Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Ricky W. Rockholt, Jr.

28, of Winston, Oregon.
Rockholt died in Tal Afar, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Stryker military vehicle. He was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armor Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on April 28, 2005.

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"I served with you in Korea what seems a life time ago. You where the firs, of many, friends I have lost. Thinking of you and other today"
Joshua Ross of Army

"It's been forever brother. I miss you man. The world lost a truly great person. I will see you on the green."
Ev of Ft Polk, LA

"May god bless you in heaven as he did on earth brother . Very caring man Roco as I called him was dude gave more to Grim Troop than I ever could . Every now and then I'll bump into SFC. Reunhold and memories of you and other fallen come into my mind and it makes feel blessed to have known you . I look @ the grim troop YouTube page and I'll pause on your part and scream Ieeeeeyah . You were always a better trooper than me bro and meeting you made me a better person much love bro"
Coop of Colorado Springs

"May god bless you in heaven as he did on earth brother . Very caring man Roco as I called him was dude gave more to Grim Troop than I ever could . Every now and then I'll bump into SFC. Reunhold and memories of you and other fallen come into my mind and it makes feel blessed to have known you . I look @ the grim troop YouTube page and I'll pause on your part and scream Ieeeeeyah . You were always a better trooper than me bro and meeting you made me a better person much love bro"
Coop of Colorado Springs

"Rocko man I never will forget walking to the chow hall with you in Kuwait before we headed. I saw just how good of a person u were up close for the first time. The world was robbed of a great man the day you and Murray were taken away from us. You will always be remembered as a great man, and an even better soldier. "Grim Always""
David Valiant of St. Louis, MO, United States

"I cannot put into words how much I miss you, man. Great times in Korea as well as Carson. I will always remember our last couple of weeks together (getting smoked cuz we drove the hmmwv to the chow hall with out permission). I named my daughter after you and she will be two in a couple days. Well, keep a watch over myself and my family if you don't mind. Love ya, man."
Julian Rodriguez of Woodland, CA

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"April 18, 2009
To the family of Spc. Ricky W. Rockholt, Jr.:
Ricky 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

""Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers is an organization of over 235 knitting groups throughout the country. Since October of 2007, over 2,900 shawls have been sent to families of fallen soldiers. If you or a member of your family would like a hand knit prayer shawl in memory of Ricky, please contact me at barbconway@comcast.net or 774 487-8618.
Sincerely, Barbara"
Barbara Conway of Cape Cod

"Ricky, I remember the good times we had at Knox and Garry Owen. It was good to hang with someone who was a little older. I remember packing your bag for the field at Knox in basic, as you couldn't fit all that stuff in the bag. I remember the video games and staying out of trouble at Garry Owen. I miss ya, man. God Speed."
Joseph Nollendorfs of Toledo, OH

"To the family of Ricky Rockholt,

Ricky was stationed with me at GarryOwen in 4-7 CAV. Althought he was in a different troop than me we were great friends and we spent our weekends and days off hanging out. Ricky was a great person and a great Soldier. I will never forget him. I always keep him in my prayers."
SGT Hesse of Fort Knox, KY

I really miss you dude. I really wish you would have joined the navy that day when i was working at the recuting office, but I guess god has a plain for all of us. I think of you all the time. Your cousin."
Petty Officer Dan Rockholt (United States Navy) of Chula Vista, California

"To the family of:Ricky W. Rockholt, 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 pray for you and Justin Pollard every damn day. You are very much missed, brother. I will always remember your sense of humor, your tackling Maceo in front of our Brad in Kuwait, and how much you will be missed by all. We are home now, but you will NEVER be forgotten by me. Always a Red Devil, 1st Plt, Grim Troop. Scouts Out!"
SSG Len Dannhaus of Ft Carson, Colorado

"I went to basic training with ricky and also served with him in 2nd squadron 3rd ACR. memories of rickys unique humor and the short time i got to spend getting to know him will stay with me for a lifetime. he truly was a hero and will never be forgotten"
jon riskowski of lincoln, nebraska

"It's over Ricky we're coming home which I am sure you already know. It will always be a pleasure that you were a part of 1st platoon, Red Devils. We miss you so much. To the family I wish you only the best in future endeavors. Keep your heads up and continue to dream. Rick will always be here.
1st Platoon, GRIM TROOP"

"I grew up with Ricky and Jason at Diamond Lake, Oregon.. I just recently heard of his loss and how unfortunate it is for his wife Sheridan..

I know Ricky was very close to his brother and father, they shared a special light hearted relationship with each other - one that you do not find very often..

My fondest memory with Ricky was when were about 13 or 14 yrs old and on an early morning (Ricky liked to have us all go fishing at 4am during the summer!) fishing trip with his brother Jason on Diamond Lake... We snuck a rental boat out before the marina opened and headed out to the south end of the lake.. Well it was so damned foggy that we got lost and wondered around the lake for hours! Finally the sun melted the fog away and we were able to catch some fish... Ricky caught the biggest one of course hehe...

I wish I had known you were at Carson, we could have had some fun together...

I will miss you brother..."
Kerry Smith of Colorado Springs, Colorado

"Ricky will never be forgotten. He was always the big brother I never had growing up. I will miss him greatly. My condolences go out to Sherry and Jason. I apologize for not being at the services. I hope to hear from you. nartenh1@msn.com"
Heather Narten of Sisters, Oregon

"i just want to thank everyone for the kind words and prayers....My husband was a great man ....i will always miss that great big smile...but i know that he is okay and in a better place where he is happy.....thank-you"
Sheridan Rockholt of Roseburg OR

"I served with Rick in Korea. He taught me a lot about the Bradley and was always a helpful guy. So here's to you Rockholt...7th First, Out Front, GARRYOWEN!!"
Spc Perrin of Flintstone MD

"To Ricky's family I sent a message earlier and forgot to send our e-mail. It is trfox5@peoplepc.com. Thank you, Michell"

"To Ricky's family I'am so sorry for your loss I do know how you are feeling. My Nephew was with him Robert Murray Jr. We heard so much about Rick, Rob was so proud of him. My mother-in-law was wanting to see if she could get a address so she could send a card she has for the family."
Michell of US

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

"To Ricky's family. We are so sorry for your loss, our family honors your hero. We know Ricky was a brave and amazing man and we are grateful for his loyal service. We will never forget the sacrifice that he made. God Bless Ricky and his family"
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays and family of Massillon, Ohio

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Ricky will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. How wonderful his friends remember him with a smile --
God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"When the 1SGT asked if I remembered you, I answered yes with a smile. At remembering you from when you served with us at the 4/7th Cavalry. It was quickly wiped from my face. It is still early, but I thought I would write this. It hurts when realism sets in. The world could've used more people like you. I'm sorry to the family of this Man. I don't know exactly what to say"
Spc Burdette, Joshua M of Camp Hovey, South Korea

"Thank you Ricky Rockholt, 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 Spc. Ricky Rockholt, 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 Ricky 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 Spc. Ricky Rockholt, 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 Ricky, 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