Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Kenny D. Rojas

21, of Pembroke Pines, Florida.
Rojas died near Bayji, Iraq when his unit was conducting a combat patrol and a landmine exploded near his HMMWV. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Died on October 29, 2005.

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"Kenny ,

We were friends in Miami Lakes Middle school and you were always a great person to be around . I remember when I saw the article the you were killed in Iraq and could not believe it .
Anyways , May you rest in peace and Jesus give your mother peace."
Angel Santander of Miami , Fl

"Kenny, it's been a long time. I still think of you all the time. Rock of the Marne brother."
Xavier Klein of Albuquerque, New Mexico

"You are not forgotten Kenny."
Shannon of Smithland Ky

"Kenny, my homie. I think about the last time I saw you all the time, and I wish now, that I would have persuaded you to stay here to school with me. I know you went into that war under false pretenses. Everyone thought it was going to be a bang-up job, that nobody would die. But they did. Not only did you, but thousands of our people died. You would laugh today if I told you, but what you have become to me, is a Martyr. And what man could ask more of his life? Why? Because since your death, I have been vigorously advocating for troop removal from the ENTIRE WORLD. There is no reason that we have to send our son's and daughters off into half cocked occupations of countries TO PROTECT PRIVATE INTERESTS. You see, I have since been studying the Founding Fathers of this country. They were staunch believers in a non-interventionist foreign policy, that is, a foreign policy of friendship and trade with all, but entangling alliances with none. Well, this principle still applies today. I see not why this countries brave men and women should be hoisted up for the sharks to devour. It makes me shudder to think that one of the last thing's you told Gretel was that you "did not want to die in Iraq". I know you would be proud to see what is being accomplished today, and I know for a fact that you are right here beside me in the Liberty movement. I love you Kenny, and I hope we will see each other again some day.

Also, to everyone reading this site, I hope that you would take some time to hear what these brave men and women have to say about what is going on in Iraq, and the rest of the world for that matter. IRAQ VETERANS AGAINST THE WAR. www.IVAW.org

"How beautiful is death, when earn'd by virtue! Who would not be that youth? What pity is it That we can die but once to serve our country."

-Joseph Addison, "Cato", Act 4, Scene 4, 1713. English essayist, poet, & politician (1672 - 1719)

RON PAUL 2012"
Michael Ingram of The Pines, FL

They got Bin Laden yesterday, and I awoke to the news this morning, all I could think of was you, and how proud this day would have made you. Although we only knew each other briefly, I'll always remember your HUGE smile as we were talking in school one day before you went to Iraq. Your truly missed, and will never be forgotten. We love you!"
Ashley Bitar of Boynton Beach, Florida

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

"Today marks one more year (4) when you left us... we remember you every day. You are still present as always in the heart of my family and all your friends. Please take care of all of them specially my son Sandro that miss you so much... You are in my daily prayers."
Rita Massolo of Pembroke Pines

"Kenny, we miss you everyday, you remind me how important things are in my life and I thank you for the unselfish act of bravery you took upon to protect us. Watch over those who still fight, bring them home safely, keep eyes over them, and guard them from all harm! We'll never forget, you are my hero!"
Vincent Federici__your second family! of Pembroke Pines, Florida/USA

"Queridos Carlos y Denia, recien me entere de su perdida. Lo siento con todo el corazon, espero que encuentren paz sabiendo que Kenny esta en un buen lugar. De Kenny solo tengo memorias de cuando estaba nino, pero estoy seguro que fue un gran hombre. Abrazos y paz. Su amigo de siempre"
Juan Carlos Araya of Pomona, Calif. USA.

"September 29, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Kenny D. Rojas:
Kenny 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

"Kenny, solo buenas memorias tengo en mi mente y en mi corazon de vos! Al dia de hoy todavia se te extrana.
Que Dios te tenga en su gloria y siempre cerquita de nosotros. Tu prima que te quiso mucho y te quiere aun!"
Erika Rojas of Costa Rica


I can't really say that I knew you all that well, but we did cross paths from time to time. We both went to Flanagan H.S. and we did have many friends in common. I would like to thank you with all my heart for the sarifice you made to your country. I know you are greatly miss and that your memory will live on with all those you touched. Once again thank you."
Sgt Diaz of Fort Sill, OK

"kenny, mi primo favorito... no sabes cuanto lamento que no nos vimos en 4 años, pero siempre te recordaré con un inmenso cariño. No tienes idea lo que me ha costado afrontar esta realidad .... que ya fisicamente no te veré mas... creo que después de todo este tiempo, hasta ahora logro asimilarlo. Es lindo lo que escriben tus amigos, yo también extrañaré tus sonrisas y los abrazos, me alegra decir con orgullo que compartimos muy bellas cosas cuando éramos niños. Te quiero mucho!!!!! Un beso para mi tío Carlos y tía Denia, yo se que el nos cuida a todos."
mónica rojas of san josé, Costa Rica

"To the family of:Kenny D. Rojas 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"

"Senor y familia Rojas - Mi esposa y yo les mandamos el pesame sobre el fallecimiento de su hijo Kenny. Mi hijo Alexander Arredondo fallecio en Najaf, Iraq en agosto del 2004. Recientemente me habia mudado a Hollywood, Florida. Para mi fue el momento mas tragico de mi vida y de mis familiares. Estan en nuestras oraciones. Vimos un retrato de Kenny y luce puro tico. Ahora estamos residiendo en Boston donde mi hijo esta enterado. Que Dios les de bendiciones durante estos tiempos tan dificiles. Les mandamos la paz.

