Happy Thanksgiving Rick one of your favorite Holidays. The rugrats and I will always think of you and keep you in our hearts in a safety box that no one in this earth will ever open.
Till we meet
Oneida and Rugrats
Never forgotten. You were thought of and remembered fondly - certainly on this day, but always. You are missed, brother.
May 26, 2005 - May 26, 2014. A lot of time has passed. Still not forgotten. RIP
We are thinking of you on this Memorial day the day God took you onto his arms. We love you and miss you so much. Jocelyn is graduating from High school with high honors I am sure you area so proud of her.
Hijo....got together with your friends from Santa Monica P D. As always they are fun and very supportive. You must know you are not forgotten. Love you
Thinking about your sence of humor brightens my day.
I miss you so much.
Major Crocker.. I miss how you made follow Marines feel connected no matter what rank. Even though we met during the war you made us laugh at how crazy the East Coast weather was and informed us on how nice California weather is. I made it as far as Vegas lol. Thanks Semper Fi sir
Another year passes. Thanks to all who remember.
Merry Christmas my Marine I miss you and you are always in my heart, I know I will see you soon.
Thinking of you this Memorial Day and the sacrifice you made for our country. Still miss your wonderful e-mails and think of you often. Never met you in life but seemed like I knew you and I think of you as a friend. My love to your family.
Rick, Some days it seems like the monsters in the world are winning. When it gets me down, I think of you as a Warrior Angel still fighting to protect us all from evil. I miss your smile and kooky sense of humor. Love ya
Today we are thinking of you, visiting San Diego in your Memory. We know how much you Love yo surf, and the sunset. Your Rugrats and I will always love you, and will always keep you in our hearts.
To the family and friends of Maj. Ricardo A. Crocker:
It has truly been my honor to sign Ricardo's guest book these past few years. Unfortunately, due to complications from my Multiple Sclerosis, this may be the last message I'm able to write. Please forgive me and know that Ricardo will always be remembered in my home.
With love and respect ~ Peggy
Happy late Birthday RIck, We celebrate you birthday making you proud. Working hard on helping others in your memory we will follow your role model. We know that you are very happy seen that Karina has become a very nice young lady, she is a fighter just like you taught her. We will always miss you, and love you.
Happy Birthday, Rick...a bit late...We always enjoyed your updates and "UP-BEAT" reports from the Middle East...WE still mourn your loss...You were such a pillar of strength...Thank you for your friendship and for EVERYTHING YOU DID and SACRAFICED for our country...YOU Gave your BEST and you were ONE OF THE BEST...
Pam and Jon Kirkwood
It meant a lot to be able to visit your final resting place in Puerto Rico last month, my friend. You are missed.
Rick's Birthday . . . no count, but remembered!
Happy Thanks Given Rick, we love you are and you are always in our hearts.
With Love the Rugrats and Me
In memory of Major Ricardo Crocker. Always Remembered. Always loved.
Thinking of you today Rico and your family , knowing they are in our prayers. God bless you for serving our country and thank you.
May 26, 2012
To the family and friends of Maj. Ricardo A. Crocker:
Always remembering Ricardo. "Some gave all."
You are missed Rick. I miss your updates by email. So sorry you're gone. We cont. to pray for our troops and are so thankful for your sacrifice for our freedom. God be with your family.
Mark and I will be by the Esplanade tomorrow to see your view, and imagine you here. Every sunset of everyday your in our hearts. So proud to have been part of your life, such a good man.
We never met, but through your emails and photos to a mutual friend, I felt as though I knew you, and I still remember you. You served our country well, you served your community and you will not be forgotten.
You are always remembered and your memory honored.
In loving memory of a wonderful person. I miss you every day. God bless your family.
Most men serve themselves...especially here in the self-centered capital of the universe--Los Angeles, but Maj. Crocker served his community AND his country at the same time. Actually, when I think about it and see the photo of him with smiling children flocked around him in Iraq, it should be rather obvious ... Ricardo Crocker served the world, and that was God's work. Semper Fi, Sir.
I remember your smile every time I feel discouraged , I will never forget the San DIego Air Show, you were so excited to have John seen the Air Show but as always I was late, and we missed the whole show. Thinking of you this Memorial wekeend and Specially today May 25th,2012. With Love The Rugrats and me.
MAY 26, 2012!
May 26, 2005 Time sure seems to fly quickly. Remembered.
Your abuelita made me the best soup the night I went to the hospital to bring you into the world. I hope you are connected to your abuela, abuelo and sister, linda Maria. Miss you, love mom
another year . . . remembering Rick on his birthday.
Tomorrow is your Birthday, the Rugrats are planning to go to Redondo Beach, and make you a memorial with lots of balloons right when the sunset sets I hope you like them.
With Love the rugrats and me.
You have no idea how much i miss u :( if only i could see you one more time, i was only 12 yrs old when you left, and the last time i saw you i taught you came back to stay :/ Thank you for always being there for me till now. In 2 weeks ill be finishing my EMT course if only you were here to see, but hopefully you are proud from up there.
Love Always your Rugrat
Merry Christmass Rick, We miss you so much, I remember the last Christmass we spoke was 2004. You are so lucky to celebrate Jesus Birthday,
Thank you, Jannet for raised a great man that till today is in our heart, .
Your favorite holiday is a few days away, not because of the turkey...but because of all the games on t.v. I guess you are watching from above, but we miss you down here. I love and miss you, Mom
Thank You, My Rick for watching over us from heave. Karina is doing great; she loves you so much that couldn't let you down. I am sure you are very proud of her big change. Now she is doing what you loved the most help others.
I love you Rick.
Still miss you and keep you in my heart.
To all who have fallen and their families. Great sacrifice to protect us!!! I Love You, always in my prayers!!! Miss you Rick Crocker!!!!
Memorial day. Sad that that reminds me of you. Sadly, you are not the only vet I served with that I have to remember today. I have 2 alpha male boys. They know the story of Major Crocker and Lt. Col. Taylor. You both are good role models for my boys. Ricardo and Mark, god bless. We were once young...
Not just on Memorial Day; there is hardly a day that goes by that I don't think of you, Rick. You are remembered fondly and missed by all who knew you. I miss you a lot, Brother.
Rick, I am very happy to see that there is people who still think of you.
We Love you very and miss you much.
Memorial Day weekend and in honor of the Crocker family and the man we miss most we took a walk on the Esplanade and sat in your spot over looking the water. We touched your plaque, with a kiss and a prayer and miss you as much today as when you left us. You'll always be ours to look up to when I think of great men, you are one of the few that stands out.
Charlie and Mark Melwing
I still think of you, Rick, and today, being Memorial Day, I honor your life and your ultimate sacrifice. You were a wonderful team player all through our grueling grad school classes, and it seems you've been one for hundreds of others all through your life. All my best to your family. Rick was the best!
May 26, 2011 . . . Six years pass and sometimes it still seems like yesterday when it all happened. I am glad to know that Rick is remembered by so many.
To the family and friends of Maj. Ricardo A. Crocker:
Please accept my remembrance of Ricardo on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Today is the happiest day of my life. Juan and Jocelyn are doing what you would like them to do specially Juan. Today they got accepted in Explorers program. I pray that they become some one like you. Thank you, Rick for watching over us with love Oneida and rugrats.
Rick, I know you are watching over all of us. Specially your mom whom you loved and respect the most. I remember the times you told me how much respect you had for her. We do miss you a lot Rick, and your friend is right no one will ever be you.
When I'm out walking I feel sometimes you are out here also. I'll see some strong man with a shaved head and your build and for a nano second I think "Rick"? but no one else will every be you. You are missed each day, there's so much I want to share with you. Life isn't fair nor is death.
Today, February 25, is your birthday. You were born on a very cold winter night in Connecticut. Your grandmother, Justina, whom you loved so much was with me the night you were born. I know you are watching over us. I love and miss you very much. Mom
Rick, thank you for serving our country. You will never be forgotten! I loved all the times you spent with my family.
Rick, I can't believe 3 months ago I was so happy to tell you, how good the rugrats were doing. Rick we need you so much in our lives, Karina is not doing good anymore.
We love you Happy Thanksgiven Rick.
Rick, I am so happy that the rugrats are doing good. I will do my best to make you proud of us. Thanks for all the love you gave us. I will always love you, I ask God to give me another opportunity, just one more, I know no one will be like you because you were an Angel on the earth.
You are a wonderfull example as I raise my children. We would never have imagined these cirumstances in boot camp, 1984, Co 133. I am so privileged to contribute to your memorial fund at GW (ironicaly enough, my med scool alumn).
With All Our Love and Respect To You Rick. We Miss You A Lot, Thank All For The Beautiful Postings.
Yesterday, during our memorial weekend Mass, our Pastor in Alica Viejo had a basket of fallen military names. I picked your name and I want to say, that your country has not forgotten the sacrifice you gave for all of us Americans. I will pray for you and your family. God bless you. Barbara Kilkelly of Laguna Woods, California
Remembering Maj Crocker on Memorial Day. I will never forget his great service and sacrifice.
I was at Maj. Crocker's service in Santa Monica. Thousands of citizens, Marines, and Law Enforcement Officers were there to Honor our city's and Nation's Hero.
Thank you, Sir, for your sacrifice to make the world a better place. God Bless his family.
Yes He will be in our hearths foreverer, Thank You all for all your love to our Rick.
To the family and friends of Maj. Ricardo A. Crocker:
Remembering Ricardo on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
I just want to let Rick's family know that he is still remembered and not only by those who knew him personally. I only knew him through his wonderful e-mails and I still read through them and I have all the pictures he sent, in my downloads. I am just sorry I never met him in life but glad I did meet him through his words.
Another year! Rick is remembered and missed.
Rick, here we are another year without you. Your oldest Rugrat, is graduating from High School. I am sure you are proud of her, she almost not make it, I really need your guidance, and I know you are watching over us and all the people you loved. She is making a memorial for you on her graduation. We Love you, and miss you Rick
Rick....you brightened my life. Since I met you in 1985 I knew you were someone special. You visited me and made me smile when I needed to smile. You made me laugh when I needed to laugh. You had a shoulder when I needed one. I still miss you and remember you.
Thank you Ricardo for serving our country, you are never forgotten. Our love to your family. I will never forget the stories that my brother John told me about your travels in Europe together!
Before he became a Marine . . .
With all my love, Rick This New Year I Keep You In My Hearth.
Merry Christmas Rick. Your's must be a special Christmas, in Heaven and by Jesus side. I know you're thanking him and wishing him a Happy Birthday.
You are in my thoughts. Always a Marine.
Served with Maj Crocker in Haditha, Iraq.
Rick Another Chrismass With Out You, But We Have You, In Our Hearths Your Kids Miss You A Lot Like Me. We Will Always Love You Rick.
Rick, It makes so happy to see how much people, still think about you. I don't feel alone anymore. Since your loss, you know how hard it's been for me. Now I know that, I can celebrate your life, with this wonderfull people. We Love you and always will, your rugrats are growing and think about you specially Karina.
Rick, I just found out today that you are gone. Haven't seen you in 20 yeard but the memories are fresh in my mind. The last time I saw you was on Rockville Pike, you had just gotten commissioned, I was working at NOAA, you said I gained weight and we laughed! Had some great times hanging out in DC and double dated at the Navy Ball but Felitta didn't show up! I'll miss you my friend!
