My family and I keep Rob in our thoughts on every Memorial Day. Proud to have known him.
Thinking about you, your family, and friends yesterday for our Marine Corps birthday and today on this Veteran's Day.
On Memorial Day this year (as with many other days), I will keep Rob in my thoughts and prayers as well as his family. I explained Rob's sacrifice to my oldest daughter two years ago to help her understand Memorial Day and she's never forgotten about Rob and asks about him now every Memorial Day. Gone but never forgotten.
I still think about you, Marine. And pray for peace for you and your family. Thank you, Rob.
Ooh-Rah & Happy Birthday, Sir!! On this 238th birthday of our beloved Corps, you are still and forever will be a presence we remember as we celebrate. It is because of YOU, Sir, & our other brothers and sisters who have given their lives, ensuring that we will always be able to celebrate the Honor, Courage, and Commitment instilled into the heart of all of us. You will always be the epitome of what the Marine Corps stands for; a constant reminder that our signature on that dotted line-although written in ink-is sealed with our own blood. Today, Sir, I thank you for your guidance; your leadership; your sense of humor; your service; and most of all-your ultimate sacrifice. You will always be present in each and every aspect of the Marine Corps and those who have had the pleasure of serving with you or beside you, to include me-will NEVER forget that. You have impacted the lives of so many of our brothers and sisters. Your sacrifice was not in vain, Sir; and it will NEVER be taken for granted. I know you're guarding the Gates of Heaven with the same pride and confidence which you portrayed in life, as well. Thank you, Sir; For your service and your willingness to give your all. Happy Birthday, Sir, and Semper Fidelis!!!!
Sir, its the day before OUR beloved Marine Corps 238th Birthday and of course you come to mind. My thoughts on here always relate to the fact that I miss you. You were the ultimate Marine, but even more so....you were the Ultimate Man and Friend. I just wonder on some days on how and why you can be gone, when you had such a bright life ahead. But it comes clear that GOD needed the Ultimate Angel to look over us as we defend others. Ill keep it short this time. Basically I miss you, and can only wish you were here to share my family life with you. Invite you over to for the Holidays, and Kenzie's birthday's! Happy early Bday, Sir. Semper Fidelis to my HERO!
Brian Davis (Sergeant USMC 99-07/ 0311)
Captain Secher was awesome to see when I was a young Marine. He led from the front and I appreciated that about him. I think about the officers that led us at Bravo 1/11 and try to treat people with the same respect that Capt. Secher and the other officers in our battery gave to us. I will never forget! Semper Fi
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BEASTMASTERS: A pleasure working for you Sir. Writing about you for this course im in. You made us the Best.
You will be missed! You were the best of us.
Thinking of you today brother.
Well Sir, Its been awhile since I've dropped in. Nothing has changed too much. Family is good, Kenzie is growing, and I'm still a Deputy but I'm a K9 officer now. Something I probably wouldn't have attained without having you lead me. You taught me loyalty and determination which in the end gives you a "never quit" attitude. Captain Secher I do accredit you with most of what I do and fortunately succeed in today. I miss alot Sir and would do anything to be able to call you and joke about old times and talk about the new. To invite you to my home with my family for a Holiday feast or two. But I can't...But what I can do is continue to tell me about what type a person you were and the one I admire. Yes the Marine was great, but the Man, Robert Secher was even better. Thank you sir for you sacrifice and I cherish the time we were working alongside one another at OCS. Semper FI Sir...And may God Speed!!!
Oh yea...Im gonna be in Tennessee next month and I plan on trying to catch up with your family...Cant Wait! But at very least I will visit you!!!
With love Sir, Brian (Sgt Davis)
October 8, 2012
To the family and friends of Capt. Robert M. Secher:
Always remembering Robert. "Some gave all."
It has been a while since I searched the names of some friends in the USMC, and here I've found this place to remember my old roommate. Secher and I were new lieutenants together at the 6-month basic officer course. I was married and living in town and assigned to his room for the many hours we spent waiting between activities in the early hours or late at night.
Unlike many officers that become officers right out of college, Secher had enlisted in the USMC at 17, served four years, and then went to college before coming back as an officer. While enlisted, he had served at the prestigious "8th and I" barracks in Washington D.C.. In addition to the normal enlisted service ribbons, he had a presidential medal on his uniform for serving with the president's security team. It was obvious: He was the best of the best. His room was always clean. His uniform was always perfect. His gear was always organized. He was fit. He listened to others. We looked up to him. He was mostly soft-spoken unless he was leading us on a run and let his command voice ring out to keep us in step.
On his shelf were photos of two great or great-great grandparents in military dress uniforms. One fought in WWI—for Germany. The other fought in the Civil War—for the South. With his wry smile he noted that he came from a long history of military service that just happened to be on the wrong side. Next to the photos were additional books on tactics that he studied. His first choice for a job in the USMC was to be a tank commander and a book on the tactics of the WWII German tank commander Rommel had a prominent place on the shelf. As is usually the case in the USMC, Secher wasn't given his first choice. Sure, he was disappointed, but he handled it with the same confident, professional grace that he handled any obstacle.
I feel foolish saying I miss him and think of him often now when, the truth is, I was busy and hadn't looked up his name for years before I looked up his name and learned of his death. Maybe I'm just frustrated that the world didn't stop on that day almost six years ago and somehow announce our shared loss. I'm sure it did seem to stop for some of you. For those of you who were maybe too young to remember him well, he was the perfect hero, ready to serve valiantly on whatever stage history would give him. He would be that hero that you see in the movies. We just lost him too soon.
To mom and dad, thank you for the amazing man that you brought into this world and shared with us. My son will know that I am a better man because of your son.
He was always faithful.
Robert taught me strength in an unforgiving environment. I will never forget how he blessed my life. TF 1-36
To the Secher family,
May the wonderful memories of your loved one provide solace for you during this difficult time; and may God provide you with the assurance that you will see your loved ones again in Paradise. John 17:3
Eventhough we lost you in this world, you will never be forgotten.
I served with Rob during 2001-2002 while on deployment with the 15th MEU. I was a Platoon Commander with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines. Both Rob and I sailed on the USS Dubuque. I am out of the Marines now and I have two kids, the oldest of which is six and I am trying to explain what Memorial Day is to her which is why I have been thinking of Rob as of late. I wish I had something more profound to say, but I would like to say that I remember Rob and was glad to have known him. We did not spend a lot of time together but the two of us had a chance to do an advance party trip for some some training in Darwin, Australia (right before Sept 11) and we spent some time together talking on the observation deck above the bridge on the USS Peleliu. I had many conversations with Rob, but I remember this conversation well because it was just a beautiful day looking out over the Pacific and Rob and I were relaxed and enjoying each other's company. Rob was always thoughtful and such a genuine person. I will keep him in my prayers this weekend and I'll make sure that my children know that it is for Rob (and so many others) that we observe Memorial Day. Thank you. Patrick
It's so wonderful to read the stories about Robert. I get to know a different side of him this way. Words can not even come close to how empty it is in our family. His nieces and nephews are growing up and he would love to have seen them graduate from his old alma mater, Riverale and graduating from college. Years go by. Tears still flow. And you are missed by many, Robert. You are not forgotten. Here's a video about Robert.
Thank you for all you did for our country.
Hey there, just saw the facebook stocks going public, and I couldn't stop thinking about how you would probably be trying to find a way to get in on that action so that you could have even MORE money than you already needed. I still remember how you would give me that smirk when I used to tease you as we made our 14 hour visits to the defensive fighting positions in Jacobabad, Pakistan to check on our Marines about how you would be a 80 yr old Man sitting on a porch in TN with millions of dollars in the bank, but STILL have no sexy mamicita sitting next you. Oh well brother, Claudia still talks about you all the time, and she still tells me how you were the perfect gentleman, and how you would be great for some of her single friends. And I always tell her she is absolutley right, you are a perfect gentleman, a phenomenal Marine Corps Officer, and even more importantly, a fantastic beastmaster brother for ever. I miss you man, and I always will. I just wanted to share that thought with you today. I know I was all over the place in this entry, but my mind runs wild when I think about you man. Keep an eye on us down here, lord knows we can use all the help we can get during these trying times. Semper Fidelis!
Thinking of you- may you rest in peace. you are missed.
Well Captain Secher its been awhile since I stopped in. But just because I haven't logged in doesnt mean your not in my head and on my heart every day. I miss you my brother. I miss laughing with you and at you, alongside Sgt Procopio of course at "your women skills". But your Marine skills were something different. They were serious and genuine. To have known you was a priviledge. To honor you day to day is an honor. One that I cherish and embellish while I tell Mackenzie about you. And let her know the kind of man you were, are, and always will be. You ARE the Few, the Proud, My Favorite Marine. God Bless Sir, Miss you!! Semper FI!
Rest in Peace Capt..... May God continue to comfort your family.
I served with this Marine in Bravo 1/11. He was a great leader to his Marines and a Fine Marine Officer. Never did he ask his Marines to do things he would not, in fact I recall he was always the first to do them. Never one to make hasty decisions when not called for, always asking his enlisted leadership of what they thought and including them in planning. A TRUE MARINES MARINE. S/F Sir.....Gy Hessler
To the family and friends of Capt. Robert M. Secher:
Please accept my remembrance of Robert on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
This year will mark the 5 year anniversary of Capt Secher's death. Every year at this time, I have an internal drive to honor his death. I still remember where I was; I was the first Marine in the shop to learn of his passing. As I sat at the computer and stared blankly at the words 'Captain Secher was KIA this past Sunday' will forever be embedded into my brain. He was a wonderful mentor, an outstanding Marine, and was one of the few Officers who found this LCpl's (at the time) jokes funny. I loved being on duty with him because he always let me go to the gym and 'get some.' Capt Secher's memory will continue to live on.
I did not know Capt. Robert Secher, but my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. I thank him for serving in our country's military.
You will never be forgotten. I am so sorry. I continue to think about you and your family and pray that your memory continues to be a blessing for them.Rest in peace.
I am so sorry for your loss. May CAPT. ROBERT M. SECHER rest in peace and you find comfort in knowing that he is.My thoughts and prayers are with ROBERT and your family.GOD bless~
Thank you for your service and sacrifice that gave me freedom. It is appreciated and honored.
We will never forget you Robert!
Rob will always embody Memorial Day for me. As promised in my letter, I will continue to tell my children about him so that they have a face and name of a genuine hero to associate with the terrible cost of their Daddy's profession.
He was and remains one of our best and I'm proud to carry on his legacy. With love and respect to family and friends.
THANKS FOR YOUR ULTIMATE SACRIFICE
CAPTAIN SECHER, REST IN PEACE.
To the Secher Family cherish the memory of your love one.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
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rest in peace~ you will not be forgotten.
Thinking of you today Brother.
To the family and friends of Capt. Robert M. Secher:
Remembering Robert on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Think about you everyday. From the good times in college to our Lt days together with the Beastmasters to Fort Sill to seeing you for the last time in Iraq in 2006. I have the picture from the last time I saw you on my desk and always tell everyone what kind of a man and what kind of Marine you are.
Thanks for always being a great friend over those many years. I won't ever forget. Semper Fidelis brother.
Big Man, I am in Okinawa now, and I made my way to the building named in your honor at Camp Hansen. I work in the 12th Marines CP, and everyday I walk down the hall, I always think how many times your boots hit the deck up here. Man, you are always on my mind buddy. I often think about our long conversations we would have walking the perimiter in Pakistan in that 115 degree weather for 15 hours, as much as it sucked then, I would give anything to have those moments back. I constantly wonder why God chose to take you when he did. I know he has a plan for all of us, I just wish he would of left you here for awhile longer. I miss you man. I know one day you and I will meet again, I just wish we had a day to tap beers in Kin or Naha and talk about the good times. I love you Man! Rest in Peace, and Semper Fidelis!
I will always remember you as Lt. Robert "The Machine" Secher. I count myself lucky to have served with a Marine as honorable as you.
Yes, if you can believe it, we're promoting Stefan to MGuns! Nearly 9 years ago that you and SSgt Stefan were working our position in Pakistan. In some ways, a long time ago. In others, yesterday! You'll be there with us on Wednesday!
I'm with Stefan...I think about you every day and you were especially in my thoughts yesterday. We love and miss you so much! Love to your family!
Rob, Man there is not a day goes by that I do not think about my old FDO/Platoon Commander. I watched your sister Paula's tribute to you on you tube, and every time I see it, I get misty eyed. You were the best. I am getting promoted to Master Guns on Wed, and you would never believe who is going to step up on a ladder and pin me. The smallest Human being on the face of the earth; Fightin Joe Russo. We love you man, and although I am writing theses words today, I say them in my head 364 other days of the year. Semper Fidelis "Machine"
Rest in peace.
From a former Navy Vietnam veteran. As I read the many, many condolences for Captain Secher, I realized how special this young man was. I was attached to the Marine Corps for a year as a dental technician and I am always proud that I got to serve with the best this country has to offer. As I look at the photo of this young Marine officer, I am brought to tears for the ultimate sacrifice that he and so many others like him have paid for our country. Thank you, Sir. I salute you and your comrades who defend my freedom and the freedom of every American. I am praying daily for the end of these wars. Semper Fi
I served with then Sgt. Secher in 29Palms, CA from 92-96. The first time I saw him, I told him he looked like Bill Clinton. "Bill" became his platoon nickname. He was one of the finest most squared away Marines I ever worked with. He was such a close friend. I remember we drove from California all the way to Memphis on leave one summer and laughed the whole way. When my enlistment was up I decided to get married and Capt. Secher was one of my groomsmen. He will be forever missed. I've attached a photo of us together at 29Palms. It was taken somewhere around 94-95.
Thinking of you on veterans day. Love and miss you.
Well Captain Secher, its been 3 years since your passing. But I know your with us all, including my Wife and daughter. I spent 8 honorable years in the great ole USMC. But nothing was more HONORABLE than to know I served with one the best leaders the Corps ever had. Anyone that served with you can vouch for that. You took "taking care of your own" to a new level with me and Sgt Procopio. Your passion and love for God, Family, Corps was 2nd to none as you treated my family like your very own. Just dont think I haven't forgot about the $100 dollars you gave to me and Brandy to have a great time when we eloped in Vegas in 2004. I have lost many friends and loved ones in my lifetime, but yours was one of the most impacting. You were without a doubt THE ONE I looked up too. I respect all Marines and love my Corps, but no one will ever be able to replace you as a person, friend, and Marine. God Bless Sir. I miss you! To your family Sir: Please rest in comfort knowing that you raised and grew up with one heck of a son (man). He was without a doubt, A Marine's Marine!
I worked with Capt Secher at OCS for the first 3 years of my enlistment. He was an awesome and dedicated leader. I remember one time when he was the OOD and I was the duty driver and he and I were joking about the OOD office and how it was a closet. He was so professional and when I saw he passed, I was the first in our section to be notified through MCNOSC. I passed the word to my CWO who, in turn, retired to her office immediately. We could all hear her crying. We were all devistated. He was such a wonderful role model to the officer candidates that went through OCS as well as to the enlisted Marines. His dedication and professionalism never faultered and his humor and encouragement helped me get through what seemed like a long tour. Here it is 3 years later. I can guarentee that no one in our command will ever forget his leadership or him as a person. Always Faithful.
I just want your family to know the impact you have made on the life of someone I love. Thank you for your friendship and for being a man among men.
To your family, I do not know you, but you have all been in my prayers this week. I pray that the Lord will carry you through the valley until you see him again in heaven.
Know that your sacrifice will never be forgotten, your family and friends are in my prayers as they are in the prayers of many millions of Americans. Thank you for your service to our nation. Semper Fi
Was thinking about you today Diesel....I miss you and love you!
Rob, I want you and your family to know that I appreciate what you and Rob S did for me. You were not with us long while I was in command, but you didn't hesitate to conduct the mission asked of you. Your actions led to the improvements in the city of Hit, Iraq. Semper Fi; Deeds not Words!
Please know that your sacrifice will not be forgotten. On Saturday May 23 I was honored to read the names of Tennessee's fallen in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars at a ceremony in Washington DC at the WWII Memorial. USMC Capt. Robert Secher is remembered.
Proud Mother of USMC Cpl. David Bass
4/23/85 - 4/2/06
I HAD TO GO AWAY
I had to go away.
I'm sorry you couldn't come with me.
But on earth is where you shall stay.
Please do not be sad.
Instead laugh and be glad.
I'm in a beautiful place, such a beautiful place.
I know you wont see me for a while.
But you will hear from me.
I will be the wind that will chill you on a hot summer day.
I will be the sun that will warm you when it's cold.
Listen to the birds sing, I will be saying, "I love you" in their song.
I know you can't touch me.
But you will feel me.
Because I will be inside of you giving you life on the days you feel like you can't go on anymore.
Please I beg of you, go on, live your life as I lived mine.
Always remember we will be together again.
I will be patiently waiting for you on that day.
When you will join me in this beautiful place.
Until then may God bless you with his almighty grace.
Written By: Kimberly Ann Kerek
some day the world will know peace,
i do believe.
“They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
On this Memorial Day, We will remember him.
May Robert's family find comfort in God's word the Bible as they try and cope from such a great loss. My deepest sympathy. (John 4:8)
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May Robert's family and loved friends find some comfort in the richness of their memories.
May his soul rest in peace eternally.
I just found out about Robert Secher's' death from Gerry Matthes. I know that it is late, but I want to extend my deepest sympathies to margaret Matthes, Dr. Secher and the rest of the family.
He died for his country and I can't imagine a braver way to die in the sevice of his country and a wonderful supportive family who loved him. His life was not in vain.
Remembering you on Veteran's Day 2008.
You will not be forgotten.
Rest in peace.
Dear Family, I did not know Capt. Secher, but he, along with all the men and women obeying the call to serve, has prompted me to often pause and pray for our soldiers. Last Friday, I left work at 5pm and expected to be home at about 6pm since my commute is usually an hour. Unfortunately, there were 4 vehicle accidents, two of which were fatalities. I started getting fustrated creeping and standing still for 3 hours. As often happens to me, a flash of clarity transected my negativity: "Be thankful you are going home and that your loved ones will be there." "Be thankful you are in the warmth of your car, out of the rainy haze, listening to Cold Play, Second Serenade and Creed and not sitting in a fox hole or walking down a potentially mine-filled road. No, I did not know him personally, but I know him as a soldier that would think my whining about such small inconveniences quite funny after living encircled by the enemy with no safe place to lay his head. I pray we do not let these lives go in vain, that we will pause on the breath of frustrations and ask if we really have it that bad and then put our energy into praying for those who do really have it that bad. Stop, breathe, pray. God Bless and Thank-you for your service and your family's sacrifice---I can't imagine losing a son--even if he was a big tough marine--he is still your little boy at heart.
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 Robert, but I am remembering
his service. He is my hero. !
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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
The Other Side –
(To hear the song)
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To the family of Capt. Robert M. Secher:
Robert 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"
To the family and friends- please know that Robert will not be forgotten. I read many heartfelt comments that you all shared about him, and I was deeply touched. May his sweet soul rest in eternal peace.
I am so sorry for the loss.
Remembering you and mourning the loss of a great person.
May you rest in eternal peace.
Dearest Family members of Robert,
In our lives there seem to be so much pain in one way or the other and the death of someone we love hurt our hearts deeply. May it comfort you to know that someone else share in your pain. Our heavenly Father, Jehovah, has through his son, Jesus Christ promised that those loved ones we lose to death have a hope because of their faith in the ransom provided by Jesus. Jesus while on earth spoke and demonstrated that our loved ones can be resurrected as read in the book of John, chapter 11, verses 1 - 43. May this thought and our heartfelt prayers also comfort you in this time of your loss.
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Capt Secher!
Remembered with gratitude.
I did not know Robert, but his father, Dr. H.P. Secher served on my M.A. comprehensive exam and thesis committees at then Memphis State University. I am greatly saddened for him and Robert's mother and I offer them my sincere and profound sympathy for their loss.
I am very sorry to hear about Robert (I heard a while back but just found the site). I graduated from Marion Military Institute with Robert in 1991. He was a very sharp and focused person even at that age. I read on the internet where he died in the line of duty and looked in our high school annual at some pictures of him. There is one of him in camo, a beret, covered in mud, and a big smile.
Robert is remembered every day. Each and every day.
What a loss.
May he rest in peace.
Our prayers to the Secher family. I knew Robert at the University of Memphis when my husband was stationed at Millington. Robert was impressive in everything he did--political science classes, Marine Corps Marathon, etc. I am proud to have known him. God Bless our troops.
CDR and Mrs. Michael E. Krieger
To the family of Captain Robert Secher. I had the pleasure to meet Robert in May of 1993, when he drove drown to the small cotton town of Shaw Mississippi, where he meet Todd Bethards and I and we spent the entire day walking the cotton fields, the bayous, and sharing stories. It was one of those days where time did not matter, we hung out from morning to evening. Robert was soft spoken, wise and strong. Since this day, I heard often about Robert through Todd Bethards. He was always on some type of adventure. When I heard that Robert gave his life I was greatly saddened.
Robert is not forgotton, I tell my young children about him and I keep him and his family in my prayers, truely I do. I am only sorry I did know him better, and also for not take the opportunity earlier to say what a great man Robert Secher is.
Friend of Robert Secher
Please know Robert is not forgotten.
I am a former Marine that fortunately made it through the Viet Nam conflict. I finished my 8 year enlistment at Marine Barracks 8th&I, SE WashDC. While serving there, I was part of the ceremonial details for servicemen who where to be buried in Arlington. I can tell you that there is nothing more emotionally draining than being part of this. However, after it is over, you are overcome with a feeling of pride to be a part of something so special - the honoring of those who have given all. I have been priviledged to be in the company of Medal of Honor recipiants and just seeing and knowing what that medal is for, is something you can not explain to someone who is not a part of our priviledged Corps. This may seem like rambling, but the point is that each and every one of us should understand what it takes to become a part of this countries history in such an impactful way that your name will never be forgot. To honor those few is very simple, just give them the respect that is deserved. I am certain that, if you could speak with any of them, they would say thank you.
Imagine my shock to read about a fallen soldier recently and see your name listed as his sister!! I am so sorry about your family's loss. I know there is little chance you will see this, but I've never forgotten you, my favorite college roommate. I hope you and your family have found comfort in all the incredible messages about your brother. I would really love to hear from you. In the meantime, please know you and your family are in our prayers. May God continue to bless you during these difficult times.
Steve and Heidi Johnston Bales
Please know Robert is thought of remembered.
I wanted to let your family how sorry i am about your loss.My fiance Jeff Smith was a good friend of your son, he got a tattoo in his memory on his arm. He misses him a lot.I want to thank you for the honor of Jeff knowing your son i was told a lot about him and how great of a person he was.If you would like a picture of the tattoo let me know,my best wishes to all of your family
To the Secher family,
In grief, our families share a common bond. Our son, Capt. Brent Morel, USMC, KIA 4/7/04 is also buried at West TN Veteran's Cemetery. Often when we visit Brent's grave, we wander down the hill to pay our respects to Robert. They both loved their "band of brothers" and they both excelled in their beloved Corps. Two exceptional young men who lived life to the fullest in their short time on earth. They touched so many in a positive way. We will always remember Robert as the hero that he is.
