MORENO VALLEY, CA, US
U.S. Marine Corps
LCPL, MOBILITY ASSAULT CO, 2D CEB, (MEB-A-FWD), 2D MAR DIV, CAMP LEJEUNE, NC
12/22/2009, CAMP BASTION, AFGHANISTAN
Lance Corporal Omar G. Roebuck was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He died on December 22, 2009 as a result of a non-hostile incident in Helmand province, Afghanistan as the tank he was working on with his sergeant fell on him.
The twenty-three year equipment and vehicle mechanic was from Moreno Valley, California.He had dreamed of becoming part of California Highway Patrol helicopter program continuing his work in service to people and support for mechanical systems.
He was an avid motorcyclist and his sister recalls how she her brother, and their father had set out from their Moreno Valley home on motorcycles — their favorite form of transportation — and had ridden through the late-summer sunshine to a little diner with an ocean view in San Clemente. They had lunch and enjoyed a beautiful and sunny day together. Omar and his father were very close, best friends.
Omar’s coworkers at the Big 5 Sporting Goods remember Omar showing off his bike, popping wheelies and other tricks, and testing for the California Highway Patrol test together. Omar was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He was the youngest of six children….three brothers and two sisters. His family often told him how very proud they were of him.
Prior to his joining the Marine Corps, his friends and family knew well his strong dedication to his military and mission choice. He believed in America and he felt it was his duty to honor those who paid for his freedom and ours with their sweat and blood. He always had time for others. A fellow Marine from Boot camp recalls spending three long months together and remembers that Omar was always optimistic, always enthusiastic, a friend with constructive self-confidence…. and a friend who could be counted on for anything, including good advice and spiritual leadership.