Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sgt. Robert Negrete, United States Army Veteran

Rob Negrete was born November 19, 1977 at Chicago, Illinois and passed away March 17, 2012 at Austin Texas at the age of 34.

Rob proudly served his country in the United States Army for ten years. He was medically discharged from the Army after he was injured in an IED attack in Iraq in 2006.

Rob married Amanda in October 2011 after dating for two years. Amanda is a Specialist in the Texas Army National Guard, and is a member of the 149th Financial Management Detachment at San Marcos, Texas.

An inurnment service was held on March 27 at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen, Texas. In attendance were the Patriot Guard Riders who formed a line of American flags around the committal shelter during the service.

Capt. Jeremy Stirm, United States Army Chaplain, read from the books of Job and Psalms, and said the final prayers.

Sgt. First Class Rodriguez, an Army Chaplain's assistant and a Catholic Deacon performed the rite of committal.

The Army Honor Guard rendered military honors. The bugler played taps. The American flag that had rested next to Rob's cremains was carefully unfolded and refolded into the traditional triangle and presented to Amanda on behalf of a grateful nation and the United States Army as a token of appreciation for Rob's honorable and faithful service.

The cremains of Sgt. Robert Negrete were carried to, and placed into a niche of the columbarium wall by Amanda, and sealed for all time.

Throughout the service a song bird performed in the live oak tree above, and the American flag flew at half-staff, in Rob's honor, at the top of the hill.

"Rob was a loving, gentle, caring and devoted husband.
Rob was a courageous and brave Soldier,
serving honorably at the very onset of the Iraq war.
He served on the front line as a machine gunner
and driver during the Iraq invasion.
Rob was a highly respected Non-commissioned Officer
who faced his missions with pride and honor.
Rob loved animals and nature. He was a writer.
He was involved in National writing groups.
Rob had copyrighted a screenplay.
There has never been a more gentle, kind man,
than Rob Negrete.
'You are my best friend,
my family, and I will never leave your side!'
I love you always, my Rob.
Goodbye for now my sweet husband.
'Your Mandy'"