Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Rogelio R Garza Jr

Corpus Christi, Texas

August 11, 2006

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
26 Army Cpl

Army 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry)

Fort Drum, New York

 Killed in Nangalam, Afghanistan, when their platoon came in contact with enemy forces using rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire during combat operations.

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From Heather 08/26/06 Tributes from local paper:

My Friend Roger... it brings a smile to my face when i remember Roger at First Data.. he made our days enjoyable. Sometimes he had us tears from his silly jokes.. He was one of a kind .. and it was a honor to know such a Great Hero.. All though i hadnt seen him since he left First Data.. I know Roger was a great Man.. by looking at his pictures I have seen ,it tells you a story about him. One thing i will always remember is his Smile.. i dont think i ever saw him angry at anyone. He was a great son, father and brother .. The Garza family must be very proud to have him in their family.. i dont know what it feels like to lose a father, son , or a brother so i am so saddened by the pain that this family is going through. This family is a strong family. Cindy you are in my prayers. God bless you and your loving family..Roger Garza .. ( roger dodger) Rest In Peace.. I know you are looking down on your family giving them all the strength they need to make it without you.. 
By Heather Fling. Posted on Aug 22, 2006 
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Dearest Cindy & Family, 
My deepest condolences on the loss of your son, brother, and husband. Thank you to this brave soldier who gave his life so that we may continue to be free. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. May God grant you peace in the days to come...
By Amanda. Posted on Aug 19, 2006 
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Roger I wanted to say how much im going to miss you, and that I wish I would of received your emails alot sooner that way I could of spoken to you before you were taken away from us but we all know your in a better place now you will never be forgotten and will always be in my heart I LOVE YOU 
LOVE YOUR LIL CUZ
JESYKA
By Jesyka. Posted on Aug 19, 2006 
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I knew Roger back in high school. I graduated with him in 1998. Although, I have not seen him in years, I know that he served our country well. He was always caring about others. He will certainly be missed for a long time.
By Albert Enrriques Jr. Posted on Aug 19, 2006 
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TO ROGER THANK YOU FOR SHARING SUCH GREAT MEMORIES WITH MY SON ELISEO YZAGUIRRE JR. MY HEART AND MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOUR WIFE AND CHILDREN AND TO YOUR WHOLE FAMILY.YOU HAVE LEFT A LASTING IMPRESSION ON MY SON FOR A LIFETIME NOT ONLY WERE YOU A TREASURED FRIEND BUT YOU WILL BE HIS GUARDIAN ANGEL THANK YOU FOR SERVING AND DYING FOR OUR COUNTRY. AND KNOW THAT GOD IS WAITING IN HEAVEN FOR WITH OPEN ARMS TO RECEIVE A GREAT SOLDIER.....LOL MOTHER OF ELI
By MAIRA AMANDA CARRION. Posted on Aug 19, 2006 
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When I last spoke with Roger he was telling me proudly of his joining in the the military, and of the new additions to his family. Like always, he had a friendly and outgoing manner about him when he spoke. I was very sad when I heard the news about Roger. He had such a wonderful personality and always looked on the brighter side of things. Roger, we will always have you in our hearts, and your family in our prayers.
By Arlene Singleterry Rincon. Posted on Aug 19, 2006 
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I knew Roger from school and he defintely was a prankster yet a nice fellow. He will be greatly missed but remembered as a HERO! Roger may not be here physically but will always look down on his family & friends and still protect them. 
By A Fellow RHS Alumni. Posted on Aug 18, 2006 
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In death, Roger has become one of the heroes of our nation. In life, he was a hero to your family his entire life. Although his time on earth was all too brief, his kind disposition and good nature made the world a better place. 

Carla, to you and the rest of your family, on behalf of my mom, my son, and the rest of the Trevino family, we send our heartfelt sympathies during this most difficult time in your lives. While words escape me right now, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. And as always, my love to each of you. 

Godspeed. Sonia


By Sonia G. Trevino. Posted on Aug 18, 2006 
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To the Garza Family,
I am really sorry to hear of Roger's passing. Roger will always be looked upon as a hero by everyone. My prayers are with you and all of your families but know in your heart and he was loved very much by his family and anyone who was ever lucky to know him. Take care and God Bless you.
By Denise Rodriguez and Allison Hill. Posted on Aug 17, 2006 
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I was Rogers dad's best friend growing up. Its a difficult time for the Garza family. But Roger died a HERO! You can always be proud of that. I did two tours in Iraq and I personally know how every soilder speaks of thier family everyday wishing they were home with them. Always remember the best times of your lives with Roger. My prayers are with you all. My condolences to the entire family.

Sincerely
RET SMSgt Andy Flores Jr. 
By Andy Flores Jr.. Posted on Aug 17, 2006 
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Thank you Roger for your unselfish service to protect our freedom and our country; and those less fortunate not living in a free society. You have paid the ultimate price on earth, but your reward in heaven is priceless. Thank you is not enough...may God give your family peace, love and serenity and may your children grow up knowing what a special "Daddy" they had. May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
By A proud American, CC. TX. Posted on Aug 17, 2006 
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To Cindy and family, our deepest sympathy goes to you and your family. We are truly going to miss Roger and his crazy personality. We love you and we are praying for you and your family.

By Gina Trevino and family. Posted on Aug 17, 2006 
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MY HEART AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOUR FAMILY. YOU LOST NOT ONLY A BROTHER ,SON FATHER AND HUSBAND BUT A HERO. HOPE HE GETS EVERY HONOR POSSIBLE HE DESERVES IT.
By CYNDI. Posted on Aug 17, 2006 
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I didn't know you, but thank you & your family for the ultimate sacrifice you made for your country. God Bless You & 
all of our soldiers serving here & abroad. 
By Rose Hernandez. Posted on Aug 17, 2006 
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To the entire Garza family and friends, please know that i am praying for your heavy hearts during this trying time that you are facing. "if God brought you to it, you can get through it" Keep your faith and know that you are in the hearts and prayers of lots of people. Angela you are a co-worker and dear friend, we love you and are here for you. STAY STRONG! Thank you Roger for serving our country. WE have an angel amongst us now!
By Amy. Posted on Aug 17, 2006 
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I was shocked and saddened when I heard the news about Rogers passing. I can still remember when we were younger, running around the little league in Robstown. Roger was always the one trying to "get" us and we would run and scream like crazy. Even though we have lost touch through the years, you are still a dear friend, and I am here for you and your family if you need anything. Roger was such a great person with such zeal about life and a lively personality. He will definitely be missed, but definitely not forgotten. My prayers are with you and your family. May God grant you the peace and comfort that you need during this trying time. 
By Darlene Medina. Posted on Aug 17, 2006 
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Although I did not know Mr. Garza I want to thank his parents for raising a young man to fight for his country and protect people he did not know. Thanks for fighting for our freedom. May God bless the family and be with them at their time of sorrow. May God be with his Wife and children and watch over them.
By The Nash Family. Posted on Aug 17, 2006 
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This is such a sad situation but I am so proud to know Roger. He was so happy and he was the man of the family for such a young age. It was a blessing to know Roger even if you were a stranger passing him in the street.
By Anonymous. Posted on Aug 17, 2006 

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