Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Joseph E. Robsky, Jr.

31, of Elizaville, New York.
Robsky was on call to neutralize an improvised explosive device (IED) in Baghdad, Iraq after the initial attempt failed. Robsky returned to the site to render it safe, and the IED detonated. He was assigned to the 759th Ordnance Company, Fort Irwin, California. Died on September 10, 2003.

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"S/Sgt. Robsky,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just in OIF but also for your service in Bosnia and Kosovo and when you served in the USMC as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"You were such a kind person. I have very fond memories of your kindness as a kid in elementary school. You will be forever in the hearts of many."
Sheila of Tampa,fl usa

"Hello, i hope hope this reaches SSG. Joseph E Robsky Jr's family in good health. I currently am serving the the USAF, at my base this morning we did a run for the fallen soldiers. I was determined to run for somebody from back home. As i grew up in Germantown NY. This morning a 0900 i ran 2 miles and placed 2 AMERICAN flags in the ground for you Son,and Family members name and duties. We think about our fallen soldiers everyday. But the service they did is loved by many, and will be carried out forever. As i ran this morning i wore a running "bib" that says i ran for U.S. Army SSG Joseph E. Robsky, Jr.With a picture of him in uniform. I wore it with honor and pride. If any family member would like to have that please feel free to let me know. Again I am sorry for everything, but thank you for letting your family memeber serve this GREAT NATION."
A1C Ryan J. Smith of Seymour Johnson AFB, NC

"August 20, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Joseph E. Robsky, Jr.:
Joseph 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

"I wrote this poem for Joey and read it at his funeural.

There are but few,
who cross our paths,
and leave such an impression.

From quiet small town boy,
to confident military man.

Joey chose his path,
to serve his country bravely,
to forgo the comforts of home,
for war in a foreign nation.

He would hold his head high,
and walk proudly in uniform.

For his greatest loves were his country,
his family and his home.

None were more important,
all were worth the fight.

Joey made the sacrafice,
and as a soldier gave his life.

He will be remembered,
as a hero for years to come.

And he has made a lasting impression,
that will never be undone."
Jessie Scofield of Hudson, NY

"To the family of:Joseph E. Robsky,Jr. I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"I was there on the bridge that day, I helped as much as i could. You will not be forgotten."
SSG Lauren,Jacob of MI

"I am so sorry for your loss, I just saw the piece on Fallen Heroes on the news tonight, 11.3.04. He died with honor. Bless You."
Heidi Trubacz of North Pole, Alaska

"At the Gates

As they arrived at the Pearly Gates,
A hundred-fold, each one, lay wait

They passed St. Peter one by one,
Until he said “please wait” my son

“I see a body towards the rear,
My friends, I ask, please bring him here”

They brought him forth without delay,
As he passed, the people prayed

They placed him at St. Peter’s side,
The tears swelled in his saintly eyes

“I recognize this one you bring,
The bells of heaven now will ring”

“You all know of whom I speak,
His strength he used to save the weak

“This lifeless form I bid you pray,
He gave for you his life this day”

St. Peter wept and pulled him close,
His tears soaked into torn, green clothes

“This one’s next, my friends wait here,
For my Lord, his soul, to care”

He lifted the man and turned around,
The gates did open without a sound

As he carried him up the stairs,
He whispered softly in despair

“Lord, I ask, treat this one well,
This soldier’s done his time in hell.”

Capt David J. Skiba, 28 Oct 04

In memory of SSG Joseph E. Robsky, USA
Friend, soldier, son, brother
Distinguished Graduate, NAVSCOLEOD Class 00-090S"

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..9/10/04

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"joey, we shared holidays together for three years. you were never too busy to toss the foot ball with my son. you were too young and too loved, we miss you."
chelli plummer of redstone arsenal

"To Army Staff Sgt. Joseph E. Rodsky Jr.'s family i heard from one of his room mates that Joe was a very nice guy. But even thought that war was a time of seriousness Joe always made humar some way that he could. I also heard that Joe was a really good man when it came to protecting our country. My prayer is with you guys."
7th Grade Student of Barker Middle School

"I am a student at Barker Middle School. I am sorry for your loss. There are no words to explain Robsky's bravery. He is noticed all over the world. He is respected by all people for his sacrifice, on his life. No one is ever forgotten. I couldn't even imagine what it is like or what it would be like to loose someone so important and special. My hopes and prayers are with you all, to the family and close friends."
A 7th grade student of Barker Middle School

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

"God speed Joe. We miss you."
A Friend of Columbia County, NY

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

Thanks for the times we shared and that I wish they would never end. I will never forget you. Jake"

"The members of the U.S. Army Technical Escort EOD section send their thoughts and prayers out to SSG Robsky and his family. You will not be forgotten!"
SSG A. White of Edgewood Arsenal, MD

"A Great friend and EOD Tech. He will be missed."
SSG Jeremiah Raemhild of 704th EOD, Camp Shelby, MS

"Thank you Joseph Robsky, Jr., 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 Joseph E. Robsky Jr. my deepest sympathy at the loss of Joseph. My son is also a ordance disposal tech but for the Marines. He is leaving Iraq today safely. You and I both wish that Joseph could join him on that flight today. I lost my uncle, who was more like a big brother, in Vietnam in 1968. I still grieve for him. I assure you that you will never forget nor will the pain go away. God just gives us the ability to cope with it. My family and I would like you to know that each day we pray for you. These words and prayers do not come close to expressing our sorrow and sympathy for the heartache that you are feeling. I wish there words that I could say to you that would comfort you, but I don't know them, if they do exist. If you should ever need to talk to someone, no matter the time, please contact me at 888-478-4893 or email me at Charham2@sbcglobal.net. With all of our love thru Jesus Christ."
Charlotte Hamric of Canton, OH

"I met SSG Rob in Fallujah, Iraq. We were room mates the entire time I was there. I was very saddened to hear of his death. SSG Rob was one of the most pleasant people I've had the pleasure of knowing. He was a good man. He had a good sense of humor and I have met few who were better or more dedicated at what they did. I would love to be able to tell his family in person how sorry I am for their tragic loss. If you would like to reach me you can e-mail me at michael400@hotmail.com, but if not; please just know that I am sorry for your loss and all of you are in my family's prayers."
Michael Mitchell Family of Brooklet, GA USA

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Joseph Robsky, Jr.:
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 Joseph 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 Staff Sgt. Joseph Robsky, Jr.:
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 Joseph, 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