Cpl. Roberto Abad

Bell Gardens, California


Bell Gardens, California


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When Roberto Abad learned he would be deployed to Iraq for a second time, he decided it was time to father a child. "He wanted to have a child in case he never came back," said his father, Roberto Abad. "We're going to be able to have a memory of him now." Abad, 22, of Bell Gardens, Calif., died in combat Aug. 6 in Iraq's Najaf province. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Although proud of his service, Abad also looked ahead to life after the military and planned to become a firefighter, attend college and marry his girlfriend, his family said. The oldest of seven children, he joined the Marines just after high school and participated in the U.S. invasion of Iraq last year. He was deployed again earlier this year. "I looked up to him my whole life," said Abad's brother Diego, who joined the Marines in February. "He would tell me to never give up on anything you believe in." Abad is survived by his girlfriend, Tania Valazquez, who was expecting their child.

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For 13 years I have been looking for the right things to say or do at a time like this. I have to say that I am no closer now than I was when 1stsgt told me what had happened. Since that day, I can say that I have thought of you a great deal. And every time I do, I think of that confident and reassuring smile you always had. I will continue to set aside time to think of you for the rest of my life. A Marine like you deserves nothing less.

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Thank you for your sacfice for our freedom rest in peace my friend :)

To the family: Take comfort in knowing that you have special friends who will always be there for you as the years go bye.


We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his
blood with me, Shall be my brother

Miss ya man

Thank u robert still I sit here just thinking of the great times we had in the soccer field are championship together till we meet again buddy