- NATO Kosovo Force
- Operation Enduring Freedom
- Operation Freedom’s Sentinel
- Operation Inherent Resolve
- Operation Iraqi Freedom
- Operation New Dawn
- Operation Odyssey Lightning
- Operation Spartan Shield
- U.S. Africa Command Operations
- U.S. Central Command operations
- The People Behind The Sacrifice
Marine Cpl. Roberto Abad
Died August 6, 2004 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom
22, of Los Angeles, Calif.; assigned to Battalion Landing Team 1/4 (1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; killed Aug. 6 by enemy action in Najaf province, Iraq.
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.
— Associated Press