Time of Remembrance

Cristian Rojas-Gallegos

Age:

24

Hometown:

Loganville, GA

Date of Death:

2007/08/02

Incident Location:

Baghdad, Iraq

Military Branch:

Army, Former Marine

Rank:

Spc.

Unit:

2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division

Unit Base:

Ft. Lewis, WA

Cristian's wife said she is relying on her strong faith and the support of family and friends, in particular those on the base at Fort Lewis, WA, where she hopes to remain for the time being. “I believe God puts you where he knows you need to be and I am surrounded by a wonderful circle of friends here,” Rojas said. The love story began two years ago today, when Rojas was a young single mom with two small boys. She first met her husband while he was a Marine stationed at Twenty-nine Palms Marine Corps Stationin California. “I didn’t even know what a Marine was then,” the California native said. “I was at a friend’s (house) dropping off clothes and he was there. I thought he was an attractive man at first and then found out what a wonderful person he was. We were married three months later on Nov. 9th, 2005.” Rojas said she does regret that her husband, a Columbian immigrant, never managed to complete his citizenship papers before his death. “He was so proud of his service,” she said. “He said it was an honor to serve this country and he was proud he was keeping us safe. He really deserves to be made a citizen.

Besides his wife, Rojas-Gallegos is survived by his sons, Raymond 3, and Taylor 2 and two months ago became the father of their son, Eric.