Ricky Salas Jr

Ricky Salas Jr

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U.S. Army
03/07/2006, MOSUL, IRAQ

Ricky Salas Jr.’s mother kept in e-mail contact with her son while he was in Iraq. In those message, he confided what was in his heart. He said he saw awful things. He said he loved me, he missed me, he wanted me to be happy and proud of him. I was very proud of him, said Brenda Robertson.

Salas, 22, of Roswell, N.M., was killed March 7 by a roadside bomb in Mosul. He was assigned to Friedberg, Germany.

He’d always wanted to be the leader, and wanted to be the best at anything and everything, said Robertson. The former construction worker enlisted in the Army about 18 months ago so he would be able to care for his family and gain worldly experiences.

I’m hurting. I feel like a part of me is gone, she said.

Salas grew up in Lubbock, Texas, and married in 2002, building a home in Roswell with his wife, April, and two young children, a 3-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son.

Salas was an outdoorsman who loved playing golf and put his family first, said Robertson, who is employed in a work-study program at Clovis Community College. Rick registered me for school, she said.

Ricky Salas leaves behind a wife and two children. He was assigned to the 37th Armored Regiment, C Company.

Ricky’s portrait is also on Poster 8


2 Responses to “Ricky Salas Jr”
  1. joshua read says:

    Hard to believe it has been 7 years man. Rains gave me the news almost a few days later and to this day I think of rooming with you in basic, WHY DAMN IT!!, here I sit 7 yers later and that question haunts me to this day. I got out of the army in mid 06 due to some various reasons, and bad knees. Anyways I dont know what else to say right now, so ‘Ill say this…… it was an honor knowing you and getting to know your wife and kids even if it was for a brief time. It was still fun. your room mate and battle buddy Pvt Read

  2. John Tien says:

    To the Salas family, I was Ricky’s 2-37th Armor battalion commander when he was killed in action. Ricky was the first Iron Duke Soldier that we lost and I remember him most days of the year and always, spend a moment of silence for him every March 7th in his honor, sending a salute skyward. Ricky was a great Soldier and as a fellow American, I appreciate his willingness to give his all for us.

    If you ever need help with pre-college counseling or college tuition, recommend you check out The Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. This is a great organization that does both. My wife, I, and my company all support this organization and I would be happy to help make an introduction. If you contact them, you can mention me and they can connect us or you can reach out directly to me at john.tien7@gmail.com.


    On this Memorial Day, I salute Ricky and you.



    John Tien
    Colonel, U.S. Army, Retired

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