Carlos Arredondo, originalmente de Barrio Mexico, San Jose, Costa Rica
Melida Arredondo, es de descendia Tica"
Carlos Arredondo of Rosliindale, MA

"Very happy to see that you finally got the checks and that the person was honest enough to bring them to you.
Think of it as your son watching out for you from heaven.
Rangers lead the Way !!!!!"
John & Marie Berlanga of Pohakuloa Trainning Area, Hawaii

"To Kenny's Family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers. Kenny, you sir are a true American Hero. Thank you Kenny for all you have done for us. God Bless you Kenny and God Bless your family."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"You are a Hero and I will never forget you. None of us will! I rmemeber when you went to a Pantara concert and came to school to tell the stories. I miss your craziness amd I still have the CD you signed for me. You told me to keep it and that one day you would be famous. Rest in Peace. My heart goes out to your friends and family. Your forever in our hearts."
Elizabeth of Pembroke Pines

"Queridos Carlos y Denia:
Con ustedes ahora y siempre reciban mi mensaje de solidaridad y eterno cariño. Que Dios les bendiga y reconforte."
Silvia Solórzano of San Pablo de Heredia , Costa Rica

"Queridos amigos:
En época que debería de ser de felicididad, pero es de dolor, les acompaño hoy y siempre."
Lilly Gutièrrez of Heredia , Costa Rica

"Kenny you will always be part of my family I still remember your words when you went back to Irak in August: Mom don't worry, I'll be back!! with a big smile as always; you were my son's Sandro best friend and we enjoy so much the times you stayed with us at home..You always told him "Sandro how lucky you are.." hugging me with one of your big hugs. I remember as yesterday when we were sitting at the table after dinner and you told me about your experiencies in Irak. We will miss you always, too many memories (specially your big smile..). You are our hero, our angel, watch for us, our prayers are with you...Rita (Mom), Pepe (Don Pepe), Silvana and Sandro Massolo"
Rita I. Massolo of Pembroke Pines, Fl. USA

"Kenny, I can hear you singing with the Angels! You had a smile that could light up a room. Your friends love and miss you, but I know you are safe in God's arms. Thank you for so gallantly serving our country. I am proud to have known you! God Bless America and those who serve her. Love, Melanie (Ashley's Mom)"
Melanie Green of Deland, FL, USA

"On the outside looking in, you were a close friend of my brother's for years, but to me, you were more than that. Thank you for acknowledging that I was a real person (and not just the nuisance kid sister) while sharing dinner with my family, thank you for making me feel comfortable when I started at Flanagan, thank you for taking me under your wing at my very first- and your last- district drama competition, thank you for visiting me that day you were home for the holidays at school and giving me a huge hug as though I, all along, was your best friend. You were an amazing, kind person who has forever made an impact on my life."
Alyssa of Pembroke Pines, Fl

"i hope you're looking down kenny, cause we all miss you and love you dearly. Rest with angels, you are in every one of my prayers."
Julia Gulia of Pembroke pines, florida

"Kenny, what can I say that I haven't said yet my friend, I know that in some way you know exactly how I feel and that you'll be able to read this from wherever you are. I'll never forget the times we had together, say hi to everybody up there and don't forget to look over us from time to time. You are a hero, OUR hero.
I'll sure see you again someday my friend..."
Gabriel of Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

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

"Its hard to think of anything to say in times like this. Kenny was a great friend and I will miss him very much. I am glad that I have so many wonderful memories to look back on and remember him. He never failed to put a smile on my face and even though hes gone he will always be remembered. I know that he touched a lot of lives including mine and its been really hard to say goodbye."
Samantha Fleischman of Tallahasse, FL

"Hey man. I know you up in heaven watching over us and smiling down. I just wanted to say we all miss you. You are respected by sooooo many for what you've done. Man i remember just like yesterday, we were wrestling in the room right after we got back from a mission, or complaining how we spend too much time on the road doing too many missions. We shared some good times together. Too bad you had to leave us. You will always be loved and remembered. Bushmasters 4 Life. Bravo Company misses ya. Take Care Homie"
PFC Brown of Ft. Stewart, Ga

"You are gone but without question not forgotten. You were one of those people that could always put a smile on people's face. I hope that in some way you knew just how many people you touched in your life that was far too short. I will never forget all the great times we had together and you truly are my hero."
Ashley Borrosso of Orlando, FL

"I am deeply sorry for your loss. May you find comfort and strength in God to face the days ahead.

Michele Carter
Sister of CPL Gary Walters
KIA in Baghdad on 24 April 2005"

"Thank you Kenny Rojas, 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 Pfc. Kenny Rojas:
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 Kenny 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 Pfc. Kenny Rojas:
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 Kenny, 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