Rick would surely be proud of his Dodgers!!!!
If (when) they win, please somebody contact me and get me a copy of a Dodger ticket for the big game.... I will give it to him in PR next year!
Oh Rick, you would be so happy with your Dodgers right now, I can only imagine the excitement in your smiling face.
Of all the times we miss you most it's when we are alone or with other friends and our heart is full of what you taught us. We miss you Rick.
The group would gather and make sure the sunset wasn't missed to celebrate a neighbor's birthday with a toast to the good life and living in the best spot of all.
I think of him everyday, not a day passes where he hasn't stood by me, or spoken to me. It's a loneliness I can't fill, and I know he's here with me when I'm overwhelmed with life. He has given me strength in the past to go on, but when I'm gone we'll meet again. He is a best friend I won't lose, although he left to soon.
This year I went to a place that Rick would have enjoyed. I thought of him while I was there and I know that he would have appreciated the natural beauty of the environment - I imagined for a time he was there with me . . . and I know he said something simple, like "This is the best view ever'
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Couldn't make it on the computer yesterday, but your brothers in 3rd CAG here in Afghanistan remembered you (just a little bit more than we usually do) with a non-alcoholic toast and happy recollections. Our tour here will be done in a few days, but for you and your family, know that it is simply not possible for 3rd CAG Marines to be deployed and not recall the legacy you left us every single day. We miss you.
To the family of Major Rick:
It has been a while since I have left a message for you and I am sorry about that. Life sometimes gets in the way of things we mean to do, unfortunately. I just want you to know that even though I never met Rick in person as I have said before, I had great respect and love for him. One of the worst days since his passing and my husband's, was when I had a problem with my computer and I lost all the e-mails that I had saved on my computer. I have a few that were sent to me and some pictures that were downloads and not lost but really upset that the majority of the e-mails were lost. I have since printed out those that I do have.
Again, know that I,and as you know, many others still think of and remember their aquaintence with Rick, personal or by e-mail. I have moved from California to Arizona but he will never be forgotten no matter where I live.
My friend its hard to believe another year has gone by. As I celebrate my youngest daughter becoming a teenager, I'm torn by the pain of your loss. It is an honor to represent you and your legacy at DCI when I present the award in your honor. Rest in peace my dear friend.
"Keepin' it Real"
To the family of Maj. Ricardo A. Crocker:
Ricardo gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Miss you rubbing it in about how nice Cali weather is as opposed to the east coast. So hey you made enough of an impact so i moved to Vegas..Reporting as ordered sir. I am following the orders you gave by how you shared your life with me- enjoy the weather and cherish life-.... SGT CLARK 5th CAG Det 4 Team 2 SEMPER FI SIR...
Remembering a fine officer, soldier, and man on this Memorial Day.
Rick, I haven't forgotten you. The emails and photos of your tour in Iraq were sent to many of us across the country. They brought you close to our hearts and minds. Always the hero, always missed. We have not forgotten you on this Memorial Day.
Rick.... It seems like only yesterday you were beating on your chest saying...Hear that? Its the sound of freedom (helicopter). I am honored and blessed to call you my friend. I miss you.
Lots of Love to The Crocker Family this memorial Day. Rick left this world a better place. I love you Crocker family!
The past 2 weeks have been about you! First Chris Douglas stopped by the station to see the place and people you spoke of so often and then I sent an email to Glen Thibault to tell him about meeting Chris. This past week we did a bone marrow drive and one of the people involved was Steve Kroesen - Torrance PD. He looked so familiar but I couldn't quite place him. He told me that he was your neighbor in Redondo Beach! Make sure you watch over Steve, he has his bone marrow transplant coming up soon. It was so good to spend time with Chris - how funny and fitting to find that you were exactly the same person as a Marine as you were in SMPD. Asking if you could kick a soccer ball into the middle of an important briefing... no one but you!
In celebration of Rick's birthday today, I will go to the beach, relax, and watch the sunset.
Rick, was just thinking of you during the holidays. I'm deployed in Afghanistan and was just thinking of our time together in 2004. You are thought of often, my friend; and missed greatly. Our work continues, as does the inspiration you always provided.
As this Christmas season approaches, we are reminded of the reason, and of 'good will toward men'. Rick you spent your life with acts of good will toward others. You are not forgotten. Though I know it's still hard for your family in dealing with your loss, may the knowledge of all you did for others bring them comfort, and make them smile at the memories.
Three years seem to pass so quickly and next year is already on the horizon.
Maj Crocker always had a way of letting us know that Cali had the better weather when training in Lejeune lol . The 5th CAG and the Marine Corps lost one hell of a Marine- R.I.P.
SGT Clark 5th CAG DET 4 TEAM 2
It’s hard to believe you left us three years ago. As you often told me, "just keeping it real" well my friend, your legacy is very real. Not a day will go by that you won't be remembered, with a portion of the I-10 just prior to entering the city you served so well named after you.
It has been my honor to present the award named for you at DCI and spending a few cherished moments with your mom and sister.
Rick my friend you are not and will not be forgotten.
God took you from us three years ago today, and when he did, he took a piece of me. I pray your spirit is at peace. Tu madre que te quiere siempre.
As a Santa Monica Police Officer and Role Model in the Police Activities League (PAL), you made this city and its children safer and proud.
As a Marine, you made our Nation greater and more secure.
Rest in the arms of God, Sir, and know that I, and all of us here, are eternally grateful for your service and sacrifice...we shall never forget.
Holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.
The Wind on The Downs
“I like to think of you as brown and tall,
As strong and living as you used to be,
In khaki tunic, Sam Brown belt and all,
And standing there and laughing down at me.
Because they tell me, dear, that you are dead,
Because I can no longer see your face,
You have not died, it is not true, instead
You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe;
I hear you laughing as you used to do,
Yet loving all the things I think of you;
And knowing you are happy, should I grieve?
You follow and are watchful where I go.”
(Written by Marian Allen during World War l )
Two lines that I wish you to keep near your heart…….
“You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe”
I did not know Ricardo, but I am remembering
his service. He is my hero. !
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
The Other Side
i'm over on the other side
where life and death softly divide.
left my skin and bones behind
now i'm over on the other side.
can you feel me there with you?
my breath is gone but i'm not through.
loved you then and i still do
from over on the other side.
i can fly. really fly.
below the earth ... all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.
it's good here on the other side.
the sweetest songs...the bluest skies.
thank you for the tears you cried
but it's good here on the other side.
i can fly. really fly. below the earth...all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side
the world is smaller than a needle's eye.
where life and death softly divide.
when you leave your skin and bones behind
i'll be waiting on the other side.
i can fly. really fly. below the earth ... all through the sky.
go tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.
Song lyrics by Don Conoscenti
C Desert Muse/SESAC
(Used with permission)
“I hope it brings great comfort to any and all.
Peace on you. DonCon” 4-2008
Visit this link to hear the song.
The Other Side –
Deb Estep ~ Ohio
Proud Air Force Mom and MIL
Remembering The Fallen – Blog
Please contact me and I will email you back a copy of my
Angel and soldier drawing I have shared here.
Hardly a day goes by that I don't remember Rick. A great friend, Marine officer, police officer - the best of men. His memory continues to inspire me to live better through the example he set. I can't think of a better way to honor his life tomorrow than to be on duty. I miss you, Brother.
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Maj Crocker!
Happy Birthday, I miss you.
Your favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, was not the same without you. However, you would have been proud of the meal your brother Carlos cooked. The turkey was cooked to perfection (a lot better than the one I cooked for you)....sorry, no pumpkin pie. We miss you. You are always in our hearts, prayers and thoughts. Christmas is next week...and I'll light a special candle for you and one for your sister,Linda Maria. I love and miss you. Mom
Your spirit remains in or hearts and in our thoughts. As the war continues the sadness of those who have sacrificed continues - a memory arises of you and your convictions to be a great man, servant, son and soldier. You are missed - yet so much of you continues to live vividly in the memories of those you touched.
I took some Redondo Beach sand and left it with Rick in Puerto Rico. Next year I'll leave him some Dodger tickets (they better win the game).
There is nothing that I can say or do to take away the pain or bring you peace in your time of sorrow, but I will offer you and your family my heart felt condolences. I also offer you my prayers that in time the pain will easy and the memories of your HERO will carry you through each day and night. I want to thank your HERO, for his/her selfless act of becoming a member of the armed forces, his/her willingness to defend the United States of America, all that we hold sacred and for the sacrifice that will forever be etched in the memories of all those who knew him/her. Though tears can never bring him/her back, we hope that our tears express our gratitude for the sacrifice that he/she made and our sorrow at his/her passing. I believe for every fallen HERO there is a star shining brightly up above to remind us of the precious gift we were given.
Your mission on earth is complete and you are now a member of GOD’s Heavenly armed forces. Stand down brave warrior and take your rightful place in Heaven with all the HEROES who have passed before.
I made a special promise to LE RON A. WILSON, a dear family friend who joined the Army with three other friends, one of whom is my son (Le Ron was killed in action on 07/06/07 at the age of 18) on the day he was laid to rest as I touched his coffin, that I would never forget him nor would I forget those that gave their lives for our country before him, with him and after him and so when I came across www.legacy.com, I thought what a great way to keep my promise to Le Ron, so I will continue to leave tributes in each guest book until the day there is no longer the need to leave these tributes to a FALLEN HERO.
REST IN PEACE, HERO, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!
PROUD MOTHER OF A U.S. SOLDIER
Currently stationed in Germany
Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)
You are not forgotten my dear. You made an incredible impact on my kids when they were young, we were going thru pics the other nite and had several of you playing with Robert and Brianna when they were 5 and 6 and one of you holding Robert when he was 1! Iam going to get these pics up on here I promise! Yea I am writing this like I am talking to you, well I am. My brother John still has such fond memories of you and him traveling all over Europe together. He told me about the one with you and he and Manny in the desert riding camels in Morracco when the rain came and you all almost got washed away. And the monkeys at the Rock of Gilbraltor. Not to mention the girls you guys all hung out with! Player!! lol (LOve ya ) You are alive in our hearts and minds always brother. I love you and so does my kids and husband!
Still thinking about you and will always honer your sacrifice Rick. Semper Fi Marine.
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Maj Crocker and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
As another year has come and gone it still doesn't seem real. Rick, your memory and spirit lives on. It is often said, "Gone but not forgotten" Rick my friend you will never be forgotten. Thank you.
To The Crocker Family: The vast numbers of each life touched by your son may not be known, but he will not be forgotten. He was a HERO to many. May God Bless you all on this day, and every day for having such a wonderful son.
One important thing to remember about our lives is it is not how we die that matters, but how we choose to live. Rick lived his life as a wonderful example of service and love for mankind. Thank you Rick. I will always remember you. BIG HUG to the Crocker family. You are in my prayers this Memorial weekend.
On this date 2 years ago I lost you however,your spirit lives on. You and your sister, Linda, are always in my thoughts and in my heart. Love and miss you both, Mom
In Remembrance of Maj. Ricardo A. Crocker, with so much gratitude for his Courage, Dedication and Service to our Country and for Freedom.
