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Name: Marine Lance Cpl. Rogelio A. Ramirez

Age: 21

From: Pasadena, Calif.

Assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Incident: Marine Lance Cpl. Rogelio A. Ramirez died Aug. 26 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq.

Died: August 26, 2007

Marine from Pasadena killed in Iraq during nighttime patrol

The Associated Press

PASADENA, Calif. — It took Lance Cpl. Rogelio A. Ramirez two years to get into the Marines, but he was killed just five weeks after arriving in Iraq.

Ramirez, of Pasadena, was killed Aug. 26 while on a convoy-security detail in Iraq’s Saqlawiyah. He was 21.

Ramirez dropped out of high school at age 16, but quickly became fascinated by the Marine Corps, said his mother, Irene Ramirez.

When he turned 19, he tried to sign up for the infantry, but Marine recruiters told him that he needed to pass a general equivalency diploma exam and complete 15 college credits before they would consider him. He also needed to pay off nearly $1,200 in truancy fines and get rid of a small tattoo on his left hand.

Over the next year, Ramirez went to night school and passed his GED. He enrolled in Pasadena City College and spent another year working at McDonald’s to pay off the truancy fines. Then, he used a pair of scissors to cut the tattooed skin off his hand.

“He took the top layers of skin off. When I saw it, it was raw, bleeding,” said his mother. “He said, ‘Mom, I’m going to go.’ ”

Ramirez passed the Marine entrance exam and left for induction in June 2006. Just over a year later, he was in Iraq. On Aug. 26, he was working as a machine gunner on a nighttime patrol when an explosive device hit his vehicle. He was killed instantly.

Ramirez, who was expecting a baby with his girlfriend, was buried Sept. 4 at Mountain View Cemetery in Altadena.


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Rogelio A Ramirez
BY Anonymous on Apr 27, 2009
  I STILL REMEMBER THE FIRST DAY OF SPANISH CLASS AT PCC. THE TEACHER WANTED TO KICK YOU OUT BUT HE DIDN'T. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ROGELIO. YOU WERE SUCH A GREAT PERSON. YOU WILL BE MISSED.
 

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Rogelio A Ramirez
BY sexygal001 on Jun 06, 2008
  Thank you so much for your bravery, patriotism, love of our country and the ultimate sacrifice you have made for us. May your family find comfort in knowing that you are with God now and guarding the gates of heaven. Rest in peace. You will never be forgotten.


 

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Rogelio A Ramirez
BY miyembro on May 24, 2008
  Your sacrifice will remain in our hearts for a lifetime,

with intense gratitude. May God bless you and your family.

Rest Safely and Securely in God's Loving Arms.
 


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Rogelio A Ramirez
BY Anonymous on Oct 11, 2007
  Rogelio, We miss you very much. We are very proud of you. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Thank you. Love always, Tina Proud Marine Sister
 

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BY joedakotah on Sep 12, 2007
  Rest In Peace marine.
 


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Larry E Polley Jr

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Paul C. Holter III

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Alex D Gonzalez

Love you and miss you always. Since you been gone it has been hard for everyone. I know you loved what you did, and I want to thank you for our freedom. If I can have you back home and safe living your life man everything would be different. No matter how much money they would offer me I would rather have you alive and home. Money comes and go so it's not worth losing you.


Christopher D Young

hello my name is Jesus Vega I would like to give my condolences to Christopher's family and friends, I served with him in Iraq and slept in the same quarters. I have many fond memories of him. I have never forgotten his sacrifice. I would like to share that the greatest memory I had of Chris is that he would speak highly of his mom and how much she meant to him. Chris was a strong minded person and looked out for other. He was kind and friendly the he made friends with everyone. Chris was truly a great man! I sincerely apologize for not sharing sooner. but would like to express that Chris's memory will never be forgotten! though he is not with us he will always be in spirit! If this message gets to Christopher's mother I she could know she raised a great man and for that I thank you.


Jose E Ulloa

Ricky you are still in your family's hearts.


John Michael Roy Curwin

I'm doing a work assignment for school and think he should be included.


Derek L. Shanfield

Heartfelt Sympathy on the loss of your son - Semper Fi.


Marisol Heredia

Dear Marisol, You are Loved Forever...Jeff


John Charles Jenkins

In hope for your soul to be safe and in peace forever, God hold you in your wings! Amen


Todd Beamer

Your courage exceeds the unimaginable.


Steven Paul Chucknick

peace be with you


Geoffrey Perez

thank you for being in our lives, you i got to see you right before you left and i feel so blessed for tour ultimate sacrifice brother. Rest in paradise


Linda Jones

Praying for peace and serenity. God bless you as you travel this difficult path.


Kristopher J. Gould

Miss you everyday buddy. Look forward to seeing you again, one day.


Kristopher J. Gould

Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice, Kris. You are missed.


Deora Bodley

rest in peace


James David Parker

I knew James David Parker as "Dave" when he lived in Solon Ohio. We met when I moved into town from out of state. He and his group of friends were a year or two older than me. Dave was a bright beacon of hope and joy to me. I was an unsure young man in a strange place. Dave introduced me to many people and ensured his friends always saved me a seat in the lunchroom. I have fond memories of him and his friends during that time. I doubt so many people would have been as wonderful toward me without Dave's incredible kindness. I've never forgotten his kindness. I hope to be able to pay it forward someday.


Tyler O. Griffin

Condolences to the family. Freedom is not free, it cost this man's life. Thank you is not enough. Grieving is not enough for your loss though it is all we have, the Sandoval Family


John A. Hofer

Alicia... he ALWAYS talked about YOU and how much he loved you... I am so sorry HE was IS an amazing friend!!


Michell Lee Robotham

Saying prayers for you and your family today. I remember working with you in Land O' Lakes, WI at the bank and the fun times we shared. Sandy V


Karen Sue Juday

So very sad,l am so sorry. Rest in peace.

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