Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Pfc. Leroy Sandoval, Jr.

21, of Houston, Texas.
Sandoval died due to hostile fire in the Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on March 26, 2004.

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"My name is John Myers and I have the honor to ruck in memory of Marine Pfc. Leroy Sandoval Jr. this year in the 60 to 60 Ruck to Remember. For the last four years I have help to lead groups of Patriots and supporters in a 60 mile ruck from Harpers Ferry WV to Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery. This year I have been blessed to ruck in the memory of Leroy. Each year we raise awareness for our fallen heroes and raise money for nonprofit charities. Last year we raised 51,000 dollars for the Semper Fi fund. This year we are raising money for Operation Enduring Warriors. I would like some help from Leroy’s loved ones as during the ruck I get to tell the story of what an amazing person Leroy is and how he lived. If you go to the website www.rucktoremember.org you can learn more about the event we put on. I really look forward to hearing back and getting to honor Marine Pfc. Leroy Sandoval Jr, I will leave my personal email below and would love to hear from all his loved ones. john@dpmyers.com
John Myers"
John Myers of Leesburg, Va

I have never going to forget what you did for me in boot camp till this day.. it was like yesterday that we were both a target cause we were the smallest in the group.. went thru some things in mike company. Salute for the sacrifice you did for this country and I thank you. Sempre Fi. ."
agustin of Pasadena, tx

My cousin I miss him so bad! Ill always love him and remember him... Hope ill see him some day in heaven!"
Ashley F. of Costa Rica


You have now been gone for eight years and you are still very missed. You would be so proud of Amy. She has become an amazing women, wife, and mother. Your niece, is beautiful! The family is so proud of you and the sacrifice you made. We know you would have loved to be here still with us all but you were selfless and did what had to be done. In my life I do not think I will ever be so proud of a person as I am of you. I love you cuz."

"Leroy thank you for the Ultimate sacrifice you gave for our FREEDOM. I want you to know that I met your beautiful mother Zaida today. She is a very strong woman and she definately blessed me today. Today is the 10th anniversary of 09-11 and my husband brought me to the "Fallen Heros" 5k. I have not done this before and I wasn't prepare like I should have been. But it was a life changing day for me. Just after passing 1.5 mile marker I saw your mother. Just up around the bend she briefly told me that she was doing this 5K for YOU. I said thats super cool then she told me that you had given your life for our country. I started crying and couldn't stop. I know that you were watching us as we spent that last mile. My heart was so overwhelmed with her loss and your sacrifice. I want you to know that she truely impacted my heart. As I cried that entire last mile she kept going and I tried to keep up. We ended back up together again and she looked over and smiled at me and said "We did it"!!!As we passed over the finish line I couldn't help but grab ahold of her and hug her so tightly. She might have thought what is this crazy girl doing, but I just had to. Before leaving for the day I got her phone # and we are going to get together again and we have a definate date set to do "Fallen Heros" 5K together again next year and I am honored to do it in your honor. Please know that I will be praying for your wonderful mother and sister Amy. Until we meet face to face and I can tell you in person, Thank You!"
Kimberly Shearer of Katy, Texas





"We must never forget the brave men and woman who have sacrificed so much to keep us safe."
Arthur Fontes of Fall River Ma

"I owe you my life .thanks to you Im still here."
Sgt Camron Sims of Little Rock , AR

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to the hero’s Mother, Father and/or spouse. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,800 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
This is a gift! We have some wonderful sponsors who help with the costs, and only want you know that we care.
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"Cuz, i know you can read this and i just want you to know i've missed you everyday that you've been gone. You really have been an inspiration to me and more than just a hero. Eric and Bryan and I talk about you all the time but i'm sure you can hear us from up there. I remember the collection of license plates you had and i still have that No Skating sign you gave me. I think about you more and more as time goes on and want you to know not a day goes by that i don't have you on my mind and in my heart. I love you bro. I know if you were here you would be proud of all of us but not anywhere near as proud as we are and always will be of you. HOORAH Devil Dog!"
Edward Alvarado of Houston,TX, USA