Always Faithful to the end.
Mike & Molly Morel
Proud parents of Capt. Brent Morel,
Sincere sympathy and love, Pat - R.N.
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)
Please accept my condolences for your loss. I know no words can ease your grief, but please accept my thanks and I will pray for your family and for Robert. God Bless! Semper Fi!
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Capt Secher and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
Sorry to hear of your loss, my prayers will be for your entire family. As a former Marine and combat veteran it still hurts when I hear of a fallen Marine. You can take pride in knowing Capt. Secher will be among the Marines now guarding heavens gates.
I, too, like so many writers before me, was touched by the writings on MSNBC's site. What a remarkable and beautiful Marine. I am saddened by your loss, a loss to our country, but am proud of his courage and all that he believed in. May the Lord be with you all in this trying time.
To the Family of Robert Secher -- In Marseilles Illinois, on the third Saturday in June, there was the 5th annual Illinois Freedom Run. This (motorcycle) run is a 50 mile run from Joliet, Illinois to Marseilles. When the bikes register, they are given an Illinois Freedom Run "dog tag" with the name of a fallen soldier. I was given a tag with the name "Robert Michael Secher". I would just like you to know that I rode in this to honor your brother (and all the other soldiers). I pray for you and your family and am deeply sorry for your loss.
We were very touched by your beautiful memorial for your brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for reminding us to take the time to appreciate all those who gave their lives for our country.
All our love to you and your family.
Barbie and Kevin Schaffer
I was on Hit with Robert, Mike, Jeff and the crew. Robert was a great man, he will be missed.
So Long Diesel
To Paula and the Secher Family,
What an amazing job you did with your video.
What a treasure and a testament to one of our heroes. I am so sorry for your loss, it is not just your loss but America's loss as well.
Dear Paula and Family,
We thought about your wonderful brother over the Memorial Day weekend. The video is a wonderful reminder of what a great person he was and how we all need to cherish our freedom. We will always think of him on Memorial Day. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family.
Marsha and Michael Underberg
Paula and family:
Harry and I viewed with honor and sadness your beautiful
tribute to Robert. We never knew him, but wish we had. What a remarkable,
heroic young man. He was blessed to have you as his family.
I signed this guestbook previously, and from time to time return to it as I remember this lovely man. I did not know him but was so touched by his story. I just saw the video you refer to and want to again convey my sympathy. May his memory be for a blessing and may his family be comforted among the mourners of Zion.
Thank You so much for your service for our country. You were one amazing man. My dad cherished your friendship more than anything. I want to thank you for giving your life to protect him and thank you for protecting him through so many convoys. You guys mean a lot to me for keeping him safe and for keeping our country safe. We will always remember you. Thank you so much.
I want you to know that your son will not be forgotten. My heart is full of pride for our sons, brothers and husbands who have fought and are fighting now to protect our freedoms. My son is in Baghdad now. My brother was in Vietnam. I know the sorrow of your loss. God Bless.
Thank you for your service, our freedom and the sacrifices you made.
Thank you for your service to our country, and your ultimate sacrifice. God takes special care of those who have taken care of the rest of us mortals. You will not be forgotten!
Captain Secher: Thank you sir! You gave more in a single day of your service to our nation and its ideas and people than I have in my 42 years. I am forever grateful to you and others like you -- in past, present and future. God Bless you and your family and friends.
The courage and bravery of soldiers like your brother are the backbone of our country and our values. While all of us should be taking the time to give thanks and remember those who have made our freedoms possible, you have truely paid tribute. Thank you for taking the time to share your memories with us and for reminding us what Memorial Day is truely about... never forgeting those who have fought for us.
With love and gratitude,
Too often we don't appreciate the the most important gifts we receive. Although I had never met Robert, I share a wonderful friendship with his sister Margaret and since they are a part of the same family, I am certain that he was just as special as she is. It is a great loss for us all to lose such a remarkable man. We all suffer because of it whether we knew him well or not.
With deepest regret and warm wishes for his entire family.
Lynn Kuhn and family
Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute to your brother. I will remember him especially tomorrow (Memorial Day). I know his memory will be for a blessing.
On this Memorial Day, we remember....
Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute.
paula we will always be there for your family thank you so much for reminding us to remember our brave and the ones who are fighting in the wars now.
sincerely, Judee Duerst
I just viewed the video of Capt. Secher and it was very moving. I'm so sorry for your family's loss. Thank you for the reminder of what Memorial Day means.
Thank you for the moving and memorable message with which you honored your brother's memory. Your words helped each of us, privileged to share your thoughts, to give new meaning to this celebration of devotion and sacrifice.
Masy our wisdom for the gift of life be renewed.
What a great tribute you did for your brother. It was a beautiful video of Robert and the ultimate sacrifice he made for his country. He will be missed and you and your entire family will be in my thoughts and prayers this Memorial Day!! Love you....
We are 1st cousins, linda & mel Padawer; we didn't know robert that well,but it makes us think about the war he fought for and to remember him on memorial day.
I just viewed Paula's tribute to her brother Robert and found it moving. Yes, it was a tragedy, and I wish to acknowledge and be gratefull for Robert's ultimate sacrifice for freedom
I grieve for Capt Secher as if he were my own. The entire country suffered a great loss upon his death
Our family mourns for your family's heartbreaking loss and we will honor Robert's bravery this memorial day, and every memorial day afterwards. We are greatful to the soldiers and their families who fight for our rights and freedom.
Thank you Paula for sharing such a personal story. It truly has reminded me the purpose of Memorial Day and all we have to be thankful for and owe these amazing Men and Women. Thank you again and all my love and thoughts are with you and your family!
The YouTube entry about Captain Secher will definitely cause me to stop and think this Memorial Day about the tremendous sacrifices of the men and women of our military while in Iraq.
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We will think of Robert often, and the ultimate sacrifice that he made for us all.
our thoughts and prayers are with the Secher family for there loss of Robert on this Memorial weekend. We will make a prayer for the soldiers who have lost there lives and for the ones who are still fighting this war.
Robert will live in our hearts and memories forever.
Having had the privilege of knowing Capt. Robert Secher for most of his life, our family grieves with the Secher family over their great loss. Robert was an outstanding young man, bright, friendly, polite, handsome, outgoing and honorable. We will all miss him. We are all grateful for his sacrifice to help make our country a free and safe place to live.
I just wanted to say that after reading this story it has shed a whole new light on my perspective. I am not particularly fond of our reasons for this war but as every Marine knows we dont do it for anyone but each other and the ones we love. We go so willingly to war not because we have any interest in Iraq or anything about it but to relieve our brothers and sisters whos time it is to come home. I guess what im trying to say is thank you sir for your service and also for making the ultimate sacrifice. We do not and will not ever forget what was done here. So i leave you with one last salute and a oorah!! May the Marine Corps live forever through Marines like you. Semper Fidelis.
Mr. and Mrs. Secher
My deepest condolences to the Secher family.I am so sorry for your loss.
TSgt Mitch Peters(USAF)
I am sorry for what has happened and i send my best wishes to you and your family.
Dear Captain Secher,
Even though we are on opposite sides of this Iraq War politically, I want to salute you for your courage and express my deep and profound respect for your patriotism and the sacrifice you made for the cause you believed in so much.
My condolences to your family. May their memories of you remain forever clear and a comfort to them in times of sorrow. Thank you ever so much for all you did to try to leave the world a better place than you found it. Please rest in honor and peace.
May God bless you and yours in this time of sorrow. Three of our own will soon depart for Iraq and we know far too well the price to be paid! He was a true professional!
I think he is a big role model for everyone out there and should fight for what he fought for
I am proud of his actions and effort i would have liked to meet him one day.
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.We know the depth of your loss. We are fortunate that your son chose to dedicate his life to serve and protect his fellow man. Even though they are heroes we still miss them daily.
You will be missed brother. MMI CCC
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. I PRAY THAT PEACE WILL FIND YOU ALL SOMEDAY. GODSPEED AND SEMPER FI.
A PROUD MARINE MOM
To the family of Capt. Robert M. Secher: My family and I send our condolences for the lost of your loved one, and the lost of a fellow Marine. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. May God bless and keep you. Semper Fi
As a Viet Nam vet; it is not hard to imagine the pain of losing a son. Soldiers from all wars share a respect for other veterans , and I extend mine to your loved one.
May God Grant you Peace and Understanding in your time of lost.
My sincerest condolences go out to all family and friends of Rob. I attended The Basic School with Rob in "Arctic" Alpha Company (1998-1999). He was without a doubt the epitome of a Marine Officer and one of the finest Marines with whom I have served. His quiet demeanor and very candid sense of humor left quite an impression. Rob, I know wherever you are, you're thoroughly enjoying your Libo. You'll be greatly missed.
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May His face smile upon you and His mercy sustain you. May He grant you peace.
Semper Fi, USMC, 1969-70 Vietnam
I am so sorry for you loss. my thoughts and prayers are with your family.
To the family of Capt. Robert M. Secher I want to extend my deepest condolences and a gut felt thank you for your son's and your family's ultimate sacrifice.
To The Family And Other Loved Ones Of Captain Robert M. Secher, United States Marine Corps. I just received an e-mail informing me that Captain Secher, a former 8th & I Marine, had been KIA in Iraq. Please accept my sincere and heartfelt condolences. Although I did not know Captain Secher, as a former Marine/8th & I Marine (1958-1961), I feel the pain of his passing! I will alert our 8th & I Marines...GOD BLESS the Secher Family and other loved ones!
Dear Secher Family,
My name is Brian Baum my brother and I were both Marines who served in Iraq. My Brother was killed on May the 3rd 2004. We joined the Corps in 1986 and went to war together. I served 40 miles north of him. I feel for your family. It is our duty as Marine to protect this country. I hope you soon find peace in the fact that many people are alive because of your son's leadership and his memory will live on forever in the men he lead in Combat. My brother was in intellegence with 2nd marine division.I dont really know what to say to you butI hope you will find that peace soon
Brian P Baum
SSgt USMC (Ret)
Dear Secher Family,
Robert was a classmate of mine at MMI. I've never forgotten him since. His character, professionalism and determination were evident even then. The world is now less one hero embodied by Robert. He lived as we should all live, fulfilling your mission without diversion. I will never forget him.
Dear Secher Family,
Deepest condolances. My heart goes out to you in your loss. Captain Secher was and will always be a hero of the highest order. It is difficult to be a Marine parent (we have a son leaving soon for the Anbar). We will never forget your son. Thank you for sharing his letters.
God Bless You
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help at this time.
God Bless Capt. Secher and all of our brave soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines serving both home and abroad. They are a fine example of what is the best of our country. Capt. Secher was a true American hero. My son is a Marine and has served in Iraq. It was very stressful while he was gone, but we could not have been prouder of his service. WE fly our flag daily in honor of all of our brave young men and women in the military. God bless them and keep them in his care.
Thank you for sharing Robert's story. I am very thankful for the sacrifice that he and your family have made for me. I pray to God that he will grant you, your family, and Robert peace.
My continual prays to an outstanding person. May God grant him eternal vigilance to watch over his follow Marines. I still cry over the Captain and all those that gone. Of those still there, Godspeed their mission and return home soon.
Our most solemn and deepest sympathy for your great loss. Hopefully, because of the valor and sacrifice of men and women such as Captain Secher, our grandchildren and great-grandchildren may be spared the necessity of answering a future call to arms. May God keep you and bless you!
My deepest condolences to Capt. Secher's family. I am so sorry this had to happen. You are in my prayers.
“Paid in Full”
In Honor of The War Against Terrorism’s 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 minds 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
Your family will be in our prayers as our son is currently serving in Iraq. He shares similiar thoughts as they all are so far from home. Your son and many before him are the reason we can write this email. Gods blessings to you in the coming years for your sacrifice.
My deepest sympathy to the family of this fine American Hero.From reading his letters I can see that he was both courageous and frustrated as most are with this tragic war and all the losses.I am also walking the same dark pathway of sorrow with you as my son and only child LCpl Nicholas Manoukian was KIA in Anbar Province..Ramadi..on Oct 21,2006.May God help us all and hold us tightly until we are all together again forever.God Bless you,Mary Manoukian Calhoun
I am the Mother of a seventeen year old son, Eric Carrouth from South Carolina, who graduated Hich School six months early on December 22, 2006. Proudly, I may add, joined the Marines that same day. As the Mother, I am terrified. As an American, I could not be more proud. Your son, Captain Secher is such an inspiration. It makes me and millions like me so proud of this young man and the vision he had, the duty that he carried out with obvious passion and courage. I wish peace for Capatin Secher's family, and God Bless each of you.
My deepest sympathy for your loss. I have also recently experienced a death in Bagdad, a young soldier died, he was a new father and a very special young man. I enjoyed reading your Son's letters, what an amazing young man. Thank you and God Bless you.
I served as an advisor with 1/3/5 Military Transition Team (MITT), in Diyala Provence west of Baquba, Aug 2005-2006. Your son and I have shared similar circumstances, such as living with, training and fighting along side the Iraqi Army. His comments, thoughts and frustrations, as well his better moments brought back a flood of memories. I thank you for sharing his thoughts and story, with me and the rest of the world. The fruits of our labors will not be known for years, but your sons sacrifice will never be forgotten. He is a great American and will be missed….. Thank you.
Thank you for allowing us to read some of Captain Secher's emails...and I hope that, in time, you will compile them into the book as it appears he wanted to do. I have never met your family but, as the mother of an active-duty Marine, I share your grief. Please accept my most sincere and humble condolences.
As a Navy Corpsman at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, my heart breaks for the familes and loved ones of our Marines. Our men and women and the work they do is so underappreciated. Thank you for giving all of us this glimpse into the life and work of your brave son. Please know that your son and his ultimate sacrifice are appreciated, and you have my deepest sympathies.
Robert was obviously a compassionate, smart, inspired, motivated young man who sacrified himself for what he believed in. I comend you raising such an admirable human being and honor his memory.
My deepest heartfelt condolences on the loss of your son. My son is also a Marine and I am a former Marine. Though I have been discharged since 1983, the Marines are still my extended family. It makes my heart ache when I hear of another loss. Please know that even though we may not have known your son, he is a hero and our family is grieving also because we have lost one of our own. As a mother, I know I cannot even begin to imagine your pain. Please know that as Marines, we are grieving with you. You are in our prayers.
Semper Fi Captain Secher.
I come here often to be reminded and pay my respects to the fine people that serve. My nephew is one of the many there now.
I admire Captn Secher and would had been proud to be part of his unit. Sometimes I weep because he made a difference as a person and a leader by example. He was loss in doing his duty. May he always be remembered. I surely will.
General Douglas MacArthur once said ,"It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it." Your son had this will, and demonstrated what it wwas to be a leader, a soldier, and an ambassador. your loss is a great one, as is the loss to this country for his death. My heart goes out to you and all of your family.
TO THE FAMILY OF CAPT. SECHER, MY NAME IS THOMAS WILSON. I WAS A SERGEANT WHO HAD THE PLEASURE OF SERVING WITH YOUR SON. WE WERE IN BRAVO BATTERY TOGETHER. I REMEMBER HIM AS A LEIUTENANT, HE WAS QUIET AT FIRST AND LATER BECAME KNOWN AS SOMEONE THAT WE COULD GO TO FOR ADVICE AS WELL AS SUPPORT. I ALSO REMEMBER HIM AS ONE OF THE ONLY OFFICERS TO CALL CADENCE DURING OUR BATTERY PT SESSIONS. HE WAS LOUD AND PROUD. THAT IS THE WAY I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM. I WILL REMEMBER HIM FOREVER....MY CONDOLENCES TO YOUR FAMILY, HE TRULY WILL ALWAYS BE ONE OF THE FEW, THE PROUD, THE MARINES.
TO THE FAMILY OF CAPT. ROBERT M. SECHER, PLEASE ACCEPT MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY ON THE LOSS OF YOUR BELOVED SON.
THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR SON WITH US. HE IS IN HEAVEN NOW AS ARE ALL THE MILITARY MARTYRS WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE HIM AND AFTER HIM AND CONTINUE TO DIE FOR OUR FREEDOM.
YOUR SON WAS BRAVE AND IS NOW AT PEACE. "NO GREATER LOVE HAS HE THAN ONE WHO WOULD GIVE HIS LIFE FOR HIS BROTHERS AND SISTERS.
REJOICE IN PARADISE CAPT. SECHER.
GODS BLESSINGS TO THE SECHER FAMILY. THANK YOU.
Dear Mr and Mrs Secher
You have my deepest sympathies and condolences for the loss of your great and brave son! I wanted to be a US Marine, aviator, and knew if I joined the infantry, I would be a bullet magnet. When my eyes went south, bad, I watched from a distance! Your son and the many that join the military honor our country and are what makes it the greatest country in the world! I can't describe how reading his journals and letters in the Newsweek article has saddened me.
I don't know what else to say except that you must be so proud of raising such an outstanding and fine young man to serve this great and honorable country! Kudos and my deepest sympathies go out to both of you!
America needs people with the strength and wisdom of your son. Thank you for raising a man we can be proud of. His service an duty won't be forgotten. I feel like I've lost a friend. My sincere condolences.
I am very sorry to read about the death of your beloved son. I read some of his e-mails posted on the Newsweek website. He was a man with dignity, honour, respect and a kind, thoughtful heart. As a police officer I have lost collegues in the line of duty and know what it feels like to lose that person. I cannot imagine how you must feel to have lost your son. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless.
To the Secher Family,
Please accept my deepest condolences upon the loss of your fine son. He was a brave, dedicated, and intelligent young man and a great Marine. We owe everything good we have to brave people like Robert who willingly take on the burden of defending our great nation. God bless you!
Chaplain, US Navy
I AM A MOH WINNER from 11-22-1968. We allloved what we did but as my witnessthe pain can some times be unbearable. Let robert live in peace and well always love him for what he gave Steve Armes Knoxville Tn
You must be very proud of your son. I hope the pride out weighs your sorrow.
I am very sorry for your loss. I received the news today from Marion Military Institute where RObert and I went to school. I knew Robert at MMI and we were just one year apart. He was very intelligent as well as full of confidence. We at MMI are deeply saddened. Alex Lopez MMI 1992
Dear family of Capt. Secher,
As I read your son's words, I thought "this is a man I would like to know." We are all poorer now, for not ever having that opportunity. May God ease your grieving, and my he welcome your son to his just reward.
My deepest concolences to you and your family. Although I did not know Capt. Secher, we are brothers and sisters in arms. I am a Veteran and know that giving our all is the ultimate sacrifice. I will be honored to include Capt. Secher along with my loved ones when I recite the Mourners Kuddish.
Dear Secher Family,
Simple words cannot ameliorate your loss and grieving. But please accept the hearfelt and deep condolences of our family and sincerest thanks and appreciation for his service to and for all of us who too often take for granted our freedoms. If not for men like Captain Secher, our lives would not be as fortunate as they are. May he rest in God's arms and may you be surrounded by eternal gratitude. "Freedom is not free."
Captain and Mrs. Neil Block
US Navy Retired
Mr. & Mrs. Secher --
I am sorry you have lost your son. I admired him as I read his words and heard his heart. I believe that his work in Iraq was a crucial part of making Iraq a viable country. My son is an Army officer who was in Iraq in 2005, and we are an "Army Family," but I have developed the highest respect for the remarkable men and women of the US Marine Corps when I see what they do. Rob was a good man. May his life continue to change others.
Dear Secher Family
May you have the consolation of having a son who is a hero in all senses of the word.We will continue to pray for you and all those precious families who have paid the ultimate price for liberty.
A former Marine and father of an Army Major who is presently in Iraq with 1st Calvalry.
My deepest sympathies over your personal loss and this countries loss. Capt. Secher is a man who gave much and had much more to give his country. I will miss the books he never had the chance to write.
Deepest condolences on your loss.
Mr and Mrs. Secher,
Please accept my condolences for your loss. As a former Marine officer, let me say that Robert epitomized what a Marine officer should be and the type of person we could all emulate. This nation is fortunate to have sons like him. I know no words I can say can ease your grief, but please accept my thanks and promise that I will remember him as I continue in my military career. I will pray for your family and for Robert. God Bless!
I was led to this link by a close friend of the Captain at my job. The Captain and I served in Iraq (I didn't know him) at the same time and did the exact same job just in different regions. After reading the letters, I can tell he was an insightful patriot. I'm really sorry for your loss. May God hold you near in your time of grief.
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Secher, We want to express our sympathy for the loss of your son. Our son is also 33 and I can't imagine how you must feel to lose yours. We thank you for his service to our country and pray that some good will come from it. God bless you.
God bless the captain and his family.
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Secher,
As I write this, my son is probably in western Anbar Province. I know that, although I can understand the anxiety you felt while your beloved son was there, I cannot understand the anguish you feel now. I have no words to comfort you. I just want you to know you are in my heart and in my prayers.
Thank you for your son's service to his country. I know Iraq was a better place while he was there. My deepest condolences on your loss.
Although I am not a Marine, I am told that as a parent of a Marine I have the privilege to say to you "Semper Fi."
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Secher,
Words can not express the pain I know you must be feeling over the loss of your son.
It is to the brave men such as Capt. Secher that we owe our deepest gratitude to. The world was a far safer place with your son in it and a far sadder place with his death. Having served in Iraq myself, know that his death was not in vain. We, as Americans, must never forget the sacrifices our troops are making daily; not only in the risk of death or injury, but the chanllenge of being so far away from friends and loved ones.
As a Marine myself, the only words I can offer are the words that your son and I both, as well as all other Marines, chose to live by..."Semper Fidelis".
My family and I sorrow for your loss and pray for him and for you.
Our most sincere condolences. Losing someone like Robert is truly a loss for all of us, even those of us who were never lucky enough to have personally known him. I have no doubt he is now in a better place than this world, and at peace. God bless Robert and his family and friends at this time. Our hearts are with you.
My deepest condolences are with the family of Capt. Secher. As a former enlisted Army infantryman, the thing we wanted most was competent, ethical, and equitable leadership, which is evident that Capt. Secher provided to those in his charge. America has also suffered a deep loss as Capt. Secher is the type of person who personifies the values and morality that Americans have stood for since becoming free from England and King George III. The loss of Capt. Secher and the nearly 2,900 U.S. military personal in Iraq is a national tragedy.
My sincere condolences,
Dr. Glen Wilson
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
I grieve with you over the loss of your son, a true hero and outstanding human being. I'm especially sad that we will not get to read his books so I Thank You for sharing your son's story with us and Newsweek for printing it.
Because of your son this country is on a great pedestal of freedom. He risked his life doing what he loved to do just like the many MARINES before him. For that I am greatly apprecited. Thank You
You don't know my family but my son, Captain Robert Sellers has spent the last year working with your son in Iraq. They were on the same MTT team and he has nothing but praise and high regards for your son. Our sincere sympathy in your loss and our prayers are with you and your family.
Many thanks to Newsweek for publishing the story on Robert Secher, and to his family for the beautiful emails. Certainly something very good has come out of this. Inspiration for us all. I wish the family every happiness.
