March 21, 2005

Cuando Un Amigo Se Va

My mobile phone rang as I was entering the lobby of the Embassy Suites at Salt Lake City Utah to meet with Erik Dasque for dinner. It was my wife Maria calling me from home in Texas to tell me that there was a man in US Army uniform ringing our door bell. I asked her if he was in Battle Dress Uniform (BDUs) or if he was wearing his 'Class A's (dress uniform).

She said he was in dress uniform.

Francisco Gregorio Martínez was killed in action in Iraq during a patrol operation around 2:00 PM Bagdad time (GMT +3) on March 20, 2005.

Paquito 1984-2005
Paquito 1984-2005

My favorite picture of "mis hijos". Big brother Paquito and his baby sister Monica.

Update for Memorial Day 2005

More than two months have passed since Paquito (a.k.a Frank) passed away. There has been commemorative events as well as extensive press coverage about his death but also about his life. Below are some links may help you form your own picture about him.

Article about military bloggers:

What would have looked like:

NPR coverage of Gina Cavallaro's report on Frank's death:

My favorite picture of him while in the military (Kuwait Aug 2004):

Example of his creative powers:

He turned this (a little view from his Humvee -- HMMWV -- in Korea):

Into this:

Finally, his longtime point of presence in the Internet

Posted by martinf at March 21, 2005 05:25 AM

I am not sure what to say in such circumstances. I guess I want to let you know that I share your pain of this loss.

- Eddy

Posted by: Eddy Young at March 21, 2005 06:34 AM

I am ina loss for words, too, but I wanted to express my condolences to you and your family in this sad moment. Godspeed, Paquito.

Posted by: Maurício at March 21, 2005 06:54 AM

I am so sorry to hear of your loss, please accept my condolences to your and your family

Posted by: Jeff Reser at March 21, 2005 07:23 AM

That's terrible news :( My condolences to you and your family.

Posted by: vtg at March 21, 2005 07:30 AM

You are in my prayers. I can't imagine what you're going through. All I can say is that you will be in my prayers! My brother served in Afghanistan, and it was the hardest time of my life. I'm so sorry, hang in there and keep your head high. God Bless you and your family!

Posted by: Jim Martin at March 21, 2005 07:39 AM

To my former teammate, good friend and overall great person... Our heart, thoughts, and prayers are for you, and your family at this tragic time. Rest In Peace Paquito.

Posted by: Scott Dockendorf at March 21, 2005 07:43 AM

I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. I'll continue my prayers for you and your family.

Posted by: Erik Lane at March 21, 2005 08:59 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by: Charlie Price at March 21, 2005 09:23 AM

Un abrazo muy fuerte para ti y para tu familia.

Posted by: Mario at March 21, 2005 09:29 AM

Paco i just wanted you to know you and maria and monica are in my thoughts.

Posted by: Ashley Morrow at March 21, 2005 09:31 AM

Paco. My Friend. I am so so sorry. Words are completely inadequate.

Posted by: Dan Garvin at March 21, 2005 09:36 AM

I am so sorry for you and your family's loss. I will keep you in my prayers.

Posted by: Byron at March 21, 2005 09:36 AM

I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. Paquito was a great person and co-worker. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Maria and Monica.

Posted by: Bryan Thomason at March 21, 2005 09:50 AM

Paco, know that my thoughts, prayers, and love are with you, Maria, and Monica. Words just do not express...

Posted by: Elizabeth Orloff at March 21, 2005 09:59 AM

Paco, I am so sorry, my friend. You have my deepest sympathies. If there is anything Laura and I can do for you or your family, please do not hesitate to ask.

Posted by: Kyle Davis at March 21, 2005 10:13 AM

Paco, Maria and Monica,

My heart goes out to you. I'm so sorry for the loss of such a great man. May Paquito Rest in Peace.

Posted by: Darla Young at March 21, 2005 10:30 AM

My thoughts are with you and your family. Ask Krstina or I what you need and it will be done. You have the hands and hearts of hundreds throughout many communities supporting Monica, Maria, and you through this. You are not alone. Paquito touched many lives as you have, and he will remain in our hearts.

I love you guys and will miss him.

Posted by: Futureman at March 21, 2005 10:39 AM

Paco, my heart goes out to you and your loved ones. Paquito was such a brave soul. You must be very proud. I am so sorry about your loss. Please let me know if there is anything.....anything at all that you need. God Bless!!!!!

Tiffany Hernandez

Posted by: Tiffany Hernandez at March 21, 2005 10:47 AM

Like many posting here, I can't even begin to understand or comprehend what you and your family must be going through right now.

I only wish you guys the best. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by: Jason Alexander at March 21, 2005 10:54 AM

Paco, no words can express this pain. Let love from all over the planet heal the wound which the loss of Paquito caused.I will keep you in my prayers.

Posted by: Philipp Knecht at March 21, 2005 11:03 AM

Paco, I am so sorry to hear about your brother. Having lost two bothers of my own, I can relate to the pain and sadness.

My family and I will be praying for you during this time. Please do not hesitate to contact me if there is anything I can do for you.

Posted by: Gary Anthony at March 21, 2005 11:08 AM

Paco, que Dios esté contigo y tu familia en este momento de lamento.

Posted by: Mateo at March 21, 2005 11:24 AM

Paco, My condolences......

Posted by: Geoff at March 21, 2005 11:29 AM





Posted by: Al at March 21, 2005 11:56 AM

It hurts so bad to think what you might be going through. If you need anything. Just give me a ring, and I will be there. Take care.

Posted by: Zac at March 21, 2005 11:56 AM

Paco and Maria, it breaks my heart to hear about this. I'm glad I was able to know such a talented and kind individual as Paquito. Your family forever remains in my prayers.

