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

Omar G Roebuck

Moreno Valley, California

December 22, 2009

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
23 Marine L/Cpl

2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

 Died as a result of a non-hostile incident in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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‘My son continues to shine even in death’

The Associated Press

Omar Roebuck, who grew up in a house with a single father, loved boxing, stunt bikes and his family, including a next door neighbor he called “Mom.”

“Omar was wonderful, funny, smart,” said neighbor Connie Tatum. “He always had a smile on his face. He loved my enchiladas. He was like another son to me.”

Tatum, who has three sons of her own with her husband, Pat, said she tried to discourage Roebuck from enlisting in 2008. But he told her, “ ‘Mom, the Marine Corps will give me an education and a better life.’ And he loved it.”

Roebuck, of Moreno Valley, Calif., died Dec. 22 in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Roebuck’s father said the 23-year-old Marine, a diesel mechanic, was crushed while working on a new assault tank.

“This is so hard,” said John Roebuck, 54. “The only way to look at it is that God wanted Omar in his presence.”

Omar Roebuck enlisted in November 2008 and was promoted to lance corporal June 2. He was assigned to Camp Lejeune, N.C.

“My son continues to shine even in death,” John Roebuck said. “I don’t have the words to say how proud I am of him.”

Roebuck is survived by his father and sister, Eboni, 27.

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