From William Ray Fullmer: "My nephew, Sgt. Derek Tillman Roberts, spilled his blood on the sands of Iraq to extend the right to live free to the people of the Middle East. On June 14, 2007, Derek was killed by a roadside bomb in Kirkuk, placed by those too cowardly to face him on the battle field. Derek, who was from Gold River, Calif., was 24. He served in the Army and was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division. Derek's bravery is and always will be a motivating force for us to rise to the call of those who desperately need our help to throw off the chains of oppression and cruelty." (Photo courtesy of William Ray Fullmer) Read more.
The circumstances of their deaths are different. But the same words—"loyal," "honorable," "selfless," "smart" and "fearless"—surfaced again and again this week when family and friends remembered the American military service members close to them who sacrificed their lives for their country.
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