Tahn Varado, UK
This Thanksgiving, I thank God for brave men such as your son who had wisdom enough to know what he should do and virtue enough to see that it be done. He is a rare treasure that will never be forgotten.
Our home remains free becuase of the brave! My thoughts and prayers are with you. Your son's service to our nation and the sacrifice that you and he made to keep this land free is appreciated greatly! Thank you Capt. Secher. Semper Fi!
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Secher, It is the eve before Thanksgiving and I cannot help but thank God for men like your dear son. I know your heart is very sad but you are in the prayers of many who do not even know you. Our son is in Iraq right now and to read your son's story in "Newsweek" makes us proud to be called Americans. May you have peace.
Thank you capt. Secher for my freedom that you and many others have fought and died for in the past and present. May you rest easy in heaven with God and look down upon your fellow men for support. God BLess You.
Capt. Secher was loved by many and will be missed by all. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
Captain Robert M. Secher, Mr. & Mrs. Secher, friends and family we thank you from the bottom or our hearts for this untimate sacrifice protecting our way of life. We hold all of our men and women in uniform in the highest regard. Thank you again
Stephen D. Peterson
My deepest condolences to the Secher family.I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and my prayers.
I would like to express my condolences to the family of Capt. Secher. I was shocked to pick up Newsweek and read his story. I had the pleasure of being assigned with (then) LCpl Secher at MARBKS 8th and I, Washington, DC. I left active duty in 1994 and last ran into him while running the Marine Corps marathon a few years later - I was in law school and he was attending college on a NROTC scholarship. He was a dedicated Marine who took his job seriously and treated all of those around him with respect. He was a true gentleman, in every sense of the word. I hope during this time of devastating loss, his family understands how great their son's impact was on those of us fortunate enough to have served with him. He was a credit to his family and to his uniform.
I had the privelide of having Capt Robert Secher as a platoon commander while with B battery 1/11. He was a dedicated leader who took care of his Maires. The world always weeps at the loss of a good man .. Semper Fi Sir...
My prayers are with you and with all
other families who lost heroes in Iraq/Afganistan or any other location around the World.
Our hearts were touched with the story of your son's service. Our USMC son, Adam, met Robert in Okinawa last year before Robert deployed to Iraq. Adam, an artillery officer, will be on the MTT replacing Robert's team later this year. He, too, has a calling to serve God, Country, and Corps. We continue to remember all those who serve and ask for prayers for our son and those with him.
I just read letters from my first true love written during the Vietnam years from stateside. Your son's point of view and his courage are remarkable. He was obviously intelligent and thoughtful. When I cry for your loss, it is with deepest sympathy and respect for this young man. I have two sons with difficulties, but they have life and your beautiful son knew its worth.
The Marines are close to our heart, and our heart goes out to you in the loss of your son. We too have a son in the Marines. Our prayers go out to you and the rest of your family for support and love during this time of sorrow. God Bless you!
'We live life forward and understand it backward.' May the peace of God and the love of family and friends, carry you through this difficult time. Our prayers are with you.
My deepest condolences to the Secher family. I am so very very sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your son's emails with us and allowing us to benefit from his insights. It is so hard for the soldiers over there and it takes a good man to remain balanced and fair in his appreciation of the Iraqi people and not give in to anger and resentment. For that and for his courage your son is a hero.
I am so sorry for your loss. There are simply no words to say. You and your family are in my prayers.
After reading your son's emails in Newsweek, I wanted to offer my condolences to you and your family. Captain Secher gave us an insight into the impossible task he faced on a daily basis. I hope you can gain some small comfort knowing his emails to you have impacted so many of us around the country.
my deepest sympathies go out to the secher family. no words spoken can ever come close to the way we feel. i was deeply touched by the story of your son.our daughter has returned from iraq just this last week.thank god safely. i wanted to tell you that your son will always be a hero in my families eyes. our prayers are with you . may god comfort you in this time of your loss.
Your son sounds like a man of honour who commanded respect. He sounds like a man that I would follow into battle. I am sorry that I will never get the chance to meet such a brave man. May he rest in peace.
I read the story of your brave son and thought of myself when I was in Somalia as Marine Lieutenant. I can truly say I could have been your son because I am so very much like him. I can will pray for your family and ask God to grant you comfort. Your son is a hero to me and I will tell my sons and daughter of his daily actions. I will ask them to study history as your son did and I hope they will become Marines. May God bless you.
After reading your son's e-mails in Newsweek I feel compelled to tell you thank you for raising such a wonderful, dedicated, fine man. I am deeply sorry for your loss and can never repay him for his sacrifice. Captain Secher truly put God's world into perspective when he said we spend too much time worrying about the stupid stuff. May God bless you with peace in your heart.
The article about your son hit close to home: my nephew is in the Army and also stationed at Camp Hit. He has expressed many of the same feelings that Rob did. I never supported this war but appreciate how your son and all the others in Iraq are serving their country. I pray for their safe return, and I pray for families such as yours who are dealing with a terrific loss.
Your wonderful son was and is a true hero. I am so sorry for your loss but so grateful for his gift of freedom to the Iraqi and the American people. Only God knows the extent of Captain Secher's sacrifice and yours....the rest of us can only guess. Having lost a child long before her full potential was realized I can truly sympathize with your family. May Robert's sacrifice not be in vain. May it be a paving way for the freedom of a people long oppressed. He will always live as a hero in the cause of freedom. Thank you and may the Lord's choicest blessings of peace and comfort be yours.
In deepest appreciation,
Please accept my condolences and prayers. It is amazing how your son's thoughts and frustrations echo what my son, currently stationed in Baghdad, is telling me. Like your son, mine is also a true soldier and volunteered to be there. I just pray someone hears what your son had to say and appreciate what he gave for us. Everyone is the US should be proud and thankful for your son and you as parents.
Robert was truly an insightful young man that would have made any parent proud...his time on Earth will not soon be forgotten and as he looks down from heaven we can only hope that he becomes an inspiration, a guardian angel,for all of the soldiers of the world...May God Bless & keep him always..my condolences..The Leon Family
Dear Secher Family,
I offer my condolences for your loss. The sampling of his e-mails in Newsweek were insightful and reflected his understanding of the war and his situation. He and everyone who serves are true heroes.
Ltc, USAF (Retired)
Capt. Secher Left some great thoughts that I hope can be considered in future years.
MAY GOD GRANT YOUR PRECIOUS SON ETERNAL PEACE. THE BRAVE DIE ONCE, THE COWARDLY MANY TIMES. YOUR SON EXEMPLIFIED THE VERY BEST OF AMERICA. SEMPER FI, RPCS(SS) USN RETIRED AND FORCE RECONNAISSANCE ALUMNI
I read the story about your son and I cried. He looks so much like my own son, who is just about the same age. I send my prayers to you for your loss. What a bright star your boy was to have in your life. I pray for peace in the world and an end to violence. Your son was following his heart as he lived his life. What wonderful parents you must be to have nurtured that gift in him.
I am saddened by your loss. I was a graduate assistant in the Political Science Dept. at MSU in 1975.
"Integritas" Capt. Secher said
To serve his country, he was born and bred.
His example we follow, His memory we honor. May he rest in peace.
I am seldom moved to respond to media aricles or to become involved in public debate but the article on your son, Capt. Robert Secher, touched an emotional reaction as I read his story. First, I send out my condolences to the Secher family and his friends. May God bless you and give you faith that Mr. Secher did not die in vain. I, for one, will not forget the reality that he and all American soldiers, both past and present, fought for this great country so that I could raise a family that can live in freedom and have all of the opportunites for success that are available here. I am a 20 year vetern and a sergeant on my home town Police Deparment. As I work to protect and serve my community, I am grateful for the men and women who protect my country. If you see my family enjoying ourselves at a ballgame, dinner or movie, please remember that I am thankful for these gifts that are possible due to the ultimate sacrafices that have been made by heroic individuals like Capt. Robert M. Secher.
Robert Secher will be remembered for much longer than twenty years...
Please accept our deepest sympathies for the loss of your son. Of course, there are no proper words, but I cited him a model of great dedication to my own children. Such men as your son make your country great, admired and respected.
Your loss is our nation's loss. God grant you peace in this time of sorrow. Your son, and parents like you, are what make our nation great.
Thank you for your sacrifice, and thank your son for our continuing freedom.
May God grant you the strength you need in this time. I am deeply grateful for all our soldiers and want you to know the loss of your son is also a loss for the Country. Yours and his story has truely touched my heart.
Dear Secher Family,
I read your son's story and cried for your loss. We lost our 25 year old son several years ago and it is still painful. The grief comes in waves. Your son was an accomplished warrior in a terrible war. Thank you for raising a good son, who served his country so well. As the years go by your life will become bearable again. It takes time and lots of tears.
Your son is an amazing soldier. His bravery really inspires me to be 110% of the soldier I am. I recently joined the National Guards and if I ever find myself tired and wanting to go back home, I'll think of this news article and of what your family is going through. The best of luck, and my prayers go out to you. Thank you for giving this country one heck of a warrior!
The article in Newsweek made me cry (and I am 77 years old) for your son and your family, and for all the poor soldiers in Iraq and their families. With all my sympathy.
To the Secher Family:
My heartfelt condolences at your lost and my prayers that our Father who is in Heaven ease your grief. I didn't know Robert, I am in a different part of Iraq, but I've known many fine young me like him, both in the last 25 years I've spent as police officer and the last nearly 29 years in the Military either on active duty, National Guard or Army Reserve. I grieve every time a fine young person leaves this life too early.
Reading Robert's letters echoed many of my own experiences in this strange place where we are a long, long, way from home; and home is a long, long way from us.
I can say that reading Robert's words helped me rekindle the committment to service and excellence which has ebbed some in six months over here and get my 51-year-old body motivated for yet another mission. All of us still here owe it guys like Robert and all the ones before him and to everyone back home to do our best in this uncertain situation.
MAJ Patrick Corcoran, US Army Reserve, Camp Speicher, Iraq
As I read the article about Capt. R.M. Secher it brought back memories of when my father was in the USAF. He was a fighter pilot and would send cassette tapes of his accounts for the day and his feelings during the Vietnam War. You could sometimes hear the planes flying overhead drowning out my fathers voice. My father physically survived that war, but emotionally came back a very different person. None the less I am very proud of him and all of the men and women that serve. My son (18) is currently at the University of Dayton (engineering)
with future goals to continue thru to obtain his masters and then to serve in the USAF. I hope he will uphold your son's beliefs, self discipline, and honor. But most of all I hope he never loses himself and remembers we are all human beings with our own beliefs, values, joys and fears.
I had the priviliege of knowing your son at the Univ of Memphis. He and my daughter Jenffier Raper Kiser LT USN were very good friends.
He was also an inspiration to my youngest son Ross who went into the Marines a short time after meeting Robert. I must say I was proud just to have known him. He was the man every father would be proud to have as a son or as a son in law. I will miss him. Your family is in our prayers. I only thank GOD for putting men like Robert on this earth. It is those that give the ultimate who make it safe for our youth to follow. May GOD be with you and bless you. Your son walks those streets of gold and we share meet him again.
Had I known I would have been at the services. I shall pay my respects at a later date.
God Bless you.
Dan Raper, RMC USNR Ret.
To The Secher Family,
It is impossible to express how deeply sorry we are for you loss. Captain Secher was a remarkable person. I'm sure this is obvious to anyone who knew him -- it is now obvious to the rest of us. There are very few remarkable people in this world and when one, such as Robert, gives to all of us his "last full measure of devotion" we have a sacred obligation to honor him by doing our best to live by the values he lived by and on which this country was built -- duty, honor, country.
Finally, I'm a Vietnam veteran and I will never forget Captain Robert M. Secher. Both you and he will forever be in my prayers.
Sincerely, Clifford Schmutz
Dear Cap.Robert Secher family:
Today November 11-06 I read the article in Newsweek magazine about your beloved son. It really brought me in tears as I was reading. He is a HERO, I am so proud of him, because of his convictions and believes. I am sure he made a big impact in many people in the Iraq. God blessed him in a better place. Elvia
Dear Secher Family,
The article about your son, Capt. Robert Secher was an immensely moving piece. I was deeply moved by the insight and bravery that your son displayed, and he truly exemplifies all that is best in a soldier. My deepest regrets for this tragic loss.
Dear Secher Family, We are so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful son. I have a 20 year old son and cannot imagine the loss and pain you are feeling. Your son is our nations Hero! May God give you peace and comfort that only He can give during this time and may He Bless you each and every day and give you strength. Your family will be in our prayers. With love and gratitude, The Lucas family.
Thank God for your son. He was a true American hero.
Dear Secher Family,
Thank you so much for sharing your son's emails with us. Your son was a true warrior in every sense of the word and, yes, he did make a great difference for good in this world. It is people like him who gives us hope.
May God bless you.
Thank you for raising such a great son and such a great American. My prayers will be with you.
Taipei, Taiwan ROC
The personal document of Capt. Robert M. Secher touched me deeply.
A brave Centurion has made the ultimate sacrifice.
My sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.
I am deeply saddened by the loss of your son. Tears filled my eyes while reading the Newsweek article about Robert. I have lost another family member. His reactions to the war efforts in Iraq and his the steadfast belief in our mission there matched mine while I was serving in Vietnam and Thailand in 1971-1972. My heart grieves with you and you are in my prayers. I am proud of your son and I salute him for his bravey. He is truly a Centurion like those he admired and respected. In these trying times look to Heaven and know that Robert sits at the right hand of GOD sharing his life and love for you with our Heavenly Father and Jesus. GOD go with you and give you comfort in all days and years to come.
Dear Secher Family,
I read this article last week and I was really touched by Robert`s bravery.Based on what I read, he was a true warrior and I felt very sad reading about his death.
My deepest sympathy and ,
God bless you all!
To the Family Secher:
Thank you for giving us your thoughtful and kind son. The internet allows some of us to see word pictures of individuals. This can be a blessing or a curse. At 61 years of age, being a male, it brings tears to my eyes and burning in my throat.
The premature loss of the young and good throughout the world when it is displayed or written about distresses me.
Thank you both again for your son and his sacrifice. He gave his life for us, we could ask for no more.
God bless you and keep you safe.
My deepest sympathy to your family,I do not know your son but he is definitely an "American Hero". My heart aches for you...I lost my nephew in the war this last June. He was my brothers only son... everyday goes by and all we can be thankful for is each solider willing to do such a courageous job as each of them are doing... Knowing some may lose their life is so hard to think of , but I do appreciate your son! He is my hero and he is now in heaven with my nephew and they can continue to watch over all of their buddies they left behind to finish their jobs. May God Bless all of you and I will keep you in my prayers.... my heart aches for you all.
Please know that you have our condolences. What a fine person Robert was! I admire his bravery. I also was impressed by his excellent writing. I completely understand your grief and sadness, having suddenly and unexpectedly lost our own son last year (he was 34). My heart goes out to family and friends.
You have my deepest sympathy for your loss of Capt. Secher and my eternal gratitude for his service to this great country. I understand your pain as I lost my younger brother this past May in Iraq. My strength comes from remembering all that he accomplished in his life and in knowing that he meant so much to so many people. The American military men and women are the true heroes of today and we owe them so much. I pray that God will bless Robert and help his family and friends find peace in their precious memories of his life.
Dear Family and Friends of Capt. Robert M. Sacher-
I read the emails as I was holding my 10 month old son. Tomorrow we leave for northern Michigan to honor another fallen Hero- Maj. Doug Sloan. I didn't think much about the war until these past weeks. But what a wake up call to all fathers. I only hope my son will be as brave, as courageuos, and as committed to his country as Robert and Doug. God bless you and your family.
Mr. Secher - I read the article in Newsweek this past week and was very sad to read about your son. Thank you for sharing his e-mails with all of us. I have a son who is 17 and has joined the Marine Corp and is in the Delayed Entry Program. He leaves July 16th two days after turning 18. The e-mails from your son gave us a true picture of what is happening. Your son was very brave and the sentiment he felt for his country is the same my son has. Our prayers go out to you and your family. This Sunday I will light a candle in church in memory of your son.
It struck me, as I was reading Captain Secher's emails to family and friends, that this young man was the epitome of an American soldier. He held in his heart what it is to be American and what it is to be a good human being. Service and a sense of duty to his country, patriotism for the principles inherent in our democracy, clear and critical thinking about the reasons and methods of this war, a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of others sharing our world, a centered sense of morality, and a strength of will which required him to be present where he felt he could have the most impact.
I wish I had met this man who through a few emails gave me more of a sense of the character of our service men and women and more clarity into the realities of this war than any other sound byte, media reel or article. Please allow me to extend my sincerest thanks to you and your son. I'm terribly sorry for your sacrifice but know that we who read about your Robert are inspired by his character to be better people.
Regards and Condolences,
May God bless everyone, who from the love of their hearts took the time to tell this family how much we love them and lift them up in our prayers. Captain Robert Michael Secher is God's answer to a real American hero. We must remember our morals, pride, honor and our Savior. Michael must be proud to see this outpouring of love and the courage of all who loved and will continue to love him.
Thank you Captain Robert Michael Secher for your commitment and dedication for the USA. I will pray for your family and loved ones.
To the family and friends of Robert. I feel great sympaty for your loss. Based on what I read about him, his thoughts, his beliefs and his hope for a better humanity, he certainly was a special man. Although I never met him, I am honored that he served in my Marine Corps. His time was short in life, but lasting in inspiration left by his writing that we were privileged to read. Semper Fidelis.
I read of Robert's story in Newsweek. I was so sorry as i have read of his death at the end of the article. It was like a sting into my heart. I appreciated his view of the things very much. God bless all you members of his family and all his friends. Be sure people all around the world feel with you!
Dear Secher Family,
I have been reading the article about Robert in the November 6th issue of Newsweek and wanted to offer my sincere condolences to all of you. My only brother, Gary, was a Medevac pilot in Vietnam and died in a helicopter crash there after a tour lasting about as long as Robert's. The impact of his death changed my life entirely. He wrote many letters to us while he was over there and I was struck by the similarity in language between his letters and Robert's e-mails --especially when talking about the occupants of the country. While I have never supported the reasons behind the war in Iraq, I have always supported our troops and the noble efforts they have put forth. Your son was a true hero as was my brother. Both were involved in unpopular wars, yet both died in order to make our world a better place. My heart goes out to you all.
Dear Secher Family, My words can never replace Robert, the American hero, lost in Hit, Iraq. Your son was extraordinary in his commitment to promoting the American principles of freedom. His astuteness of Iraq provides further insight about how the first generation of the 21st century excels at enduring commitment. I hope my words can help you understand the deep appeciation that thousands of Americans feel for Robert and the men and women who served/have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. I feel very priviledged to know your son by way of the article. Instead of grieving, stay PROUD. Semper Fi
Please accept my condolences on the loss of your son, a brave, intelligent and articulate young man who must have been a joy to you and an inspiration to the men and women with whom he served, as well as to the Iraqis he tried to help. America could hope for no better ambassador than the man revealed in his letters. Thank you so much for sharing them with us. I learned more about day-to-day life in Iraq from those letters than from all the journalism I have read to date. I hope that you will consider sharing the rest of your son's correspondence with us--it would be an enduring testament to him and those like him.
May peace find you.
I read his e-mails on Newsweek, and had a rare glimpse into the thoughts and correspondences into a world with which I am unfamiliar. I often think about the soldiers serving over there, and realize how little I know about them. I am extremely grateful to their courage and willingness to put their lives on the line, and am always saddened to hear whenever we lose our fellow Americans. I will be keeping this issue of Newsweek, because of Robert's eloquent insights into the life of a soldier who puts it all on the line.
I am so so sad after reading this article and reading all these e-mails. Unimaginable heartache you must be facing.....A hug to you, the family who is hurting...
To Elke, Pierre and the rest of Robert's family -
Robert's words touched nearly as many as his actions will in Iraq and are just as impressive. Your son is an exemplary of the thoughtful soldier, and his knowing sacrifice for his country and his beliefs are the stuff of which great men are made and measured. He is the kind of American that we can all bow our heads and raise our hearts to - thank you for raising such a man and for sharing his story.
MY sincerest condolences on the loss of your brave warrior son. I read Robert's emials and they echoed my 2 Marine son's sentiments exactly. My youngest was last with 1st Tanks in and around Hit and Haditha. My oldest , a grunt with the 1/1, just returned from outside of Falujah. They dealt with the IA and all the issues Robert encountered. The immense pride we all share in our sons, who are working in the most difficult, unforgiving, frustrating and futile environment is coupled with the deepest sorrow at the loss of each and every Marine or soldier. Peace be with you.
i am from manchester u.k and my best friend has just started a tour in iraq and now after reading your sons emails i know why i am so worried about him. so sad what has happened to your brave son, what a waste of a life. my heart goes out to you at this sad time. in my thoughts x
Thank you so much for sharing the e-mails that your son had written to you. Reading them allowed many of us to know Capt. Secher and grieve for him with you. I know this is a difficult time for you but just know that you are in the hearts of millions. Take care and be strong.
To the family of Marine Captain Robert M. Secher: I am a former Vietnam Marine and please know your son will never be forgetten by those of us who know. My heart and soul ache for you and I share your sorrow. "Those who served before me are my fathers. Those who served with me are my brothers. Those who followed are my sons". Semper Fi
To the family, and loved ones of Capt. Robert M. Secher, my prayers are with you at this time. I followed this story and I want to say to you, you should be very proud of your son. He made a great sacrifice for our country, one I will never forget. And he strongly went about his duties as he should have, even though he may not have agreed with certain things. He was a very strong, proud, warrior, and although I never met him, he will always have a place in my heart, as all of you will. I wish we had more men like him. His convictions, his faith, and his honor stood strong amidst everything! This world is blessed for having known him.
Dear Family of Captain Secher: I am a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam conflict and my best friend was a combat in-country veteran of that war. I cannot express to you the sorrow that I feel regarding your loss, and wish you the strength to heal. It is obvious that you raised a terrific young man with high morals and ideals; and the courage to think for himself, fulfill his responsibilities, and do what he believed in. My boyhood hero, Davy Crockett, had a motto: "First be sure you're right--then go ahead." I've lived by that credo and it sounds like Robert did too. You can be proud that he contributed richly to the United States Marine Corps, the United States of America, and to your own family. With great respect, my warmest and heartfelt condolences to you. You will all be in my prayers tonight.
My condolences to your family. I just read the story of your son's email diaries online, and, what a brave, wonderful son he was! Although the pain never leaves, may peace be with you soon as possible.
I want to take a minute to express my sympothy to all of Capt. Secher's family. I am a SPC in the US Army serving in Afghanistan and i have worked with men who do what he did and would have to say they are some of the bravest and most oustanding men ive ever met. I want to thank his family for all he did for our country.