May Ricardo, rest safely in God's Care and know that he is a True American hero, that shall Never Be Forgotten.
May the Peace of the Lord continue to be with the Crocker family.
There will Never Be Enough Ways, to Humbly Thank these Young Heroes, for their Sacrifices, my brother among them. Killed in action in Vietnam in 1967.
"And God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes,
there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying,
there shall be no more pain.
For the former things have have passed away."
May you find peace in knowing the love and memories you have, will remain in your heart forever and that this Country Remembers Ricardo's Sacrifice.
I am So Deeply Sorry for your loss.
As an American I am grateful to and will never forget Maj. Crocker and his sacrifice. As a citizen of Santa Monica, Ca. I will always be honored that Officer Crocker of the Santa Monica P.D. protected me on the homefront, too.
God Bless, Sir, and Thank You.
James Paul Zeruk jr.
My son, your birthday was just a few days ago. You are now 41 years old. I love and miss you very much. I know you are in good hands. love you, mom
“Paid in Full”
To Honor The Service of Fallen and Injured Marines
Marines through and through, they paid the price
Six thousand miles away, we live the life
For which they paid with their blood, spirits and bodies
We will never forget what they paid in full
We hope and we pray that somehow their loved ones find comfort
In God, in the flag, in the memory of their loved ones’ bravery
They’re gone now but we see them still…proud, strong, willing
Covering each other’s backs… courageous, moving forward
What kind of love did they have for us to be willing
To give it all for the Black, White, Jew, Christian, Muslim?
We don’t comprehend but we honor you now and forever
You are Our Marines…some living…some not
Forever in our hearts we will cherish your lives
Lives too short yet immortal they’ll be
Highest brotherhood of the Few, the Proud
They stand at attention, and we gaze with awe
Some know their names not, but our admiration for them
Flows limitless within us, between us
They sacrificed their limbs or their lives
Freedom still rings, a soft sound across the miles
It tolls slowly; all of creation takes note
Of the lives that were lost for people unknown
Out of sight but not lost; forever among us
The starched blues marching straight
Toward the place where we will meet them
Many years from now…how we loved them…
Well done beloved Brothers and Sisters…You’ve paid it in full
Always Faithful Marines, You Have Paid it in Full
Merry Christmas Rick. I miss you so much my friend. I pray this world will some day know peace. To Rick's family -- know we will not forget him.
Merry Christmas, Rick. I wish you were alive for me to be able to tell you in person, my friend. To Rick's family--my prayers are with you. God Bless you this holiday season.
Here I am going on my second year in Iraq and still thinking about you and the leadership that you brought to the table. I miss our brief time in western Iraq and wish that you were still here.
God bless you and your family.
You will not be forgotten.
LT Aaron Isaacson
MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS. I HAVE JUST LEARNED OF YOUR GREAT LOSS AND WISH TO EXPRESS MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES. PLEASE KNOW THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT HERE WHO DO CARE AND YOUR HERO WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. HOLD TIGHT TO YOUR TREASURED MEMORIES THAT HIS SPECIAL SMILE MAY CONTINUE TO SHINE ON. I PRAY THAT PEACE WILL FIND YOU ALL SOMEDAY. STAY STRONG AND GODSPEED. SEMPER FI
A PROUD MARINE MOM
I remember reading about Maj. Crocker as if it were yesterday. I remember writing a letter to him and sending it off in the mail to him briefly telling him about my husband and son serving in Iraq. Little did I know just a few days later I was advised of his death through a friend in Classmates. I never knew him personally - but read much about his daily activities that he wrote about. I cry every time I hear of a Soldier's death. I think about his family and how blessed they are and how proud they must be for his service to our country. For all of our families and our Soldiers that continue to serve, I thank you. God Bless Maj. Crocker Family and have a blessed day.
On this Memorial Day 2006, we remember our dear Email Buddy Rick. We want to send our prayers out to his loving family. It was a pleasure to be a part of Rick's life for a few short years.We will NEVER forget him. My we all continue to Pray for all of the Military and their families for their heroic sacrifices. God Bless you all & God still blesses America...Because of people like Rick.
In Remembrance, George & Linda Damarjian, West Hills, Ca.
Love and prayers to the family of Officer Crocker (as I knew him) on this Memorial Day weekend.
As we observe the Memorial Day Holiday weekend, we also remember Major Rick, whom we lost just one year ago, as he gave his life fighting for the freedom of others and to guarantee the freedoms that we continue to enjoy in our own country. My husband and I will again be attending our city's Memorial Day Ceremony tomorrow, as we have in previous years. Last year, Rick was saluted and remembered during the ceremony...This year, we continue to remember and thank him in our hearts for what he did for us and for what he meant to everyone who knew him...We were ones who knew him only through his eloquent emails...and to this day, we cannot bring ourselves to remove his email address from our address book.
Our prayers go out to Rick's family and close friends, with the hope that the past 12 months have brought peace to your hearts and many wonderful memories of Rick that will keep him close to you forever.
Pam and Jon Kirkwood
Dear Mrs. Garcia,
I was thinking of Rick today and I received an e-mail from a friend of his in remembrence of his death and decided to check into the Guest Book and let you know that Rick is not forgotten. I am one of those who did not know him personally but who received his wonderful e-mails which made you feel like you were a friend.
I still miss those letters and him.
In just a few weeks I will honor my son's untimely death. In my heart he lives on forever. May he find peace.
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
This is a verse that I have found to be comforting to me during my husbands death. Remember that when it seems that no one else is round, God is still there with you! And he will be your rock!
My daughter,McKaLyne, and I send our heartfelt sympathy for your loss! God Bless this warrior, God Bless those whom serve freedom's cause! They are our true HERO's!!!!
If you need anything, please feel free to contact me!!!
Wife & Daughter of the Late
Sgt. Audrey Daron Lunsford
KIA May 23, 2005
We too miss Rick & all of the email updates we use to get from him. He was so great & faithful in keeping in touch. In fact I can't even delete his name from our buddy list. I guess we just want to remember him & that seems to help . We use to send pkgs to him with stuff to give out and I know that he would want us to still do that for the others that are there. I have a list of names and items needed if anyone would want to send things to our military over there. Esp. with Christmas coming soon. Please let me know if you are interested... I know it would bring honor to do this with Rick's memory in mind. Thanks, We miss you Major Rick.
Bless you his family,
Love George & Linda
It's been nearly half a year since we lost you, but you will never be forgotten. Seems like the best among us are taken first..makes the rest of us feel undeserving of the special place we live that you gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect. So many great memories of you as my neighbor and friend. My kids adored you!! Whenever I remember you I will always remember the year we shared Dodger tickets together, and as we sat in our seats sipping beer, looking out over the green baseball field with the beautiful mountains as a backdrop and you saying "this is the most peaceful place on earth". Now, perhaps you would say the second most peaceful place. God Bless you and your family we will not let your memory fade.
Hi Bro,Miss you tons,miss our letters on cardboard boxes,miss your being. Nice to see where your at in Puerto Rico, will visit again soon.Can`t wait to see you again. Your Meeja
I only new Major Crocker for a short time in Iraq, just as he was leaving his first tour and arriving for his second tour...he brought laughter and joy to an otherwise mundane place. Thank you Major!
BU2 Hollman (MEG OICC Al Asad)
I had the pleasure of knowing Ricardo as a classmate in the Los Angeles Sheriff's Academy.
To the Family of Major Ricardo Crocker: Thank you for the gift you have given. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Ricardo has gone home to a better place.
Riverside County Sheriff's Department
To The friends and Family Of Major Crocker iam very deeply sorry for your loss I had the pleasure of being under the comand of then 2nd Lieutenant Crocker we served together in Desert Storm Desert Shield Bravo Company 1 battalion 5th Marines in fact i was his radio man for a short while I was 20 years old at the time and was new to the corps he was my first Lieutenant and i have to say one of my favorites we lived in the saudi desert together for 8 months i learned alot from him.A quick short story my platoon and myself (during desert shield)managed to get ahold of a football and we started a game of tackle football out in the middle of the desert along came Lieutenant Crocker and asked if he could play we said sure but we were all a little hesitant to tackle him because he was a Lieutenant after a few plays he noticed we werent tackling him and he told us we better start tacklin him or he was going to continue running us over so the very next play all 10 of us tackled him just about as hard as ive ever seen someone get tackled he jumped right up and thats what im lookin for i often think about this story.I am from the southbay and i wish i had known Major Crocker worked and lived so close because i would have loved to walk up to him and shake his hand and thank him.He will truly be missed.
Sincerly Paul E. Huff Bravo Co. 1/5
To the Crocker family.
My deepest sympathy for your great loss. I had the pleasure of working with Rick at PAL. When I heard of his passing, I immediately remembered 2 things about Rick- His laughter and his love for Nirvana. We shared a million stories that ranged from surfing to his love of Popusas(Latin Food). I will truly miss you. You and your family will be in my everyday prayers.
Hi, I am a friend of CDR Glenn Thibault. Glenn has often communicated how much Rick meant to him, as they quickly became best friends at Camp Hit. I want to let the family and friends of Rick know that he is not going to be forgotten and you are not forgotten. So many prayers go up for you each day, and so many are thinking of you. I am so thankful for the service and sacrifices of these men in Iraq. And when a man makes the ultimate sacrifice, such as Rick has, that is very touching and unforgettable. Having never met him, I can still see in his eyes in his pictures that he was a caring person and there are numerous testimonies of how awesome of a Marine he was. And I know Glenn and the men and women who served with him considered him family and will miss him terribly. I can only pray for God to heal the hearts of them as well as Rick's family and friends. And I make the committment to continue this prayer for you all. God bless you guys over there in Iraq. You guys are awesome! I am so proud of you all! And thank you for believing in this country and freedom enough to go over there and do what you are doing. It's incredible! You're incredible! And God bless Rick's loved ones! Love and hugs, Jamie Smith
I am the wife of CDR Glenn Thibault, the Battalion Surgeon at Camp Hit, Iraq. I feel like I met Ric because Glenn wrote about him so often in his e-mails to our family and friends. I also have read various articles and guest book entries about Ric, and I wish that I had been able to meet such an exceptional man. He was a true humanitarian and brought out the best in everyone around him. When Glenn e-mailed me to let me know of Ric's death, I sent an e-mail to our "friends and family" e-mail group. The people who have been following Glenn's life in Iraq responded with sorrow, feeling that they too, had known Ric personally from reading about him and seeing him through Glenn's eyes. Some of Glenn's journal entries have been in our local newspaper, and people in our community had heard about Ric and his work in Iraq through that medium, so our community was also touched by his loss. I would like Ric's family to know that many people in our group of friends, family, and neighbors have prayed for his family--from as far away as Belgium, where my cousin is a missionary, in FL where we have many friends in the area of our old duty station, and here in upstate NY. Ric's family has been prayed for in the private prayers of these people and in worship servies at their churches. When my father passed away three years ago, my mom and I learned that God gives you the comfort and strength to face what you thought you couldn't handle, and I know that Ric's family will find that true as well. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, and thank you for sharing Ric with us and with the world.