"Hey , i hope you still remember me, we had some good times in boot camp ha ha i always admired your courge and how you held yourslef, i remember in the beginning we fought like brothers but we ended up being cool. i have to say i always new you would become what you told me you wanted to be a HERO. you always had that extra boost to give all of us, you never gave up and that is somehing i will never forget, Godbless you and your family. its an honor to have known you."
Ortega of maricopa, az usa

"March 21, 2009
To the family of Pfc. Leroy Sandoval, Jr.
Leroy 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

"Bad Bad Leroy Brown... Man it has been a while. Sorry it has taken me this long to put something up in your honor but I know you dont hold it against me,seeing as we still talk from time to time. I know you already know all this, so I guess its mostly for your family and friends. Leroy was one of my best friends even though the first time we met was in SOI. We both struggled in the start, being little guys hauling those guns around but in the end, by helping each other, and always being there for one another we finished near the top of the class and devloped a friendship and bond that not even death itself could break. Leroy you were one of the most loyal and unselfish people I have ever met, and you have helped me every day since your death, becuase all I have to do is ask myself What would Leroy do and how would he act right now. Weather you know or not man you give me strength everyday of my life and I know the sacrifice you made was for the others around you, so they could live and I will never forget it and Ill make sure those guys never forget either. The last thing I want your family to know is that I know after you died you did'nt leave until we did. You were right there with me, on every patrol, through multiple IED,s, RPGS and huge amounts of gunfire, and there was never a single scratch on my body, and the only way this could be possible is from angels like you looking down on us, and keeping us safe. I cant put my feelings into words man but I know you get them, so just thankyou, for everything. If anyone from Leroy's family ever wants to talk about anything at all feel free to look me up and well talk all day and night. Finally to Leroys mom, I never had the pleasure to meet you which i deepley regret, but just know your son is an American Hero, and his values and beliefs are a testimonial to how you raised him and what a caring, loving, awesome, mother you must have been, and still continue to be to both Leroy and the rest of your family.
Next time I see you Jr. I'll bring the Beer."
CPL. Seth A. McWilliams of Colorado Springs, Colorado

"leroy years later and I still miss you brother... may you be up there guarding the gates of heaven as you defended us here against the men from hell! you are and will always be a true friend."
Sgt Reyna, Jose J of Camp Pendleton, Ca/ Houston, Tx

"Leroy, it has been almost three years, and I still can't believe it. You are always in my heart and on my mind. Now that I am married to a Marine, I understand why you chose to be a Marine so much more now. I miss you and wish I would have taken advantage of the times I had with you. I always saw you as family and will continue to do so. Not only because you are a Sandoval, and you are my nephews' cousin, but because you are a Marine. I am working with students at Jessup Elementary and I saw Forest Lawn. I slowed down, but couldn't stop because I had to go to the school, but just know that you are not forgotten. I love you and miss you.

You should see Matthew and Benjamin. Matthew is starting to look more and more like you. Everyone tells your Tia Lynette and Tio Danny that. He is starting to ask more questions about you. He asks where you are at why he hasn't seen you. He was so little when this happened, so he couldn't have understood, but he is going to learn soon now. We will teach him to be proud. He knows what a Marine is now because of my husband, so I promise he will know what a great sacrifice you made for us all!

You are forever in our hearts.
Semper Fi!"
Ashley Gonzales Gomez, proud USMC wife of Alvin, Texas

"To the family of:Leroy Sandoval,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 never new Leroy but I recently recieved a black memory band that was given to me with his name on it. They are bands that have fallen soldiers names on there. However I never knew Leroy but am very proud and privledged to wear this on my wrist and see it and think of the sacrafice these men and women make for our country. Thank you Leroy and everyone else serving our country."
Kris Rutherford of Houston, Tx

"hero he was and a hero forever, im a soldier in iraq i just wanted to say thanks to leroy and his family for his sacrifice as well as there's i ran across this memorial website hey leroy i didnt get the pleasure of meeting you but i know you are still here with all of us watching are backs and showing us to saftey god bless your soul."
PFC sehnert of kirkurk,iraq

"leroy i miss you so much right now. alot of people talk about their siblings here at school and i get sort of upset. i wish i still had you. i miss you so much.sometimes i feel like its not fair. every time i hear someone talking about their brother or sister i always remind myself that my brother is a hero. not every one gets the privilidge of being the sister of a hero. i am so proud of you and i love you more than anything. you will always mean the world to me. i love you so much."
amy of houston, tx

"I pray deeply for the family of Leroy. As a former Marine and a member of the Marine Corp. league, I know it hurts to lose a love one in the service of his country. But we are very proud of him as a hero for freedom."
Ron Sunderland of Fallscreek, PA.