Posted by: Matt at March 21, 2005 12:40 PM


My condolences to you and your family, your family and Paquito are always in my prayers.


Posted by: Nick Granado at March 21, 2005 01:00 PM

Dearest Paco, Maria, and Monica,

It was an honor and pleasure to have laughed and worked with Paquito. His love of life and family were a wondrous thing to behold, as was your fatherly joy and pride at his growth.

You are and will be in our prayers for comfort and rest, our tears and pain for your loss.

With love,
Jim and Ellen Lumpkin

Posted by: Jim Lumpkin at March 21, 2005 01:07 PM

Paco and Family,

My words are failing me right now. I greive for your loss and your family's pain. You are in our prayers and we are humbly at your service for whatever we can do to help you through this horrible time.


Posted by: Rick at March 21, 2005 01:48 PM

May the memories of happier times help you through your grief and let you know that he will always be alive in your heart. You and your family are in our prayers.


Posted by: CAbbie at March 21, 2005 02:05 PM


You have my prayers for the loss of your son. If you need anything at all don't hesistate to shoot me an email. We, as Dallas-ites, are practically neighbors.

-- Nick

Posted by: Nicholas Perez at March 21, 2005 02:30 PM

Mi más profundo pesame a Paco y su familia.

Un abrazo

Posted by: Jordi Mas at March 21, 2005 03:24 PM

Con gran dolor he recibido esta noticia y te envío un abrazo de hermano, hermano que apenas habla contigo pero que siempre ha compartido como suyas las alegrías y las muchas penas sufridas por tu familia.
Que Dios los ayude a todos a sobreponerse a esta nueva tragedia. Se está repitiendo en ti la dolorosa situación vivida por Mimi en dos ocasiones y eso me intranquiliza mucho. No hay derecho que sigan ustedes pasando tantos dolores y pérdidas, pero de nada sirve rebelarse y tratar de entender por qué les siguen pasando estas cosas.
Perder un hijo es algo en contra del orden natural acostumbrado y me duele que seas tú y también su mamá Titi los que tengan ahora que confrontar esta horrible experiencia. Extiende mi abrazo también a Mari y a ese ángel de consuelo que ahora y siempre tendrás en Mónica.
Si lo deseas, más adelante pídele mi teléfono a Mimi y hablamos todas las veces que necesites desahogarte.

Posted by: Ramón (Monche) at March 21, 2005 03:51 PM

Lo siento muchísimo, Paco. Un abrazo para tu familia.

Posted by: Pedro Abelleira Seco at March 21, 2005 03:59 PM

I know my words won't help much, but please accept my condolences to your and your family.

Un abrazo,

Posted by: Kenneth Christiansen at March 21, 2005 04:00 PM


No te preocupes amigo, ya veras que todo saldrá mejor, en verdad siento mucho tu perdida, mira adelante que todo irá mejor. Sonrie a la vida aun tienes muchas cosas porque sonreir. No te desanimes.

Un gran abrazo, cuidate mucho

Posted by: Mario Carrión at March 21, 2005 04:40 PM


My thoughts and deepest condolences are very much with you on this tragic and sad day. I'm at your disposal if I can be of assistance in any way.


Posted by: Paul Stephenson at March 21, 2005 09:55 PM


No existen palabras para comenzar a expresar el dolor que siento por tu perdida.

Muy humildemente ofrezco mi apoyo a ti y a tu familia de la manera que lo necesites.

Gabriel Landivar

Posted by: Gabriel Landivar at March 21, 2005 09:58 PM


My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Paquito, I know from your speaking of him, he was a kind and brave soul. May the Lord bless you and your family.


Posted by: Jennifer Santos at March 21, 2005 10:15 PM

My condolences to you and your family. May Paquito rest in peace.


Posted by: Fawad Halim at March 21, 2005 10:22 PM

Paco, mis más sentidos pésames. Todo mi apoyo para ti y tu familia.

Paquito, que descanses en paz.


Posted by: César López Natarén at March 21, 2005 10:36 PM

Please know that my thoughts are with you and your family.


Posted by: Joseph Hill at March 21, 2005 10:44 PM


Mi mas sentido pesame de parte mia y de Laura; Estamos contigo y con tu familia. Cuentas con nosotros para cualquier cosa.

Un fuerte abrazo,
Miguel y Laura.

Posted by: Miguel de Icaza at March 21, 2005 10:59 PM

The nobility of Paquito and our nation's troops allows us to cherish the freedom that we all truly love. For that, I am forever grateful to him. My prayers are with you and your family Paco.

Posted by: Brian Rousey at March 21, 2005 11:41 PM

Que noticia tan triste , mi más profundo pesame y recibe un fuerte abrazo.

Posted by: Miguel Castañeda at March 22, 2005 12:37 AM

My deepest condolences to you and your family.

Posted by: Jonas at March 22, 2005 12:55 AM

Mis mas sentido pesame y mi mas profundo apoyo

Posted by: David Galvez at March 22, 2005 02:30 AM

My deepest condolences to all who have known Francisco Gregorio Martínez. Another tragidy in a sad war who's only victims are hard working men and women who have nothing to say.

Posted by: Sander at March 22, 2005 03:59 AM


i'm so sorry to know that paquito is gone.
althought i never met you, i want u to know that your loss is felt across the ocean, by me.

my prays are with u my american friend, your family, specially paquito.

Posted by: Paulo Pires at March 22, 2005 04:53 AM

Lo siento mucho. Un fuerte abrazo para ti y tu family. Que sepas que estoy contigo en el sentimiento, aunque no te conozca en persona.


Posted by: Gaizka at March 22, 2005 05:51 AM


My heart goes out to you and your family.

