncle I will Miss You But I will Never Forget You I Love you"
Jessica Adams of American Canyon Ca

"To my Brother Mikey,
Everyday I sit and miss you so much. We always lived so far apart, I never really got to spend time with you. Never got to tell u brother how much u mean to me and how I admired you for your Intelligence,Respect, and the love for family. I never got a chance to say Mikey I love you, you are my brother is this life and the next where we will meet again, where you will still have that beautiful smile and you'll be dancin the Chicken and the Cabbage Patch whil biting your tongue :). I wish we had more time. Mikey God took the HEART of this family, and i wish we could of been a complete family. I wish I could turn back time and have u here. Still cant believe such an admired and courageous loved man is gone. We couldn't of asked for a better HERO to have representing our family. I'll see you Mikey. Promise you one day we will all be together as a family, with the HEART right where he should be, in the middle. Miss you each day. I love you and can't wait to see you.You'll always be in my heart brother.


To my family
May the love that Mikey had for family bring us closer more now than ever from this point on. Hope to learn new things from everyone, so we can share memories and make new ones for our big family. I want to tell each and everyone of you something that I didn't get to tell my Brother Mikey-man, I love you all as my family now and always. Let's make Mikey's REAL Dream come true and that is to be a family, like he always wanted. Will always love you all and your in my heart and God Bless everyone."
your sister Cindy of Amstersam, NY

"I first met Michael at OCS in the summer of 2002. At the time, we knew only each others names. When we both ended up in the same OBC class at Fort Huachuca, we started hangin' out. Some of my best memories at Fort Huachuca are with Michael. He used to make me laugh. He used to call his friends "Pee-dee-wee", and I will never forget that. We used to study for our tests together, party together and do volunteer work together. I have so many pictures of us from those 4 months there. Vega and I used to always sit in the front of the class everyday. We stayed in touch even after our time in Arizona. The last I talked to him was in December and we both shared we were headed to Iraq. I can't believe he is now gone. That was my boy!! With his passing, there is a void that cannot be filled. I will always remember my friend Michael Vega."
Brian O'Bannon of Iraq

"To my angel I will never say goodbye; only until we meet again. I see you everynight in my dreams and feel you deep within the depths of my heart forever you will be my lucky star.
and for you I will be "HAPPY GO VEGA" until we meet again my love......"

"I feel very honored to have known Mike.We went to school together He was always such a sweetheart. I will never forget him. My deepest sympathy to his family."
Lisa Colcleaser of Vallejo

"We will always rember Mike . We will miss you very much. Wspecially during the holidays. YOU WILL ALWAY BE OUR HERO.
To the family : Things do not matter only memories will last. Mike's faith kept him strong let it keep us strong now and for ever.
Remember: No govt. gives us freedom and peace It is the brotherhood of sercvicemen and women who lay down their lives that give us peace and freedom.
God Blerss us and them."
PAPA JON of Rio Vista CA