SPC James Mandeville
I weep for your loss, you have done what almost every other parent spends a life time of struggle to accomplish, taught your child to be a successful human being. From reading those few words I can gather you have raised quite good and honorable young man. I can only hope I do half as well with my children. Please except my deepest condolences and our prayers will be with you
Lou & Laurel
Words cannot express the admiration I had for your son after reading his emails in Newsweek. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
I just read the story about your son in Newsweek(Nov 6). I am so sorry for your loss. I am just an ordinary women, wife, mother, American and I try to make sense of Iraq everyday. Reading your sons emails, hearing his own words are more valuable to me than you can imagine. It puts a human touch on this very unbelievably inhuman and seemingly futile situation. It is so hard to comprehend. I can't imagine being an American soldier in Iraq or to be an Iraqi. It is heartbreaking, anquishing. You should be very proud of your son. I am.
As the mother of a WO2 Blackhawk pilot now serving in Iraq my heart goes out to you and your family in this time of great loss. Know that we are proud of and honor your son's memory.
As a former infantry soldier (Vietnam) I truly mourn the loss of your son, another young American taken too soon. I have sons his age who are priveledged to enjoy their freedoms due in part, to your son and men and women like him. I hope you find comfort in the wonderful memories you must have of him. May God watch over your family as I'm sure your son does now.
Your son is in my prayers tonight. What a courageous soldier who really cared about his country. What a wonderful person. Be assured he is in heaven for such a sacrifice for others.
My wife and I join you in your sorrow at the loss of your son. Our oldest son was in Iraq I and our youngest son was in Iraq II. We walked around with knots in our stomachs everyday that they were there. But they knew, as did we, that they were there to give the Iraqi people a chance at the freedom we in America routinely enjoy. We pray for our military folks every day and can never thank them enough for the sacrifices they have made. We will add your son's name to those who have gone on before us - we cherish the impact they have had on our lives and we pray for them everyday.
we fought different battles but he was my brother-in-arms and deserving of respect and admiration.
We take each day for granted, living each day for the next.
Loved ones around us and in our thoughts. The day comes and they are gone, our lives changed forever. Grief overwhelms us and we are lost. With time we can fight our way through this grief.
Through friends, music, animals and art we find ourselves again.
We start a new path, We begin a new journey. Time heals.....but we are never the same again. I wrote this 5 years after my wife died. Grief is a powerful force but please know what your son would want for you. Before the elections I sent all my friends your son's story from Newsweek and urged them all to vote. Your son is not to be forgotten for protecting our country's freedom. Some people come into our lives and quickly go but they leave footprints on our hearts. Strength and Honor to the Secher family. INTEGRITAS
A Heart Rending account of your courageous son.
Thank you for sharing your son's emails with all of us. What a wonderful and brave man he was and how very proud you must be of him. My heart aches for you and your great loss. My very deepest sympathy.
I am so sorry for your loss and pray that you find peace in the knowlege that Capt. Robert M. Secher was highly respected and every American, whether he/she realizes, appreciates the sacrafice he made for us all. Thank you and God Bless-
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived.
My Thanks to your son for what he did, and tried to do. My Sympathy to you for your loss, I cannot imagine what it must be like. My Prayers to our Lord that this situation will not continue. God Bless you and your son.
Thank you for sharing Capt. Robert M. Secher's e-mails. I was personally impressed by his integrity and his lucidity. I want to express my sympathy and my sincerest condolences for his family.
Thank you for sharing your sons e-mails and letters. He was a fine young man of much promise. We are all less for the loss of his promise and courage. Capt, USAF (Ret.)
Your son Robert was truely a wonderful person and you must be so proud to have raised such a fine son. I am so sorry and only have words to express my sympathy. I will pray for your family, thank you for sharing his emails and story in Newsweek.
Passion for history, i wish could be talking to him at barbecue, i love history too, i have book about Rome at my bedside, i am sure he was a great soldier and person because of his emails, can't say enough to parents and relatives please accept my condolences.Very sorry he couldn't write his memoirs .Integritas.
Reading your son's published e-mails and being privileged to get a sense of what a very special person he was, and in spiritual remembrance "is", we see how he has become the voice of so many who have sacrificed so much. Capt.Secher has entered our collective memory as Americans
As a physician veteran, I have great admiration for the life of your son. I was fortunate to have my son serve in the Marines, and survive. But daily....I worried as I know you did....always thinking that if he did not survive.....I would always be comforted by the thought that it was the most honorable life a young man could give. I and my family are indebted to your son and your family for his sacrifice. I will not forget. Surely all Americans .... should be grateful.
Your son showed great insights and intellectual honesty. My deepest condolences. I learned a lot from reading his e-mails in Newsweek.
The excerpts from your son's writings in Newsweek moved me to tears. So often it seems as if those with the most promise for the future are taken from us before they have the opportunity to fully realize this promise. Robert's death is a loss to us all. I cannot begin to imagine your grief nor your pride.
Thank you for sharing his writings and observations. They really bring home the caliber of the brave young men fighting for us. Hopefully someday his journals and other writings will be made available to us as he apparently planned. Thank you for sharing Robert with us. He has touched me in a way I can't explain. I will never forget him.
Marine Captain Robert Secher did not die in vain. He served his country proudly and well and I as a fellow marine who served in Viet Nam salute him. Our men oversees need all of our help and mostly our support. I am proud to call him my brother.
My brother was serving in Iraq with Cpt. Secher when he was killed. Cpt Laurin has said many great things about him, he will be missed and has touched many lives.
Capt. Robert M. Secher, a true American hero. My condolences to all his family and his friends as well. When it is all said and done we are all one.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I know you are proud of Robert, and we are all grateful for his service to our country. May G-D be with you and yours.
I cried from sadness and anger at your loss and at reading his e-mails. Have faith in God that everyting will be trun out right.
Hold your head up high...your son did so with such honor, loyalty, respect, and love for his fellow man and country. May life continue to reveal the delights of freedom.
I had the pleasure of meeting Rob when my husband attended Career Course with him at Ft. Sill Oklahoma in 2005. The soldiers in this graduating class formed quite a bond and have kept in touch sharing not only recent stories of duty assignments but family updates, etc. My husband speaks so highly of Rob. We are deeply saddened by his passing and extend our thoughts and prayers to your family. May God Bless and Keep You.
Robert's life was short but his insights were very sharp. Thank you for sharing his e-mails with other Americans. Godspeed, Captain.
I am so sorry for the loss of your precious precious son. May God be your comforter and strength. I hope and pray that one day we will all see good results from this war, and be able to truely say all these young men and women didn't die in vein. I too have a son in Iraq for the second time. my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
As a former Marine (Korea) I mourn with you. God love you and yours at this time and always.
My heart was filled with sadness for the promise lost when your wonderful son died in Iraq. He was a noble warrior who did his duty despite the hardships, and, as the mother of a soldier, I am grateful for his leadership. May God be with you in this terrible time and grant you His peace,
My deepest sympathies for your loss. I still remember Robert from when I lived across the street from him and Ms. Morris so many years ago and talking to him about wanting to join the Marines. He is a real American hero.
Our deepest sympathy to all his family. May God bless you in your time of sorrow and great loss.
My heart goes out to you in the loss of your loved one Capt.Robert M.Secher. Words alone cannot truly express the sadness I feel in my heart for your loss of this brave and dedicated Marine that gave the ultimate price for his Country. You will remain in my thoughts and prayers. Your loved one deserves the respect and admiration of every American in this country.
Proud Army Mom
(Of a Soldier deployed back to Iraq in October for his second tour of duty)
May God keep you and your family in his grace in this hour of need.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU. I KNOW THAT YOU ARE VERY PROUD OF ROBERT BUT AT THE SAME TIME SO SAD AT LOSING HIM. WE ARE SO GLAD YOU GOT TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH HIM WHEN HE WAS HOME. WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!
BRADLEY AND NANCY
Your son's willing sacrifice to protect us reflects favorably not only on himself but also on his family. You provided a home where he learned to think of others before himself. Thank you for sharing him with us.
Please accept my sincere condolence in the loss of your son. He truly is an American Hero and proof that the "Greatest Generation" is still with us. Walk tall and walk proudly in his memory.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
To the family of Capt. Robert M. Secher
I am the father of three sons and I can't even imagine what it would be like to lose one of them. I would like to be able to say I feel your pain, but of course I can't. I am convinced after reading about your son that he was a wonderful young man, and I know that the world will never be what it should be without people like him in it. I will always honor your sons memory.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Dear Mr. Secher,
What an intelligent, thoughtful, man America has lost. You must be very proud to have raised such an outstanding person. My heart goes out to you and all the other families who have lost soldiers in this war. Those of us at home will never forget his sacrifice and courage on our behalf. I will honor him and them in my prayers.
Sincerely, Kathy Peterson
Robert's ultimate sacrifice with such nobility humbles us yet reminds us all of what we can be when we see what he has done without complaint, without hesitation and with commitment to his ideals,
I have come to know a little bit about Robert through Peter's blog.I know there is a special place in heaven for Robert, and I hope someday to meet him up there.
My most sincere condolences upon the loss of this brave and sensitive centurion. You and yours have my prayers.
Although I didn't know Robert I got to know him through his letters. It won't surprise you that his letters display a sensitivity and an honesty exactly like yours. I'm sure you're very proud of him and all that he achieved. He died loving what he was doing and that counts for alot. It's a shame he won't get to write those 2 books--I would have loved to read them.
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
My deepest sympathy to your family. I can't even express my sorrow. My son served under him in Iraq, and is still there now. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Thank you for allowing us to share the e-mails and thoughts of your brave son, Capt. Secher. My deepest sympathy goes out to all of his family in your loss.
He is a true American hero, stay the course and hope for freedom, for all. No words I or anyone else say will soften the pain and loss for you, but know that you have good reason to be proud of the man you raised, as all Americans should be proud that he was one of our own. My son is a marine, some day we too may be featured in he news. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Our hearts go out to you and your family.
I am so proud of your Robert and all the other brave men and women who have paid the price for doing what they believed to be the right thing to do.
Know that our prayers will continue for you all.
Jack & Pat Hartman
Captain Secher was the XO of my OCS company in 2003. In all my interactions with him, I remember Captain Secher as a man of solid integrity and dedicated as a Marine. I remember during one hump (conditioning hike) he made a quick speech to the company about the need for 'intestinal fortitude' to function as an Officer of Marines and that has stuck with me throughout. TO the Secher Family, I am very sorry for your loss.
Semper Fidelis and Integritas
To Captain Secher's Family,
We join you in mourning the loss of a genuine American hero.
I was elated to read that such an intelligent, thoughtful man was serving in Iraq. Even knowing how the story would end did not lessen the sense of pain and loss I feel that he will not come home. My sincerest condolences to his family.
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."
It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."
God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.
So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.
And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.
Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
There are no words which can be said to lessen your pain of losing a loved one, however, know this, Capt Secher died doing what he does best and he loved it. Being a Marine is a pride and feeling you could only understand if you were a Marine. Capt. Secher is in heaven looking down at his men in Iraq still providing orders and believe me, his men feel his spirit de corp. SEMPER FI!
Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. Although I did not know Captain Secher, his emails provided a glimpse of his character. His courage, dedication, commitment, and perseverance were truly admirable. Thank you Captain Secher for your service to our nation, for your commitment to a noble cause, for your ultimate sacrifice.
To the family of Robert Secher:
My sincerest and deepest sympathy for you and your family.
Captain Secher, from reading his e-mails and the tribute that was given at his service by Major Bunch is the type of person that ground soldiers like myself (Vietnam) would have been honored to follow and serve under.
This country has lost a true leader who not only put his life on the line for his country but also put both the Iraqi's and his fellow servicemen's best interests before his own safety.
My prayers and condolences to you and your family. You and he have made the greatest sacrifice one can make for our nation and I humbly thank you for that.
God Bless you.
My deepest sympathy,may God help you endure the loss of your son. As a Westerner in Kuwait I greatly appreciate the terrible sacrifices borne by others to keep us safe from terrorists here and at home.
I am also a parent with a son serving in Iraq at this time. He is due home 11/7/06. Your son like so many before paid the ultimate price for their country. They are all heroes. What would we do if we did not have them. I am truly saddened by our lost and my deepest condolences to the Secher family. My prayers are with you now and forever. Sincerely, Georgia Sorbello
Your son, Capt. Robert M. Secher, is a true American hero, Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
To the family of Capt. Robert M. Secher,
I am saddened by the loss of this fine man. From his writings you can see that he was a thoughtful and deep thinker, from his actions you can see that he was honorable, courageous and dutiful.
Thank you Capt. Robert Secher for your ultimate sacrifice. You, and the other men and women who serve along side you are indeed the backbone of this country! Your hard work and dedication are a gift to us all.
To his family, may your heart be filled always with the wonderful memories. Thankfully, nothing can take them away.
A True Marine|| Thank God, for men like
My deepest sympathy to Pierre and Lucy in the loss of their son. Although words cannot replace the loss, I hope that you will treasure in your hearts the memories of him. He was there fighting for our country, and now he is in a safer place. Again, my sincere sympathy, and you will be in my thoughts and prayers at this time.
A true patriot.
Peace be with you.
To the Secher Family: Your son is a true patriot. God bless you all.
Dear Secher Family,
My little brother is also currently serving our country in Iraq. It is reassuring to read about the dedicated soldiers that are looking out for one another. On another hand it is discouraging to read about the loss of such dedicated soldiers who have been taken away from this earth, and their loved ones. A parent should never have to bury their son, I cannot imagine the pain that you have endured, but soldiers like your son, and my brother, must live, fight, and unfortunately sometimes die in order for freedom to exist in the world. Our country owes you and your son an eternal debt of thanks and gratitude for making the ultimate sacrifice in order for us to enjoy the freedom that it seems the majority of Americans take for granite, day after day. Thank You from the deepest portion of my heart, now and forever Semper Fi.
Dear Secher family,
Our knowledge of Captain Secher's life, career and ultimate sacrifice is only through his nephew, Christopher an Eagle Scout in our Boy Scout Troop. Although we did not know Captain Secher personally we do feel somewhat connected through his sister's family and share in the sadness of a life cut far too short. We are grateful for his service and selflessness and count ourselves very fortunate indeed that as Americans we have such brave and honorable young men and women willing to defend not only Americans but also those who otherwise could not protect themselves. We are very deeply sorry for your loss.
The Howell Family
It was such an honor to be able to hear Robert's story and read his letters. Thank God he was a writer!! My heart breaks for you because I know nothing will ever be the same again. Yet a short life lived well is better than un-numbered lives wasted. May God bring some good out of this evil, as He has always done. Love and honor to you. From a Marine mom
There is a sacredness in tears.
They are not the mark of weakness,
but of power.
They speak more eloquently
than 10,000 tongues.
They are the messengers
of overwhelming grief,
of deep contrition,
and of unspeakable love.
- Washington Irving
A fine human being, brave soldier and blessed soul with the Lord.
A true warrior, man and son. Your loss is a loss to humanity. My sincerest sympathy.
Captain Secher's truthful, compassionate and unbiased account of his courageous missions in Iraq has touched me and my family like no other. I pray that your memories of him as a loving son and your pride in him as a great soldier give you peace and comfort in your moments of grief.
I happened upon the Newsweek article and started reading somewhere in the middle. I was struck by the incredible attitude of this young man who was writing emails to his friends and family from Iraq. When I went back to start the article at the beginning, I was saddened to read that this amazing soldier had lost his life. Having had a glimpse into his soul, I was immediately aware of the profound loss that his family must be feeling. His life was short, but his legacy important. I felt after reading this article, more informed about this war and the young men and women who are doing the dirty work. We must revere their sacrifice in the name of fellow Americans and humans. My condolences to Robert's family and friends for your loss, and my utmost respect for you all for the wonderful young man you raised and supported.
Dear family my heart is heavy writng this. May God be with you and all your friends and family.
I want to extend my deepest sympathy to Robert's family. Your son was a wonderful American. Your loss is our loss too. He could see the devastation and futility of the war in Iraq, cut conintued to do his job with honor. You will be in my prayers.
DEAR SECHER FAMILY,
MY FAMILY AND I WERE DEEPLY MOVED BY THE ARTICLE ABOUT YOUR SON, ROBERT. MY FATHER IS A RETIRED MASTER SGT./USMC AND SENDS HIS DEEPEST SYMPATHIES. OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
To the Secher Family,
I appreciate your sharing of Roberts thoughts during his time in Iraq. His struglle for compassion and understanding of the Iraqi people and the horrow of the war that is part of their lives shouts loudly of his dedication, his courage and his humanity. May you be comforted in small part by the knowledge that Robert lives on in the minds and hearts of all who have read his letters.
Robert has not only made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us, but he has left a valuable legacy in his diary. Only a few very perceptive passages, furnishing details of life in Iraq not seen by other Americans, have been printed. I hope you will be able to share his insights, not only for present people, but for those in the future. May God bless you.
Stuart Bamforth (New Orleans, LA)
Family and Friends of Capt Rob Secher
Your Son did such a great job of describing what He and his men were
going through every day. He helped me to better understand why he felt
he needed to be there. I think we, as citizens of this great country of
ours need to stop and take a hard look at the wonderful young men who
are representing us in Iraq so we can see how proudly they serve us and
the people of Iraq. I am so proud of your son and so very sorry for you
May your love for and pride in your son, Robert, sustain you. He was a true warrior and patriot.
I read about Robert in Newsweek while traveling to see my brother in Arizona this week. I'm a major in the Army and am headed to theater soon to do pretty much the same job Robert had - training Iraqi soldiers. I have nothing but respect and admiration for every Soldier and Marine who has given so much for the sake of others. I pray the Lord comforts your family throughout the years to come. God bless you.
I read your son's story in Newsweek, A Centurion's E-Mail. I was so moved, tears fell from my eyes as I read, because the second sentence said he died in Iraq on Oct. 8th. He compared himself to a Roman Centruion with full armor on smacking his breast plate above his heart and saying "Integritas" demonstrating his dedication to combat readiness. I have a grandson in Iraq, Jacob Bobo remember him in your prayers as I will remember you
Thank you for sharing your son's thoughts and words. He makes me proud to be an American and I truly, truly believe that the sacrifices made will not be in vain. It may not be in my lifetime but believe in my heart that my child and the generations to follow will live in a better world because of the men and women like your beloved son that serve our country so unselfishly. My deepest sympathies to your family.
you folks have given the supreme gift to your country, your sons life.i admire you and wish you the best.and thanks for sharing his memo's from iraq, it was truly inspiring.
Dear Mr. Secher,
Your son is the embodiment of the ideals that make us proud to be American. Thank you for giving us a role model we can point to. Please accept my condolences.
Thank you for your INTEGRITY. You and yours are the true heros.
May God comfort your family.
Someday may the pain in your heart subside knowing your son made a difference in his short life. We are so very grateful and blessed to have such courageous people serving our country. May God comfort you and give you peace beyond your understanding in your time of grief.
Dera Secher Family:
It was an honor to read about your son and what he went through in The Newsweek article. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Robert was a special man, a Patriot and all of America should be proud and honored that he represented us as an American Soldier! I thank both, you and him for his sacrifice. He is a TRUE HEREO! His loss is not in vain! My Deepest Respect! Most Sincerely, Howard Dreispan, 11/3/06.
I am very sorry for your loss. Your son is a hero in my book. I know no words can ease your loss or pain but know this that our sons and daughters who serve their country will never be forgotten or go unappreciated.
Robert is an incredible young man. Humanity has benefited greatly from Robert's accomplishments.
To all that have allowed me a glimpse into Robert's personal life, I Thank You.
Condolences to Robert's loved ones.
I feel deeply for your lose and may you accept my sympathy and prayers for him.
Dear Secher Family,
I thank God for men with the conviction of your son. What an inspiration he has been to so many. I am deeply saddened by your loss. He did his part to make the world a better place and gave his life in that process.
May God bless you and carry you through this very tough time as you deal with your loss.
In Thoughts and Prayers,
To the Secher Family:
I simply wanted to say that reading about Robert and reading his words makes me proud to be an American. My deepest sympathies for your loss. I will say kaddish for Robert.
I first met Robert when he was a little boy. I last saw him at his father’s 80th birthday celebration when he was a man. What a man!
Without people with Robert’s love of country, courage, dedication, and willingness to sacrifice, our country would have fallen long ago. All of us, and future generations of Americans, are indebted to Robert and others like him who have served and sacrificed so willingly for our country.
Dear Secher Family,
I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved son. I cannot begin to imagine the depth of your grief. Just please know, we pray for Robert now, and for you.
Our deepest condolences to Captain Secher's family at the loss of their son, Robert. Thank you too, for sharing his e-mails ,they were so informative and show what an out standing human being Robert Secher was.
I am grateful for leaders such as your son. I have 2 Marines, one in , one out, both with much time in Iraq. Without men like your son, my sons would not still be alive God Bless
Dear Pierre, Lucy and family:
Robert exemplified all that is good in the human spirit. He loved his family, his comrads, and most certainly, his country. He was a leader amongst men, and showed by example that it is possible to give totally of oneself to secure the well being of others, even when there is some personal doubt in the execution of the plan.
His writing was so clear that you could feel every emotion. Having shared his emails, you have given the rest of us a true sense of what is happening there. It took us so far beyond the headlines, and made us better understand the life under such stress.
Regardless of ones beliefs regarding this war, Robert showed the world the meaning of true dedication and commitment. You have every reason to be forever proud of him. He demonstrated by his actions and deeds, what a real hero is all about!
Perhaps some day you will have the strength to write the book he had hoped to write for us.
May you be blessed by the wonderful memories he has left with you.
Dear Secher family:
Robert is an inspiration to us all. I was very moved by his thoughts and writings. He was a true patriot and a dedicated soldier.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
It was clear to me from the Newsweek story that Capt. Secher epitomized the thoughtful, intelligent and caring career soldier that the United States needs more of. The loss of his integrity and dedication to selfless service in Iraq is beyond measure. May his memory serve as an example to guide others through the challenges of this war.
Dear Mr. Secher; Your son exemplified everything America is. He makes me proud to be a former Marine. You have my most sincere condolences. Be certain that Capt. Secher did not die in vain.
Semper Fidelis !!
Dear Family and Friends of Captain Robert Secher,
I am so very sorry for your loss.You should be incredibly proud to have had a son with so much enthusiasm to make a difference, and pave the way for freedom for others.
My thoughts are with you and your family.
May God bless your son for his service, and bless all those who serve their country as he did.
Your dear son was inspiring. He had an intellectual and spiritual search that showed he lived daily knowing his purpose for living. He spent time finding answers to the questions that caused him to put his life on the front lines of making this world a better place for those who are opressed. He showed us his courage in the face of frustrations and feelings of futility by continuing to get up each day and do the hard stuff while finding the goodness and dignity in the people he was serving. And now it is our honor and duty to carry on his quest; doing the hard stuff every day and finding the reasons in the goodness and dignity of those who are here with us. Thank you for being his parents and investing your infinite contributions toward making him great. Our God, "bless you and keep you, may he make his face to shine upon you and give you his peace". We share your aching loss and bear your burden with you.
Dear Family and Friends of Capt Rob Secher,
I was among of group of civilians who had the honor of supporting your son and his fellow Marines during his 2001-2002 deployment. I know we cannot take your pain away, but I hope it is of some comfort to know that your Nation's citizens did not take his service for granted and that we are eternally grateful for his service.
Dear Mr. Secher,
Thank you for sharing your son's emails. He was a wonderful writer full of insight and intelligence and I learned so much about this war from his words. You must be very proud of him. He is a hero to us all. May God bless him and may God bless you and your family at this time of sorrow.