Joe Audette

Posted by: Joe Audette at March 22, 2005 06:18 AM

My condolences Paco....

Posted by: Carlos at March 22, 2005 06:44 AM


You are a great friend and nobody deserves a thing like that.

My condolences to you and your family in this sad moment, my thoughts are with you in this moment.

I regret being so far away in this circunstances.

I was shoked when I got the message and I'm still.

A Great Hug,


Posted by: José Faria (SpigaZ) at March 22, 2005 06:47 AM

Paco, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Cristina

Posted by: Cristina Smith at March 22, 2005 07:58 AM

Thats what you get for invading a country and electing GWB. You get what you deserve.

Posted by: Not Really Important at March 22, 2005 08:47 AM


I can't tell you how sorry I am to hear about this news. Man, I can't imagine the ache that's in your heart.

Personally, I'd like to thank you and your family for allowing him to do his job so that me and my family are safe here. You all have made that ultimate sacrifice and we can never be grateful enough.

Posted by: Chris Thompson at March 22, 2005 10:53 AM

I am sorry to hear about your son, it seemed I was just reading about him, I suppose on your blog about his aspirations to be an artist. My prayers are with you.

Posted by: Jacob Sherman at March 22, 2005 11:26 AM

Paquito was a great guy to be around. I'm sorry to see this happen. Rest in peace.

Posted by: Michael Quick at March 22, 2005 11:28 AM

I feel very much... :( There isn't many things can be said at these moments, just... to remember is to live.

Posted by: Miguel Carranca (mcarranca) at March 22, 2005 11:45 AM

I want you to know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this time.

Posted by: Robert at March 22, 2005 01:06 PM


I know you only through your work on the Mono project and seeing your blog a few times. Yet I feel very affected by your family's loss. Perhaps because you have made your love for your son so obvious in your occaisional postings about him. I saw the Monologue blog yesterday, and when I got home from work, I cried. And of course, my sadness can not compare to the greif and pain you and your family feels now.

I pray that your grief may be eased by happier memories and the presence and support of family, friends, and even strangers like me.

Posted by: Michael Bradley at March 22, 2005 01:42 PM


I am still in shock from Sunday. At a loss for word and ideas to help you and your family, I want to express my sadness at a loss of your son, our brother. Fraternite.


Posted by: Erik Dasque at March 22, 2005 02:25 PM


I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Greg Linaker

Posted by: Greg Linaker at March 22, 2005 02:35 PM


I wish that in some magical way, that the sorrow from your friends around the world helps in some small way to ease your pain. I hope that with every tear we shed, you gain strength to endure this tragedy. May the memory of Paquito remain with us all forever.

Kevin, Sonia, Anaeli, Michelle, and Niveka

Posted by: Kevin Shockey at March 22, 2005 03:45 PM

I want to say how deeply sorry I am for your loss. It is so apparent to everyone here how much you love your son, how he was your light. My prayers go out to you and your family that God will be there to help you and your family with your loss. Again, I can not begin to express how deeply sorry I am. God bless you and your family.

I did not get to meet you in this life, but I feel I know you through the expressions of joy and love your father shared with us. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. Because of you and your fellow servicemen, we are free. You have my undying gratitude forever. God bless you.

Posted by: Dan Martin at March 22, 2005 03:48 PM

The thoughts and prayers of my family are with you during this difficult time. Godspeed!
Clark Neisel

Posted by: Clark Neisel at March 22, 2005 04:51 PM

Mr. Martinez, I knew you're son, we use to date. I am truly sorry for your loss, but you're son was one of the best people i knew, and he will stay near my heart.

Posted by: Thasanee Marie at March 22, 2005 09:09 PM

I was a friend of franks from highschool, I cannot tell you how much I am sorry about what has happend...

I wish the best for your family, and I wont forget frank's memory

And everyone knows how much he was loved.

Posted by: Lynn Melear at March 22, 2005 09:15 PM


I can't tell you how saddened I am to hear about Paquito. He was a good man; I'm honored to have known him and worked with him. I hope the statements of love and support from myself and the others who have posted here provide some small consolation to you, Maria, and Monica. We'll be here for you if you need anything at all.

Posted by: Eamon Perry at March 22, 2005 09:50 PM

I did not know your son but my very good friend was stationed with him in Iraq. He emailed me and told me what happened. I feel like I knew him though. My friend Jason talked about him all the time. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. He will be missed by all.

Posted by: Kari Bruce at March 22, 2005 10:08 PM


I am so sorry to hear the horrible news about Paquito. I really don't know what to say in times like this. God bless you and your family. You all are in my prayers.


Posted by: Clay Crowell at March 22, 2005 10:56 PM

My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

Posted by: Shyam at March 22, 2005 11:21 PM

:( So sorry to hear about your loss

Posted by: Lainie at March 23, 2005 01:06 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and condolences to you and your family.

Posted by: Clint at March 23, 2005 06:56 AM


No se que decir en este momento, siento que las palabras lo son todo y no son nada. Te envío un abrazo de amigo, un abrazo de hermano. Déjame saber que podemos hacer, ¿Vas a estar en PR?. Acá Angel, Sheldon y yo les enviamos, a tí, a Maria y a Mónica, nuestras condolencias, nuestro corazón y nuestras oraciones.

Que Dios te bendiga y te de las fuerzas que necesitas en estos momentos.

Tu hermano, Miguel.

Posted by: Miguel Sáez at March 23, 2005 09:15 AM

Me enteré hoy por la TV y no lo creía. No tengo palabras para una ocasión como esta. Jamás imaginé que esta guerra nos iba a tocar tan cerca.

Lo sentimos mucho, amigo.