"1Lt Michael Vega was a wonderful man and a role-model as a leader and a soldier to all of us. I was very fortunate to have the priviledge of serving with this "steely-eyed killer", 1Lt Vega, since December 2003 when we were mobilized together from the CA ARNG. I initially got to know him at Camp Roberts, CA where we spent two weeks training before Christmas. I got to know him even better when we spent 1 1/2 months in Ft. Hood, TX in Jan-Feb before deploying to Iraq. He was the kind of guy you always wanted to be around because he would always say something or do something for you that would make your day. He was the type of guy that when he asked how you were doing, you knew he honestly cared about you. During our time spent at Ft. Hood, we flew to Ft. Huachuca, AZ for a three day training excercise where we were split into teams. I was really lucky and ended up with 1Lt Vega as my team leader. I truly got to know this man during those three days, and I saw what a great person he was. He truly cared about each and every one of us. I can't describe how great he was. He and I were also on the same flight from Kuwait to Iraq. Since our last names are in the end of the alphabet we were on the last flight out of Kuwait and had to sit in an empty hanger all day. I remember when he found out our flight had been pushed back to later that night he went out and got all of us pizza and sodas. He was the type of guy who always took care of his troops. As a young soldier I will always look up to his example of what a true soldier should be like. The last time I saw him was the morning after we arrived in Baghdad (02 MAR 2004). He was getting ready to convoy south to his new unit location while I was going to remain in Baghdad. I will never forget the last words he said to me. He looked at me and said, "Sobe, you be safe, ok? Promise me you'll be safe. I don't want to hear anything bad has happened to you guys". I said, "Yes sir". And he replied with a common phrase you'd often hear him say, "Sobe, stay steely-eyed!". "Yes sir! I'll always stay steely-eyed!". I can still see the sincere look on his face and hear his voice. Hearing about his accident and attending his memorial here was one of the toughest things I've ever had to do. It was really hard to say goodbye to such an admirable man and friend. His smile and positive attitude is something I will always remember. His loss is felt amongst all of us soldiers still in Iraq. There will always be a void now without 1Lt Vega here with us. We will all truly miss him. I know I will miss seeing his wonderful smile, that twinkle in his eyes, playing football with him in Kuwait, the way he wore his boonie cap like Frank Sinatra, his positive and friendly attitude, hearing him say "Roger that!" and "I'm a steely-eyed killer!", and his presence in general. It will be really hard when we redeploy to Ft. Hood and he is not there. To the family of 1Lt Michael Vega: You raised a very wonderful man. Your son was loved by so many of us. We all looked up to him and enjoyed being around him. We are all here supporting you and praying for you. And to 1Lt Vega, I know I will someday see you again. But until then I will always stay "steely-eyed", always. You are now gone, but you will never be forgotten."
SPC Sobecki-Engle, Jessamyn P. 250th MI Bn, San Rafael, CA, CA Army National Guard of currently in Baghdad, Iraq

"'If the world only knew'

"If the world only knew,
what this war held in store",
"how dark it would get,
when our Star shines no more"

"Mike was our beacon,
he showed us the way",
"To deal with problems,
and get through the day"

"He would make your day better,
he just had that style",
"Whatever the issue,
he'd let loose that Smile"

"If the world only knew,
how Mike was our light",
"They would take hold of Love,
and lay down their fight"

"Mike made us better,
He made us stand on our own",
"But through the light of his spirit,
we'll never be alone"

I have written these words in Loving Honor of my friend
Mike Vega, you have always meant the world to me Mike."
al of Bremerton, Wa

"* To My Dearest Baby Brother *
1st Lt. Michael W. Vega
Words cannot express the hole that is left in my heart from your death;
everyday doesn't get better it seems the loss is so much deeper; that only time will have to heal the pain. The loss of your presence will never go away the grief our family has shared with eachother is the deepest pain anyone can imagine. You have been taken
and the hole will never be filled.
The only comfort I have is to remember that god has other plans for you and took you from us to fulfill your destiny. I want to thank you for letting me into your deepest thoughts of what you wanted in life and confiding in me of your heart felt love of people who have come in and out of your life and asking my advice when you were at a stand still and wanted my insight. I'll miss our times we cried together and laughed together. You are a Brother,Friend,a nd most of all my Hero . I'm so very proud of you and your accomplishments in life. I'll miss you and will keep your memory alive always.

