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

SPC Ross E Vogel III. This is a picture of him and his son Ross the IV right before he deployed for the third time to Iraq.

Ross E Vogel III

Red Lion, Pennsylvania

September 29, 2009

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
27 Army Spc

67th Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade

Fort Gordon, Georgia

 Died in Kut, Iraq, of injuries suffered from a non-combat related incident.


Ross was probably the best damn friend I ever had. As I'm sure you probably know we served together in the war. That man was there for me when I had nothing else and no reason to live. I used to go out on patrol wishing for death...Ross changed that. He made me remember that there are good things in this world...not just pain and hate.

I can never repay him for being my friend, and no words will ever truly show the gratitude, no... distinct honor that I feel for having known him.

Although Iíve lost more friends than I care to remember none of them have ever stuck with me as much as Ross. If it makes me less of a man to admit it then I donít care, I will rightfully admit I cried when I heard the news. He was and still is my brother, a bond that we share that most people were never meant to understand or know.

He was the best damn man I ever met, a better father than I will ever hope to be, a better husband than I was, and a much better friend. The world is a bit colder... a bit darker without him in it anymore. There will never be another Ross Vogel but his memory will never die. 

He lives on in us...If you ever want to talk about him I'm sure I have stories that would make you laugh or cry. I donít know about his death...but I know how that man lived, and he set a standard all of us should reach for.

Forever in your sons debt,

Sgt. Dustin Cox

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