Angel, Sandra y familia

Posted by: Angel Ríos at March 23, 2005 09:29 AM

My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by: Fabricio Salas at March 23, 2005 09:48 AM

Lo siento mucho por usted y su familia. Pero tenga fe, que el esta en un mejor sitio que todos nosotros, y tenga la esperanza que un dia podran darse un abrazo de padre a hijo cuando Dios lo mande. Y recuerde que tiene una pequeña que lo necesitara ahora mas que nunca.
Un Abrazo

Posted by: Alex at March 23, 2005 09:48 AM

Paco, Maria and Monica,
I am still so shocked to hear of the sorrow that has come to you. If there is anything that I can do, I earnestly hope that you will call upon me. Paquito is such a wonderful man. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Posted by: Mitzi Wood at March 23, 2005 09:58 AM

Its very difficult even knowing what to say at a time like this. I am deeply sorry for your loss. I know you were very, very proud of Paquito and the road he chose. His passing only serves as a testament that there are still fearless young men willing to go into harms way to protect their country. Both you and I know that the friends you have in the military are as close as brothers and he gave the ultimate sacrifice helping them and protecting us back home. You should be proud of the son you raised because I know we all are.

My families thoughts and prayers are with you. I will be talking to you soon.


Posted by: Rich Llaca at March 23, 2005 01:14 PM


I did not have the opportunity to meet your son but I think that many of us got a small sense of him through your online postings and from his own website. Certainly, you expressed much love and pride for him online.

Words fail me. I am stunned and deeply saddened by this loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

God bless you all.


Posted by: mjs at March 23, 2005 01:36 PM

My condolences and prayers go out to your family in this time of sorrow. I will always remember Paquito for the earnest excitement with which he approached his job at RIVA, as I am sure he did with everything in his life.

God Bless

Posted by: Bruce Pohl at March 23, 2005 03:13 PM

Hey Man!
My thoughts go out to you and your family.


Posted by: Heath Mitchell at March 23, 2005 04:57 PM

Paco, I just saw the Fox 4 News about the loss of your son. I want to express my deepest sympathies to you and your family.
James Whiteway
Ft.Worth DOTNET Users Group

Posted by: James at March 23, 2005 10:16 PM

My prayers go out to your family and to your brave son.

Posted by: Mark-Neil Ledesma at March 24, 2005 02:03 AM

My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

Posted by: Francisco Figueiredo Jr. at March 24, 2005 09:23 AM

My condolences. Like many others I wish there was something I could do to ease the sadness.

Posted by: Ben Marsh at March 24, 2005 07:42 PM

Rest in Peace, I am sorry for your loss.

Posted by: Aaron at March 25, 2005 02:17 PM

I;m so sorry for your loss and I can not thank you and your family for the sacrifice you and your son made to make my family safer.

Posted by: Paul Ferris at March 25, 2005 03:03 PM

I am so very grateful for so many like your son who are willing to take incredible risks to keep our homeland safe. Please accept my thanks on his behalf and know that my prayers are with you and your family on this Easter weekend. May his soul find rest with his Maker.

Posted by: Ed at March 25, 2005 03:04 PM

I am so very sorry for your loss. My family and my friends here in Visalia, CA will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Take Care.

D. Quinzon

Posted by: Dominic Quinzon at March 25, 2005 03:48 PM

What I will toast to tonight with my fellow military bretheren.

To Francisco G. Martinez... Your life touched us all, and you will never be forgotten. Here Here!
To those who backed your sons, daughters, countrymen and allies when they fought and won the war... Here Here!
To those who drove the tanks, flew the planes, and ruled the day so that others may live... Here Here!
To the Iraqis who fought against Saddam, knew who the real enemy of Iraq was, and who welcomed us as liberators... Here Here!
And last but not least, to the brave men and women, American, British, Polish, Italian, Ukrainian, El Salvadorian, Australian, Korean, Japanese, Fillipino, and Iraqi, who gave their lives to the cause of freedom and liberty for the oppressed... Here Here!

Posted by: Tony Sidoti at March 25, 2005 03:50 PM


So sorry for your loss. I know you will find it in your heart to remember your son as the hero he was. He passed doing what he did best in his young life. Stay strong and may God bless you and your family

Posted by: TODD at March 25, 2005 03:50 PM

Pueda al Señor bendice y mantiene la familia y a amigos de este guerrero valiente.

Su sacrificio para nuestra nación y la causa más grande de la libertad se recordará con el honor tan largo como hay un Estados Unidos de América.

Posted by: cali white bear at March 25, 2005 04:00 PM

Sorrow for your loss. Prayers for your family. Respect for his courage. Rememberance of his sacrifice and that of 1500+ others. All those things and more. God bless you, and God bless America.

Posted by: JoeK at March 25, 2005 04:07 PM

Trust me, if you gave him something to live for, he had something to die for. You will meet again. Life is shorter than we think.
God Bless!

Posted by: Steve Price at March 25, 2005 04:12 PM

Familia Martinez, I so sorry for your loss, and thankful for young men like Francisco, thanksful for families like yours and most thankful for his service to our country and his, and your, sacrifice. I don't quite know what to say, but I offer a prayer for you and for Francisco, for now he truly walks with our Lord.

God Bless you and Keep you in the fullness of his love and mercy.

Posted by: Rey Dominguez, Jr. USN Ret. at March 25, 2005 04:20 PM

You have my condolences & my thoughts. Thank you, sir, for your service.

Posted by: Visitor at March 25, 2005 04:30 PM

Vaya Con Dios...

Posted by: Robert at March 25, 2005 04:31 PM

He died with honor and my undying gratitude. When I encounter soldiers, I feel a certain shame that I was never one. Those who opposed his actions feel the same shame, but they express their shame in a shameful manner.