Your Loving Sister Laurie Morales"
Laurie of Lathrop, Ca

"To my family,
This is the first time our family has ever had to deal with the loss of a loved one..... we never knew grief until the day uncle Mikie was laid to rest. We have been blessed with laughter, love, memories , and time spent with one another. I know uncle Mikie was the glue to this family and our family gatherings will never be the same especially christmas or thanksgiving but I hope and Pray that we carry on all our regular traditions as a family and that our family stays tight.....that's the way uncle Mikie would want it. There is no greater blessing in all the world than family especially one as close as ours.. god bless each and every one of you ."
Mari.....Mikes' 2nd favorite niece of SANTA ROSA CA

"The LORD now has another fallen American that fought for his Country , May God Bless the family that has to live with this pain. Get Our Troops out of a Greed for OIL WAR."
Tekk Brown of NYC

"I WANT TO TAKE THE TIME OUT AND THANK EVERYONE WHO HAS SHOWED MY UNCLE AND THE VEGA FAMILY LOVE, MY UNCLES IN A BETTER PLACE NOW.. GOD BLESS U ALL

KARRA"
KARRA

"I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SAY GOOD BYE SO SOON,THEN I THOUGHT ABOUT IT, IM NOT SAYING GOOD BYE, IM SAYING ILL SEE YOU IN HEAVEN, MY UNCLES PHYSICAL BEING MAY BE GONE BUT HIS SOUL LIVES WITH IN ME, HE IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE MY FAVORITE UNCLE, I MISS HIM MORE THEN I HAVE EVER MISSED ANYONE IN MY WHOLE LIFE, I MISS THE TIME WE SPENT TOGETHER, I MISS THE HUGS, THE KISSES, THE GOOD TIMES AND THE BAD, BUT MOST OF ALL I MISS THE CONVERSATIONS WE WOULD HAVE.. NOTHING CAN REPLACE THOSE AND NOW ALL I HAVE IS MEMOREYS, MY UNCLE WAS AN ANGEL ON THIS EARTH AND NOW HES AN ANGEL IN HEAVEN... HES MY ANGEL, NOW WE HAVE SOMEONE NOT ONLY WATCHING OVER THE VEGA FAMILY BUT GUIDING US THREW, I LOVE YOU UNCLE YOULL LIVE ON FOREVER IN MY HEART..

LOVE ALWAYS URE CUTIE PIE AND FAVORITE NIECE KARRA"
UNCLE MIKEYS CUTIE PIE KARRA of VALLEJO

"April 5, 2004
To my Baby Brother Mikey-Man!!
I want to tell you, God, and the whole world how proud I am to have a brother like you, and also thank God for the 41 years he gave you to us. I have you in my heart and always will. I miss you so much, it hurts and I still cry, but I know in my heart your doing fine, you still seem to put a big smile on my face when I think of the silly things you and I did together. Mike I'm so very proud of you! I love you my baby boy soilder and one day the Good Lord will pick another angel and we will be together once again.

Love you forever
your sis Chel-bell"
Michelle Vega of Vallejo, CA

"To Michael's Family:
There are no words that can express our deep sorrow for your loss. May God bless you."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To the family of Michael Vega,

I knew Mike through the OCS program here in California. I attended
the first phase with Mike and we referred to ourselves as the "old guys".
Mike and I spent a lot of time talking on the bus as we traveled to
Camp San Luis Obispo during our drill weekends.

Mike was a true leader. He always asked how I was doing and if I
was having any problems. He also knew I worried about my kids and
he would always ask how they were doing. As all great leaders, he
would listen to me intently and provide reassurance. At the time,
Mike barely knew me, but he seemed very concerned about me and
tried to help me.

I also have fond memories of the tough times we shared at OCS. I remember
times when the TAC Officers made us run and do push-ups in an attempt to
wear us out physically and mentally. I would always look over at Mike and
he would have a silly grin on his face. It was his way of showing
everyone that he was not going to quit. His grin gave me strength to go on.

