Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Bob W. Roberts

30, of Newport, Oregon.
Roberts died due to hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on May 17, 2004.

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"Thinking of you, Bob. And your family. God bless your family and your sacrifice. Iím proud to have served with you. An incredible Marine. The best bulldozer operator I ever witnessed- almost single-handedly built the perimeter at the FOB in Rawah. You are so greatly missed. Semper Fi."
James Donovan of Montreal, QC, Canada

"Bud it's been a long long time. I miss you to this very minute."
Matthew Smith of Ohio

"Still thinking of you bob. I miss you so much h"
Matthew of Ohio

"To the Roberts family,
I arrived in Iwakuni, Japan mid 2003. I was attached to mwss 171 HE platoon. I had heard of Bob in casual conversation but never had the chance to meet him. Less than two months before I went on to my new duty station is when the news came in .The love for him was reflected in the pain that the men who called him a friend and brother showed. Shortly after, I flew back to the states and was attached to 1st CEB, HE platoon. There weren't many people around upon my arrival. Soon after the guys came back and again the love and respect for Bob was reflected in the pain of loss. The demeanor, the way they spoke of him, you could feel it just by the look in their eyes. I'm sorry I never got the chance to meet him, but I thought you should know that through the men who served with him I feel like I got to know what kind of a person he was. What an impact he made on these guys. Semper Fi.🇺🇸"

"Well Bob, this May will mark 10 years of you being gone. Im gradating this year and because of you I am greatly considering joining the military. I told my mom but she for some reason doesn't believe ill actually do it. Anyways, I cant believe you've been gone that long already.. I still remember sitting awkwardly in the back of Marks car when we first met. lol What I would do just to go back to that very moment. I was seven. And because of my age I never got the chance to thank you. So I want to take the time to tell you now. Thank you for being a loving uncle. Thank you for placing your life at risk for others. For showing me what true strength is. Thank you for being my hero and my lesson that life is something you should always cherish. I love you. and I cant wait to see you sometime soon. Love always, Your niece. <3"
Nicole Ridings of gladstone

""Dear Bob and Family,
We celebrated Memorial Weekend at a service in our local park where we have the Northwood Gratitude & Honor Memorial. Bob's name is engraved on the memorial with others. We were able to take a charcoal rubbing of his name. I want you to know that while we did not know Bob personally we continue to be so grateful for the service he has given our country and others. He is an example of courage and humility. May the Lord bless all who knew him and sustain you while you wait to see him again."
Gayle Mullen of Mission Viejo, Ca"
Gayle Mullen of Mission Viejo, Ca

"To the family of:Bob W. Roberts
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"1-15-11"

"I had a relationship with Bob a few years before he enlisted. It didn't end on a good note, But I seen the person within. He didn't give himself enough credit, He had a lot of potential.(when I knew him) I can only imagine the kind of Soldier He was. I respect him for that and the Greatest Sacrifice He made. I didn't know it at the time, I never Imagined he ever would be. But He is my Hero.....Regardless of what happened between us.......I Just Wanted You To Love Me."
Doreen Trowbridge of Lebanon Oregon, USA

"I remember so many good things about Bob. You could not ask for a better Marine...We'd wake up and not wanna go on post and he'd already be out there on a C-tractor filiin up hesco..That day was wanna of the saddest day of my lives...but not a day goes by that I dont think about the day he sacrificed himself for all of us! America you all need to keep in your heads what we all have done for you. Quit complaining about your 9-5 jobs and realize that people like Bob Roberts keep this country safe and free so you can have those jobs! I lobe you Bob. Semper Fi Do or die!!"