Posted by: Jack Riley at March 25, 2005 04:56 PM

I am so very sorry - every parent's worst nightmare come true. It may not help, but your family has my eternal thanks, that men such as your son will step up when we need them. My prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by: Teresa at March 25, 2005 05:11 PM

I am weeping for your loss. A greatful nation honors you for the sacrifice of your wonderful young son. There are no words to express the debt we owe to your family. We will never forget Pacquito and all his comrades.

Posted by: jane m at March 25, 2005 05:13 PM

My heart breaks at hearing the loss of this great man. You will be in my prayers and thoughts with you as you cope with this tremendous loss.

You have lost a loved one, we have lost a brave and true American.

Posted by: David at March 25, 2005 05:17 PM

I grieve with you for this loss. It can never be enough, but I share this pain... I have a son, 17, who is thinking hard about joining the military and I have always supported him in anything he chose to do... and he has ME thinking hard. About freedom, and our country and what it is worth... if he chooses to go he will go with my support and prayers.

Tonight, I will pray for your family first.


Posted by: Mac at March 25, 2005 05:31 PM

I really have no words to express for your loss. Just know that your family will be in my wife's and my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by: Mike Hudson at March 25, 2005 05:46 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Know that your son's death was a noble one and that we all owe him a debt of gratitude for his service to his country in particular and to humanity in general. He is a hero.

Posted by: Ben at March 25, 2005 06:16 PM

If a man hasn't discovered something that he would die for, he isn't fit to live. You son has....
My condolences and prayers go out to your family in this time of sorrow.

Ben Bauman II

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9949

Posted by: Ben Bauman II at March 25, 2005 06:57 PM

I am so very sorry for your loss. Please express my condolences to all of your family on the loss of your son. All of you are in our prayers.

James Casertano
USAF (Ret)

Posted by: cas at March 25, 2005 07:03 PM

Mr. Martinez, I do not have the words to express my condolences to you and your family. Your son was a fine example of what allows our country to endure and continue. May his memory always shine bright for all.

He has carried on a tradition with his service to our nation. He was a member of the 9th Infantry Regiment, whose motto is "Keep up the Fire!"

This motto was stated by Colonel Emerson H. Liscum as he directed the attack on the city walls in Tiensten, China while holding the unit colors until he was mortally wounded. His last words to his men were "Keep Up The Fire!"

The tradition of keeping up the fire continues to this day.

SSG Michael Sayer (Ret.), member of the 9th Infantry Regiment (4th Bn, 9th Inf) 1977-1980

Posted by: Michael W. Sayer at March 25, 2005 07:05 PM

I'm so very sorry for your lose. Not only was he a great son to you and his sister I'm sure, but he was one of my best soldiers I've ever had in my 18 years in the Army. He will be deeply missed by us all that know him. I'm sorry to say, but the guys he was with in Iraq are taken this really hard and that just goes to show you how much he meant to everyone. God bless you and your family and call on me if there is anything I can do from here....SFC Kevin Kirchoffer
1-9 Platoon Sergeant
and franciscos friend

Posted by: Kevin Kirchoffer at March 25, 2005 07:35 PM

My condolences. May he rest in peace.

Posted by: RSwan at March 25, 2005 07:49 PM

I am very sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our prayers.

Posted by: Kevin at March 25, 2005 07:52 PM

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Be proud of Francisco.

Posted by: Vice Admiral Harold M. Koenig, MC, USN, Retired at March 25, 2005 08:34 PM

On behalf of my family, please accept our sincere condolences and our gratitude for your son's service. We are so grateful for his courage and his sacrifice. Your family will be in my prayers.

Posted by: texasbug at March 25, 2005 08:38 PM

Paco i never knew you but i prayed for you and all the folks must have been a hell of a guy because only the good die that your in a great place look down on us and put a good word in for us.adios my friend.joe murray

Posted by: joe murray at March 25, 2005 09:02 PM

God bless Paco and all of you who loved him during this time. Vaya con Dios.

Posted by: ExHack at March 25, 2005 09:10 PM

"May Angels Sing Thee To Thy Rest, Sweet Prince"

Godspeed Francisco Martinez.

Posted by: Huntress at March 25, 2005 09:20 PM

Paco, My condolences... May your loss be less knowing what he was doing is important to us all.

Posted by: Bob at March 25, 2005 09:22 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, and with Mirela. I am so sorry for your loss. And I am so grateful for men like Francisco.

Posted by: Maggie at March 25, 2005 09:31 PM

Please accept my deepest and most sincere condolences in the loss of your son. From the comments I read, from the men who served with him, he was a highly respected and well liked soldier and a fine man. God bless you and all his family.

Posted by: Cathy Jacks at March 25, 2005 09:35 PM

How do we say "until we meet again", Your son has blessed those who knew and worked with him and those who loved him as well. Those of us who were not fortunate enough to meet him still honor his memory in our thoughts and prayers as well as in our greatful gratitude for his service and your sacrafice. Godspeed Franciscoyour next post awaits.

God Bless

Kevin S.

Posted by: Kevin S at March 25, 2005 09:38 PM

It is because of people like him that we live in freedom

Posted by: Will at March 25, 2005 09:57 PM

May he rest in peace and may God comfort you in your grief.

Posted by: Mark at March 25, 2005 10:10 PM

God will help you through this time. My words of condolences cannot possibly come close to the pain you are feeling. Wish I could take it upon myself for you.

Posted by: Pilgrim at March 25, 2005 10:14 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by: Karen at March 25, 2005 10:25 PM

I'm so sorry for your loss, your family and friends are in my prayers. Thank you for the service of your loved one.