Rick always put a smile on my face. I had the good fortune of knowing Rick from working with him at SMPD during the last ten years. When I heard of his passing, I had just returned from a trip to Ireland and Scotland. Rick and I were always swapping stories about our travel adventures. I still can't fathom that he is gone from this earth. But I will always treasure my memories of him, of his incredible sense of humor and his ability to laugh at himself. What a humble, kind, compassionate human being! I consider it a blessing to have known him. To the Crocker Family: Thank you for sharing him with us. To Rick: Thank you for your courage and your friendship. I will miss you! Love, Kathy
Rick Crocker...wow i was shoked to hear that awful news i couldnt stop crying. im 14 years old, Rick was great with kids, i remember going to his work and seeing all those kids just laughing and playing with him. He always brought joy to the room! He got me to love the DODGERS! We went to a game once and that was so fun (even though they lost)! Me and Rick have the same birthday, i remember i got a big vase of flowers and a teddy bear from him. i was so excited to see that the flowers were from him! Even though i hardly knew him he still felt like an older brother! I will always remember him and will keep praying for his family. God bless..
When we first met Rick some ten years ago we learned not only how to enjoy the South Bay, but to enjoy life. Rick's boundless enthusiasm for his friends, his passion for serving the community, his family and his friends is a legacy for all to emulate. His passion for personal achievement was not for bragging rights, but for personal satisfaction. Rick's legacy will live with all of those he touched during his short life and we are blessed to be amongst them. Our deepest sympathies to the entire Crocker family.
Dear friends & family of Major Rick Crocker,
I am the Battalion Surgeon for Camp Hit and a good friend of Rick's for the past several months. I share in your grief for his loss--the loss of the head of our civil action group team, the loss of an outstanding Marine, the loss of a great policeman with a promising career, the loss to the Iraqi people of one of their champions, and for me personally, the loss of my best friend in Hit. Though he is gone, our memories of Rick will live on, memories to cherish.
When Rick asked me to join his team he took time to tell me about his Marines. He beamed as he spoke of them. He was so proud of his team I could hardly wait to join them. At the memorial service for Rick in Hit today the depth of the grief of his Marines at his loss was clear evidence of their love for their leader.
Over the past few months Rick & I went on 5 missions together from the top of our area of operation to the bottom, to medical clinics to assess their needs & hand out supplies, to schools to see how the buildings he paid for turned out, to bridges, roads and sewer projects. We took hundreds of photos of our missions and spent hours looking over them, complimenting each other on the shot.
During the preparation for these missions I enjoyed seeing Rick in action with his troops, quizzing them on security arrangements, the route to and from the site we were visiting, things not to do, like run over potholes (that often contain mines) or cutting turns too sharply. Whenever a Marine got the answer correct, Rick was like "That's it! Right on! Outstanding!" I learned a lot from these sessions, both about the information discussed as well as how to interact with the Marines.
On the missions Rick was always a stickler for security. He wanted us all to be safe. If anyone was going to be hurt, he wanted it to be himself. He was always the first out of the vehicle, the first into the buildings, and the first to make contact with the Iraqis. He was confident with his planning, confident with a radio and confident with his weapon and it was that confidence that I think made me, as a physician, feel safe when I was with him, even in the most historically violent of Iraqi towns. I guess having the Battalion Surgeon with him on these missions also gave him a certain level of reassurance.
Rick knew the importance of Civil Affairs to the future of Iraq. He enjoyed what he did. He was not fluent in Arabic but always found a way to make a crowd of Iraqis smile and laugh. Rick went through life with confidence, with enthusiasm and with a smile, leaving in his wake a trail of people feeling better about themselves, feeling more confident in what they are doing, and feeling happier for having met him. We'll miss you, Rick. Semper Fi, my friend.
To My New Family:
My name is Jeanette Garcia and I am Rick Crocker's mom.Every member of my nuclear/extended family wants to thank each and everyone who shared their life with my son Rick. He became a better marine, man, son and friend as he learned from you. I am forever grateful to everyone who supported my son at the time of his death. It brings me solace to know he died accompanied by his family of marines. He did not die alone. He did not die in vain. I will miss my son as long as there is breath in my body. I believe he completed his mission on earth and surrended his spirit to a vastness unknown to mortals. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your families and many innocent victims of this war. Free your hearts from prolonged anger as it is cancerous. Thank you for sharing your life with my son. Thank you for defending our country and protecting our freedoms. Thank you for being you and for caring enough to bring comfort to my family.
I'll pray for your safe return home.
Jeanette Garcia "Proud Marine's Mom"
You are one the few people that I have met in my life that smiled more then I do. You always greeted me with a smile, a joke and a respectable handshake. I'll never forget how you loved the way I carried my rifle on patrol and how your tattoo rivaled mine, as far as tough infantry tattoo's are concerned. You became an instant friend and mentor to me whether you knew it or not and I'll never forget you.
~Semper Fidelis=Fidelis ad Mortem~
All my love and respect,
Captain Sean M. O'Neill
1st Platoon Commander
Kilo Company, 3/25
I spent four years with Ric in college in Washington, DC and when I think of him and my interaction with him during those times all I can do is shake my head, smile and laugh. I cannot recall a time with him that was not joyful. Even when we were hard at work studying (yes, we did that occasionally), Ric's terrific attitude and even-keeled personality -- one filled with humor and peacefulness -- always helped us keep life in perspective and reminded us to smile.
I only knew Major Crocker for the few months we were in Camp Hit together. We did a couple of operations, spent the night freezing in a sand storm and walked several miles on patrol together. Major Crocker was a good man who genuinely cared for the people he was here to help. In a place where it is so easy to be consumed by hatred, he chose to do his best to make this country a better place.
I only knew Maj Crocker for a couple of months while serving with him in Iraq. He was an impressive Marine, and you could tell he cared about his job, but more importantly every Marine he came in contact with. I was close to him during the attack that took his life, and I am sorry to see such a great man go. At the time he was hit, he was doing what every great Marine Officer does, he was talking with Marines. We went on to fight for about an hour before the firefight subsided. Maj Crocker will be missed by all here with Kilo Company 3/25.
Life is so precious-I met Rick only for a brief time but will always remember him for his big heart and gentleness. I am now a 5th grade teacher at an elementary school in Brentwood and I will never forget how much Rick loved working with the youth activities group. I met Rick during my credential process and he was always so cheerful and optimistic while I was in the midst of all my classes. I feel so blessed to have known such a caring,gentle and wonderful person.
He truely will be missed and we have lost a great American Patriot.
I knew Rick Crocker for over 20 years. When I think of him, I think of some of the best times in my life that we spent together in college with Erik, Tim, George, Bill, and Tom. He was a terrific friend, he was a superb leader of Marines, and I have no doubt that he was an excellent police officer. He made more of a difference in 39 years than most can hope to make in 80. I think the work he did for children in California pretty much sums up how good of a human being he was. He made a tremendous difference in Iraq and he's a friend I will never forget. Semper Fidelis to you, Rick, and God Bless your family & many friends.
Rick Crocker put me in the Marine Corps.
Stepping into the Officer Selection Office in L.A., my first impression of a real Marine Officer was 1st Lt. Rick Crocker.
He made a very impressive sight; him and Gunny Batiste, who was huge. I took a look at those two, and thought, "wow, what do the Marines feed these guys?"
Rick was very friendly, despite his imposing appearance. Hanging on the wall of his office were some some photos of him and his buddies from B/1/5 out in the desert during the first gulf war. He remarked to me how strange he thought it that here he was, back from the war, and people in the U.S. were going about their business as if nothing unusual had happened.
After OCS and Basic School, I was assigned to 1/5, and Rick came to visit. He was training for the L.A. Marathon. We ran sixteen miles and went out for breakfast afterwards in San Clemente. He was always such a good natured, friendly and approachable guy, It wasn't just a recruiter's act. He was the real deal: A real Marine and a really great man.
Semper Fi Mac
Jon Moberg, civilian
Knowing Rick, he is watching all of this and wondering what all the fuss is about! Rick, in true hero fashion, wasn't one to ever expect or ask for accolades and public recognition for his service; He simply did the very best job that he could, and without even realizing it, was setting the example in his day to day life for many to follow. I only worked with Rick at the police department, where he was unfailingly hard working, positive, humble, respectful and caring of others. But, it is quite obvious from the many people he met and knew across the nation who loved and respected him, that he was consistently so in everything he did, whatever the assignment, and where ever it took him. It was so "Rick" to ask - in the packages we sent over to him and his fellow Marines - that we please remember to include something for the children in the towns where he worked. He was so appreciative that people wanted to send food and things to make life a little more bearable for him and his team mates in the desert of Iraq, and worried that it was inconveniencing others. No words can describe the respect I have for Rick and how proud I am to have known him. If we are very, very fortunate, we get to meet and know someone like a Rick Crocker in our lifetimes. And it speaks volumes about what an amazing person he was to see how much everyone thought of him, and how deeply we will all miss him. Rick's example in life has raised the bar for us all - our legacy to him should include striving to give as much, and be as good a person, as he was. His spirit will live on in the Santa Monica Police Department, as I know it will with his other "family" the Marine Corps. Rick, God bless you for all you did so selflessly for others, and for being such a good friend to so many. And to Rick's family - God bless you during this time and always.
I first met Major Crocker while deployed to Iraq in September 2004. My civil affairs team and I replaced Major Crocker's team. Before Major Crocker left, I joked with him telling him that I would see him in 7 months. Major Crocker replied with a sort of "I don't think so" comment. I would soon learn that Major Crocker would be coming back to Iraq. While in Al Asad, I ran into Major Crocker at the chow of all places. I just had to bust his chops about him coming back. Major Crocker just lowered his head and grinned as to politely say, "You got me Gunny". We laughed and joked for a few minutes. Before departing for home, I shook his hand and told him to be careful. A truly great and caring officer. Semper Fi Sir!
Gone, But NEVER forgotten! Rest easy brother. a message from a "Brother in Arms", BU2 R. Jeff Teeters NMCB3 Blue team/Seal Team 1 & Friend to Colleen & Lauri Shimmons
I will keep you and your family in my daily prayres, I've also added you to my church's prayer list. I will miss Ric very much, he was very special to me. He felt like a brother to me, I would constantly tease him. Thank you for lending him to us for a time, we appreicate it. God bless.
I met Rick about 12 years ago. He was a Marine recruiter in Los Angeles and in his spare time was coaching young kids in a YMCA basketball program. I attended his graduation from the police academy and later went on a police ride-a-along. He loved the beach, the surf, the Dodgers, hiking and being with his friends. Professionally he was a hard charger...but privately he was an easy going guy. He wanted to teach. He's taught us all...life is short...live it to the fullest.
I am proud to call him my friend.
Rick, I hope you and Ray are having a beer together in heaven. God Bless your family.
I knew Rick Crocker as a dedicated police officer who brought a positive attitude and an unmatched sense of humor to the workplace. He will be sorely missed by his many friends, co-workers, and the general public at-large. My deepest condolences to his family.
To the Crocker family: I wish I had the honor of knowing Rick. I have only had a chance to see the same qualities within his brother Carlos (humor, compassion, courage, wit, intelligence and heart.) These qualities are obviously born from the strength and love of family you all share. I wish you all well during this difficult time,and if there is anything I can do.... And to Rick: Thank you for your courage,strength,conviction, contributions and heart. You are a gift.You will be greatly missed.Have a blessed journey...