"to bob,, i know i didnt stand up as a great marine,,, but with our time in kuwait,, when you made me get through the rought times,, when you made me accept the truth,, you made me make it through my ex wife doing what she was doing to me,,,, you made be be who i am today,, im so srry it took me this long to come apologize for not being there with you when i should have,, bob,,, ol jacky as we called eachother,,, i miss you everyday.. every single day.. Matt.."
matthew smith,, formally lcp smith of 1 ceb of MEDFORD OREGON

"May 20, 2009
To the family of Lance Cpl. Bob W. Roberts:
Bob 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Bob wsn't just an outstanding Marine, he was an outstanding human being. There is a thousand things that I wished I would said to him. The world would have been a much better place with him still in it. To his family I am truely sorry for your loss and believe me not a day goes by that I don't think about that night. He will be forever missed. Gone but never forgotten, Semper Fi Roberts."
HM3 (FMF) "DOC" Phillip W. Beabout of Riverside, CA.

"i remember giving Roberts, Bob "type" rides to the bar at noon on Fridays. When we used to get released from work. Last time i saw him he was in a tent in Kuwait playing chess with another marine. i believe i told him that we were gonna chill when we get back to the rear... and never saw him again. I'll have a few in your name man and remember you will never be forgotten!!!!!!!
Sgt Zambrano of New York, New York

"I first met Bob when he first check in the unit from Japan. I was trying to figure out what was wrong with my car and Bob came over out of nowhere offering his help. Since then, we were friend. I still have your 80's CD Bob and I will hold on to it forever. Thanks for the great and bad times. Rest In Peace"
Cpl Baggayan, Roland Marcelo 1st Combat Engineer Batallion OIF 2 and OIF 4-6.2 of Rochester Hills, MI

"To the family and friends of Bob Roberts,
My name is John Campbell and I was a Marine stationed with your son and friend in Iwakuni, Japan with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 in 2003. The times that we all had together still remain fresh in my memory and heart. Bob was an incredible person with even a bigger heart that inspired all. He has been and always will be in my heart and fond memories. If there is anything that I can ever do for anyone please let me know. Bob, we all love you buddy and for the last time brother, Semper Fi, and Fair Winds and Following Seas.
John M Campbell"
John Campbell of San Diego, CA

"ah i'll always remember disney land... never to old huh?

you will be missed
Semper Fi"
Cpl Brouse of Sao Paulo, Brazil

"To the family of Bob Roberts. Unfortunately we were by Bobs side that dreadful night when we lost a good man and an outstanding Marine. Bob was one of a kind who could get the job done in any situation. Bob would have done many excellent things for the Marine Corps if he was still with us today. We are all proud to serve by his side and his memories with us will never be forgotten. From the boys of HE"
THE BOYS OF HEAVY EQUIPMENT PLATOON! of 1st CEB, Support Co, HE Plt Camp Pendleton, CA

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family/friends: May time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrow. Look to the sky for in the infinite meadow of Heaven the bright shining stars bloom....the forget-me-nots of angels. God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

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

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

"To bob's family, I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Please know that many of us appreciate his service to and sacrifice for our country."
F.Smith of Pennsylvania

"TO the Family of Bob Roberts,
bob was a wonderful friend of mine and my dads and we are both very sorry for your loss of a loved one and our loss of a friend. we all know that he was very brave and honorable to his country.
we will always remember bob not only as a brave soldier but as a true friend."
kari goudge of Estacada, OR

"To Bob's Family: We send our most sincere condolences. We are so grateful that Bob was willing to sacrifice his life to preserve our freedoms. We will never forget. "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13"
Terry and Janet Keating of Chula Vista, CA

You have touchd many of us being so proud of you. You always were a winner and kept on going when it got tough.
God bless you and all others."
Lora Moyer, Shoemaker of Estacada, Oregon

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, BOB, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

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

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Bob W. Roberts,

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

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

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

"To Bob's Family and Friends:

From one Marine family to the next, we experience the same pain you are experiencing. Please know in your heart that Bob is in a better place. He left a hero, always remembered and never to be forgotten. Your pain is our pain and we are sorry for your loss. Freedom is not Free!!!"
The Family of SSgt William M. Harrell, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, KIA April 8, 2004 of Placentia, California

"To Bob's Family and Friends:

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


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

Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Thank you Bob Roberts, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Bob Roberts:
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 Bob for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Bob Roberts:
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 Bob, 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