Posted by: Kathianne at March 25, 2005 10:40 PM


I will be praying for your family as you have lost a true American Hero.

Posted by: Mustang 23 at March 25, 2005 10:59 PM

My many condolances for your loss. Your son is a true American hero whose death provides freedom for millions for generations to come.

Posted by: Steven Gilbert at March 25, 2005 11:05 PM

Please know that your will be met by generations of heros who have saved a special place for him. While this is of little comfort, it is the place where warriors find the most comfort until their families eventually join them. God bless you and your family. Your son is in good company, until you see him again.

Sincerely, Major Mike.

Posted by: Major Mike at March 25, 2005 11:27 PM

Dear Paco,
To the Mother, Father, and Fiance of Francisco Gregorio Martinez: I pray you find solace in the arms of Our Lord. I know no other way. I am so sorry, but it was not for nothing. I just want you to know that.

I know it isn't fair, but who am I to ask of God what is? I guess I just don't have any of the right words, if there are any, so I will just, "God bless, keep, and love you."

Posted by: Rosemary at March 25, 2005 11:42 PM

"He will raise you up on eagle's wings, make you to fly like the sun and hold you in the palm of His hand."

A grateful nation pauses to weep the loss of one of its protectors.

Posted by: ronaldus magnus at March 25, 2005 11:44 PM

I am so thankful to God for the spirit of brave young men that so many would stand for us. While I know you are in agony with Francisco's passing, remember that my family is in your debt. May Francisco rest a warrior's rest, and may you find comfort.

Posted by: wade lindberg at March 25, 2005 11:56 PM

you are so strong to write it here
hope u can go foward
keep walking
i am so sorry about it

Posted by: frank at March 26, 2005 12:01 AM

My condolances.

Posted by: Cybrludite at March 26, 2005 12:27 AM

My prayers and sympathy to your family. God bless our brother in arms.

Posted by: Scott D at March 26, 2005 01:07 AM

God bless you & your family. I hope you find strenght & solace in each other's arms.

13A TomInTexas

Posted by: ThomasAgee at March 26, 2005 01:34 AM

Thank you for the service of your son.

Posted by: Patrick Lasswell at March 26, 2005 01:47 AM

Our prayers and sympathy to you and your family. Your son is in our thoughts, and his life is honored.

DCE and family

Posted by: Daniel Emery at March 26, 2005 01:51 AM

I offer my sincerest condolances to the family and fiance of a heroic American Soldier. I too,have lost someone in this war. He was my sister's only child.

He was a true hero and He did not die in vain just as my nephew died. Be proud of him.

Posted by: devidog6771 at March 26, 2005 02:24 AM

God bless you all. I will be praying.

Posted by: TheDefConservative at March 26, 2005 03:31 AM

Thank you for the blog sir. I know of no other nation whose people have the collective will and courage to sacrifice their own lives for another country's cause, yet encompass so many differences in opinion amongst yourselves. This is what makes your America truly great. Whatever your enemies may say, you are courageous and strong.

Posted by: WellWisher at March 26, 2005 04:19 AM

I'm sorry to hear of Francisco's passing. Though words are but cold comfort at a time like this, an Air Force family mours your loss along with you. Thank you for raising a child that thought enough of his country, and his fellow man to devote himself to the miltary. I am so sorry he had to pay this dear a price, but there are so many that are more grateful than they will ever be able to express.

Via con Dios Francisco, and may God bring peace and comfort to your family...

Posted by: Rhianna at March 26, 2005 06:07 AM

What can I add that has not been said?

I never knew him but Francisco was my Brother...

Why our Father called him home I do not know...

I'm sure he watches over those he loved...

As he stands before the Throne of God...

May the Lord Bless and Comfort each of you in this time of great sorrow.

Posted by: Another Old Navy Chief at March 26, 2005 06:46 AM

so sorry to hear of your loss :(

Posted by: sarah at March 26, 2005 07:20 AM

"And when our work is done, our course on Earth is run,
May it be said WELL DONE, be thou at peace."

These words come from the United State Military Academy's Alma Mater...I'm not capable of coming up with such appropriate words at this time.

Be thou at peace, my comrade in arms.


Posted by: MajorDad1984 at March 26, 2005 07:43 AM

You have my deepest condolences for your loss. Know how honored he is and we'll never forget his courage.

Posted by: Chevy Rose at March 26, 2005 07:53 AM

Deepest condolences to Francisco's family and friends. He is with God.

Posted by: The Den Mother at March 26, 2005 07:59 AM

I am so saddened by this loss. Please know that there are many of us who are greatly touched by Francisco and who honor him. My young children know of his loss and about his (and so many other people like him)extreme efforts to protect us and our families. I will not forget this man nor will I ever take for granted the service and sacrifices he and his family made for people who never had the chance to meet him and know him as a friend.
Love and Honor

Posted by: Chris / Redding, CA at March 26, 2005 09:19 AM

God Bless him. Thank you for fighting to keep me and my family free.

God Bless America

Posted by: Eric Shirley at March 26, 2005 09:51 AM

Too late to say it personally, but THANK YOU for everything you did for our great country. You were truly one of the greatest. Freedom isn't free, and to those of you who lay down their lives for the rest of us, we will be eternally (literally) grateful.

Posted by: Dave Duval at March 26, 2005 11:39 AM

God bless your family to find peace through the knowledge that your son was obviously a very brave and good man. You have sacrificed so much, but done so for we who crave freedom and peace. Know always, you are not alone. This is important for you to hold onto.

Take care, peace

Posted by: Avrum at March 26, 2005 12:42 PM

God bless your family to find peace through the knowledge that your son was obviously a very brave and good man. You have sacrificed so much, but done so for we who crave freedom and peace. Know always, you are not alone. This is important for you to hold onto.