Dear Pierre, Lucy and family:
My heart is filled with sadness over the death of your dear son.
Robert exemplified the best of what a Marine officer and real human being should be.
He was a blessing to you and to our country.
It doesn't matter how good we all speak about your son, nothing is going to bring him back to you. You can be proud of his accomplishments and always cherish his memories, but most of all rely on God to pull you through this tough time of loss and give you the strentgh and peace that only He can give you. He will sustain you and help you heal in peace and bring joy back to your lives. God lent you his child, and your job was to make a good man out of him. You succeeded. May God continue blessing you and your family always.
As a survivor of Pearl HArbor and four years of fighting in the Pacific Theater, I have a feeling for what you went throgh before the final curtain raised. God bless you and keep you. Semper fi
You are in my thoughts and prayers. What a remarkable young man. Thank you so much for sharing the emails he wrote you from Iraq.
Thank you for sharing Capt. Secher's emails, to help us at home to really know what our guys are going through. My heart goes out to you for your loss, for our country's loss of a wonderful man.
I pray God will wrap His arms around your family as you walk this road. And please know you are not alone, God is with you every single step of the way.
After reading the article on your son, I wanted to tell you how much I admire him and respect him for his candor and patriotism. You must be so proud of him and I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy to you for your loss.
I had the pleasure of knowing Rob while my husband attended advanced officer school with him at Ft. Sill Oklahoma in 2005. I did not see Rob all that often, however, if there was a social gathering, Rob was there with a big smile! He never missed a good time. My husband enjoyed his company and spoke highly of him as well. The boys kept in touch as much as possible after the school had ended. When I heard of his passing, my heart ached for him and his family. After reading this article, I feel even more strong about what a wonderful man he was. I am thankful to have known this man. You must be so proud of him. How great you must feel that an article of this magnitude can be recognized by so many people. Our deepest sympathy to your family.
I remember a quote from the WW II era " How will we ever be able to go on woithout the young men who are the best of our country". My heart goes out to you.
THANK YOU for the finest service and sacrifice your amazing son gave to this country. We are so saddened for you for the loss of your son. Our heartfelt prayers and deepest sympathies are with you and we salute you and thank you for contributing such an amazing man to this world. May God give you an outpouring of peace and may you tangibly feel His love.
Thank you to Captain Secher's family for sharing the writings and email correspondence of their son. As a country we are struggling with our feelings about the war in Iraq. It is so enlightening to read the words from someone who was experiencing the war and expressing his true feelings. It is hard to believe the words from a reporter or a politician because their frame of reference carries their own prejudice. Reading about the war through the eyes of Captain Secher was so revealing to me. Thank you for sharing his thoughts with us.
Please accept my heart felt sympathy to the Secher family. I cannot pretend to understand your loss but please know that as I look at my son Robert, I will remember your Robert and the sacrifice he made for our country.
As a parent of someone who is currently serving in Iraq, I can only imagine what you are feeling at this time. May God Bless and keep you strong as a family at this difficult time.
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Your son is a hero and I am truely sorry for your loss.
god bless ,your pain is felt,you should be proud
As our nation wonders why, I'm so proud that your son knew why. His committment to us was unswerving. God hold you in his arms at this time.
You are in my family thoughts and prayers. Your son is with Jesus...Sandra
God Bless your Brave son. He was a true Hero.Your Familey will be in my prayers.
I read the entries to your sons e-mail and being an ex Viet Nam era soldier who also saw combat, I know exactly what he was talking about and how he felt at times. We who serve and have served are a different breed of people that still believe that there is something out there worth fighting for, and sometimes giving your life up for. Please excet my condolences.
I CANT EVEN HOPE TO KNOW HOW YOU FEEL OR THE LEVEL OF YOUR GRIEF BUT I HOPE IT CAN BE SOMEWHAT OFFSET BY THE PRIDE YOU FEEL FOR A MAN THAT CAN GIVE SUCH HONEST ASSESSMENT TO A SITUATION AND REMAIN SO PATRIOTIC AND COMMITTED TO SERVING HIS COUNTRY.. IT SAYS SO MUCH FOR YOU AS PARENTS AND FOR YOUR SON AS A LEADER AND A MAN .. MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY FOR YOUR LOSS
To the parents, family, and friends of Capt. Robert M. Secher, May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
I pray for your son, and honor his service, committment, and courage.
Capt. Secher exemplified the best in us. His awareness and sensitivity provide testimony to the fact that many of our young service men and women currently engaged in Iraq are among the brightest and the best that our country has to offer. We pray that his ultimate sacrifice will manifest itself in the peace and stability in Iraq that he so hoped for.
Dear Mr.& Mrs. Secher,
My heart breaks for your loss. Your son was an extraordinary man. His spirit dwells in a better place now. His soul endures, even in death. God bless you both. God bless Rob.
I'm dearly sorry to hear about your loss your family will be in my prayers
It must be hard losing your son. i cant imagine what grief that you are going through. i am soo proud of him and the marines he served with for protecting our country.
Thank you for having the courage to share Capt. Secher's letters and memories in Newsweek. It was wonderful to be able to hear from the front lines what is really going on in Iraq. Our family is forever grateful for Capt. Secher and the many others protecting our country. We are so sorry for your loss and will keep you in our prayers.
Your son is what makes this country great.......God Bless you and your family in your loss.
To the Secher family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I am currently in Iraq and there is nothing uglier than to lose such an intelligent young person to a place like this. I also grieve that I never will get to read the books he was going to write. Please be comforted in knowing he was with fellow Marines, his chosen family, until the very end. May God comfort you until you meet Rob again.
My condolences to you and your family on the loss of your son. It is because of brave men like Robert that we are able to enjoy our freedom...something we all take for granted. My father is a veteran of WWII and my brother a veteran of Viet Nam. Our family is extremely proud of them, as I know you must be of your son. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless!
Your son was obviously a brave patriot and an intelligent scholar of military history. The U.S. and its military have lost an incredible Marine and a true hero.
May God ease the grief of you and your family in this time of grief and loss.
My heart goes out to you at this time and my prayers are with you. You are living every military families worst nightmare. May your pride in your son and the peace of God give you strength in the days ahead. My son is serving with the British Army in Iraq and I pray our son's commitment might make a difference in that war torn area for the sake of the Iraqi people and the rest of the world. God bless you and your whole family
Best wishes to the family of a fine young man. From a Viet Nam Veteran.
My family and I offer our condolences to you and your family on your loss and the sacrifice your country has made.
From Rick (Ex RAAF) and Family.
How does this country deserve such heroes? My Vietnam tour was a Tropical Vacation compared with this experience.
There is no greater honor than to be addressed as, "Marine."
We met you at the wedding this summer of Dan and Dori's son. Our heartfelt sympathy to you on your very tragic loss of your son.
Thank you for sharing this true patriot with the world. Integritas, indeed.
His spirit will live on in the words he left. Be proud and stay as strong as he would have wanted.
My deepest sympathy goes out to you. May God hold you and your family in the palm of his hand. Our love goes out to you, as we too are a Marine family who has had a son in Iraq.
I pray that the Lord Almighty, The Father of our Lord Jesus Comfort your family. You story pierced my soul and I wish your family be blessed through your work and passion for peace in our world. You did exactly what God called you to do and I pray that He recieved you Himself into His presence. You sacrificed your life for a people that you do not know or whom will never know you. But I pray your story go around the world and everyone will share in your private moments- I blessed your family for sharing your emails with us. May God reward you and your family graciously-Amen
Dear Family Members,
Know with heartfelt sincerity that you are and will be in our prayers. May the God of peace bring you comfort during those times when you miss your dear Robert.
My son is serving in Iraq, my prayers go out to you and all the families who have loved ones there. I know it is a daily struggle to keep looking at the big picture of what we are doing there, but God willing, we will have victory. I pray every day for my son and for all the troops that are serving this great country. My heart goes out to you and the intense sorrow that you feel. God Bless You.
I will be keeping your family in my prayers. May God bless you during this difficult time.
To parents and relatives of Robert.
My deep sadness but pride of your brave son. I amost lost my nephew Pvc Joel Holodynski in Irag Green zone OCT 2005. Peace be with and thank you for your son,s sevice to his country
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
His and your sacrifice will not be forgotten. May God bless you in this time of sorrow.
Your son is an American hero and I know you are very proud of him. It is the sacrifices of young men like your son that have kept us "free".
May God keep him and you in his care.
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
May God bless your entire family in this hard time. I will keep you in my prayers.
A mighty warrior in life, now a lamb for an eternity
God bless Captain Robert M. Secher
Dear loving family of Capt. Robert M. Secher,
Thank you for your love and support to Robert. I could feel in every word I read, that he had someone to believe in-you.
Capt. Secher's writings detail incredible pride and honor in the face of confusion and questions regarding this civil war in Iraq.
What an honorable man... I am proud of him. I will light an candle for him in my mind and hold him dear to my heart with my thoughts.
a Veteran. M. Saffold
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow. My brother is currently serving over in Iraq also. Your family is in my prayers. May God bless your family and heal your sorrows.
DEAR SECHER FAMILY,AS I READ THIS IN FORMATION YOUR WONDERFUL SON WROTE,IWAS AMAZED THE FEELING I HAD READ BEFORE. MY FATHER WAS IN WORLD WAR II AND LETTERS HE SENT HOME TO HIS FATHER RANG WITH THE SAME LOVE OF COUNTRY AND BELIEF IN WHAT THEY WERE DOING! THE SAME PAIN OF WHAT THEY WITNESSED. A SOILDER WILL ALWAYS BE A SOLDER WITH A SPECIAL PLACE UNDER GODS WING. THANK YOU IS NOT ENOUGH. HOPE HE MEETS MY DAD,LOT TO TALK ABOUT DAUGHTER OF TOMMY
My condolences on the loss of your son. May God bless your family.
I'm very sorry for your loss, it pains me to hear of every casualty. God be with you. Semper Fidelis
May our Lord be with you and your family at all times. Thank You so much for what you have done.
God bless you and yours in your time of mourning. And at the same time thank you for letting a brave spirit protect the freedoms that so many take advantage of. Your son sounds like a great man and I would have been proud to serve under him. May peace be with you. Army SSG J. Keeney
Our country has it freedoms because of sons like yours.I would hate to see what our country would be like without such heros. My deepest sympathy.
My thoughts and prayers are with your faimly and friend who knew Robert. I am truly sorry for your loss.
God has surely blessed this brave young man for his selfless courage in the fight to preserve freedom for those of us safe at home. I grieve for your loss, but I swell with pride at your and your son's courage and sacrifice.
I have just completed the article regarding your son. I was deeply moved. I am so sorry for your loss. He was an amazing man.
to the family members Of Robert. I read his emails and I too cried such a loss of life and he sounded like he had so uch life in him my prayers go out to you and his I will never forget the compassion I felt reading his emails Judy Johnson phoenix arizona
As a mother of a son serving in the Air Force and currently deployed, I share your sense of loss and grieve for you and your family. But I also honor his life, his service and sacrifice, and hold you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
WHAT A WONDERFUL SON AND SOLDIER HE MUST HAVE BEEN. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
Thank you so very much for placing this young man in our midst. He is the true example of the American we wish we all were.
My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. As a Marine, I feel for every brother that we lose. God Bless your family through these times.
My deepest condolences to the entire Secher family. My brother is a Major in Iraq right now, around the area that Capt. Secher was in. My sister, father and of course his wife are very worried abou him. I pray that you are able to get some comfort from all the entries in this book. Please God this war to be over soon. Too many lives have been lost already.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Thank you for your sacrifice.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
God bless your son. I am not an American but it is people like Capt Robert who makes your nation the greatest nation on earth.
Our prayers will always be with you and your family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you the strenght to cope with your great loss. Our son is still in Iraq and we pray every day for his safe return as well as all our brave young men who give more than we can imagine.
God Bless you for raising the best of the best.
To the loved ones of Capt. Secher,
I am truly sorry for your loss. I realize that our freedoms do not come without a price. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
I read the article about Robert's tour in Iraq and his emails to you, Pierre. It made me cry to think of the loss of such a wonderful young man; and to think of the unimaginable heartache you and his loved one must be enduring. It is obvious that you raised a son of intelligence, caring, and integrity. I can think of no consolation that can diminish the loss and pain and suffering you must feel. May Robert's memory be a blessing to all who loved him. Joe B.
It saddens me tremendously for your loss. Even a bigger loss was his honesty to report from the front line his feelings. I feel that in his memory and tribute is to have his book publish. Maybe filled in parts with his fellow Marines' accounts. These personal accounts give touching inner insights.
May God Bless him as a passionate soldier for what he thought was right and moral.
I first read your son's story in the Commercial Appeal...now reading more from a website. I'm certain your heroic son is now on the right side of the gulf in paradise (in Abraham's bosom). My prayers are with you and your family during your loss of a great son.
We all grieve for the loss of Capt. Robert Secher. He was a leader in our military and has touched untold amounts of peoples lives just by being and beilieving in this cause. Thank you for supporting him. I am eternally greatfull for the sacrifices your family made to keep mine safe. Hoorah Robert you will be missed, but not forgotten.
I was very touched by your son's story
as a retired Marine officer, one who was also 33year old and a Capt as well, my heart goes out too you and yours'he truely is a warrior hero in my book, you have every reason to be proud of him, he life was full, he will be forgotten,,
To a soldier and family that has sacrificed all. I don't have words to express how I feel for your loss and the loss to this nation. Your son will always be a shining example of this nations finest, and your love as parents, siblings, family. God Bless from a Veteran. Sincerely, Todd McKay, SSGT. USA.
Your son is a true American Hero. Be proud of all he did!
Capt. Secher was a true hero and he will be in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss, God bless you.
You have my eternal thanks for the sacrifice that your family made.
having known loss i also know that words cannot help you at this time. i pray the simple knowledge that others recognizing your sorrow and seeing that they are touched by your son's words, his life, and his sacrifice are of some small comfort, because it is true. his obvious intelligence, compassion, and sense of honor will live on. my husband is a Marine vet with memories of three tours in Vietnam. after all these years i attest, no one lost is forgotten. i believe deeply he was a good man. more than that, he was a good Marine. you were blessed to have him. we were blessed to read his words. thank you, and know you are all in my prayers.
What can I say to you to make the pain a little less severe? I wish I could. But...you are so lucky to have had a son like Robert. A son to be so proud of. It's so sad that he didn't get a chance to grow into his full potential: General Robert M. Secher.
I am so sorry for your loss. Your son was an honorable man. Thank you for sharing his emails. Thank you for allowing him to protect my family. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.
CAPTAIN R.SCHER,MAKES ME PROUD TO BE
AN EX MARINE,GOD BLESS YOUR WONDER FUL FAMILY,HIS SACRIFICE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN
I have not the talent or the skill to adequately convey my thoughts to you concerning the loss of your son. I will pass on to you what my father, a former marine, told me as his life was ending. Your son will always be with you, you will not be able to hold him, but he will be there. You will know it when someone says something in a certain way like your son did or smiles in a way that he did. Celebrate your son's life! May you find grace and peace.
Please accept my condolences and great sympathy for the loss of a truly great American soldier. It is people like Robert that make our country great, by standing up and giving their all for our freedom and beliefs. May God bless him and his family.
To the loved ones of Capt. Secher:
I am unable to find appropriate words to express how moved I was by the Newsweek article about this brave and honorable man. Thank you for sharing his correspondence- his love for you was obvious, as was his love for this country. Capt Secher's words continue to haunt me, and my prayers are with you and with the men and women in service everywhere. Lest we forget...thank you all.
May God grant you peace in knowing that your Son died doing what he felt God intended of him.
What you do for your brother, you also do for Me
Dear Secher Family,
I'm so sorry for the loss of your wonderful and brave son. The story on Newsweek website is a wonderful tribute to Robert's courage in the face of grave danger. War is such a messy and conflicting thing... as evidence by Robert's comments on the website both supportive and critical at times. I can't actually tell you where I'm at on the war either (I'm so upset at my own confliction... I want them all home safe and sound and then I hear others in the administration saying we need to stabilize things over there? I ask God everyday to give me more clarity to understand the whole Iraq situation) but God knows I love our servicemen and women. I see them when I fly in and out of airports and my heart burst with pride (I ache inside) at the sight of these incredible young men and women. I’ve approached them and thanked them for their service for me and my family and our country (never again should servicemen and women go through a Vietnam type backlash at the expense of our troops!). I just finished tucking in my two little boys ages 7 and 5 years old. As a parent the thought of losing either of them is unbearable to me. I ask God to give you the strength to know that Robert was committed to doing what he believed was right in protecting America. America is a greater place today because of his commitment to freedom and protecting all of us and our way of life. Please try and hold the memories of Robert's childhood in your hearts to help you through your day. I took my sons trick or treating today on Halloween and so I ask that maybe you remember Robert and smile when you think back on some of his Halloween costumes. Think back to something he enjoyed sharing with you… for his mom remember a thankful son that loved that you made him a special meal and/or that he told you a secret that he didn’t want anyone else to know. To his father remember the pride you felt when he asked to go play golf with you or remember his joyful smile when he landed a big bass on a fishing trip with you. Grab hold of those precious memories and remember the happy times of his life with you and your family. Cherish those memories as you know Robert also held them dear to his heart. He is with you and will watch over you like a guardian angel. Know that because of your son, I will hold and cherish the seemingly trivial and/or insignificant (small) experiences with my sons even stronger to my heart as I remember your son Robert and the sacrifice the he and your entire family have made for all of us. Please accept my condolences from my family to yours, From the M&M boys Mom (US Army veteran), my husband (US Army veteran), my brother (USMC veteran, 1st Gulf Era), my father (USMC, Korea Era & USN Vietnam vet)
Be completely assured that there are many who share in your sorrow and will always share in your pride in a son who lived his life serving something greater than self.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU FOR THE TRAGIC LOSS OF YOUR GALLANT SON!
THANK YOU FOR SHARING LETTERS FROM ROBERT . HE LENT INSIGHT INTO WHAT IT'S REALLY LIKE IN THIS ON-GOING WAR, FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAVE NEVER SERVED OUR COUNTRY... HE IS TRUELY AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE WHO GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFIC FOR HIS COUNTRY!!!
There is no greater loss than that of a child. May God comfort you with the knowledge that your son lived the life he was meant to live as a Marine and American Hero.
I was so moved by his writings. I hope you are able to fulfill his dream by publishing them in a book so that future generations will know what it means to be a patriot and dedicated soldier.
Your son, Robert, is an inspiration to us all.
Our deepest condolences to your family. We are sorry that we never had the chance to meet Captain Rob but we heard a lot about him from our friend Jeff Smith who knew him from Camp Hit. When Rob found out that Jeff knew a seven-year-old boy who wants to be a marine, our son Noah, he gave Jeff his Unit Coin to give to Noah. We know these coins mean alot and we will always remember his kindness to a little boy he never even met. God bless your family.
My deepest sympathy to the family, friends, and loved ones of Captain Robert M. Secher. Your son was a true patriot and soldier who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Please carry on his intent by publishing a book of his writings so that future generations will know of his strength, faith, dedication, and patriotism.
My brother, Lt. Colonel Alberto Rosende of the United States Army Reserves, served in Afghanistan. All American citizens should be grateful and honored by the dedicatin of my brother, your son, and all the men and women serving in this war, especially those, like your son, Robert, who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Captain Robert M. Secher will never be forgotten. He was a true soldier. He is a hero to us all.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Your son was a great American and a good son. I will remember him in my prayers.
Dear Secher Family: May the wonderful memories of your lives with your beloved Robert sustain you at this sad time. May his memory be for a blessing.
My son is a Marine serving in Anbar Province. He is in the field most of the time. However, when he calls, I hear the voice of a brave young man.
Please know that my sympathy is with your family. I have lived in fear of getting the news you received. My prayers are for your comfort. The courage and strength you have shown since your son made the ultimate sacrifice exemplify the bravery of your son.
Dear Secher Family,
I want to offer you my sincerest sympathies on the loss of your son, brother, uncle, friend. Thank you for sharing emails and letters written, it lets us see how, whether we support the war or not, it is important to support our military, our sons and daughters doing their best to do a very difficult job. Please know that your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
As an American and a Viet Nam era veteran I want to express my sincere condolences to the Secher family. All Americans mourn the loss of our brave men and women who sacrifice so much in the fight for freedom.
To Robert Secher's Family and Friends,
My family is so very sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Kim Gibbons
I was saddened to read of Robert's heroic death. Out thoughts are with you.(I am Danny Schick's cousin)
Glo and I cannot begin to feel the loss you have suffered, losing such an outstanding son. We have always treasured your friendship, and hope to see you and Lucy again soon.
Words cannot express the feelings that are evoked on hearing of another Hero's passing. My deepest sympathies and prayers for your peace go out. May God watch over your family and all the Heroes in harm's way.
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Secher, I hope you feel honored having your son's heartfelt and honest words displayed for all of us to read. His words show the type of man and soldier he was. I lost a brother many years ago in a car accident and have lived through my parents as well as my own grief. It will be difficult for you but hopefully, the pride will help wash away the sorrow.
As your son would say, Integritas.
My baby brother Marine is over there for the third time. Semper Fi. I know he would want me to say that to the Captain for him.
May the Lord comfort you in this loss of such a wonderful son. I am so glad he was able to share his thoughts and feelings with thoes of us who read the article in Newsweek.
And thank you for making it possible. I sincerely hope you will have help with getting a book published for Robert.
Your son was very special and I know how proud of him,you are.
God Bless--you will
be in my prayers,
Dear Secher Family,
Your son was a true Patriot whom we all owe a debt of gratitude. It is hard to hear of the loss of one of our nations finest. People like him are always the first people who will stand up for others. What a remarkable and very intelligent man with a passionate resolve to do his best under such difficult conditions. A man among men. God bless his soul and your family.
To all the loved ones of Rob Secher,
May HaShem grant you strength and His shalom through this time and in the days ahead. Rob was an exceptional person, and all the tributes we've been reading in this guest book are a Memorial to him, his life and calling. He was one of the finest of the finest. A true hero ... a wonderful young man of great stature One to be SO proud of. We salute not only Rob, but all you, his loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Ron (Vietnam Vet.) and Antoinette Dick, Walton, Ky.
my deepest condolences go out to your family. As a parent of a marine that sereved in Hit Irq. I can tell you how proud of your son and all the sons and daughters of the military that i am. my thoughts and prayer are with you
To the Family of Capt. Secher,
Matthew Leonard and Robert Sellers, both personal friends of mine, served with Robert. Each of these servicemen held him in the highest regard, which to me says volumes about the character your son had.
Please accept the condolences of myself, the Marine Corps, and the United States.
May god be with your son.
Antonio L Borrego
Dear Capt.Secher Family
we pray that someday your
deep sorrow will be bearable;
and thank you is a very small
meaning word for his sacrifice and
your's.God Bless you and all your
If any comfort can be had from mere words know this, your son's sacrifice will not be forgotten by me or my children. I remind them of it everytime we see an American flag or a service member. Many of us that wore a uniform in the past can't forget, not for any other reason other than our love for our comrades. We will remember..