I returned today after being away for two and a half weeks. While out of town, a dear friend called to tell me the very sad news that we had lost Rick to the war. We are honored to have known such a fine young man in your beloved son and brother, Rick.
Many days I would pass Rick in our hallways and he would give me a big smile and "Good day, Madam," which always brightened my day. But through other coworkers, I knew of his heroics, e-mails from afar and love for the children of PAL, and his outstanding work here at SMPD, and especially his love of family.
Rick also was a guardian angel of sorts to my goddaughter (Erica Little) who was deployed to Iraq at age 19 out of Atlanta, Georgia. I felt assured that she was going to be alright knowing that he was there too being the strong Marine that he could be, fighting for our country. She came home the day I arrived in Atlanta for my granddaughter's graduation for a two week leave. Now, I must pray even stronger for her safe return while Rick watches over her from the heavens above.
God Bless you in your time of grief and sorrow and know that Rick will be sorely missed.
"Ultimately we have just one moral duty;
to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves,
more and more peace,
and to reflect it toward others.
And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will be in our troubled world."
I was lucky enough to meet during my time working at SMPD. He was a friendly guy who always took the time to say a word or two when passing by, even when you could tell he had something to take care of. He will be missed.
Major Crocker was the true definition of a leader. I had the honor to serve with Major Crocker in his first tour and he always tried to cheer us up regardless of what situation we were in. I will always remember him. My prayers are with the Crocker family. Semper Fidelis, sir.
Sgt Ortega, USMC
I was lucky and privileged enough to meet Rick as a neighbor in Hermosa Beach. Rick always had a smile on his face and always put a smile on yours. He was a great person and a great friend. God Bless and thanks to Rick and all of our military for serving for peace and liberty.
While working for SMPD, I had the privilege of meeting Rick. But it was through his girlfriend that I got to know him. After seeing the mountain of emails he sent to her from Iraq and hearing of the countless memories she shared with him over their four years together, to me, he is now more than a true war hero, an exceptional police officer, and a friendly acquaintance. He is someone that this world will be a much, much lesser place without.
To Rick & crocker family, It's still hard to think of rick not comming back. He was such a good friend to us here at Skylark apartments. There just arent enough superlatives that can be used in describing his character. We enjoyed many a sunset together and will miss him terribly over the years.I always thought I'd see rick one more time. His death is a tragic loss to all us. Rick.. I probably dont have to tell you this.. you probably already knew..But Charlie and I both loved you a great deal. Vaya Con Dios Mi Hermano.
Dear Crocker Family,
As a teacher in Santa Monica, I read of Rick's passing in an email from the district. I was deeply touched by the Rick's commitment to his community and his country and wish to send my condolences to you.
I never had the opportunity to meet Rick in person. All of my dealing with him was when asked to create a life sized image of him for his homecoming late in 2004. In his smile I got a glimpse of his character. After hearing of his passing, I was asked to create the image displays for the public ceremony. I attended the services and was extremely touched by all those that were touched by him. I life lived well is one that makes those important connections. Being a Vietnam Vet and a Santa Monica resident, I was honored to make the little contact I had with this young man. What I got was a man with the heart of a lion and the compassion of a true human being.
Our Brother Rick, You ROCK Bro!! Certainly is one way of keepin it real.
As I`ve said when the word friend comes up, my meaning,is Laurie and Rick. Your bond was unspoken. No one would or could begin to comprehend the relationship the two of you had.I`ll miss you tons for myself but for her I`ll miss you more. Laurie? Oh no Bro Laurie`s ok. She gets it!! Thanks for the vistit , that was huge. Hey, I`ll miss our sleep overs, the long talks well into the night, shared sunsets at San Clemente,coffee(of course),our once a week bean and cheese burrito, ok we`ll keep eating those but---
You are an amazing soul my Brother!!Rest well and know that we are honored to have you as our Angel. I along with everyone else is blessed to have had you in our lives. Till we meet again! All my heart, Your Meha, Colleen
AFTER RADING THE MANY TRIBUTESTO MAJOR RICK FROM ACROSS AMERICA, IT SHOWS THE APPRECIATION AND ADMIRATION WE ALL HAD FOR THIS YOUNG MAN WHO WROTE FROM HIS HEART. HE GAVE US A FIRST HAND VIEW OF THE PROGRESS HE AND OUR FIGHTING MEN WERE MAKING.
HIS LETTERS WERE FAIR AND HONEST AND AT TIMES HEARTBREAKIKNG. HE FELT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF KEEPING US ALL INFORMED. WE SHALL BE EVER GRATEFUL. OUR ADMIRATION AND SORROW KNOW NO BOUNDS.
Major (Officer) Ricardo Crocker, you are a hero to the loved ones and friends you left behind. It was an honor and a privilege to know and work with you. You will be sorely missed...honorable men always are. "Unbounded courage and compassion joined to make him good and great...these together made the hero and the man complete."
I first met Rico about 17 years ago. He and my brother and another friend all met in Europe and traveled together. Rico visited our home here in Georgia with my brother. He was always so fun to be around. We just loved him! My kids loved him! He was so easy to talk to and so sweet and loving. I remember when he met us all at the beach in North Carolina and hung our with us for 3 days and I video taped him on the top of our kids bunk beds just being a goof ball. I just remember being able to talk to him about anything. He automatically made you feel comfortable with him and at ease. I remember how he loved Marvin Gaye! I remember us or my sister sending him a tape of Marvin over to him when he was in Desert Strom. Even though I had not seen him in years prior to his passing, I often thought of him and loved him. He was just that type of person who made a lasting impression on you. We were so sorry we could not make it to the funeral. But his family is in our prayers. Rico was and is a dedicated and loyal soldier to his country , we need more people like him in this world. My heart breaks at his passing, but we know he is happier now and being rewarded for his service to this country, his community and to anyone who he ran into. He made everyone feel special and important. I will post some pictures of us a few years back. ( HE was in his 20's I believe and so adorable!) God bless the Crocker family and you are in our prayers and hearts forever! Until we all meet again!
I had the pleasure and honor of serving with Rick from late last year up until his last day. It turns out we were both in Iraq last year with 3rd CAG, but I didn't meet him until we both got back in September/October. We spent quite a bit of time both before we came out here to 5th CAG, and then in North Carolina getting ready for this deployment. I don't have to tell anybody that is reading this what kind of a man Rick was, and the impressions he made on everyone around him. I've had people that might have only spent one day around him describe him to me as if they'd known him as long as I had, and I think they'll feel his loss as strongly as I do. He was that kind of a guy.
Fair winds and following seas, my friend. That's a hell of a way to get out of our bet!
Dear Crocker Family,
The first time I met Rick, sadly to say I do not remember. Rick said I stopped him for a traffic violation when he was applying for the deparment. I do remember working with Rick for all the years he was here at Santa Monica Police Department. Rick always had a smile on his face, even during agonizing and stressful times. He was ever willing to help out anyone at a moments notice. When I waw running the o-course while testing for the SET Team, Rick ran with me for a portion of the course to encourage me and keep me going.
He was an example to all of us. His dedication to his family, his country, his fellow officers, to children and to the Marine Crop, was exemplary.
Rick, I will miss you until the day I join you in heaven.
God Bless the Crocker Family.
Every once in a while someone like Rick Crocker comes along, a guy who seems to effortlessly help make other people's lives better. I never met Rick. I was only told by a friend of his life and his impact. It has truly been touching to read so many tributes, especially since so many of you knew him. I mourn for all of you and to some degree to this world for having lost someone like Rick. But I also give thanks someone like Rick was here to make the difference he did. A great man we all should remember and honor.
To the Crocker Family, I want to thank you for sharing Rick with so many of us. Rick became one of my best friends, but I always knew I was one of so many friends of his. The amazing thing is we each felt as we were the special friend. I don't have to tell you how special Rick was to us all. But I do want to tell you that Rick has touched so many. There are generations not yet born who will be touched by this great man. Children tobe born and treated in hospitals in Iraq which Rick helped to fund and pushed to be built to children of PAL kids. The kids that Rick taught, pushed to dream and than follow that dream. I am a better person for knowing Rick and of his legacy. God bless you all. Mark kessler
To Rick"s Family....
I met your son thru my son when they were all roomates in Hermosa...I sent him care pkgs.. and letters .... He was a great guy we will miss him .... SEMPER FI
To an officer and a gentleman, you will be sorely missed. It has been my pleasure to have known such a wonderful person. May the light of God shine down upon your family during this difficult time. Good night Rick. Love Dorris
Dearest Crocker Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I pray that God gives you the courage and strength to cope with your loss. I knew Rick from SMPD and I am grateful that I met him. He was the sweetest, kindest, happiest officer that I have ever met. I will always remember this heroe and keep you in my prayers.
Rick you are a true HERO. May God bless you and your family. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the freedom and sacrifice you have given to us all. You will be missed
My prayers for strength go out to the family. Ofr. Crocker was a wonderful person with a charismatic personality who left an impression on all the people he came in contact with, including myself. He left a legacy of humanity that his family can be proud of.
Rick, aka Jon Favreau, which you hated me calling you, I will miss greatly. I will miss your smile and your optimistic way of looking at life. You always had a way of finding the right words to say to get anyone through any hardships they may come across. You, of all people, would have had the right words to get us all through this. I know you would not want us to be sad, but to continue living our lives to the fullest, with you as our inspiration. I have never met anyone as humble as you, considering your vast accomplishments, both professionally and personally. I know at this time your would want us to pray for your family, friends, and also the person you loved until the end, Sandy. Like I promised you the first time you left, I will continue to watch out for her, and with your spiritual guidance, offer her words of wisdom to get her through this tough time. But Rick, you and I both know, that this isn't the end, and this isn't a goodbye, it's until we all meet again, at the gates of heaven. Love always,
Cristina Coria, SMPD Officer
I was very lucky to have served with Major Crocker here in Iraq. Major Crocker was a great friend and a true leader. I will miss him very much. My prayers are with his family.
My deepest condolences to Rick's family in this time of mourning. I would like to add my name to the long list of those expressing their admiration and appreciation for Rick.
Like many others here, I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Rick personally--but I felt like I knew him from reading his e-mails and seeing pictures he sent back. He left a remarkable legacy of courage, honor, duty, loyalty, and service--both to his country and his community. Reading the other comments here, it is amazing how many lives he touched in such a positive way, how respected and loved he was. It speaks volumes that so many people who never even met Rick have felt compelled to write about him.
What a quality person, a great example of someone whose life really made a difference, who left the world a better place for his being here.
In a world where the word "hero" has come to be synonymous with selfish, overpaid sports figures who don't deserve our attention, Rick was the real deal--someone who, quietly, and out of the spotlight, lived his life--and made the ultimate sacrifice--for the welfare of others.
I hope I can imbue in my children a fraction of the values he demonstrated.
Thank you, Rick.