Take care, peace

Posted by: Avrum at March 26, 2005 12:43 PM

First and Foremost, Thank you to Paquito for serving our country. I am truely sorry that your sons life was taken at such a young age. He will be remembered as a hero and as someone who loved his country. Thank you to you "his parents" for teaching him the value of fighting for what you believe in and that serving others is an honor. My thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with you now and in the future.


Posted by: Haleta Holmes at March 26, 2005 12:53 PM

Words are so inadequate in circumstances like these.

You will be in my prayers and I want you to know that a grateful nation stands behind you, promising never to forget the sacrifice of your loved one and vowing to uphold the ideals that he gave up his life for.

May G-d Almighty Bless You and Give You Strength.

Posted by: Misha I at March 26, 2005 02:05 PM

My sadness is for you and the loss of a citizen who applied himself to the fullest.
May the lord bless you and keep you. May He hold you in his hands, shine His contenance upon you and grant you peace.

Posted by: mikenchi at March 26, 2005 02:50 PM

Please accept my deepest condolences and my heartfelt thanks for Paco's service to his country.

Posted by: Maggie at March 26, 2005 03:14 PM

Paco, I am so sorry to learn of your loss, and as others have said words cannot express our sorrow adequately. we are thankful for Francisco`s contribution to America and to American ideals, and are with you in spirit as you cope with your loss. May god bless you and his family and comfort you in your time of need.

Posted by: Richard Solomon at March 26, 2005 03:26 PM

Paco, I am so sorry to learn of your loss, and as others have said words cannot express our sorrow adequately. we are thankful for Francisco`s contribution to America and to American ideals, and are with you in spirit as you cope with your loss. May god bless you and his family and comfort you in your time of need.

Posted by: Richard Solomon at March 26, 2005 03:28 PM

"No Greater Love".

Thank you,Francisco,for your hard work on our behalf. You will be missed here,but in The Kingdom of God after 10,000 years,you will have no less days to sing God's Praise than when you had first begun.

Posted by: Patrick Barton at March 26, 2005 03:32 PM

As the father of a US Marine, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by: Russell Mace at March 26, 2005 03:48 PM

My sincere and deep condolences for the loss of an American hero.

Posted by: Stormin at March 26, 2005 04:09 PM

You have my sincerest gratitude and my deepest sympathy.

Posted by: BenJCarter at March 26, 2005 04:29 PM

God speed to you and yours, its your cross to carry but we all lost a hero.
A Soldier's prayer

Posted by: Vercingetorix at March 26, 2005 05:03 PM

I wish to offer the Gaines family's most heartfelt condolences.

Joel Gaines
Former US Army SGT
Gulf War Vet

Posted by: Joel (No Pundit Intended) at March 26, 2005 05:18 PM

May the memory of Francisco G. Martinez and his couragious sacrifice to his Country be long, and a beacon for all Americans. I am gratefrul for Francisco G. Martinez and his patriotism and service. Blessings and sincer condolences to his family and friends.

Posted by: Lark Chadwick at March 26, 2005 05:19 PM

Sr. Martinez y familia-
I am very sorry for the loss of your son. I will hold you y tu familia in my thoughts and prayers. Whenever I go out and see our beautiful world and our beautiful country, I will know it is so because we had people like Frank to make it so. He was a wonderful friend and a brave soldier. We went to high school together and the memories we had will always be cherished.
Maria Cardenas

Posted by: Maria Cardenas at March 26, 2005 05:46 PM

Please accept our sincere condolences and gratitude. Our prayers are with your family this Easter.

The Bradley Family

Posted by: Chris Bradley at March 26, 2005 06:24 PM

Immense gratitude to Paco for making the ultimate sacrifice, and to others who have or are prepared to do the same. To his and all their families, sincere condolences and appreciation.

Posted by: GWest at March 26, 2005 06:53 PM

I'm sorry for your loss; he made the ultimate sacrifice, and will be remembered accordingly.

Posted by: Leigh at March 26, 2005 07:26 PM

My heartfelt condolences to you all. Your son was a beautiful person, and a wonderful example of an American ready to stand for his country and it's people. I hope that you will feel the presence of the Lord in these following days. We are with you in thought and prayer.
A Marine's mom

Posted by: radtec at March 26, 2005 07:37 PM

Please accept my deepest sorrow at the loss of Francisco. It is because of men such as he that my wife and daughter may live and breathe in freedom. And for that, your Francisco has my undying gratitude.

"Where do we get such men?"

Posted by: Section9 at March 26, 2005 09:32 PM

Mr. Martinez and family,
You and I have never met, but me and Frank were good friends and I send my deepest condolences. I am so sorry for your loss, we will all miss him greatly. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. It is because of people like Frank that we can be free each and every day. May the lord be with you as you go through this time. Rest In Peace Frankie.

Jaclyn Micaela

Posted by: Jackie at March 26, 2005 09:40 PM

I can't tell you how sorry I am for your loss. I know that through Christ's Passion and Resurrection you will be reunited with your son someday.
James Tooley

Posted by: james at March 26, 2005 10:12 PM

Please accept my deepest, heartfelt condolences on the loss of your Francisco. May God bless you in this time of sorrow and carry you through the valley of the shadow of death. I will pray for you and your family.

CDR Carven A. Scott, USNR...and the father of a young man soon headed to USMC OCS.

Posted by: Carven A. Scott at March 26, 2005 10:15 PM

I'm so sorry for your loss, and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your sacrifice and for Francisco's. "Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."

God bless you during this sad time.

