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

Bob William Roberts

Newport, Oregon

May 17, 2004

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
30 Marine L/Cpl

1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Camp Pendleton, California

Died due to hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq.

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05/26/04

Oregon Marine killed in Iraq

Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. — A Marine from Oregon was killed by hostile fire in Iraq, the Defense Department said Tuesday.

Lance Cpl. Bob W. Roberts, 30, of Newport, died Monday in Al Anbar province.

He was assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Roberts is the 19th service member with strong Oregon ties killed in the Iraq war.

Roberts’ mother, who would not give her first name, told KATU-TV that her son graduated from Portland’s Madison High School in 1992.

She said her son, the second youngest of five children, called late last week. She said that even though he had two years left in the Marines, he told her that he may re-enlist.

“He was the adventurous one of the family,” she said.

Roberts worked as a plumber in Newport before joining the Marines after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

“It’s sad what happened,” Newport Mayor Mark Jones said Tuesday night. “The community is pretty tight, and we’re really saddened by the loss of any of our sons and daughters.”

Roberts was among more than 125 people from the Newport area serving in Iraq, Jones said.

Just on Monday, the city council accepted a flag flown in an Air Force jet over Iraq as a gift from the father-in-law of a pilot serving in the region, Jones said.

“We have a lot of kids in and out of there and we worry,” Jones said.

A memorial service has not been scheduled, but the family said Roberts will be buried at Willamette National Cemetery.
When the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks inspired Bob W. Roberts to enlist in the military, friends told him that, at 27, he was too old for the rigors of boot camp. But Roberts trained hard before reporting for duty, bicycling seven miles a day, lifting weights and jogging. When he graduated, he wore his uniform around his hometown of Newport, Ore., to show his friends just how wrong they were. "He had a real zest for life that was refreshing," said Bonnie Bonar, who owns the Yaquina Bay marina where Roberts used to go crabbing. The 30-year-old heavy equipment operator was killed May 17 by hostile fire in Iraq''s Anbar province. He was assigned to Camp Pendleton. The Marine loved practical jokes. As a child, he once left a live sturgeon in the bathtub to surprise his mother. Roberts was good with kids. One friend said Roberts took her grandchildren crabbing and went out of his way to play video games with them. "He enjoyed spending time with them because he didn''t have to be an adult with them," Laura Eason said.

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