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Central Florida's war dead: The stories of the fallen soldiers

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  • Army Cpl. Bobby Roberts

    The day her husband died in Iraq, Jill Roberts received three cards from him. Two were for their son, Jacob. In one, Army Cpl. Bobby Roberts admonished the 3-year-old to "take care of mommy until daddy gets home." The card to his wife simply read: "I don't always get time to tell you I love you...

  • Army Sgt. Eric U. Ramirez

    Felix Ramirez hadn't seen his soldier son since he presided over Eric Ramirez's wedding in August 2001, about 18 months before he shipped out to Iraq. On Saturday, the Mascotte pastor and schoolteacher made plans to officiate at his son's funeral. "That's the last time I saw Eric," Ramirez said....

  • Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason B. Dwelley

    Jason Dwelley of Apopka had been in Iraq less than a week when he was killed by insurgents firing rocket-propelled grenades at his convoy. Flags flew at half-staff in Apopka on Monday in memory of the 31-year-old naval reservist, an Apopka High School graduate. Dwelley, a petty officer 2nd class,...

  • Navy Petty Officers 2nd Class Michael C. Anderson and Trace W. Dossett

    The deaths of the five sailors, three of them from Central Florida, and of an Army officer from the Panhandle who died in a separate attack the same day, marked the deadliest single day for Florida troops since the war in Iraq began. At least 35 Florida troops have died in Iraq. The dead identified...

  • Army Sgt. Arthur S. Mastrapa

    All Stacey Mastrapa wanted to do was surprise his dad for Father's Day. After three months at Fort Stewart, Ga., and 13 more months in Iraq, Mastrapa, an Army reservist who lived in Apopka, was supposed to be coming home today for the grand surprise for his father. Instead, his family in Apopka...

  • Marine Sgt. Kenneth Conde Jr.

    Sgt. Kenneth Conde Jr. could have had a safe trip home in April after he was wounded in a gunbattle with Iraqi insurgents, winning praise for his bravery. Instead, the 22-year-old Orlando Marine chose to complete his mission. On Thursday, his parents learned that Conde would never return. He had...

  • Marine Staff Sgt. Michael J. Clark

    When she heard the knock at the door, Susan Collins looked out the window of her home on Line Street and saw two Marines in full uniform. "I knew it when I saw them in their uniforms," the 49-year-old mother of Staff Sgt. Michael J. Clark said Friday night. "I thought if I didn't open the door,...

  • Marine Cpl. Theodore 'Andrew' Bowling

    In the fall of 2004, as Andrew Bowling was serving his second tour in Iraq, his mother, Lena Perry, was getting ready for his homecoming. Perry, a Vietnamese immigrant, owned a rental home in Casselberry that she began preparing for her son. She wanted to give Bowling a nice place to live as he...

  • Marine Lance Cpl. Antoine D. Smith

    At Dr. Phillips High School, Antoine Smith might have been remembered only as the quiet kid with the slight stutter who played viola in the school orchestra. But days after graduating in May 2001, Smith joined the Marine Corps. And when he returned to the Orange County school to visit a year later,...

  • Army Sgt. Arthur C. Williams IV

    U.S. Army Sgt. Arthur C. Williams IV told his family he was not afraid of death even as he patrolled the dangerous streets of Ramadi, Iraq. If he were killed, it would only bring him closer to God, the New Smyrna Beach High School graduate recently wrote in an e-mail to one of his sisters. That's...

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