"I was there right next to Leroy at his last moments as his squad leader.It's been hard to cope with the losses of the marines in my charge.But what I never got to say to Leroy was thanks for giving me the chance to keep on living.To come home to see my wife and family by you giving the ultimate sacifice.For not leaving your M-240gulf machinegun when the platoon came under an intense ambush.By you sticking to your gun and supressing the enemy gave all of us that second breath.I cannot say thank you Leroy cause that just would not be no where near enough.

Sgt Camarillo/USMC
Fox Company 3rdPlt
2nd Blt 1st Mar"
Pedro Camarillo Jr of Poteet , Tx USA

"Leroy Was My Second Cousin...We Here In
Fresno And Woodland California Are Very
Proud Of Our Brave Cousin...God Bless Leroy And All Our Heros."
Abel G. Sandoval of Fresno, California

Man he was a good friend back at home when I was still living in South Houston. Man could that boy party! I miss you man. When I found out that you were taken from us I was like "Nah, can't be Leroy! He would have never joined the Marines!" But needless to say you did after me and Aaron joined. Leroy was a person you could depend on and was there for you at any time day or night. We will rally up again brother. Semper Fi Leroy..... you are missed"
Cpl Reyna, Jose J of Camp Pendleton, Ca

"Leroy Sandoval and I were good freinds in Boot Camp. I first heard about Sandoval's death while I was in Okinawa last year. I remember the goose bumps that overcame me at the thought of it. I remember Leroy probably more than any other Marine in Mike Company MCRD. The thing about Leroy is that he couldn't keep a straight serious face for the life of him. All the military bearing in the Marine Corps couldn't keep a smile off that boys face. I remember before we would go to bed, all the Marines would be lined up in rows facing eachother in our whitey tighties. Leroy was just across from me. We would make funny faces at eachother to get eachother to laugh. We would usually succeed and get the whole Platoon in trouble. Sandoval was my boot camp road dog and I'll never forget him. One time we went on a "Working party" just him and I too clean an empty squad bay. We mopped and told stories about why we joined the Corps, all our old dirt, told jokes and laughed. It was the most human I felt the entire time I was in boot camp. I remember his beady little eyes and happy smile. I can feel you up there Sandoval looking at me while I write this. You will always be remembered and you will forever be my friend.
Rest in Peace brother, in the presence of all the angels and saints, may your soul continue towards heaven, mercy and grace grow inside you forever. Peace to your family, loved ones and all the Marines who follow you in loving memory."
Sgt Price of Camp Pendleton, CA USA

"thinking of you while my son is there all my love"
guy phipps of battle creek michigan

"To the family of Leroy Sandoval, it is June 30, 2005. I dont know you nor did I know your son but I still pray for God to ease the pain of your loss. Your son did not die in vain. He will never be forgotten. He is my hero.
God Bless You,"
Sara Montoya of Houston Texas

"You truly are a hero in my eyes. I will never forget the sacrifice you made."

"One year later, Leroy, we still have not forgotten you or the sacrifice you have made for all of us. We will never forget. I love and miss you."
Lisa of Pasadena, TX

"I miss you."
Roger L. Sandoval of Katy, TX

"Leroy - I just received the bracelet that I purchased from fallenheroesfund.org and I am proud to say that it has your name on it. I will wear it with pride. What a privilege and honor to be able to wear this bracelet with your name on it. I thank God for young men and women like you who are willing to put their life on the line to protect my family and this nation.

The messages that I have read on this website say so much about you and the incredible young man you were. Thank you for serving your country – your death will not be in vain.

