These brave men gave it all, so we can have our freedom. Freedom is not free.
Cpl. Wilbel Alexander Robles Santa (W.A.R.S)
Wilbel A. Robles Santa was a Calvary scout in the United States Army. He was born on Feb 18th, 1988 in Humacao, Puerto Rico where he lived until joining the Army in 2010.
Wilbel was the older of two sons, born to Wilfredo Robles Rivera and Maribel Santa Rivera. In his early years, he lived in a small town in Humacao, P.R., called “La Playa”, and despite living in the low-medium social class and surrounded by the criminality faced in the country and his local community, Wilbel grew up to be a very humble person with a strong moral foundation, graduating with honors all the way to High School. He was a natural athlete who enjoyed playing all different kinds of sports like basketball, taekwondo, volleyball, bodyboarding, tennis, skateboarding and boxing. Wilbel was also a fan of war action movies, with some of his favorites being Brave Heart, Pearl Harbor and The Avengers.
SGT Delfin M. Santos JR
Delfin Santos Jr was born in Pampanga, Philippines. He was the youngest and only male of 3 siblings. His nickname was DJ. He came to the United States at the age of 2 and grew up in San Jose, California. He did very well in school and he loved to skateboard in his spare time. He was passionate about everything that he did and he loved his family more than anything. He was a quiet guy who just loved life. He was fun and adventurous growing up and always saw the positive side of things. DJ’s father was a WWII veteran and he wanted to be just like his father so he joined the US Army. He was a disciplined and very well respected gentleman. In 2006 he joined the Army and went quickly from logistics to Cav scout. He has been assigned to Germany as well as US states like Georgia. He loved being a soldier. He was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and was killed in action in 2013. He loved his job and was always proud. Now he is not just an ordinary boy who loved to skateboard and a sweet little brother, he is an American Hero.
SSG. Christopher M. Ward
Let me tell you the story of MY HERO! It all began on a lovely Wednesday evening April 20, 1988, shortly before 4 p.m, this BEAUTIFUL baby boy with bright green eyes, made his appearance with a loud wailing cry as if to say, "I'm here!" Christopher grew up in the normal fashion as most boys do, playing baseball, football, basketball and track. He was very competitive and always knew what he wanted and did whatever it took to achieve that goal. He was about 5 years old when he told me he wanted to be a cop so he could arrest the "bad guys." As he grew older, this concept started to become more defined and at the age of 13, Chris joined the JROTC and excelled in the group. In fact, his Commander of the group told me that when he first saw Chris he had the look of a LEADER! Before the 1st year of the class was over he told me, " Mom, I want to be a Soldier and help us win back Our Country from terrorists!" This gave me both a scared but PROUD feeling because he wanted to follow the path of many family members into the Military. He stayed in JROTC for 3 years, achieving the title of Squadron leader.
Eventually we moved to Tennessee and while in his junior year, we had some problems with the school he was attending because they did not recognize some of his courses , such as JROTC, as credits for graduation. Chris, along with my approval, quit the school and went for his GED, acing it with flying colors!! He had already gone to the Army Enlistment office and done all paperwork , and Chris officially became a member of the USAF and on November 17, 2005, he left for training in Fort Knox, Kentucky. He excelled very well and achieved the leader status and he was the youngest of all that were there. He left for his duty station in Fort Stewart, Georgia on October 16, 2006. He never changed in his duty station and served 2 tours to Iraq and while serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan, he was killed by a VBIED (vehicle-born improvised explosive device such as a car bomb) on April 6, 2013, ending the life of such a GREAT man and Soldier!! Chris had plans to become an Army Ranger and Aviation Officer and was enrolled in Physical Medicine. He had received several Army Commendation Medals, an Army Achievement Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Iran Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars and other service-related awards. He had received posthumously the Tennessee Fallen Heroes Medal, the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart Medal. He was very PROUD to be an American and often said he "worked for the people of America, not the politics of the Government." He lived life to the fullest even if it meant taking dangerous chances. He was well liked, sociable and had a very humorous attitude. He also loved challenges and was toughest on himself so he could help his comrades to strive to overcome their weaknesses to be the best they could be! He also was on the "1,000 lb." team and worked out when he had free time. He told me once that he lived by the "American Soldier" motto. He is GREATLY loved and missed by his family, friends and comrades and I shall FOREVER miss his BEAUTIFUL green eyes, sparking smile, his sense of humor and lastly, his FEARLESS ATTITUDE!!! This is the story of an AMERICAN SOLDIER!!