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
I am saddened by your loss.I thank God for your son's service. My son is in Mosel for the second time, and now will help train Iraqi soldiers.I pray God watches over all our service members. Your son was a wonderful example to our soldiers and the whole counrty.I hope the appreciation shown in this guest book brings you some comfort.
Our deepest condolences to Capt. Secher's family for the loss you bear. We need more men like the captain who are willing to speak their minds while at the same time are willing to get the job done. May he rest in the arms of Jesus, and may God grant you all solace.
My deepest sympathy to your family. Your son was clearly a wonderful person and a true American Hero. My son has just returned from his 2nd tour of duty as a combat medic. He has told me wonderful stories of other soldiers like your son. May God Bless your family and give you peace.
As a Vietnam-era Air Force vet and currently father-in-law of a Navy pilot, I offer my deepest condolences to you along with a salute and hearfelt thanks to Robert. My prayers are for all of you.
Dear Family of Capt. Secher:
I read your son's touching emails on the web, and I was amazed at his selflessness and courage, even in the face of terrible circumstances. Regardless of what one feels about the Iraq War, your son was a man of courage and valor who wanted to honor his Country. I hope that knowing that he bravely gave the ultimate sacrifice gives you solace. May God Bless You and Strengthen you during this difficult time.
My brother Jim served with Capt Secher in Hit. He spoke fondly of him often. Capt Secher was loved and respected. As a young Marine Officer myself, i grieve for you and for our Corps.
My deepest condolences to you and your family. Most of all thank you for son's service to our county. I, also have a son in Iraq. This is his second time in Iraq. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you. Please keep our soldiers in your prayers, and they come back soon. Lorene Romero Douglas,AZ
Dear Mr and Mrs Secher,
Thank you for sharing your son's emails and thougnts in the Newsweek article. I didn't know your son. For many of us those who have given their lives in Iraq are just names and numbers. The emails and comments from those who served with Robert let me see him as a brave, educated and thoughtful young man. I am sorry he didn't get to write his book, I would have read it.
God Bless You and Give You Peace
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God be with you in this time of sorrow.
Parents of son now serving in Iraq.
My son is also a marine serving in Iraq. May God Bless them all. Deepest sympathy and prayers to you all.
My deepest condolonces for the loss of your son, a true patriot. May God pour out his love and comfort on you.
With profound respect for your son's dedication and sacrifice please accept my condolences.
May the Lord Bless you and your family, i'm sorry for your loss. Your son died doing what he loves and now he's apart of history, what he also loved. I was moved by his story. I hope you still put together a book for him so that his legacy can live on.
Reading your son's emails in Newsweek has inspired me to no end. Robert was a hero in every sense of the word.....I know that he is wrapped in the loving arms of God right now, and I pray that the pain you feel someday eases and you are left with a feeling of pride and warmth in the memory of your son, our hero.
God bless you ,
Robert is one of Gods chosen ones in this gruelling fight of good vs evil.An Angel of "Light and Right" who now sits in the most hallowed Hall in the Kingdom of eternity.He and his comrades are simply better than the rest of us.They are called and that is why they go selflessly to do this most difficult task.He is more than a hero, he is godlike in his goodness and sacrafice and there is no higher honor in our culture.Thank you for allowing us to share a small bit of the beautiful and courageous life of your very special son.If my boys grow up to be just half the man he was than they will be very, very special.From a grateful nation we owe you our lives and our deepest and most sincere thanks.Words will never describe the love and loss we feel for you but please know that through Rob we come to know the best in ourselves.
May our memories of great Americans such as Robert Secher strengthen us during dark times. His sacrifice and others shall be remembered and honored.
Regardless of how you feel about the war, in reading your son's emails, you can see what a good person he was, and his passion to make a difference. May God rest his soul, and give you strength in the days ahead.
There is certainly a special place in heaven for your son/husband. My prayers are with your family. I am deeply saddened by his loss. Next month my nephew leaves for Iraq for his third deployment with the MPs and his faithful dog, Llewis. God bless them all, the creme de la creme of America.
You are in my thoughts and prayers
Words cannot express how truly sorry I am for your loss and how blessed I feel to be living in America
Land of the Free because of the Brave
To the family of Captain Secher, I
wish to express my most heartfelt
sympathy. The Captain is an example
of what this country is all about.
Those that are willing to step forward to support their country in
its' darkest hours. He is what "Semper Fi" truly means.
May God grant you the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. Take solace in the fact that Robert is resting in the Lord's bossom.A true hero not just of America but of the entire world.
To Rob's Friends and Family,
Having worked with Rob twice in the Marine Corps (TBS '99 and OCS '04), I can attest to what an inspiration he was to those who worked with him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
May the Lord bless and keep you in your time of sorrow. May he grant you peace, love and support during this difficult time. I also have a Son in Iraq and will continue to pray for our troops safety. Let us never forget their unselfness and sacrifices.
To the Secher Family:
As a parent of a soldier who recently returned from Iraq after serving a full year with the 101st Airborne,US Army - gratitude does not even begin to define the sentiment felt and thoughts shared.
I thank Capt Robert Secher for his ultimate sacrifice and thank you as parents and family, for what is also your collective sacrifice to and for this wonderful country we know as, AMERICA.
You loss will never be replaced, but equally as important - the memory and legacy of your son will forever be a part of this world and our hearts. His untimely and underseving death WILL NOT BE IN VAIN. He was a true Centurion and we will forever be in debt to him and your family.
God Bless you
Where would we be if it weren't for heros like Robert.He is one of the reasons I am proud to be an American. He now stands the eternal Guard with his brothers and sisters in arms on Gods right hand and you will be reunited again. God Bless you all.I am the father of a young Marine who has been to that hell and back and will be going back after the first of the year. Semper Fi!!
Bless you in your time of sorrow. Thank you for your son's service to our country. Take pride in his valor.
Rob was one of my best friends. We talked all the time about what we were going to do when we got back. He was looking forward to my wifes cooking. He was one of the finest Marine officers I have ever served with. I miss him terribly. Words could never make your loss any easier, but know that he is loved and respected by many. Semper Fidelis
My brother who is in Iraq sent this to me. We are all grateful for your son and others who are fighting for our country. Thank you and I'm truly sorry for the loss you and your family have endured.
May the Lord bless you and your family, brave warrior. Ooo-rah.
To the family of Capt Robert M. Secher, I am the Navy corpsman Rob speaks of in his email. I had the pleasure of serving with Rob since January. He was an outstanding officer, Marine, and true friend. There is not a day that passes where I do not think of Rob and mourn his loss. I offer my deepest condolences for your loss.
HM1 Matthew Leonard
Your son is an inspiration to one and all.
God Bless you.
Thoughts and Prayers are with you at this dificult time!
A Veit Nam era Marine
My thoughts are with you and your family.
May God give you strength in this time of sorrow.
As an Air Force officer that has deployed to the theater supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, my prayers and thoughts are with your family. Your son is/was a great American and we only live in the land of the Free because of the sacrifices of the Brave. May God comfort you and your family during your time of need.
Thanks again for raising such a great American!
Major W. Troy Hubbard, USAFR
May GOD bless you & your family in their time of sorrow, thank you for your service & sacrifice.
MR. AND MRS. SECHER:
CAPTAIN SECHER'S E-MAILS BROUGHT BACK PAINFULL MEMORIES OF MY TIME IN VIETNAM. THEY ALSO INSPIRED ME BECAUSE IT SHOWS WE STILL HAVE BRAVE PATRIOTIC MEN WHO WILL DEFEND WHAT IS RIGHT EVEN WHEN THE COST IS SO HIGH. OUR NATIONS FREEDOM AND THAT OF MANY NATIONS IS IN THE BALANCE AND SADLY IT TAKES THESE BRAVE CENTURIONS TO STOP THIS EVIL FROM SPREADING. I KNOW THERE ARE NO WORDS THAT CAN EASE YOUR PAIN. JUST REST ASSURED THAT CAPTAIN SECHER IS GUARDING HEAVENS STREETS UNTIL WE ALL GET THERE. FROM ONE MARINE CORPS FAMILY TO ANOTHER , I SALUTE CAPTAIN SECHER AND YOU HIS PARENTS. JOB WELL DONE. GOD BLESS.
As my own son completes his Marine training I am humbled by the honor and grace of this young man.
May we all find strength and honor in ourselves as a reflection of his life and sacrifice. My prayers are with you.
I'm deeply saddened for the loss of Capt. Robert M. Secher and all of the other US. troops that have suffered and sacrificed, I grieve with all of you.
Thank you for sharing your story. My condolences go out to your family. You should be proud of the fine man you raised and I can't even imagine the loss you must be feeling. I have a son in the military who at this time is in a safe environment, but I fear that someday your story will be mine. God bless.
No bond is greater than that between a parent and child. May God grant you the peace that comes with knowing that your son went above and beyond his duty to his country and fellow countrymen. You raised your son with the values that got him through the rough days and nights and instipe of all that he endured he still was proud to fight for his country and the freedoms we take so for granted. God Bless you and give you peace and honor for the life your son gave for us.
Words are inadequate. The family shares your loss.
My deepest sympathies to the family of Capt. Secher. Indeed, you have a noble son who will always be remembered.
(i read about Capt. Secher in MSN news)
Pierre, Elke, Lucy,
It is hard writing this as I can't stop crying. Robert was my first friend and I will never forget him. David, my parents, and I will do whatever we can to make sure that his memory lives on. I learned so much from him and now I am still learning from him. His steadfastness to stick to what he believed in made such a positive impact on me. I could go on and on. We shoud be so proud of Robert and what he represented. You should be so proud to have brought up and nurtured such a special person.
My husband and I would like to offer you our deepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved son. We have a four-year-old son of our own, and it breaks our hearts to imagine what you're going through. But my husband is a Desert Storm vet, and we understand and honor the sacrifice your son chose to make for his country. We send our deepest, most heartfelt appreciation for this gift of his life for the protection of our nation. We read his letters home and were deeply touched by his thoughts. He has an old warrior's soul.
May God bless and keep you. May He ease your pain and comfort you when the grief becomes too much. And take heart, because only his body is gone. Your child is still with you, still loving you, and always watching over you. He will be with you always.
The Fields Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this hardest of times. Respectfully, and humbly yours
I hope your young Capt. gets more recognition [Presidential] for his brave leadership. He is truly a great loss to the Marines, all Americans and you. My tears are falling! Thank you
My condolences and prayers for your loss of Robert; he truly was a good Marine. Every good officer has to think critically of the mission, even questioning superiors orders to protect his men and Robert did so, probably saving many lives by doing so. Please publish his writings, they are a comfort to fellow vets who feel somewhat lost and powerless in the fog of war. Rest in peace, Robert, heros are not forgotten, nor is your family.
"Semper Fi" Marine I served with 2/12 during the first gulf war and your unit of course was our sister Bn....We do what has to be done to survive in Combat and if you haven't been there done that you will never know or understand....From reading your emails I can see you were a Professional and a great Warrior May God Bless You and Your Family....Msgt/3529 USMC 1975-1999
May God truly bless you in this time of grief. How proud we can be as Americans to know such a fine young man represented us. The Iraqis that were lucky enough to know him will have him in their memories as an American with integrity and honor. Semper Fidelis
MAY THE PEACE OF OUR LORD BE WITH YOUR FAMILY! I CRIED MY WAY THRU THE EMAILS AND I WILL KEEP ROBERT AND YOUR FAMILY IN MY PRAYERS...
My heart goes out to you on the loss of this fine young man. How proud we should all be that me of this caliber are fighting for our freedoms. I know how proud you were of Robert and my prayers are with you at this time.
May God heal your heart and give you Peace. The good Captain is now seated on the right hand of God.
Former Gunnery Sgt.Richard Price
I am so sorry for your loss. Your son was a hero and his message is clear. Thank you for sharing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
Rest in Peace, Captain Secher. I am so grateful for what you have done for our country. May God comfort your family and friends. God bless you and keep you.
Thank God In Heaven For a Truly Great American Hero Such As,
Captain Robert M.Secher
May God Bless your Family
Nathan B. Dow III
I went through the touching moments of the CAPTAIN. I was greatly impressed and inspired of what and how a patriot should be.I may not be an American or an american citezen in fact i have never been to america. Inspite of all these he has really touched my heart.But Iam sure he deserves the fullest acolades ever on earth.
My prayers for his beloved ones. And thanks to his parents for giving birth and to raise such a committed person on earth.
I went through the touching moments of the CAPTAIN. I was greatly impressed and inspired of what and how a patriot should be.I may not be an American or an american citezen in fact i have beeen to america. Inspite of all these he has really touched my heart.But Iam sure he deserves the fullest acolades ever on earth.
My prayers for his beloved ones. And thanks for his parents to give and raise such a committed person on earth.
We are friends of Dan and Dori, Robert's cousins in California. Dori wanted us to read the article in Newsweek. We were so moved by his dedication and true courage-- and by your loss. Please know that his sacrifice is deeply felt and appreciated. Our hearts are with your family. Ellen and STeve, Ellis
I offer my deepest sympathy of the loss of your son. Our prayers are with you. You certainly can be very proud of him.
Thank you, Capt. Secher and family for your service to my family, our country, our history. Thank you for the right to sit comfortably on the patio in the calm of autumn evening and, because of you and your brothers out there, I don't have to look over my shoulder and worry for my children. Thank you for standing between our homes and the war (and that includes each one) and for being the sheepdogs against the wolves. We will always need the courage,leadership, and sacrifice of men like you to keep the flock safe. I am also 33 and I hope that I make my life as a free American worthy of your sacrifice and that of all the fallen. I know I won't, I fall far short of being worthy of this freedom because it's not a right but a blessing. But I'll still try and am daily grateful. Your family is in my family's prayers.
Although I didn't agree with all, I read with tear filled eyes. God bless you and your dedicated, patriot son. The world's a darker place without him.
Larry and Kelly
My deepest sympathies for the loss of your loved one. Capt. Secher is a shining example of a man determined to do good in the world and willing to make the sacrifices necessary to achieve that good.
I hope you can think about what he would have wanted for you in the event of his death. Godspeed.
As a mother of a former Marine my prayers are with you. Know that Robert is standing next to Jesus with a big smile on his face as he watches over you.
I left Hit, Al Anbar Province in August 2006 after a 9 month rotation there as a US Army Special Forces Team Sergeant. I never knew or worked with Capt Secher but we were in the same fight. He died doing what needed to be done. My condolences.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
I am sadden to hear about the lost of your son. Words cannot express the sorry I have for your family. I appreciate Rob's willingness to serve our country. I am proud to say that I think our service men are true heroes. May you find peace in knowing that this separation is only for awhile. The Bible tells us to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.God Bless you all in the days ahead.
Thank you for sharing a glimpse of your son with us. He was clearly a smart, proud, dedicated and inspiring person. I am so sorry for the pain you must feel every day. Please know that every American is indebted to you and your son.
Take your post on heavens doors. God bless you sir.
Our prayers go out to you and wish there was something we could do to help shoulder your grief. We are grateful that you have shared his thoughts with us. As a Vietnam vet, I can just say Semper Fi.
my heart is broken for you.
Marine Corps Wife
Thank You for sharing you're Brave sons letters home. May God give you the stregnth , courage. and ability, to over come the terrible loss you and you're family are going through.
My daughter did one year in Bablon Iraq 2003-2004 118th co/b med / M.A.S.H unit, the Lord returned her to us safely, but in 2005 our son Trevor's unit the 110 eng, of Kansas was sent to Bagdad, and we are still praying for his safe return.
May God grant you ,and you're family his Peace.
You are in my prayers,
Proud father of two solders.
As a Marine assigned to Camp Haditha and Camp Hit in 2005, I know what you went through in that area of the country. I will ensure that the idea of "integritas" endures in my unit. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family, friends and brother Marines that served with you. Semper Fi Captain, and join your brothers and sister Marines that are now guarding the streets of Heaven.
WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS MY SORROW FOR YOUR LOSS. THIS WONDERFUL SON GAVE HIS ALL FOR US. GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY. HIS NAME WILL BE REMEMBERED FOREVER. HIS ACTIONS ARE THE ACTIONS OF A TRUE HERO. ANY MAN THAT GIVES HIS ALL FOR ANOTHER SURELY WILL BE IN HEAVEN. GOD BLESS.
God Bless and Keep You Capt. Robert M. Secher for your great sacrifice
for us. May He also Bless and keep your family strong. We will never
Your son exemplified all that is great about our country. God bless your family and your courageous Marine son.
What a loss to our world. Such a wonderful, thinking, doing, insightful person. Thank goodness we have e-mail! What wonderful memories you must have of such a son. My thoughts are with you, & with all parents, wives, husbands, & children who have lost loved ones in this war.
I want to say how sorry I was to read about your lost. Your son was a great man and was doing want he felt he had to do. May God be with you and your family in this time.
Thank You- I know that such words are insufficient and pale in the light of your incredible loss. The daily sacrifices of our soldiers and their families do not go unappreciated. May the one who paid the ultimate price, Jesus Christ, bless you and comfort you in your grief.
To the Family of Capt. Robert M. Secher -
There aren't enough words in the English language for me to express my gratitude to you for your too-great sacrifice.
When I read that Capt. Secher was a Civil War buff, I immediately thought of Abraham Lincoln's profound Gettysburg address. I'll leave you with this:
"It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought...have thus far so nobly advanced."
I wish I could have known you...
May God be with you ....
First I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the parents and family of this outstanding soldier. I wish I had the opportunity to meet this couragous, brave man. The world is a better place because of Robert and all those who do what they do every day in Iraq and other places without question
Thanks to Captain Secher for his service. We are very sorry for your loss.
To The Secher Family: My wife and I would oike to express our deepest sympathy to your family for the loss of your son and truly great American and Hero. Please be comforted in the thought that your son's memory will live forever within the traditions of the greatest fighting force the world has ever seen The United States Marines. Thanks God for the Marines
My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.My son was in Iraq with 2/7Marines division for 1 year I feel for you and your family Dont hesitate to contact me if i can help you with anything
God Bless you and your son. He was truly one of the few, the proud and he obviously lived his life and gave his life for us all. Semper Fi from an old Marine.
May God bless you and your family. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
Thank you Capt Secher. Please publish these books for him. These emails have changed my views on this war. They humanize the Iraqi people in their struggle as well as ours with this war. Thank you for sharing this with us who don't know or understand.
Being for the war,or against it is not the issue at this time.Many
men have given their lives since America was founded.Capt.Secher was another hero of American freedom,and a patriot.He did what he considered his duty,and gave his life for his country.May GOD GRANT HIS FAMILY PEACE AND COMFORT DURING THIS TIME.
There is no way to say i know what you feel, for a parent knows and feels so deeply for their children that at times it feels as though some one has ripped out your heart at the throught of loosing one of them. May god keep you in his good grace and the angle of greif carry your burdens.
Live on with the memories of this Hero, your son
William D. Ahrens
Sgt. U.S.M.C. Korean War Veteran
Words cannot express the depth of the feelings I feel about the loss of your son. You will be in my prayers.
God bless your family. Your son is a true American hero and my family thanks your family for the sacrifice you have given to protect America.
Father of Robert, and family of Robert Secher:
What can any human being say to you who have lost your son, your beautiful, wonderful boy? After reading his emails, and yours, Pierre, I cannot help but think he was the best of the best. What a bright, strong Centurion. I am sure you felt as Priam did over Hector when he said, "No father had a better son." I have a son and he loves the Army (though he is only 5) and I worry for him but your son did what he had to do and always wanted to do--and what is that love that he had, worth? Many look for something to believe in their whole life, but he always knew. What can you do? We just have to trust in God and move forward, remembering this wonderful young man for being the tip of the spear but also, I can tell, a flower on the top of the mountain. What a great man. How humbled I am, how mediocre, I am. God bless you and help you now and forever. A great American, a true Centurion. Thank you for having such a son who worked so hard and gave so much for my..., our... freedom.
I'm sorry for your loss and my god be with your family in you time of sarrow.
Captain Secher's e-mails reflect a true warrior who led with compassion and understanding of humanity. He has hoped to do more but God ordained that his job is done. He has truly fulfilled his role as an instrument of love and the necessary force to preserve freedom and peace.
Thank you, Captain Secher, for the ultimate sacrifice, and to your bereaved family, a silent prayer that may the fond memories, of your life well spent and shared, serve as pillars of strength and pride to sustain them. God Bless!
I am so sorry for your loss. It is because of men like your son who have fought for our freedom that I am able to enjoy the liberties of being an American. Though I never knew him, I just wanted to say thanks. Thank you for raising a outstanding young man. God Bless you and your family.
I would like to offer my condolences to the family who reared such a wonderful young man. I am the father of three young boys, and your son was fighting so that hopefully my sons will not have too. I appreciate his willingness to serve his country. His sacrifice will not be in vain. He is an example to all American's
thank you for serving our country,may you rest in peace, you are truly an american hero,god be with your family.
In what i have read about your son, I must say he was a great guy. I'am so sorry for the lost to your family.
Thank You Capt. Robert M. Secher for your unselfish service for our Great Country. You join now many a fallen Soldier, Navy, Airman, and Marines in this endever for Freedom. Our thoughts and prayers go to your family and friends.
Semper FI *Marine* Hatfield, Dale A. U.S. Marine Corps 1968-1978
Mails from Iraq such as the ones from your son are the most uplifting thing we have in our time
From Italy. Since the war started at night I read mails, blog and other materials on the soldiers that fight for us all in the western world.
God bless you all and mostly Capt- Robert Secher
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived.
Two people in history have given their lives for us: Jesus, for our sins and a United States Marine for our freedom. From Tripoli, to Iwo Jima and Anbar province. He rests with fellow Marines in honor.
May his family know they gave a special person to us all
Words can't convey our sadness at your loss. While our nation cannot survive without brave men and their willingness to sacrifice; the pain of those who bear that cost is so great. We all long for the day when no longer do men have to "study for war". I pray God will comfort those Capt Secher left behind.
It is clear from his e-mails that Capt. Secher was a fine soldier and represented the best America has to offer. It is my hope that his words and his vantage point on the war will not be in vain. I certainly will remember many of his insights. God Bless.
My love to you and Robert. He remains an inspiration to me.
I am unknown to you but couldn’t resist expressing my deepest sympathy. My heart goes out to you on this sad occasion. It is impossible to imagine what you are experiencing. Capt. Sechern and his family will be in my thoughts and prayers, you can depend on that. Paul
Thank you for sharing your son's thoughts and experience with us. I'm so sorry for your loss.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and fellow Marines who served with this outstanding young man. May God bless and comfort each of you as you mourn his loss and celebrate his life.
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
Dear Mr. Secher:
I am so sorry by the loss of your son Robert. I am so grateful to him and all the other brave young men and women fighting to keep our freedoms in our country. Americans must never forget that. I will pray for you and your family during this difficult time.
The saying, "once a Marine always a Marine", is something I was proud to say applies to me. Having read your sons e-mail make it even more so today. The Corps and our nation were blessed to have Capt. Secher as one of our defenders and heros. No words can take away the pain. He will be in my prayers. May God bless you and your familyand mayhe take your son into his loving arms.