The first time I met Rick was when Maria and I were in High School in Missin Viejo. He was home from the Marine Corp for a few days. Maria loved her brother and she had told me so much about him, she could not wait for me to meet him. She told me how handsome he was and Blah, Blah. (back at that age we were really into the handsome part!) It was so obvious to me how much her and her family adored him. I met him and yes, he was handsome and so so nice! When I was leaving for the night, He took me aside and told me he would like to take me out next time he was in town. I was thrilled, but the next time I saw him "in town"( if you know the Crocker kids they are always going off to somewhere, and then their "in town" is always changing!) I was married with kids (: I love the Crocker family so much. I have always been treated like one of the kids by Jeanette (my Puerto Rican Mama)and like a sister by Maria, Linda, Charlie, and Lu. It was a honor to know Rick and I thank Maria for sharing his emails with my family. He has touched so many lives for good. The world is a better place because of Rick. May we all be inspired to let our light shine like Rick did!
Dear Family and Friends of Rick,
I was privileged to serve with Rick in Iraq. What a heart that man had! It's a measure of the impact of his great life that, sad as I am that we have lost him, remembering him makes me smile.
I cannot even begin to explain how much I miss our talks and visits, and how much I miss you! Thank you for our friendship, but most importantly thank you for being a part of my children's life.
Sabine and Simone will always have a special place in their heart for you, and speak of you now with such grace, honor, and peace!! You were like a Godfather to them, and one of their best friends! Thank you for helping them become Dodger fans, for the Flying Pig, and for being such a "cool" friend to my little girls. And remember, you promised that when they became teenagers you would remind them that I am still a "cool" mom!!!
You will always be in our hearts and in our home.
Rick is my brother and I miss him.
I appreciate that his friends came to honor him and to support us during this difficult time. . . we are all grateful.
I know that he will be remembered.
He was a great man, leader, and Marine.
Semper Fi Sir!
You will be missed and remembered.
Dear Crocker Family,
I had known Rick since 1995 as both a fellow Marine and friend. He was a warm and caring man with a wonderful sense of humor. His legacy is one of courage, honor, and sacriface. He lived life to the fullest and touched so many others along the way. Fair winds and following seas in your final journey Rick Crocker. Semper Fi.
To say that Rick was an exceptional human being is an understatement. He was super intelligent (as the Crocker offspring are) funny, sensitive, caring and extremely dedicated. It is unusual to find a police officer or decorated serviceman who doesn't carry himself off duty the same as he does while on duty. But Rick was a very laid-back, gentle and kind soul. Most Marines and officers I call friends always know where they are and pay close attention to their surroundings... I enjoyed the fact that when Rick rode in my car, (which was every time we were together) he didn't pay attention to where we were going or how to get there because he was engrossed in conversation with me. I took that fact as a sign of trust.
And our conversations usually involved him asking very probing and direct questions. It was so enjoyable to share with him, and I know all his friends knew that when you were with Rick, you wanted to tell him EVERYTHING. He's one of those wonderful spirits that people are drawn to and want to confide in.
He taught me the true meaning of patriotism and I am so proud of him.
My heart, prayers and sympathy go out to the Crocker family... but as others have said, it was a true honor and privilege to know this man and I will treasure that forever.
To the Crocker family, Rick was amazing and I am blessed to have been a friend of his. I will never forget him!
Love to you all, Mary Melwing
I still haven't come to grips with what has happened to you. I know that you're gone, but I am still waiting for one last e-mail. I want you to know that with out your guidance, I would not be who and where I am today. You helped me figure out my life. I only knew you for a few years, but those are all so memorable.
I was talking to Bryant yesterday about our Yosemite Trip. I reminded him of the time he dug a hole in the ground a placed your tent right over it. All I remember seeing is you stepping into the tent, and then all four poles popping out of the ground and the tent sinking. Next thing I knew your arms and legs were failing in the air as you were trying to scramble your way out of the mess. You were so aggrivated with us, but yet you held your composure. You told us it was okay and that you would get us back. And you did... you made us hike for miles and miles.
Thank you for your time with us. I promise you, as I promised your family yesterday,that I will go on to become a Firefighter.
I miss you. ~Amber
I honor and thank Rick for volunteering, then volunteering to go back a second time. I honor and thank Rick for his courage, his selfless nature, and his willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice for country and Corps. I honor Rick for his love for his Family, especially his mother. I honor and thank Rick for being a true Marine warrior. May God bless Rick and his family and may he rest in peace with the Lord.
Thank you Rick
Mark Gerner (Captain, United States Marine Corps - Former)
Rick, I will always hold you in my heart as one of my best friends. I cherish the time and friendship we had together in Los Angeles. Thank you for being like the big brother I never had. I will miss you and I will never forget you.
I had the pleasure to know and work with Rick as a fellow Officer. This is a friendship that I will never forget. Rick died a hero doing what he chose to do. Dying in battle is an honorable death, and if giving one's life was necessary, those of us who have battled evil would choose this way. We, his comrades in both law enforcement and the military will celebrate his life, and mourn his passing.
There are very few people that can be TRULY called a hero. Rick is one of them. It was a pleasure meeting all of you and being able to say that I worked with Rick.
Dear Crocker Family,
On behalf of the Lowe family, I extend our deepest heart felt sympathies. Thank you for sharing Rick with us.
Rick was truly a great man. We shared many laughs together during his time with the SMPD. It was truly a pleasure and an honor to have known Rick. He would often flash a sly grin and tell me he was "keep n' it real". Rick was real, a real Officer, a real Solider and a real Gentleman.
May 26th was always a special day because it is my youngest daughters birth day; I will forever cherish and despise the day, because 9 years ago I gained a daughter, 7 days ago, I lost a friend.
Rick, your humility and spirit was an inspiration to many of us. You willingly gave of yourself. I'm sure you'll be one of god's servants in heaven.
Thank you for being part of my life and I too will keep it real.
Until we meet again.
To the Crocker Family,
My husband & I were also receiving the E-Mails that Rick was sending out and wished we'd been able to meet him. He gave us pictures of his life and experiences in Iraq that we can't even read about in the media. He was such a strong and giving young man and I know you were proud of him. My husband & I are both retired from the Air Force and having Ricks stories from Iraq made it a little easier for us to watch from the sidelines and let the younger folks do the wonderful job they're doing. There are no words that can make the pain of losing Rick go away, but knowing that he has touched more peoples hearts than even he knew, may bring some comfort to you as time goes on. We didn't know him personally, but felt we knew him through his words, deeds and pictures. You are in our hearts and prayers. We thank Rick for being such a wonderful person and soldier, and we thank you for raising such a wonderful young man.
May God Bless You and help you through this time of such sadness.
Having just returned from the funeral and reception, we feel compelled to add a few comments to those submitted separately by our son. Rick touched our lives as the inspiration for our son’s Eagle Scout project, slightly more than a year ago. The generosity of our community resulted in the collection and shipment of approximately 1,000 pounds of needed personal items, which were freely distributed by Rick to his fellow Marines in Iraq. Rick took time from his other duties to respond with a note of appreciation to our son and many souvenirs from that country.
Like many, we never had a chance to meet this remarkable man, but over the past year have avidly consumed each email and picture. He became part of our extended family. We looked forward to his return and a chance to finally meet. Over the past few days we have learned a great deal more about Ricardo, and are inspired by his lifelong dedication to his community and country.
In less than two weeks, our son will officially become an Eagle Scout. Perhaps the guy who was so instrumental in making that happen will be observing the ceremony from a far better place. Rest in peace, my friend.
Semper Fi, Marine...
Semper Fi, Detective...
Thanks for showing the world what "Semper Fi" really means...
Blessings upon your family and friends.
It seems like yesterday - You, Ian and Frank were living on 6th street with us, yesterday...
Today, after the Memorial Service, I find it difficult to think of much else besides the swelling love that overflowed from the Church through the streets of Santa Monica. Rick, you should know: you are a hero to me, a friend and a mentor. May God bless you and hold you in his arms. I miss you.
Someone once said that if you were lost in the darkness of night and were offered two candles - one that is long and dim or one that is short and bright, which would you rather have? It is not the length of the candle that matters, but rather how brightly the light shines.
Rick led a vibrant and meaningful life. He contributed in a positive way to the lives of many. I admire him and will miss him.
His time was too short on earth. Rick will be missed by all. He was a wonderful friend, and co-worker. Everyone so much respected Rick for his dedicated service to our country.
God Bless him and your family.
My condolences to all the Crocker family during this very difficult time.I had the pleasure of having Rick work for me when he was in PAL and on the SET (SWAT) Team. He was a silent leader and warrior. He made other people strive to be the best they could be just by being around him. He was a role model to all and lead by example. His sense of humor and quick wit will always be remembered as well as his unwavering dedication to his Country, The United States Marine Corp., the citizens of Santa Monica, and each employee of the Santa Monica Police Department.
Rick, God Bless you and thank you for your service to others. You will be in our hearts forever.
Rick's favorite saying, Hurrah
To The Crocker Family, This is a time of reflection as I grieve the loss of Rick, whom I've had the opportunity to work with at the Santa Monica Police Department. Lest we forget, I am glad that our paths crossed and we had the time to get to know each other. May God continue to cover you with his Love and hold you in his graces.
To The Crocker Family,
Rick was a very kind, funny, caring man with a great laugh, and a great heart. He will be truly missed. My condolences and prayers to the family. This is not goodbye Rick, but I'll see you later. Keep God laughing up there.
I remember first meeting you at my home while you were in the academy and seeing your enthusiasm and excitement for life. It was my pleasure and honor to have you as a coworker, S.E.T. member and as a friend. Your memory will live on in all of our hearts. Good Bye my friend, send us the lay out of heaven so we can make a special entry to see you again.
-Anthony Paez and Family
There are never enough words of sympathy or love to a family that has lost a loved one. There is never enough gratitude one can say about a man who lays down his life in the line of duty for his country let alone for his community. There are only good memories, laughs and smiles. I hope that these are the things that the Crocker family and the community of Santa Monica remember about Officer Crocker. May god bless the Crocker family, his friends and loved ones in their time of great loss.
Clearly Rick was a person that was looked up to by many of all ages as a "Hero." He will be missed.
Our agency extends its thoughts and prayers to his family. A family that clearly included and extended throughout the Santa Monica Police Department, Its cities residents, and all of law enforcement.
God bless rick
I always had a great deal of respect for Rick, his work ethic and professionalism. I am proud to have known him and to have worked with him. I will miss his sense of humor and infectious laugh.
May God Bless you and keep you and may He comfort your Family Rick!
Rick, I’ll miss you forever. I feel so fortunate to have been your friend and to have so many great memories of you. As difficult as it’s been, and always will be, to deal with this, anytime I think about you there’s always something to make me laugh or smile, because it was always so much fun to be around you. Your amazing sense of humor, optimism, and great outlook on life can never go away; you’ll live on through everyone who was fortunate enough to know you. You’ll always be with us and we’ll never forget you.
We are all mourning the loss of a great friend, who loved to laugh, enjoyed life and treasured what is truly important.
Rick never took himself too seriously and taught us how to laugh at the little things that can drive you crazy. I'll miss his smile and all of the goofy jokes, most of all I'll miss the presence of a wonderful person. I feel lucky to have known him. God bless you Rick, I hope heaven has a white board for you when you teach your next prep class.
I'm so very sorry to hear of the loss of a very Brave and Honorable Soldier. I felt although I never met him, I was privileged to be able to read his daily emails. He will be forever remembered in my thoughts and my heart goes out to Major Rick's family. God Bless You All.....