To the family of Leroy – Thank you – I can not think of any other words to say to you. Your loss is so great, just be comforted in knowing that Leroy is in a far better place than us – no pain, sorrow, darkness or war – just peace, light and LOVE!

Thank you Jesus, you died for our sins so that Leroy could live again!"
Cindi Range and family of Douglasville, GA USA

"Thank you Leroy for our gift of freedom that you so proudly defended. You are that brite star that sparkles above. Your loved one can take solice in knowing that when they close their eyes for the last time, standing before them with open arms and smiling will be their Leroy. God Bless you Marine, Semper Fi. From a very grateful American family"
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland


"My friend and my brother Leroy,

I knew you for some time and had the honor of spending time with you before your departure. We both saw the highs and the very lows one can endure, tears of pain and smiles of happiness. You knew things of me that only another knew and kept it quiet. Before you went to fulfill your destiny you watched my back and I yours. You helped me from the evils that try so hard to overcome us and pull us away to darkness. You did the same, in so much, for our Nation of Freedom. I recieved the news of your heroism when I was away and it brought me to my knees in tears. It took me a long time to say goodbye but I knew I would see you again, but the pain is still there. I miss your laugh and your way of being. You were One of the 2 Best Friends I Had irreplaceable. I'll see you again and we can laugh in our Fathers courts."
Skye of Houston,TX,USA

"For those who fought for it, freadom has a flavor the protected will never know.
HN Ramos-8404, 2D Mar Div"
Eric Ramos of El Paso Tx

"Dear Leroy,
From the day you told me you were ready to be a Marine, I knew you were going to do very well in the Marine Corps. I still remember the day I brought you down to MEPS. It was raining and you stood under the cover of the stairs at 0430 until I showed up. You were very excited about taking this big step in your life and you were telling me about your cousins in the Corps.
I remember when you brought your Family to the Family Night a couple of weeks later. This was the first time I met them and your parents were so nice and I enjoyed answering their questions about things to expect. I remember having a picture taken with you and your sister that night. Thanks to your wonderful sister, she sent me a copy of that picture. My wife bought a really nice frame for it.It sits on my dresser as a reminder of how this War has given me as Your Recruiter a devastating loss that will not be forgotten. You will be missed as a brother.
God Bless"
Ssgt Morgan of Houston, TX


"I'm sitting here reading everyone's words of comfort and tears won't stop running down my face. It's been over 3 months now and I still remember the phone call telling me that our little cousin was gone. Tears flowed uncontrollably then also, but somehow these tears are different. My heart doesn't ache the way it used to. Pride has overtaken. Pride for my country, pride for our mission, and pride for our freedom. Little Leroy, even after your passing, I hope that you can see how much your life has meant to us all. You are and will always be the example of what a bold and brave individual should be. Your memory will live forever in my heart. This fall, when the high school marching band is playing the Star Spangled Banner before the Friday night football game, I will be thanking you for your sacrifice and tears of pride will once again flow. :)"
Becky of Combes, TX

"God Bless you Leroy. God Bless your family also. We love you all. Our country is grateful for your service. We pray for all of our fallen citizens and those who are serving in danger every day. I believe in what you struggled for. I will never forget people who fought to make the world a better place and serve their fellow citizens. The world will be better off due to your sacrifice even though it will not be done overnight."
Ken Allen of Missouri City, TX USA

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

"My love and prayers go out to all of Leroy's family. He is a true hero and you all have paid the ultimate price. I persoanlly appreciate Leroy defending my right to be free and he will always be a true American Hero in my eyes. I look forward to meeting him in heaven and thanking him myself. I lost my daughter to cancer 4 years ago and I know something of the pain of losing a child. One thing I learned thru that experience is that God is Good, All the Time and He doesn't waste pain. May God keep & Bless you all."
Paul L. Sandoval of Mission Viejo, Ca.