I talked to Mike here in Sacramento, several months before he left to go
overseas. I did not know him long, but I know the kind of man
he was. He made us all proud. I will carry his memory with me forever"
Bill Heintz of Sacramento, CA

"-----------------
Forwarded Message:
Subj: (no subject)
Date: 4/3/2004 5:04:19 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: LickablePR4 U
To: Cr13079



To my son Mike Vega
You are the son every father should have.
Of all the heavenly stars you shine the brightest.
You are Intelligent, tenacious, compassionate
and above all loyal to your family and friends
Because you really care.
You were responsible to your duties,
dependability was never lacking in
Your everyday life.
Hard work never deterred you because
your tenacity was so intense and your
Motivation never lacking.
You had so much pride in your every
endeavor, so as to borderline with perfection
In the finished product.
Still you took the time to be fair with others
Because you understood human limitations.
I had the honor and privilege to raise
you and discipline was never hard
To apply.
I guided you all the growing years of your
Life, and before I knew you became a man.
You were so obedient, studious, receptive
To learn something new everyday.
You love your family, God and above
all your Country, as to make the
ultimate sacrifice
I want to tell you my son how proud
I always have been of you and
Everything you accomplished in your life.
God took you away from us so early,
but I know heaven will recognize
All your efforts forever and ever.
You will live in our hearts till the end
of time, and my love will endure with
The memory of you.
Your father and your family loves you
with the immensity of the heavens and
Earth through eternity.

Your loving father
Rafael Vega."
Rafael G. Vega of Amsterdam, N.Y.

"To the family of Michael Vega,

I had the pleasure of serving with Michael both at OCS (where we graduated togther) and and at OBC (where Michael was in the class right before mine). At OCS I knew him only briefly, as he joined the 2002 class as a member of the accelerated course. It was immediately clear, however, that he was well-liked and respected by everyone.

After graduation, we all went to our units and I did not see him again until OBC in Arizona. My lasting memory of Michael will be my first night in Arizona. Unsure of what to expect and desperately missing my wife, a fellow OCS classmate who also had just arrived took me to Michael's room. While there, we had a mini California OCS rueunion. Myself and Wong sat with O'Bannon, Gilpin, and Vega (who were all in the class ahead of ours) and talked. Michael helped reassure us that we would do fine at OBC. He offered his help and friendship. He let me know that even though I was away from my wife, I was not alone. His laughing and joking comforted me and his comraderie made me know that I could rely on my classmates if I ever needed them.

For the next few months, I would see him in the hallways. Michael would always be happy, always friendly, and always willing to help.

I want you to know how appreciative I am for the reassurance and support that Michael gave me when I first got to Arizona. Though I only knew him briefly, what he did on that evening will stick with me. I only wish I could provide you the same reassurance as Michael did for me on that March night.

I am proud to say that Michael Vega was a classmate and fellow officer.

With deepest sympathy,"
Howard Medina of Irvine, CA

"Uncle Mikey... We are so proud of you
now and forever. We will love and miss you so much! You were the golden link of our family and now in your memory we will stay strong for ourselves and for others and hold our family close together. Uncle Mikey i will always hold you close to my heart knowing you are now in a far more better place then we are. Watching over your loved ones Family and friends. You are my "HERO!"1 st Lt.Michael Vega. I love you... your niece G.G."
Gina M. Vega (Michael Vega's niece) of Vallejo, California.

"TO ALL OF THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE THAT HAVE TAKEN THE TIME TO COMMENT AND SEND THEIR CONDOLENCES TO MY UNCLE MICHAEL AND OUR FAMILY:

ON BEHALF OF THE VEGA FAMILY I'D LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU SO MUCH YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED IT IS SO WONDERFUL TO KNOW MY UNCLE TOUCHED THE LIVES OF SO MANY PEOPLE."
MARI (MIKES NIECE) of SANTA ROSA CA

"To the family of Mike Vega:

I've known Mike since the beginnings of OCS. My last memories of him were in Arizona during his Officer Basic Course. Mike regarded his success in his military education a proud undertaking. Even in our classes (California, South Dakota, Washington,and Arizona) when your "numbers" were against you, and it was easier just to quit, Mike managed to rise above all the academic and physical hurdles and still shine on stage.

In the army, short brief acquaintances with fellow comrades are the norm, and often meetings of circumstance. However, you always seem to remember your true "battle buddies". Mike was one of those guys whose company you looked forward to during celebration and misery. From him you got words of encouragement, a pat on the back, and a smile that made you feel like everything was going to be okay. And it was all genuine.