We learned about Major Rick from our daughter and were fortunate to be included on his extended mailing list. Like millions of Americans, we read and heard the daily reports about Iraq but his messages and pictures delivered the reality of the situation into our minds and hearts. Through the good days and the bad, his dedication, strength, resolve and goodness came through in his communications.
Last week's devastating news shocked and saddened us.
The loss of this outstanding young man is enormous and our country is diminished by it. We feel that God needed a good man and last Thursday, He heard the words, "Major Rick Crocker, United States Marine Corps, reporting for duty".
Rick has joined the long and majestic line of America's heroes who will be forever honored, never forgotten and eternally loved.
God speed, Major Rick.
To the Family of Ricardo Crocker,
I am so sorry about the passing of your beloved son and brother. I worked with him at the Santa Monica Police Department. As a co-worker, Rick was always smiling and full of enthusiasm. As a mother of a PAL kid, I saw Rick as a positive role model for the children of Santa Monica. He would often come out and watch my son’s little league games, always standing on the top bleacher for the best view.
In your time of sadness, I want you to know that his death was no ordinary one. Rick gave his life in the pursuit of freedom and democracy for others. He was an honorable and loyal police officer and Marine. He was a good man and will be missed by many.
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
We were one of the many people who Rick never met but who followed his experience via his e-mail communications and pictures. His insights into his war experiences inspired and touched us. He was our very own unknown soldier, and now we grieve his loss. Jack is a retired Reserve Civil Affairs LTC., so we really identified with Rick and his mission. Our heart goes out to his family and friends. Rick was a real American success, and a real American Hero, and his loss is a real American tragedy. With our profound respect, Nancy & Jack Brower
God Bless, Devil Dog! .."If the Army and the Navy, ever looked on Heaven's scenes, they will find the streets are guarded, by United States Marines."
Rick was always a good friend and a loving, caring man. I remember so well his great sense of humor and his fervor for life. I will always hold his friendship and life high in my heart. I will always love him and miss him.
Ricks locker was next to mine at SMPD. I often would kid him about all the Marine Corps stuff in his locker. He had a fantastic sense of humor and was the most patriotic man I have had the pleasure to know. Semper Fi
Dear Crocker Family,
My name is Trevor White, and I am the young man that sent all of the supplies to Rick for my Eagle Project during his first tour in Iraq. I stand today mourning his death - Rick gave his life for our country and the defense of all of us here in the United States. We always looked forward to seeing a status update from Rick on what was happening, either good or bad. This is truly a tragic event, and Rick was a man who shall never be forgotten.
The Marines will be standing tall, waiting in formation for you to arrive at your new duty station.
Semper Fi from a fellow Marine and Police Officer.
I am sorry and saddened by your loss. Rick was an asset to the community and to those of us who knew him. In death, as in life, I have learned lessons from Rick and will be forever grateful to him. His kind heart and expansive spirit will endure and live on in those of us who knew and loved him.
Dear Family of Major Crocker,
Please accept my sincere condolences for the death of your son and brother. While I only knew Rick through e-mails that were pasted on a message board, I felt I knew him personally. He was the epitome of America's finest young service men. Upon learning of his involvement with the children in Santa Monica and his fear of letting them down when he left for a second tour in Iraq,
please know that he didn't let them down. In fact, he gave them the most that any man could give. He gave his life to keep them free!
I like many others in this Guest Book never met Rick in person but through his e-mails. I like them, came to love this man I did not know personally but came to know and respect over the many months of e-mails. I also started receiving his e-mails from a friend who was getting them and in turn I sent them to many people who looked forward to receiving them. I wrote and asked to be put on his mailing list and he graciously did so. He even replied to one of my e-mails where I told him about my nephew being sent to Iraq and he gave words of encouragement.
I just wish I could have known him personally but that was not to be and I am forever grateful to have come to know him through his words and pictures.
You, his family, have every right to be proud of this man, your son and your brother. You can see through these entries how many people your son touched and I hope this gives you solace. May he rest in peace and know how many peoples lives he touched.
I first met Rick at his academy graduation. Several of his Marine comrades attended. They told me that SMPD was getting the, "Best of the Best." This proved to be true in all respects and much more. Rick was a leader, a listener, a good cop, a good Marine, a true hero and a fine human being.
Blessed are the peacemakers Rick, I am positive God will bless you as we were blessed to know you.
Our deepest condolences and prayers to the Crocker family. The two of us had the honor to met Rick through PAL. We will always remember Rick becasue of his big smile everytime he approached the two of us. A men with such honor and full of life, always ready to share his friendship with anybody who came across him. A men that believed that everything is possible in life and that he believed that the two of us can travel around the world with a little bit of money. He was always so positive and excited about life. We will never forget how much surfing ment to him as will as his duty to serve our country. Although the two of us know that Rick didn't have to go back to Iraq, we both respected his decision and honor him for that. Keeping in touch with him through emails and sharing his every minute of what he was going through everyday in Iraq was such a pleasure to know he was okay, but still hoping and praying that he would come back soon to his friends and family like the first time he came back to us. Unfortunately he is not coming back to us, but Rick won a place in our hearts as well as always remembering good memories about him. We want to thank him for being our friend and our teacher for teaching us the little bit he did about life and education, it was a pleasure, and will be trully missed. The two of us will always remember him as a soldier, officer, brother, son, role model, teacher, and friend. Rest in peace Rick.
Our deepest sympathy,
I really didn't get to know Rick very well while working at SMPD before I retired but the few times I had occasion to speak to him and later observe him work I found him to be very thoughtful, energetic, and truly committed to his profession and his fellow officers. I just want to say, thanks for your dedication to our country and to the citizens of Santa Monica. You will be missed.
To Ricardo and His Family
It was just a moment in time when we spoke
It was just business as usual
And so it its when we encounter heroes
Like entertaining angels unaware
Humble and brave, ready for the greater good
He served us in a foreign land so they could sleep at night
Just as he served us here so we too could slumber
Your sacrifice was not in vain and never forgotten
Christian De Loof
Through friends, I was privileged to receive Major Rick's e-mails and photographs as he bravely served our country in Iraq. I was so happy to be able to send him packages, each of which he faithfully and graciously acknowledged. His e-mails revealed him as a wonderfully competent, tremendously compassionate man and it is our country's great loss that he has been tragically taken from us. Major Rick's family, please know that many hearts are broken along with your own, and know that my prayers and those of many others will continue on and on in this terrible time of sorrow which is now part of our lives forever. His sacrifice and your sacrifice will never be forgotten...please know and believe that.
At time like this words are hard to come by. But in saying that I will never forget your son and brother Rick. I am honor to say that we will continue to keep the faith. We will finish the mission.
I am proud to have had the privilege of knowing an American soldier, brother, and mentor to others. I thank God for that kind of examples that Rick has bestowed upon us.
We will carry on this hope that these brave men and women won't be forgotten but that they will be remembered, appreciated and prayed for. We will continue in some small way to accomplish this by way of a pen pal, through letters, cards, emails and packages and more.
As many of my group in Classmate feel, thank you for letting me be a part of Rick's life.
Rick started on the police department about two years before I retired and although I didn't know him well personally, I learned a lot about him through his collegues and supervisors. Never did I hear a negative word about him and through them, I realized he was a very special, caring person. He was a true hero.
Thank You for my freedom...and that of my family, Major Crocker...We are forever in your debt!
I had the privilege and honor to know and work with Rick. We worked several details and assignments together. Rick would always call me “Sir” because I had one more stripe on my sleeve no matter how many times I asked him not to. It took nine years but Rick finally relented and agreed to call me by my first name - as long as we weren’t in uniform. That was just the way Rick was and you had to admire him for it.
Rick always had a smile on his face, no matter what we were doing. Even on those occasions when Rick had to be serious and get firm with someone he would always give me a knowing wink and a secret grin to let me know that things were well in hand. If ever there was a gentleman warrior – Rick was it. I thank him for showing me the lighter side of life and meaning of quiet strength. God Bless you Rick.
Santa Monica Police Department
Dearest Rick - A man we can never say “goodbye” to. You will live on forever in our hearts and in our memories. Always the absolute positive, optimistic and loving person! You found the best in others and yourself. As your loving neighbors in Hermosa - we will always cherish the times we spent together.
When the sun sets there will always be a part of you that we will remember. Now that the sun has set on your life here on earth – we know your bravery and personal sacrifice allows us all to sleep in a safer world. We take comfort that the sun will rise from your ultimate valor allowing us to live another day – taking spiritual ease in knowing you will be part of every sunset that follows. You are loved by many and your memory will live on in the hearts of all that knew you.
Oh how you LOVED the sunsets…here’s to you! "A Toast to your Life" - as you enjoy the sunsets in Heaven.
I knew Rick but a short time before I retired from the department, and as a former Marine had a common bond with him. He was squared away and had a good heart.
You will surely be missed Ric and Semper Fi Buddy. May God Bless you for your sacrifice and others never forget it that you and others have made.
Rick served proudly as a United States Marine and as a Police Officer. He served so others would not have too. His laugher, good nature, and passion for life were contagious. It was a blessing and an honor to have known and work with Rick. We will all miss him very much – God Bless Rick Crocker.
Dear Crocker Family,
Though I did not have the honor of working with Rick at the police department, I feel that I know him from all that I have read and the comments of many of the SMPD family. I cannot know the depth of your loss, but greatly appreciate Rick's life and sacrifice. Know that there is a small Presbyterian church in Templeton, CA that is holding you and Rick tightly in our prayers. God bless.
"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived." - Gen. George S. Patton
Rick was my first Training Officer here at SMPD, and I was his first Trainee. You learn a lot about someone when you ride with them for weeks on end. Besides teaching me the ropes, I learned that Rick was a strong, compassionate man who had a heart for people and a love for his country. While I cannot help but mourn, I do give thanks to God that I knew Rick Crocker.
Rick was a man who dedicated himself to the people, especially the young people, of Santa Monica. I am proud to have known him. He and his family are in our thoughts and prayers.
I am so extemelly sorry for your loss. I have received his e-mails and pictures from him. I met Rick over the internet from a friend and kept up to date with him in Iraq.. I could never express the shock I felt when I heard of his death. OUr prayers are with you and your family
You will be sorely missed! Thank you and God bless.
Dear Family and Friends of Rick,
We, too, never had the honor of meeting Rick in person, but felt a closeness to him through his descriptive e-mails and photos. We were looking forward to the opportunity of thanking him for his courage, dedication, loyalty and heroism, when he next returned home to the ones he loved. We feel priviledged to have had him in our lives.
"The Land of the Free....Because of the Brave"
Dear Major Rick, I thank you for your service to our country and for your ultimate sacrifice. I only came to know you through the emails you sent to a freind of mine. I have looked forward to reading them when they came. I feel as though I have lost a family member and I have never even met you. Thank you Sir, and May God Bless you.
To Major Ricks family, you have my deepest sympathy and May God Bless and Comfort you all.
Dear Sweet Rick: Work was always a pleasure when you came to see me. The never-ending smile was always there, accompanied by your quick wit and quiet compassion. Your heart always sought the best for the people your served and came in contact with. That was always foremost in our encounters. I will miss your warm smiling face most of all. It never left. Rest now, and patrol the streets of Heaven, passing out your smile and warmth. Memorial Day will always be personal now. And a candle will shine to say 'hello.' And to your family, know that they will not be alone in their sorrow and grief. There are many of us with them. Together, you will always be with us. I miss you Rick. Rest well my friend.