May God bless you and comfort you at this time. I know Capt Secher was a fine young man and a fine Marine. As the mother of a Marine officer I send my love and prayers.
My sincere condolences for the loss of a fine and noble Marine. It is a terrible loss that words cannot convey, but you are assured that the whole country mourns with you. Sincerely,
D.O. Garcia & Family
Your son is with the Lord above. I
can't imagine what you must be going through. I hope the President reads the story about your son.
God Bless you and your family.
God Bless Your Family:
Thank you for your sacrifice. Without families like yours we would not be free. Your hero has help to hold the line, and I will be forever grateful.
Iam so sorry for your loss. As a mother of a soldier, I am proud of our boys. Your loss is huge, but you may take great pride in the way you raised him to love his country and family. Thank you for sharing his emails with us all
To the Sechers:
My daughter is also a captain in the Marine Corps. She was a convoy commander who returned safely from two deployments in Iraq. I cannot imagine the sorrow you are feeling right now, but I know the fear and the pride you have felt. Your son will never be forgotten. May God be with you and give you peace until you can join him in praising our Savior, who makes all things new.
HI.IM ANTHONY FROM JAMAICA.IM SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.YOUR SON DIED DOING SOMETHING HE LOVED.HE IS A TRUE PATRIOT.BE STRONG AND KNOW HE IS IN HEAVEN WAITING ON US.
Thank you for raising such an honorable son. Thank you Capt. Secher for fighting on behlf of freedom.
Captain Robert M. Secher,
Your bravery makes me so proud to be an American. My deepest respect and prayers go out to your family.
To the parents of Capt. Robert M. Secher: I am in awe of the incredible job you did of raising such an amazing human being. Capt. Secher was patient, selfless, inspiring, plus so much more. I have two little ones and hope that I can do a fraction of the good job you did. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
There is nothing that I can possibly say to mitigate the loss that you have experienced. What I can say is that the words of your son are those of a true warrior, and that he walks the halls of Valhalla now.
Thank you for your sons service. He was an amazing person, and I only wish I personally knew him. The emails that I read really bring home the fact that he loved what he was doing, and loved the people as well. I hope and pray your family will take the opportunity to form an even closer bond than you currently have.
I am very sorry for your loss..there is nothing worse than losing a child. My thoughts and prayers are with you...
What a brave man. This is a new kind of war, and he knew it. We are not fighting an enemy we can see outright, but one that blends into the Iraqi society that surrounds these soldiers. May God bless your son and your family. Find peace in knowing that you will see him again one day. Be proud of the influence he has made not only in Iraq, but here in the US as well. This is a hard time to be a soldier. I pray that God would have his hand on this war and those fighting for our freedom. Find peace in Him. My deepest sympothies.
Our hearts go out to you in this tragedy. We are friends of Captain Steven Sutey, Rob's friend and former roommate. We lost our son Eric while he was flying an A-10 in the U.S. Air Force. He was a buddy of Steven's also. If we can be of any help in sharing your grief, please contact us. We've been there. We don't know why things happen, we can only have faith there is a reason.
Deepest condolences on the loss of a hero. Captain Secher served his country proudly, and for that he has my highest respect. God Bless You!!
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Secher,
Thank you for granting me the privilege of knowing your son through this site. I lived during the Vietnam age and lost many of my classmates as they also defended the freedom that we all enjoy on a daily basis. May you know that your son did not die in vain but gave heroically that the world will become a safer place. May God watch over you as you go through the days ahead.
Men like your son are the backbone of this country. You have our deepest sympathy and also our admiration.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
I am very sorry for the loss of Robert to your family. He was an extraordinary man and a true hero. His death was not in vain; his cause was noble and just. Thank you for raising such a fine individual.
My heart goes out to you. You raised a fine young man that gave his life for what he beleived in, this countries freedom. May the Lord be with you in your time of greif.
I am an old USMC Infantry Officer and know that we have no choice in time or manner of death, only how we live our lives. I am proud of your son and my heartfelt sorrow goes out to your family at this time.
He shall take his place among the pantheon of American Heroes. May God bless Capt. Robert M. Secher and his beloved family.
May God have mercy on your soul. I believe you will be re-born as a mighty soldier and leader once again. Your writings clearly illustrates a thoughtful and caring person. My family and I are proud of your service to this Country. You will be missed but never forgotten.
As a father of a 23 year old son, I can only express my sorrow and hope for you and your family. I enjoyed his emails and agree with everything he said.
The loss of this Marine will be felt by all wether they are aware of it or not. I only him know him from these E-mails but he seemed to embody what most only dream of becoming. Do not greave too long for he died doing something he beleved in, few people in this world can say that. Honor him and celebrate his life, that is what I would have wanted my loved ones to do for me and I am sure he woul want the same....
I am terribly sorry for your loss. I just returned from Habbaniyah/Fallujah and I am ever so familiar with the sacrifice made by our brothers in arms. God bless you in this season of sorrow.
No sorrow is greater than the loss of a child. May your love for him continue through eternity.
I feel a profound sense of graditude to Captain Secher for giving of himself to protect me.
My condolences to the family.
Sounds like a very smart logical person. It is a shame he never had a chance to write those books, I agree with his Sherman analogy.
I am so sorry for your loss. Robert was a son you can be very proud of and he would have contributed much to our whole society had he survived Iraq. Please know that his story has touched many of us. You are not alone in your sorrow.
To the family of Captain Secher:
I am a mother who lost a son, while he was in the service. The death, of a child, is the worst tradgey that can happen, to any parent.
May God grant you the strength and grace to carry on. Your heroic son would want you to do this.
Be assured that you will see him again, in God's own time.
It has been several years since my Christopher died and I feel the pain every day ... BUT, I have heard from him!
He loved to play the drums, in his spare time, and he was very good at this. One night, as I lay in bed, crying, it started to thunder, very loudly.
I knew immediately that this was Chris, playing his drums, from Heaven. This silly, (to some) experience, has helped me bear my pain. Everytime I hear thunder,I smile and know my son is thinking of his Mom!
Pray for a sign and some day it will happen. Mine was a long time coming or rather it took me a long time to recognize this gift, but well worth the wait.
I used to think that the call of the loon was the most beautiful sound in the world, but now it is the THUNDER!
I hope this little narrative and my prayers for you will help somewhat.
God Bless you and God Bless America.
It is with deepest sorrow and simpathy that I write these words, I cannot stop but wonder what a fine young men your soon turned out to be, may God be in your prayers as they are in mine. God bless you in this time of loss.
May he rest in peace. Another Brave young man gone. Our prayers are with you all
May God give you His strength today and in the days to come. I have a Grandson in Baghdad at this moment. Each day is so painful. My Heart joins your Heart in celebrating the life of your loved one. God Bless You!!!!!!!!!!
Be still like the grass on a melancholy summer day
Be still like desert shrub.
Be calm and you will hear your loved one speak, in the stillness, in the calm, their love resounds.
If you are still this promise I make, you will hear the voice of your loved one helping you along your way.
MY MOST HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES FOR
THE LOSS OF YOUR SON. I HAVE 3 SONS
AND CAN'T IMAGINE LOSING ONE OF THEM. AFTER READING ROBERT'S EMAILS, HE WAS A VERY INTELLIGENT,
LOYAL, DEDICATED AND CARING PERSON.
YOU RAISED A GREAT MAN.
I AM DEEPLY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, AND
HOPE YOU HAVE FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO
HELP YOU THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME.
May you know how very grateful I am for your son's service and sacrifice.
May you find peace in your sorrow.
I think of my 12 year old son and hope he has the courage and dedication your son showed in defence of our freedom, if ever his country calls him to arms.
I would like to offer my sincer condolences to your family.
Please accept my condolences for your loss.
Capt. Secher was obviously a patriot.
His passing is a tragedy.
Dear Secher Family, Please accept our condolences to you and your family, for the tragic loss of a wonderful son, he was a true Hero. Who sacafriced his life for his country, May God Bless and watch over you and your family until the day you are united with your dear child. My son leaves for Iraqi on Jan 02,07. Your family will be in our prayers. Sincerely, Mo & Matt Korol, Monroe,NY,
I salute a great warrior. Your son is a true hero and will remain in my heart and mind forever
I just read your son's email messages. We approach things from different political perspectives but I really appreciate reading his thoughts and his commitment to working to improve the lives of those in Iraq. I think he was someone I'd be proud to have had as a friend. I'm very sorry for your loss, our country's loss.
I'm terribly sorry for your loss.May G-d help you to overcome the worst of your pain
Who may abide in your house?
Who may dwell in your holy mountain?
Those who are upright; who do justly,
all whose hearts are true.
May the Lord comfort and keep you. Captain Secher is a mensch at the right hand of God
Capt. Secher is the embodiment of what is right and good in the USA. May god bless you and your family.
Your son made the Ultimate Sacrifice for his country and we thank him!
Your son was a hero in every sense of the word. I grieve his loss, and you have my deepest condolences. I served in Baghdad from March '03 to '04 and felt many of the same emotions, frustrations and hopes as did your son in my year there. I will pray for both Robert and you. God Bless and keep you.
Bob Caffrey ,MAJ,CA(USAR ret.)
My prayers go out to your family. The e-mails that were printed in newsweek clearly characterize your son as an honorable Marine and more importantly, a remarkable son. In your time of grief, find time to be proud on the boy raised and the man he certainly did become. God be with you and all those who knew and love Captain Secher.
Dear Capt Secher........
Our family just wants your family to know that we will always remember you and the sacrifice you made. Words cannot convey the great debt of gratitude we, and all Americans owe men like you.
May you rest in peace, and may your family find comfort in knowing that we honor and cherish you.
My sincere condolences to the Secher family. May you rest in peace sir.
After reading Capt Secher words, I feel humbled! My heart goes out to you and all the families, dealing with the loss or possible loss of our brave soldiers!
I am so sorry for the loss of your son. He sounds like quit a person thanks to parents like you. My prayer remain with you.
As a retired military man, 26yrs, it saddens me everytime we lose another serviceman or women. My heart goes out to all families who have lost a loved one.
Ret, SMSgt, USAF
Please except my condolences. Capt. Secher was a true leader and Hero and reflected that in what he did every day. He will truely be missed and always remembered in the hearts of the Marines. God bless your family and thank you for sharing him with us.
Please accept my family's deepest sympathy for the loss of your son, and our sincere thanks for his service. I pray that God does indeed grant us something wonderful for the offerings of our brave Americans.
My prayers to you and your family. I cannot say anything to lessen the pain you must be enduring. Please know that your son did not die in vain. He is a Great Soldier, Human Being and Son. You should be proud of him.
Thank you and god bless you for giving all for mankind.
I am very sorry for the loss of your son. Thank you for raising such a fine young man who gave his life so that others would have a chance at living free. May God comfort and keep your family close.
I'm very sorry for your loss, I know I never met Robert, but I truly appreicate his scarifice he has made in the fight and protection of my freedom.
Captain Secher is a patriot and hero. May God bless Captain Secher and his family. My deepest condolensces on your loss.
Dear Secher Family:
My heart aches and tears flow. No words can express your loss or how I feel about it. May God Bless you and your family.
There is nothing I can say other than I am so sorry for your loss. Your son was a true American doing his duty and thank you sounds so shallow. I pray for you and your family and pray Robert is in a better place.
"No effort in favor of virture is ever lost" John Adams
Your son and family are in my prayers. Chet Kozak
My sincerest condolences. I will pray for your family. I can only hope my son turns out half as good as your son.
I am very sorry for your loss you have so much to be proud of having raised a son who became such an honorable man. I thank him for his service to this country and thank you for sharing his emails.
As a former Marine I salute you and your family and express my deep regret for the loss of a good man.
To the Secher Family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy and condolences in the loss of your son.
So much to be proud of.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Donna L. Brown
May the Living God comfort you in your time of grief. Rest assured you WILL see him again in that glorious place where there is love and rest. God Bless You!!
As a combat Veteran of the Viet Nam conflict, I understand a little of the circumstances faced by Capt. Secher. He is a hero in my book and I appreciate his sacrifice and yours.
Thanks for sharing your son's emails. He was clearly an intelligent and thoughtful man. Your loss is the country's loss.
My most heartfelt sympathy for your loss.I am grateful to Robert for his service and I pray for a safe return for all of his comrades.You are in my prayers.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Know that through his emails and journals your son left his legacy to share with others. Those will keep him alive for all of us - write his book for him, he deserves to be heard, he was an exceptional young man with a gift that should be shared.
I am so sorry for your loss. My son is a Captain, stationed in Afghanistan, and I worry about him every day. Your son sounds like he was an exceptional human being.
May God Bless Captain Robert Secher. We will never forget his sacrafice as a Hero, Marine, and Great American!!!!! Thank you for sharing his emails. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
My hearts breaks for the fallen U.S. Soldiers in Iraq so far from home. I am deeply sorry for your loss. God Bless him.
I am truly sorry to hear about your loss. After reading about Capt. Secher I am sure he was well respected by his troops and will be greatly missed.
You and your family are in the thoughts and prayers of my family. Your son was a brave and honorable man. God bless you.
When my husband came back from Iraq earlier this year, I knew it was only by the grace of God that he was returned to me. My heart breaks for your loss. Please take comfort in knowing that we share your sorrow and that your son's bravery, leadership, commitment and example has and will continue to inspire others.
My sympathy and prayers to your family. I am a friend of Bille Pierce, a friend of Josie's, and she forwarded your son's article to me. What a brave man.
Sincerely, Michelle Ogrin, Butte, Montana
I'm sorry for your loss. I'm very proud of your son. I deeply respect all those who serve our country! God Bless your son Capt. Robert M. Secher.
My thoughts and prayers are with your family as my son is now serving in Iraq for the second time. I will continue to pray for ya'll as I continue to pray for my son and the rest of our service men and women. God bless your family and the hero WE have lost!
I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers. The country lost a hero when we lost your son.
My heart fills with sadness, my eyes fill with tears as I read about your son. I am deeply sorry for your loss, humbled by his sacrifice. He fought for us all: he fought for you, for me, for my mother, my daughter. He is a true HERO.
Quem di diligunt adolescens moritur.
My utmost appreciation for what you have done both in Iraq and Afghanistan. My thoughts are with you and your family.
As a father, I cannot imagine the devastating pain you are experiencing, grieving the death of your son. Robert's emails reveal his integrity, wisdom, dedication, and humanity. His character is a living tribute to you and our country. I hope that you will be comforted by the knowledge that your son, and indeed all those like him, who have given their lives to save others, will never be forgotten, for they are eternally loved by both those they have met and never met. Thank you for the gift of your son, for his life made a real difference to make this world a better place, not just for the living, but for those yet to be born.
May St Peter know a Marine is reporting for Duty. May the Family heal. From a Brother Veteran
What can one say except I'm so sorry for you loss. He died for his country. Semper Fi.
I am continually amazed at how we are blessed in this country... to have men like your son, who give up so much (for some, like your son -everything) so that we may be free and safe. I am the father of a 5 year old son and a 3 year old daughter and I am greatful for people like your son.
Thank you for raising a son of such high-quality and I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that I can raise my children with the same strength and intregrity as you did.
You have my deepest sympathy, and greatest respect for your family’s loss. Thank you for rising such as man as Capitan Secher
I and my family cannot begin to express our gratitude to your family and your son, who is a hero to us. God Bless you and give you comfort in this trying time.
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
No words can express how sorry I am for the loss of your son. What a wonderful young man.
Please know that my heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Rest easy Marine--Job well done.
2 Timothy 2:11 - This saying is faithful: "For if we died with HIM, we will also live with HIM.
Capt Secher, Thank you for your service to our great nation. Please watch over our young brave Marines from your high place.
To the family of Robert I offer my deepest sympathy and I know that he was a great American soldier, may God bless you.
Capt. Robert M. Secher is an American hero, paying the ultimate sacrifice for his country. My prayers are for your loss and that his sacrifice will not be in vain.
I only know Captain Secher from what I read in his emails and letters published in Newsweek Magazine. However, it is easily apparent that he was a warrior of the highest order and he served us all with dignity and honor. May the memories of him be a source of pride for you.
There is no greater hero then your son, he truly understood that what he was doing was for the greater good of god and for our freedoms as Americans. Thank you for sharing a small part of what he was seeing and living and the true sacafice he made for all of us. Our thoughts and prayer are with you in this time of deep sorrow.
I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. Sacrifices like your son's are what allows my children to know freedom...instead of the fight coming to our soil. I cannot imagine how you feel right now, but I want to say thank you to you both also...for your sacrifice for your country. Robert will surely be missed! Our family will be praying for you. God bless you and God Bless America!
May God Bless you, keep you !
Thank you for allowing his story to be shared with all of us. I am humbled to hear exactly what Robert did for our country and am so grateful that we have been blessed with angels like him here on earth. I pray for him and for all of your family in this difficult time.
I can only pray that my son grows up to be half the man your son was. It is men like your son that provide my family the life of freedom that we so enjoy. You and your family are in our prayers.
Dear Secher family,
Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. Capt. Secher will always be remembered as an American Patriot and Marine, Semper Fidelis.
God Bless Captain Secher and the USA
God bless you and your family. We owe Capt. Robert M. Secher our deep gratitude for his service to the country. Thank you for raising an honorable son.
I cannot imagine losing my child. But yours was a warrior for us here, now he will be a warrior for God. You must be very proud of him. This story touched the fibers of my soul.
I shake my head... so young, so promising, a true American! My heart is heavy and my thoughts and prayers are with your whole family. God Bless...
Bless you as you deal with your very sad loss. Robert sounds like an impressive young man. I would be interested to read more of his writing, not just those parts choosen by the media. Our country owes a great debt to people like him who serve honorably, with a sense of historical perspective. If he were with us longer, I believe he would have made a big difference in how our nation battles terrorism. Again, I am so sorry for your loss.
My deepest sympathies for your, and our nation's, loss. Your son was a true hero who exemplified the best of our American values. Every American and Iraqi family owes your son a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid. He did not die in vain and will not be forgotten.
Now your son has joined the legions of brave men who have fought and died for someone else, a cause greater than themselves...freedom. We are so sorry for your terrible loss.
Steve and Madeline Stine, Centennial CO
Thank you Capt. Robert Secher for standing up to protect our country. You are a true Hero
"We stand on guard for thee; true North strong and free". As we sing those words in our National Anthem and I read of Captain Secher's loss and his bravery, we here in Canada also mourn your loss and all those who have died for freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan. God Bless America and all free loving peoples who are prepared to fight for freedom.
This country appreciates the dedication of our soldiers. May God Blees You and Your Family. We pray every night for our troops.
This young man was a hero...and I really am sorry to hear of his death. I appreciate your family's sacrifice to our country, and I hope his death will not be in vain.
Dear Secher Family,
I am so sad for the loss of your son. I pray for your peace. I am thankful for the brave heroes of the Marines (like your son) and other military forces.
God bless all our men serving as our protectors and God bless Robert and his family. Our prayers go out to his family as they remember their son and our hero.
Our hearts go out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
My heart goes out to you and your family in the loss of your son. He sounds like he was raised to be a strong, yet humble man who stood for what he believed in. I am a grateful American; grateful to all he and other soldiers are doing in the fight for democracy in this world. May you be comforted during this difficult time.
God bless the men and women of our armed forces. Leaders of Capt. Secher's caliber should be held up to our children as inspirational sources. My wife and I are both former Navy (I was Intell and she was a Dental Tech) and our family prayers go out every night for God to watch over our soldiers and keep them safe. Right wrong or indiferent, we are responsible for completing what we started and can count on our military to get it done. Bravo Zulo Capt Secher!
What remarkable parents you must be to have a son so courageous. I am so sorry for your loss. My hope is you can be comforted by strength of character and bravery by which your son lived his life. We are forever indebted to your son and your family for your sacrifice for our country.
Thank you for your service to our country. RIP.
To the Family of Captain Robert Secher:
May I offer my condolences to you I know that in this time of grief it is of little help ,but I felt that I needed to do this because this is the only way I can say thank you to all the familes of the men and women serving overseas. I hope that your memories of this man give you comfort and the strength to carry on. Thank you for sharing his emails and his story. War is soemthing I will never understand , but I do understand a little more of the men who fight it by his story.
War should always be the last option. Love should be first.
Michael Shane Abbott
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring of comfort.We
feel your pain,our boy has been to Iraq and has just returned from afghanistan,some of his friends will never be coming home.Capt Robert M Sacher a courageous young man who was willing to stand up for the things he held dear, his family,his country and what we all hold dear our freedom.He will not be alone where he has gone,God will take care of him now,along with the brave men and women who have gone before him in the fight to keep us safe and free,their arms will reach out to him as he has joined them now. IN THE LAND OF THE BRAVE.GOD BLESS HIM ,forever in our prayers.
an english family.x
My deepest sympathy. It is difficult to loose a loved one. It is also a parents greatest fear to bury a child. My heart goes out to you in your time of need.
Deepest regrets to the family and friends of Capt Secher. A true hero was lost.
As one who has been downrange, I see many similarities between CPT Secher and myself and my associates. I will be integrating the spirit of INTEGRITAS into my Soldiers. God be with you.
You should be so proud of your son. There are no words to express my gratitude for his sacrifice.
Please accept my condolances for the loss of your precious son.
He was a good man doing his best for all of us.
Semper Fi Robert, sorry you didn't make.
W.H.Cook, Major, USMC (ret)
Today bells of angels are ringing in Heaven as the celebration begins for Capt Robert Secher because God has called one of His Heroes home. It seems He takes many "great" ones home before we are ready; however, it's only the timing that surprises us. We all started dying the minute we were born. There is an old Eskimo legend that there are no stars in the sky; that there are only holes in heaven, so that our loved ones may shine their light upon us. I'm sure that as you walk below the evening stars you will be comforted by the light of your Son's love and be comforted in a way that only heaven can do. God Bless you. May He give you strength to walk and memories to keep close as you go through this together. Thank you Captain for your service. And thank God there are men such as you that are willing to lay down your lfe for my freedom. God speed. I WILL NOT FORGET!!!!!!
What a good guy! Very impressive to see his clarity and committment to life. He was a man's man. Very cool. May the greatness of his life always inspire. In the middle of those dark nights, hang on to the fact that he was a one and only! God bless you guys!
To the fine family of a very fine man:
President Ronald Reagan once said something to the effect that some people spend much of their lives wondering if they will ever have made a difference-Marines, however, don't have that problem.
Listen I love you people & deeply esteem our fine marines-especially the ones that die. I was enjoying
Capt. Secher's emails & decided to stop and pray for his soul's repose-
otherwise it just ain't fair . God Bless him. You know these guys do us so proud-do you realize that?
It's really sad that we find out about these excellent men and their exemplary lives usually because they die.
Hey I'll let you in on my own pain-I'm a recent widower with 5 little kids. My wife & I used to pray a lot for our people in Iraq. My son Joseph is 8 and has leukemia. He wants to be a marine. He said he's going through so many difficulties
and problems-being alone in a hospital so much and losing his mom because it's like training for what lies ahead.