I knew if Mike could make it through, so could I. I credit him for giving me inspiration when I needed it. I will remember his company, his sense of humor, and his heart. All of it genuine. He talked highly of his family, and I recall him telling me how the sale of his boat would help his plans for his house.

News of his passing was a hit close to home. I never thought I would recognize a fallen name this close in my circle of contact.

He was a fellow comrade. A soldier. A dutiful officer. A Californian. A National Guardsman. And my friend.

I wish to extend our family's prayers
and any support."
Antonio Maristela of Chula Vista, California

"I just wanted to write and say goodbye to my old friend Mike, your passing leaves a pain in my heart that I've never felt before, but I will forever be so proud of you.
To those who did not know Mike, I'll tell you this, Mike was not one in a million, he was one of a kind!, no matter how down or sad a person may have been when they first met mike, they would walk away feeling much better and happier...Mike just had that effect on people, not just 'some' people, but everyone he met..Mike graduated with my wife and I, and we have had some really great times over the past recent years.
Our prayers will forever remain with Mike's wonderful family, and we will forever be grateful for the gift of knowing Mike."
al & charlene of Bremerton, Washington

"MIKE,
You are loved by so many and that is a blessing in itself the strength and courage you exuded will forever be a legacy you are a HERO, a SOLDIER, an AMERICAN may you rest in the graces of the lord and may he bless your family and those that had the honor of knowing you."
Sam of Chicago, Illinois

"UNCLE MIKIE.... THERE ARE NO WORDS TO EXPRESS THE GRIEF AND SADNESS OUR FAMILY IS GOING THROUGH ....WE LOVE AND MISS YOU SO MUCH . I KNOW YOU WOULD NOT WANT US TO TO GRIEVE SO WE TRY TO LAUGH AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND REMEBER ALL THE FUN AND SILLY MOMENTS AND YEARS WE SHARED WITH YOU...YOU ARE MY HERO FOREVER AND MY ANGEL ALWAYS I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU LOTS YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART UNCLE "WILLY"!"
Mariana Morales (NIECE) of SANTA ROSA CA. USA

""Thank you Uncle Mikey for being a part of my life. You had a heart of gold. You had courage. You did what was right when everyone else wasn't. You stood up for something you believed in even though it might mean rejection or ridicule or even physical harm. You shared your heart honestly (including your feelings and fears and failures). You will always be remembered, as a soldier, a hero and a loved one. Your spirit has become for me a guardian angel on high guiding, advising, and watching over me. God Bless 1st Lt. Michael W. Vega and every fallen soldier of Operation Freedom. To my dear family and country, I sincerely share your pain and loss"."
Joann Vega (Your niece) of Orlando, Florida

"REST IN PEACE BRAVE WARRIOR
May God Bless your family and friends"
The Taylors USMC of NC

"To the family of Michael Vega,
We are very sorry to hear of your loss. We lost our son in Iraq December 8,2003. Please let us know if we can do anything for you and your family. Our prayers are with all of your family."
Loretta and Sheldon Bridges of Tracy, CA

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering all your family and loved ones
in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Michael, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Michael Vega was a great man, not only to his family, but to me for a span of three years. He was good to my mother and loved my sister and I. He should be remembered not only as a soldier but one who his loved by many, and his life as all other soldier's shall be remembered and cherished for protecting all of us fellow americans. Mike always shared with me his dreams of going back in the army, to continue his days as a soldier defending his homeland. It was his dream to go back into the army as an officer, and I am proud that he was able to accomplish his dream. To Mike's family, god bless, I am so sorry for your loss, good luck."
Nathan of Nevada

"Thank you Michael Vega, 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 1st Lt. Michael Vega:
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 Michael 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 1st Lt. Michael Vega:
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 Michael, 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