Rick was a very special person and had a huge heart for others. He had many passions but the three that come to my mind are the joy of attending the "Blue" field (Dodger Stadium of course), his immense pleasure in eating a good meal (preferrably home-cooked with fresh baked bread) but the most memorable passion I'll remember him for was his love for nature. I will forever cherish our trips we made in the mountains of the Joshua Tree National Park. I will surely miss my friend and it is hard to say goodbye but I'm so glad I got to know him.
Rick and I dated for about 3 months in the summer of 1997. I can honestly say that I had never, and have never met anyone like him before, or since.
He lived hard, loved hard, and played hard. Life was meant to be lived! And he lived it well.
Our time together, though brief, was intense, and one of the highest peaks in my life. He taught me so many things.
He was the most happy, funny, spontaneous man I have ever known. His zest for life was amazing. It was topped only by the love he had for his mother. He spoke of her often, more than any other person, family or friend.
Although, I never got to meet his family, his life, his attitude, and his self-respect, were clear signs of a strong and loving family.
I will miss him terribly. I send my deepest, heart felt condolences to the family. I will love him always. May he rest in peace, riding that eternal wave with the Lord.
I was truly fortunate to have worked with and known Ric for the past ten years. His compassion and humility should serve as a role model for all.
As I raised my own boys into manhood I can remember hoping they would turn into men like Ricardo Crocker who truly was someone who knew what it ment to have values and dedication to a cause. In a world where so many seem only concerned about themseleves he seemed to live for others and in fact made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us.
God bless you Ric......
I will always be thankful for knowing Rick. His attitude towards life, his family, his country, and his friends was encouraging and motivating. I choose to remember the many laughs we shared together. I will miss you Rick.
I feel like I have lost a very dear friend. Rick's e-mails and pictures told a story that we never would have know. He was such an intelligent, loving and giving person. Always thinking of others first.
I can't seem to find words worthy enough of explaining the loss or void we feel, and my heart goes out to Rick's family. The past five days have brought such a flood of memories and thoughts... and as I make my way through the tears, I can't help but smile. Rick's zest for life, his laughter, his love of people... So much about him I will try to carry with me everyday and teach my children. We will love and miss you always, Rick. Love Kistin, Ian, Aiden, Kyra, and of course, Dozer.
I met Rick when I first started as a police officer for the Santa Monica Police Department. I will always remember how kind he was to me and everyone else at the department. He was always quick to help with anything anyone needed and I always wished there were more people like him. It was truly an honor to know and work with him.
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Edmund Burke
Rick was a friend, a teammate, and a warrior. He will be sorely missed, and no words of mine could attempt to fill the void he left with his departure. I miss you bud.
I had the honer of attending the Sheriff's Academy with Rick. He was a true leader. Despite all of his accomplishments he remained humble. I enjoyed talking to him about baseball and the Dodgers. We will all miss him. My deepest sympathy to the family.
I met Rick once about two years ago at a gathering of friends to celebrate the sunset and the sea. I came to learn a great deal about a strong and caring man through his emails. He will be remembered for his giving nature and great contributions to his country here and abroad. Thank you Rick for your presence in our lives.
Many of us in law enforcement are seen as heroes. I had the pleasure of working with Rick for several years at the police department. He is a true hero and will always be remembered. God Bless You.
I am so sorry that this world is now without Rick Crocker. I was blessed to have known Rick and fortunate enough to work with him for nearly ten years. Rick Crocker has always been a hero in my mind. We should all aspire to have the courage, conviction, sense of humor, and humility that Rick possessed. God bless the Crocker family and God bless you Rick. I am going to miss you my friend.
We are really devestated by the news. Rick was a fantastic guy. We shared many afternoons and evenings with him at the "Skylark" Apartments in Redondo Beach, and can easily say we loved him very much! We were very much hoping to see him soon, in better days.
He is a man that touched many lives; he always wanted to support and encourage those around him. He was a "rock" in character and in stature, and our country is at a major loss without him.
Rick, you were a soldier's soldier, a cop's cop and a man's man. Your humble personality enveloped a man of amazing physical and intellectual prowess. Everything you did in life, whether for your country, this city and police department or for an individual, spoke volumes about your compassion, caring and humanity. I'm afraid that sunshine will be less bright, the night will be a little more dark and winter more cold since you've left. We miss you so much my friend. Semper Fi.
I met our Major Rick only through e-mail which a friend was good enough to share with me last year. I asked to be joined to his list of many friends and he was good enough to include me on the list. I feel so honored to have known this wonderful person through his written words.
We all looked forward to his next messge and dreaded the news we heard last Friday evening.
Dear Crocker Family,
I was stunned and saddened to see the news of Rick's military sacrifice on the evening news. I remember "Officer Crocker" from an SMPD Ride-Along I took with him via the department's Citizen Academy four years ago. I am thankful that that day was a slow day on patrol, for I had the opportunity to learn not only of Rick's commitment to his community as a police officer, but also his deep love for his country and his service to it.
My heart is with you in sympathy and in gratitude.
Dear Family of Major Rick,
We were lucky enough to be included on Rick's extensive email list. We looked forward to his frequent reports, photos and updates as to "how it was going" in Iraq. We followed him during his first tour and his second. We were happy to be able to send him and his men packages and words of encouragement. He was such a special individual, so articulate, compassionate and aware of his responsibilities to his men and his, country and his God. He was a truly humble servant and is FOREVER "OUR HERO". He was saluted at our Burbank Memorial Day Service, along with many others who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
Rick's example of excellence and love for his fellow man, is a challenge for all of us to be the "best" we can be and serve others.
We pray for your family as you go through this difficult time.
We wish you peace as you remember Happy Times with Rick...Hold on to those wonderful memories. Rick will be forever close by.
God Bless You
Dear Crocker Family,
Before Rick's first tour of duty in Iraq he called me and we arranged to have my son's 5th grade class at Hermosa Valley School 'adopt' his team of soldiers. His ultimate plan was to have the children become pen pals and send school supplies to the Iraqi children. During his first tour, the children wrote letters and brought in supplies for the soldiers and the Iraqi children and I mailed them off to Rick. He wrote back to our students, sent photos and even sent Iraqi money for me to distribute as a thank you to the entire class. He was always so eloquent in his letters and you could feel his love of children in them. All of the children and parents of now the 6th grade class feel honored to have been included in Rick's life. By his actions and words he taught them caring about others and especially perseverance in tough times. I personally feel blessed to have known him even if it was only through his letters and emails. We will all miss him and I pray that God gives all of you extra strength to go forward in your lives.
We were truly honored & blessed to be on Rick's email support list for the last year and a half. We looked forward to his detailed emails and pictures (which we saved) and felt it a prevelege to be able to pray for him, encourage him and send things to him. Although we never met him personally, we felt a real bond with him and the others he was with. He was a wonderful young man and an honor to our country. Needless to say were were very shocked to hear of his death. We really thought he would come home and we could take him out to dinner, we know he liked food!.
Our hearts go out to his family and also his dear friends.May you be blessed with special comfort from the Lord. 1 Peter 5:7. We will miss Rick very much.God was good to give us a friend like him, even for a short time.
With our love and prayers,
Linda & George Damarjian
"If there is another world he lives in bliss, if there is none he did his best in this."
I had the honor of being Rick's partner at PAL. He will be missed by all he came in contact with. He touched many lives in his time here at PAL. Rick's family has my heartfelt condolences.
Dear Crocker Family
Please accept my sympathy on the loss of Rick. I met him only on one occasion, last new years eve when he visited my wife's nephew Phil Messer and joined us for dinner at my home. We immediately "connected" as I am a former Marine officer and retired from a law enforcement career. We all were impressed with the dedication of this fine man and outstanding Marine officer. He is a true American hero. We are honored to have met him.
Semper Fi, Jim Conklin
Thank you, my loving friend, for your deep commitment to our country. The laughter we shared continues to feed my spirit. You were always so humble but I know how many people you touched and how you made this world a better place. Rick, you ignited the flame in our souls. May your fire continue to burn brightly.
Dear Crocker Family,
I had known Rick through work and kept in touch via e-mails. He was such a caring man who just loved life and kids. I was very blessed to know him, and will miss him very much.
Because Rick loved life so much he left me with an amazine gift of gratitude and appreciation for each and everyday. I won't take life for granted anymore. THANK YOU RICK! My prayers are with the Crocker family. HE WAS A GREAT MAN.
Dear Crocker Family:
Even though I never met Rick, I am so thankful for knowing him through his letters. He kept me aware of the dailey sacrifices being made so that I and many others can live in such a blest way. You must be so proud. My heart is heavy with our loss and my prayers are with you all.
To Rick Crocker's family
We never had the prevelege of meeting Rick but we heard from a mutual friend, Linda Damarjian, what a "special young man" Rick was. We were planning to start sending to Rick care-packages and letters of encouragement and hoped to meet him someday. We want to say to you, Rick's family, "thank you" for your tremendous sacrifice on our behalf. Rick gave his life for his family and friends. No greater gift can a man give than to lay down his life for a friend. We humbly say, "thank you" and we will never forget. God Bless You and God Bless America!
Dear Crocker Family,
I only knew about Rick thru emails sent to me from a friend that knew him. I prayed for him and am proud of him as he paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Bless you all! Loretta
Dear Crocker Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Rick was a brave man and he will be missed by all. Love Kari
To the family of my friend, you have lost a wonderful loved one. I had the honor of working with Rick during his first tour to Iraq. I consider him my friend and have been blessed for knowing him. My heart and my prayers go out to all of you at this time. My God Bless.
To the Crocker Family,
It was approximately 18 years ago when I meet Rick in Spain. Since that time we have traveled to many countries and shared many hardships and joys of life together. I have always considered him as my brother and you all as my family. The world has lost a great man and it is through the way he shaped us for the better that he will live on.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for the tremendous sacrifice you have made for our country and the cause of freedom. This Memorial Day, we join with you in celebrating the life of Maj. Crocker, and join in the prayers of many who ask God to grant you His grace and peace as you grieve your great loss. Our brave men and women in uniform may not consider themselves heroes, but they are. They are the best of the best, and their courage gives us hope that America can once again be as noble and great as her past. May we be inspired by their bravery and willingness to serve in such a way as to make a real difference in the world around us. May we always remember… and never forget. God bless you!
"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived." -- George Patton
God Bless you and all that you have done for us.. May you rest in peace.
Thank you brave soldier for your selfless sacrifice for the freedom of others. I am deeply grateful and profoundly humbled by your courageous service to our great country. May God bless your family and bring them peace and comfort.
We, like hundreds of thousands of Americans, cannot or will not join the Armed Forces in order to defend our nation from tyranny. Your loved one could and did. We will always thank God for people like him. And we thank you and grieve your loss and our country's.
Dear Crocker Family:
I am humbled and eternally greatful to those, like Richard, who have given their all for me. Please know that, in this very moment, I pray before our Heavenly Father for His peace and comfort for you. May God bless you, keep you, and cause His face to shine upon you.