Well what lies ahead, if we're lucky is that he'll be one
hell of a son like Robert was to you
and, God willing, will make it out OK as a U.S. Marine because holy young centurions like Capt. Secher will be protecting them-interceding for them.
Listen there's a really good retired marine who runs a web site that Col. David "Lead from the front" Hackworth was with before he passed away. It's called Soldiers for the Truth. Col. Roger Charles is
in this great project to get first rate body armor for our people in Iraq. When my wife died last year keeping busy sure helped out.
Maybe you can keep busy working with Col. Charles-this is all my idea-I'm not a part of SFTT but they sure care about our guys on the ground.
I wish the best to you & your family. You know you did pretty well-you raised a fine young man. God knew what the deal was-this was his moment. May his two books get published and may tens of thousands of kids answer the call to be "Semper Fi" to their country
thanks to the inspiring life of Capt. Robert M. Secher and the countless good things his dad did
to bring him up right. Requiescat en Pace.
I can't even put into words what I feel you you and your family for this loss, I have a son who was in the Marines, he was nedically discharged for an injury, I couldn't imagine what it would feel like. my heart just aches for you and your family, he sounded like a good soilder, son, and a person who wanted to make a difference, may God bless you and your family and help you through your times of sorrow.
To the Parents and Friends of the Capt Secher: I am a Vietnam Veteran and I understand everything he said in his letters. Please be very proud of him and his comrads. No matter how you feel about any War it is the troops who are the victors. They are the Centurions and brave and good. It was my honor to be able to read his letters. My condolences (it seems so trite) go out to all of you.
May God give your family peace that passes all understanding in your time of sorrow. I thank God for your son and all the other brave American soldiers who have maintained our freedoms.
My hear is broken for you. What a true American your dear Son was. I love our Military guys and appreciate their sacrifices. May the GOD of all comfort give you peace during this difficult time.
Mr. Secher and his family will be in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless!!
God bless you and all your family. What a wonderful man you were priviledged to know. My deepest sympathies
I am so sorry for the loss of your brave son.
What a proud legacy your centurian son leaves to you and his country. As a combat veteran I salute him.
May God bless you and your family as you deal with the loss of your brave loved one. Just know that many Americans also feel your loss and are thankful for his service and sacrifice - and your sacrifice as well. Words cannot express what America owes its' armed forces.
I am so very sorry for your loss. It was a great one I can see from his emails - such a conscious, committed young man, with so much integrity and honor. God bless Robert and your family always.
God bless you and your family and most of all, your son who showed himself to be the American we all aspire to - you have paid the ultimate price and the country owes you and the memory of Robert to see that his and the almost 3,00o others are not lost in vain. My heart goes out to you and your family.
Dear Mr. Secher,
My heart and prays go out to you and your family for your loss. God bless you for raising such an outstanding young man who was willing to give his life for our safty.
Thank you so much.
I served during Vietnam. I lost 10 of my best friends. I have scars, inside and out. I now have a stepson serving in Balad. I know about war and its pain. I give you and your son my total admiration and thanks for what you have done for this country. History is made by those who write it. Keep your son's emails and write his books. Let his thoughts be spread to others. In that way, he lives.
I for one am very proud of your son. He and men like him hold the future of America in there young hands. With out these brave young men we would not have the freedoms that most people, especially Americans take for granted. I hope you'll find comfort in nowing how proud & honorable your son was and that he will be appreciated for the rest of time.
God bless your family with the loss of your son and God bless him for my freedom.
Shawn Mercer Crain
I am so sorry for your loss. I honestly don't know what to say other than I'm sorry. I hope the Lord will sustain you during this time. Lean on him for your needs.
God bless and comfort the famiy of this brave young man. I am grateful for his service and his sacrifice.
Your son is a hero....thank you for raising him with such patriotism and love for his country. There are millions of us in this country who appreciate the ultimate sacrifice that he gave. I will not forget.
Words can not comfort, but please accept my sorrow for your loss.
Capt. Robert M. Secher, your service and your dedication... and your ultimate sacrifice, are of the highest honor. I salute you, sir.
And I pray for your family. For they too have given the ultimate sacrifice. May God speedily touch them with healing.
Thank you, Heavenly Father, for the man, Capt. Secher. He stood in the gap for me. I am in indescribable awe.
Capt. Secher was a man that America can take great pride in. A true hero that represents all that is good in America. May God bless his family and lift them in their time of sorrow.
Thank you Capt. Robert Secher.
We are the parents of twin sons serving in the Marines. One of the twins is currently in his 2nd deployment in Iraq and we measure time from one email or phone call to the next. Your Son is a Hero, a person who answered a higher calling, and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. These posted thoughts fall so short of the respect you deserve, but we felt a need to express our sympathy.
I appreciate your son's service to his country. May God bless you and keep you at this most painful time.
We are humbled by the ultimate sacrifice your son gave to this great nation. His dedication to our freedom never wavered. And we are forever grateful for his service. May God bless you and give you peace beyond all understanding.
Please accept my most sincere condolences during this difficult time. Words cannot express my gratitude for the immeasureable sacrifice that you have laid upon the alter of freedom.
Jack Sorroche USN Retired
Our sincere condolences to your family and relatives at this time of loss. We appreciate your son's boldness to stand up for not only Americans but also for your neighbors to the North. Many of us in Canada support the immense effort your young men and woman have shown.
May God give you the peace that you need to get through this trying time. It's great men like Capt. Robert Secher that make this country what it is today. A definite Hero. THank You
Our deepest sympathies to your family. Our prayers are with you and all parents of young men and women who lost their lives in Iraq.
I would like to express my sincere condolences to your family. I found your son, Robert’s email messages on-line as I was checking the daily news. I am a wife of a combat veteran who served in Desert Storm/Iraq. Robert’s comments are a reality check for all who think they know what war is about. His words help me to understand what my husband endured over fifteen years ago, and how his life will forever be effected. My thoughts are with you.
Bless your family for the sacrifice you have made to keep us all free. Capt. Secher did more for the cause of liberty in his service than tens of thousands of Americans who take their freedoms for granted.
As a former soldier in the Army, I can relate to your son. I'm very thankful for his service, as I am of all Marines, soldiers, airmen, etc.... Sorry he paid with his life. It is the cost of freedom. May God Bless.
We lost our beloved son 3 years ago, in an accident with a train. As we are with our son, we are very priud of your son, Robert, who died with honor protecting us and our country. He seems like he was a very nice young man, and we grieve with you
How proud Capt. Secher's parents must be of this extraordinary officer and gentleman. I am a naturalized U.S. citizen, originally from India, and will share the story of this true American hero and role model with my two sons aged 10 and 8. May God give all of you the strength to deal with the grief and may Capt. Secher's soul rest in peace eternally.
My father left me a free country by fighting the Nazis. I have done what I can to pass that legacy to my seven year old daughter. But what little I have been able to do pales in comparison to the efforts of your son and others like him. Ronald Reagan used to say America is the land of the free because it is the home of the brave. Your son chose a noble calling and lived the true nobility of it. I can't begin to compensate you for his loss, but please know he is remembered and will be so as long as we remain free. Captain Robert M. Secher truly is among the best of us. God Bless him and you.
God Bless the Warrior Capt. Secher for his vision and commitment to serving his country. May the Lord grant the family peace in knowing he did not die in vain but as a true Marine and soldier in service of our country. My prayers from a Viet Nam vet.
To the Parents of bravest soldier and great man, I am sorry for your loss. There is some comfort knowing your son the kind of man and kind of soldier who he is. Hope he inspires every soldier, every civilian, and to the youngsters who will always look up at Robert. I read the emails, his lecacy will carry on forever. I am Deaf wishing to be Hearing so I can join to be a soldier. Rest in peace Robert, and comfort for his family.
From his writings, I can tell what an exceptional young man Capt. Secher was, and will always be in your hearts! May God grant you peace and comfort as you come to the terms with his sacrifice for those less fortunate than himself! Your loved one makes me ever prouder to be an American!
Your son is an American Hero...I wish more people in my generation would be as admirable as he. There are no words to fully express my sympathy for your loss!
I found Robert's account most enlightening what is most unfortunate is the fact that we will never see the impact that a person of his character would have had on the world. May his soul rest in peace.
I enjoyed reading your son’s notes. Yes, he did make a difference in the world. He will always be remembered for his selflessness and courage. May God Bless your family and bring you peace and memories to sustain. Thank you for raising such a wonderful young man.
Reading the entries, my heart is filled with grief for you. Robert sounded like" Joe Normal", a good man to know, a proud American. I will keep this memory of him and pray for you in this your darkest hour.
I cannot imagine what it must be like to lose a son. I have two small boys myself. My job as a parent would be a crowning success if they grew up to be half the men your son Robert was. God bless you. God bless the Marine Corps.
God Bless you and your son. We owe all of you a debt of gratitude for our freedom and a better world.
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Secher,
I am the same age as your son, with four children of my own, and the tears flow freely from my eyes as I offer you my most sincere condolences. What a brilliant young mind! What a selfless and brave soul! What wonderful and loving parents you must have been to produce such an insightful young man. The sacrifice he has made will be remebered by all of us.
God bless you both.
To the Family of Captain Robert M. Secher
My thoughts and prayers to you.
I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family for the loss of your son. I too lost my son, a Marine, except he died in a car accident here in the states. Your son's emails really touched me when I read them. He was a warrior thru and thru. A true centurion in every way. I pray the Lord will keep him and your family in this time of grief. You can be proud that it was young men like him that made this country great.
May The Lord Jesus bless you all.
I'm very choked up at this time.
A GOOD MAN! - May He Rest In Peace
He was a good man, a Centurion and a Hero - God Bless. My heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends.
My prayers are with you and your pain will not be forgotten. Your son is a real man. A man who sacrificed all so that the oppressed may one day be free. His spirit is what our nation lives free upon.
7th Special Forces Group
I am very sorry for your loss, may God bless your son and you. He did a job most of us here couldn't even begin to handle. I thank him and you for his service and sacrifice.
From all in the 913th Maintenance Flight at Willow Grove, you have our condolences for your loss.
Thank you for the gift of this wonderful man. He will be remembered, and he will be missed, and he will be forever loved in the hearts of man. Semper Fi, marine. For Freedom, for Country, for Corps. VN-69
I am very thankful God has put Soldiers like your Son on this earth. He stepped up and made the ultimate sacrifice, He is a Hero! May God comfort you and your family.
Your son is now a man of immortal honor, even as he so greatly honored his parents, family, the Corps, and all of freedom loving humanity. My son graduated Parris Island 5 weeks ago, and we are beyond grateful that he will be among such brothers as Robert.
Whenever the grief seems unbearable, please take strength from a perspective that such overwhelming feelings are only a sliver of the complete love God has for your noble son.
When I first read about your son, I focused on the fact that he was Jewish, a captain, and from the Memphis area. Now after reading more about him, I am just so in awe of him and his family. He truly was an exceptional individual and it is heartbreaking that he was taken from us. Imagine how much more good he would have done.
May he rest in peace.
May G-d comfort the family among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem...
My boyfriend is a Marine.I understand very well the pain of loss for many of our good friends have been lost there.I'm deeply sorry for your loss.You are in our thoughts and prayers.Your son Capt.Secher is a hero and I'm thankful for his service to our country.
God Bless your family. And I thank your son for what he gave to his country.
This Canadian family wishes to express our appreciation all those who knew and supported Captain Secher. Without America's military strength (and U.S. taxpayers) we Canadians would long ago have been speaking Russian. Your distinguished service to the cause of good in the world continues.
Stuart, Wendy, Patrick, Jane and Ben
My deepest sorrow at the loss of your gallant son. His country owes you a debt which can never be repaid.
Your son was a true mensch and a hero: hope my own son, who is now 16, will grow to be the accomplished human being your son was. Will say a prayer for Robert!
We are honored as a nation to have produced such great men. You are honored as parents, for having raised him. It is truly a great loss. Please know that the sacrifices of your son and others do not go unnoticed. I am grateful and humbled by his example.
My heart goes out to your family and wanted you to know that your son is a great American from a long list of dedicated individuals who have protected our liberty.
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Semper Fi. It would appear after reading this article that your son embodied the above which is the essence of the USMC. My thoughts go out to you during this very difficult time. Know that your son did not die in vain but in service to this country and the ideals it stands for. As the saying goes and he understood, "Ask not for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee..."
May God's peace be with you today and always...
It takes an incredible degree of determination to fight as your son did even when the ends were in doubt. These days we throw the word "hero" about too casually, but the memory of Capt. Secher will live on as the genuine article. The world is less bright, less just, and less safe without him.
My deepest condolences for your loss. God Bless you and your Brave and Selfless son.
My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. Without people like your son, and the other soldiers, marines, airman, coastguards, and sailers,who have sacrified their lives for freedom, where would our country be now. Having served in the United States Army for 26 years, I know, the sacrifies that he and others have made. I, too, have had to make that long journey to Arlington for some of my commrades, this is not an easy time. Just know that he was doing what he loved. Keeping the freedom of the United States and trying to help other people.
Your son and family are in our prayers.
SFC Lorraine Sharer
US Army Retired
I thought when I sat down to write this I would have something profound to say but words escape me. All I can say is that I am sorry for your lose. May you find strength during this hard time and may you keep in mind the wonderful man Robert was.
No greater love but to lay down your life for a friend. We will see Robert again and I look forward to the meeting.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. May God give you comfort in knowing that your son was doing what he believed in.
I wish his books could be published, read and understood by millions.
My deepest condolences. Those of us who wear the uniform believe in the cause. Your son made the ultimate sacrifice.
Our prayers and thanks goto your family. I thank God for men like your son everyday and use them as an example of what it is to be an good man for my son.
May God comfort all of you in this time of crisis.
HaMakom yenachem et'chem b'toch shar avay'lay Tzion vee'Yerushalayim.
The Corps is proud of your son, and we will never forget what he and you have done for this country. I have no words to express my true sorrow for your loss. Semper Fi.
What a great loss. If we lose this war, it will not be because of Capt. Secher's efforts. My love and prayers go to you.
My heart goes out to you and your family. I thank you and your son for the bravery and sacrifice you've shown. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
As a former Marine Officer I mourn your loss with you. I hope that you get some comfort knowing that Robert died for his country doing what he believed was just and right."Semper Fi" Robert, I salute you.
To the Captain's Family.
Thank you from an American citizen that respects his sacrifice for us all. Robert is remembered in my prayers, as are all of our brave troops in harm's way. Take comfort in knowing that Robert is at peace, and is resting comfortably, cradled in the arms of our loving God.
Please accept my condolences on your families loss. I hope to thank Capt. Secher one day for his sacrifice to all of us. Semper Fi Marine, go with God.
I am very sorry for the loss of your son Capt. Robert Secher. Robert and I went to OCS together in the summer of 1997. Robert's sense of humor and quick wit helped us both make it through. He will be missed, but his memories will live on forever.
My condolences to your family in your loss. My prayers are always with the military. The Nation is proud of your son and his dedication to duty. May God Bless Him.
To the Secher Family,
Please accept my deepest sympathies for the loss of such a special man and an heroic Marine. This noble sacrifice will always be remembered by our Marine Family.
May God bless you.
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
I thank Capt Secher for his courageous service.
May God be with you and your family. Your son was a hero.
Deepest condolensces to your family. Your son is in my prayers. Also, we are all proud of your son...truly a patriot!
No words I have can give you comfort that you need and deserve! However, take refugee in our Father, Creator, the Lord who gives and takes away!! Be proud Robert made a difference in the world! All Praise to GOD the Father Almighty may his blessing be on you in this time of sorrow!
My deepest condolences on your loss. Sir. Your son represents the finest qualities of all Americans, and truly is a Hero in every sense of the word. Every one of us is less for his loss.
God Bless you in your time of sorrow. The entire nation owes you a debt of gratitude for the valor of your son in serving his country.
Our sympathies go to the Secher family, and deep gratitude for Captrain Secher's service. Extraordinary. Thank you all very much. It is deeply appreciated.
Michael R. Fox
Your son was a true hero. Service without doubt or desire for recognition. You have my deepest sympathy and prayers.
I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless you and your family in your time of sorrow. I hope you will find comfort in knowing that you could not have raised a finer child than one who chose to become a US Marine. We are ALL gratefull to him, and to you.
My prayers and sympathy are with you in burying your son. He was indeed a brave and intelligent person. We in this country have a hugh debt to our young men and women. We should never forget.
Your son left a lasting legacy,(thru his words and service to his country)especially to those of us trying to understand this war. I thank him and you for sharing his thoughts and experiences. You must be very proud.
I loved reading Roberts emails. He was such a good writer. You must be proud parents to have raised such a great son. God Bless you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief.
How I wish there were words to express my deepest sympathies to you and your family. It is so easy for us to sit in our homes, read Captain Secher's story, and carry on with our lives. What I can do is tell my children of his story, let them read it, and ask that they tell their friends about Robert and the 3000 other American souls who have died fighting to protect the future of America. It is so important, especially at a time like this, to remind our friends, families, and even ourselves that without warriors like Captain Secher and the tens of thousands of American soldiers and sailors throughout history who died, that their passing was not in vain. These are not just words. They are a call to action, to rememberence, and a call for appreciation. Captain Secher's honesty and candidness in his emails (memoirs) should be required reading for Americans. It shines a light into a space that nearly 300 million US citizens never look into; the mind of a US soldier and a lens into a fight for freedom. For those who read stories like Captain Secher's on a regular basis, I would ask that you carry it with you throughout your day, figuratively speaking. Do not let it slide from your mind as it seems so many of us do. How easy it is to gloss over the many stories of dying US military personnel that pepper the news each day. Captain Secher's story can and should be the impetus to a new respect for those who give their lives for the benefit of our children. Read the stories of these soldier's deaths with reverence, respect, and always realizing that regardless of your feelings on the war, these are people, Americans, fathers, daughters, sons, mothers, grandparents, friends, and above all heroes. Realize that their death's have a tremendous impact on a family; ripping many a family apart, leaving children fatherless or motherless. Please understand that every single American death has an incalculable gravity that suddenly comes crashing down on loved ones. Don't fall into the oh so common practice of reading such a story and never giving it another thought.
To Captain Robert M. Secher's family and friends I offer my prayers and the prayers of my family. I wish it were easy to convey sympathy without resorting to the traditional cliches but unfortunately, that seems difficult to do. He is a hero in the truest sense of the word. Though your pain is overwhelming and certainly nothing that I can imagine, I pray that in time, you find some solace.
T. Diamond (St. Louis)
May God grant Capt. Secher eternal memory. He, and you, will be in my prayers.
I feel your pain as I too lost a brother in May while serving in Iraq. Rest assured that your son is a true American Hero and because of his loyalty and conviction to a cause greater than himself we will all be better for his sacrifice. No words can express the feelings I have and I am sure you also feel. His sacrifice and all those that died with him are trully the ultimate commitment to our country. Our prayers are with you at this very difficlult time.
My heart felt sorry for your loss and the terrible grief you and your family must feel. Our prayers go out to you and the knowledge of the peace we can feel knowing the Lord Loves Us All.
My deepest sympathies on the loss of this fine young man. My sincerest thanks to Capt. Secher and his family for their sacrifice.
My condolences to the family and friends of Capt. Secher. What a honor to have raised such a strong and courageous son. One who showed so much love for his country! He is truly a great American!
Thanks to you and yours for your great sacrifice. It is men like this that make our country what it is...not politics or elections. I am honored to have great men like Capt. Secher on the front lines fighting for the freedom of others.
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
I am so sorry for your loss, thank you for such a fine outstanding young man. We are very proud of our men and women in the military. May God bless you and ease your pain.
Thank you for the sacrifice you have made for our country.
Your loss is truly sad..I have no words to express my deepest Thanks for what you have done or my sincere sorrow for your family..but I hope that looking down from heaven you will smile when you see my family leaving for work and school each day in safety and your sacrifice and bravery will always be remembered and honored by my children. My children will know your name and pass it on for future generations. Capt. Secher is a hero and I want my children to know about the Real Hero's of today and you will be among them!
Rest in peace Capt. Secher. Enjoy your afterlife in Valhalla... you've earned it.
ANOTHER ONE OF OUR HEROES, NOW AN ANGEL IN GOD'S HEAVEN.
Wish I had the courage he did.
God bless your family in your sorrow. People like Robert make me so proud to be an American and I will always be thankful to him and others fighting for our country.
My deepest sympathies to the family of a Marine who was always faithful to his convictions.
Sergeant Binder, USMCR
God Bless your son, and may God be with you and your family.
May peace find your hearts swiftly. The world has lost a true hero.
My deepest condolences to the family. Your son died doing what he loved, protecting and helping others. Capt. Robert M. Secher made a difference in this world and touched many lives. He is a true Centurion in every sense of the word.
God bless you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
My prayers go out to you and your family in this time of grief. May your memories of Robert help you in this time of sorrow.
It's obvious from his emails that he was a wonderful, loving son who lived an exemplarily life.
As veterans and parents, we know how strong is the bond with your children. Thank God that there are men such a Robert who are willing to fight and die for our freedom. We grieve with you and may God now hold him in peace.
I hope solace can be found in the fact that your beloved son is done with war and suffering, and at peace with his maker. I, like many Americans, will forever remain proud and grateful that soldiers like Captain Robert Secher think enough of their country and its citizens to sacrifice so much for them. I will never forget Capt. Secher because I'll keep his emails and his story to remind me of his selfless and noble service to his country. Thank you Captain Secher, may you rest in peace.
I am so sorry for your loss. Of course there are no words that I can say that could stop your pain, I wish I had the words. Capt. Robert Secher did not die in vain, because of him and others like him, my children can sleep safe in their beds tonight. Thank you for raising a hero.
May God Bless your family at this time of sorrow. Your son and all the men and women serving our country on this war on terror are true American heroes.
Thank you, Capt. Secher, for helping to beat back the darkness that threatens to overwhelm us.
Our nation is a stronger, better, safer, place due to men (and women) like Robert.
My thoughts, prayers, and thankfulness are with Robert and your family.
Mr. and Mrs. Secher:
Please know that your son's sacrifice is felt by many more grateful American families than just your immediate circle of family friends. Your son's professionalism, patriotism and integrity are truly an inspiration. I served for only two years a few decades ago--but I will never lose the respect and admiration for those servicemen and servicewomen that go to extraordinary lengths to protect and defend us while we lead peacefully at home due to their sacrfices.
My prayers are with you and your family. Indeed, my prayers are for ALL families of servicemembers who have served in or did not return from Iraq.
after readfing your sons emails I was deeply touched. Please accept my condolences and may God bless you.
My son came back from Iraq but it looks
like he will have to return. I only wish that he had known your Son as i am sure he would have been inspired by him.
Our hearts ache for your loss. You must be so very proud of your brave son.
"Greater love hath no man..." Thank you for this American man willing to risk, and give, his life for the freedon of others. Capt Secher and his family will be in our prayers.
To the family of this brave and noble Marine, Captain Robert Secher. May God grant you comfort in this time of sorrow and heal your hearts in time. I am forever grateful to Captain Secher, that he gave his life so that others may have a chance to be free. To me, he is truly a hero and I will seek to honor him in my thoughts and my prayers.