"To the Sandoval Family,

Words just cannot do justice to the comfort I would like to convey to all of you. I know that no one can imagine
your pain and loss, but I hope that it helps some to know that there are many many prayers being sent up to the Lord on your behalf. Your son Leroy was a true hero in every sense of the word. He made a difference in this world and
that is something to be so proud of.
I know that you all are very proud of him. I cannot imagine the pain of having to go on without him, but I would think that is just what he would want you to do. May God soon give you the strength to do that. Zaida, you would have made him very proud by showing up at the care package drive and
devoting your time to other marines! I know that God certainly used you to uplift and encourage all of us moms who
worry so about our sons/daughters. I can
see why Leroy was considered such a fine young man. He certainly had a great
example. Just know that we all love you and are here for you always. Marines do
not leave one another and neither do their families. May God give you, Amy
and all of your family peace, comfort
and the will to live fully again. God
bless you and thank you for all that you have done. The Baker Family (Lcpl.
Lee A. (Andy Baker)2/1 Fallujah"
Pam & Andy Baker of Kingwood, Texas

"I miss you more and more everyday. I still can't believe that you are gone. Leroy I promise you I will never forget you. I thank God everyday that I was blessed to have you as my friend. You are constantly in my thoughts. I love you so much, and I miss you with all of my heart."

"Dear Leroy,

I know your family must be very proud of you. My youngest is serving in the United States Marine Corps and that makes me proud as I know he is. I met your wonderful Mom last month and she spoke of you very highly as I know she must miss you very much. I know you are with God and I'm hoping you look down upon all of us and pray with the angels. I hope that the memories you left behind will bring comfort to your loved ones."
Susan Groff of Kingwood, Texas

"Dear Leroy,

I just found this site today and was moved to write a short message.

I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Zaida Walter, your precious mother, as a group of Military Moms gathered at Channel 11 studios to pack boxes to send to members of the military serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Haiti. Though you had been gone for over two months and it was obviously *quite* difficult for her, she garnered her strength to come down and help with the effort, even bringing her own donations for the cause, because she thought it was an important thing to do. She shared with us how difficult losing you has been for your family. Many of us cried -- not just because we were moved by your sacrifice for us, but also because, with children of our own, your mother's pain was literally palpable to us.

Leroy, you are gone, but will clearly never be forgotten. Thank you for your selflessness -- for leaving your home to go to another country, for taking the fight against terrorism over there that we might be safer here at home on our own soil, for having the fortitude to endure extremes of temperature, days and days on end without bathing and in dirty clothes, missing meals, living without all the conveniences we so often take for granted, stepping into your boots each day never sure whether or not it would be your last. You made the ultimate sacrifice and for that I am so grateful even though I never had the chance to meet you or to know you in person.

I am praying for your family. They are really having a difficult time right now, but with God's strength, they will get through this. I pray that He will send His Holy Spirit to surround them with love and to comfort them in their time of need.

You are a true hero and a shining example of all that is right in America today. May God rest your soul. May God bless your family."
Kathy H. of Sugar Land, Texas/USA

"Its been 2 months today since we heard the news of you death. It seems like yesterday and the pain is still there. I miss your hugs and kisses and especially your laugh and beautiful smile. When i think of you and start to cry, I remember you telling me "Tia don't cry,everything will be ok". It is still hard but i know you are in a much better place. You are the lucky one and we are still here suffering.I know you are smiling on your family and you are still protecting us each day, You are our angel. I know you are so proud of your father Leroy Sr. he has kept your promise and he loves and misses you so much. There is not a day that goes by that he mentions you. He knows of the special bond only you two shared. He holds that dearly. The Sandoval family is not complete now that you are gone. It is like a missing piece of the puzzel. But like Grandpo says, we will see you much sooner than later. You are present with God, I am so proud of you. I miss you so much. I love you mijo."
Tia Libby of So. Houston, TX/USA

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

"I am grieved by your loss, I did not know your son but as a former veteran I read about each fine soldier, sailor, airman and marine that we lose in the Chicago Tribune. No words I can offer can assuage the grief of your loss but know that he kept the faith of his convictions and in so doing honors us with his sacrafice and there are those of us who truly appreciate the gift he has given us.

Emerson Judkins of Chicago, IL

"To the family and friends of PFC Leroy Sandoval, Jr.,

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

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. 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. Please register so we can send you
our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Member Of Marine Comfort Quilt group, and Proud Marine Mom"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

You probablly don't remember me, but I remember you. We went to Jerusalem Christian Academy together. You lived in the same apartment that I later moved to. When I heard the news about your death, my family and I were deeply sadened. I don't know what to say other than "Thank You". You are missed greatly by those whoose lives you touched, but those who you helped liberate are forever thankful. I too know that one day I will be able to shake your hand and thank you for doing what you did.

To Leroy's Family:
It's hard to loose a loved one, no doubt about it. But remember that it was all a part of God's plan. Remember the good times you had with him. Remember to look to the Lord in times of pain and sorrow.

"Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." (Isaiah 40:31)"
Juan Quintana of Houston, TX

"My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in your time of need. Your loss is my loss....."
Jimbo (Corporal USMC) of Orange, TX

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

"Our two sons rest together in the complete Joy of the Lord, knowing they have completed their work and destinies---a job well done for the Lord, for the fight for freedom across the world, for the protection of the freedom in our great country, for the honorable men with whom they served, for their friends everywhere and their families. No greater heroes have lived than Leroy Sandoval and Ray Joseph Hutchinson who was killed in action 07 Dec. 03. The Hutchinson family sends Leroy's precious family all of their love, support, and strength for the time that stretches before us and until we see our sons again on that great day we all can go Home...."
Deborah Hutchinson (SPC Ray Joseph Hutchinson's mother) of Houston, Texas

"Leroy, I can not believe I am writing this to you. (In your memory) This is the second time tonight I am writing to you on the internet comments (by your name).
I am sitting here next to your Mom. We both miss you terribly. Your sister misses you also. We probably wouldn't
have seen you until next Christmas anyways. Now, we will not see you again
on this earth. Leroy, we miss talking to you over the phone. Leroy, we are so proud of you and honor that what you stood for, so bravely. We know that you are in heaven with the Lord. Now, we can look back at your young life and see
that your life was designed to have an impact on others. We did not know how quickly, you would be taken from us even though you were willing to go into harm's way. Thank you for your courage. Thank you for your heart. Thank you for being in our lives; even if it was a short time. Thank you for taking us with you in your triumph of becoming such a great man. You are missed so badly, by more than just us. Please know that we will think of you everyday. We know we will see you in heaven. You really did some incredible things here on earth. I am so very proud and thankful to have known you and to have had you for a step-son that I loved. Your mom and sister are in pain from your loss, although they are so very much proud of you. You know how much those two care for you. The puppy you gave me is getting huge. The girls don't want to go to IHOP. Without you I am getting voted out of IHOP to go and eat somewhere else. I miss what the future would have held for all of us (if you had not died), already. Leroy, I didn't know it would happen so quickly. But, I honor you and what you fought so hard for, Smokey.... You never told us about that nickname! The Marines had a fine man in you, my son, and I will die forever believing in what you were able to acheive here on this earth for the Lord and our country. Semper Fi, Love,Steve Walters (your step-dad)"
Steve Walters of Houston, Texas

"To my cousin Leroy Sandoval Jr.: I love you & i look forward to the day that we are reunited again in heaven. Thank you for for what you did for all us, & that is to lay down your life for your fellow men."
Albert Gonzales of Rio Hondo, TX

"On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincere condolences. We share the same loss...the same pain. Our prayers are with you and we thank you for your child's bravery & sacrifice.

From the family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas KIA Iraq 12/28/2003"
Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

"I want to express my gratitude to you for the dedication your son had to defend our country. I hold the men and women in the highest regard that have the courage and desire to defend the greatest country in our world. They are fighting for peace and defending those who cannot defend themselves against forces that have their values totally against everything that God has taught us in his word. I will pray for God's peace to get you all through this very difficult time - actually - my sister-in-law is related to your family so I truely DO have your names written on my prayer list - Please walk proudly and be even more proud of what Leroy stood for - he died fighting for peace and is to be commended and remembered for his selfless sacrifice to defend others. God Bless....."
Terri Beck of Houston, TX USA

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

May God Bless your family and friends"
The Taylors of USMC in NC

"Thank you Leroy Sandoval, 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 Pfc. Leroy Sandoval, 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 Leroy 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. Leroy Sandoval, 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 Leroy, 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