Posted by: Elisa at March 26, 2005 10:55 PM

To Francisco and your family,
Though I never met you, I greatly appreciate what you have done for me, my family and our nation. I promise to pray for your soul everyday - even if you don't need it since there is no greater love than that a man lay down his life for another. To your family, I am very sorry for your loss. - JayG. Massachusetts

Posted by: JayG at March 26, 2005 11:11 PM

May God be with you and carry you thru this horribly difficult time. Thank you for Frank, providing me with Freedom and protection, I sleep safely at night because of men like Frank.

God Speed.

Marcie Baker and Kenny O'Donnell, USN

Posted by: Marcie at March 26, 2005 11:12 PM

God bless you and your family. My deepest sympathy. Always remember he was a hero and his sacrifice has not been made in vain.

Posted by: SGT_E at March 27, 2005 12:21 AM

God bless and thank you.

Posted by: WilliamP at March 27, 2005 06:16 AM

God bless you and your family. I humbly thank you for your sacrifice.

Posted by: ccplanner at March 27, 2005 09:32 AM

A greatful citizen thanks you for your service and sacrifice.

Posted by: Frank Tait at March 27, 2005 10:21 AM

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the hills, from the lake,
From the skies.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.

Go to sleep, peaceful sleep,
May the soldier or sailor,
God keep.
On the land or the deep,
Safe in sleep.

Love, good night, Must thou go,
When the day, And the night
Need thee so?
All is well. Speedeth all
To their rest.

Fades the light; And afar
Goeth day, And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well; Day has gone,
Night is on.

Thanks and praise, For our days,
'Neath the sun, Neath the stars,
'Neath the sky,
As we go, This we know,
God is nigh.

God Speed Soldier! You will forever live with Honor! Our sincerest condolences to the family. May God hold you close in your moments of grief!

God Bless You,

"The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it." --Thucydides

Posted by: JarheadDad at March 27, 2005 11:17 AM

I am in awe of the sacrifice offered up by these few men, for the good of all, even though they be strangers.

"There is no greater love than this, that a man
lay down his life for his friend" John, 15:13

Posted by: Thoughtful at March 27, 2005 11:33 AM

Paco Y Maria

Eran las 11:30 pm y por medio de las noticias, vi una entrevista que te estaban haciendo, fue entonces que supe que se trataba de tu Paquito. No lo podia creer, fue un sentimiento de pena tan grande. Por este medio les quiero hacer llegar mis condolencias y oraciones en estos momentos. Desde Puerto Rico con mucho cariño.

Posted by: Carmen Perez at March 27, 2005 11:54 AM

Godspeed! No words can express the sorrow felt.
We cannot thank enough for the sacrifice made in this time of need. Sincerest condolences.

Posted by: Kemp Cheves at March 27, 2005 03:01 PM

God Bless his eternal soul, and God soothe your pain.

He is in a better world, and thanks to him we are too.

Posted by: reliapundit at March 27, 2005 03:03 PM

john 15:13 greater love hath no man, than that he lay down his life for others.

it's not a cliche, although it feels like one now. it's God's word to you that you're loss is felt by Him also. and by everyone who was made safer by his sacrifice. this young made a difference that was felt in the heavenly places.


Posted by: macleod at March 27, 2005 03:32 PM

Please accept my most sincere condolences and deepest sympathies for the loss of your son.

Posted by: Rob@L&R at March 27, 2005 03:38 PM

Our son Matt was stationed in Iraq with Paquito and spoke often of his buddy Martinez with affection. He always said he was his best friend. We share your sorrow and feel we too have lost someone dear and close to us. We have no words to ease your pain only that we pray that God will give you strength and be your refuge in this most painful time.

Posted by: Gene and Maria Reba at March 27, 2005 04:33 PM

Our prayers and tears are for your comfort on Easter. May we all thank your son, in person, when we meet him with the Lord.

Monica, you and our son, Wayne, will live in freedom because of the sacrifice of your brother and other heroes. He is a great American.

Mirela, God bless you for giving your man, dreams, and love to our country.

Mom, Dad (I can't imagine your loss), Mirela, little Monica, our nation thanks you for your sacrifice.

I hope all of the world knows how blessed we are because God sacrificed His Son. Today we celebrate the Firstborn of the Resurrection. He is Risen, indeed.

America, God shed His Grace on thee.

Oh beautiful, for heroes proved
in liberating strife,
Who more than self, their country loved,
and mercy more than life.

Our family thanks you,

Joe and Jade Sackett
Long Beach, CA

Posted by: JoeS at March 27, 2005 06:52 PM

May God bless Paco and welcome him home and continue to watch over you and yours. My sincere condolences on your loss.

Posted by: AKnight at March 27, 2005 06:54 PM

Sr. Martinez,
I heard about your loss from Smash. Please accept my sincere condolences; I appreciate everyone who serves our country, and I do not take their sacrifice for granted.
A while back, I wrote a short story in memory of our boys who have been KIA. I hope you will accept it as a memorial to Paquito as well.
May the peace of God, which passes all understanding, guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Posted by: Rose Bexar at March 27, 2005 08:56 PM

I want to say that I am unspeakably grateful for the sacrifice your son made on my behalf. Your son is a genuine hero who is now in God's loving care. May He comfort you in your time of sorrow. God bless you.

Posted by: Chris Grier at March 27, 2005 09:48 PM

Frank, you're one of our heroes..."Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13.
You volunteered to keep us safe and you have. May God care for your family and for Mirela....

Semper Fi....

Posted by: william at March 27, 2005 10:52 PM

Sorry for your loss. we can not repay you or your family for such a sacrify

Posted by: Barqui at March 27, 2005 11:19 PM

Thanks be to God for
Fracisco Gregorio Martinez
and may God bless you and yours.

Posted by: gary cousar at March 28, 2005 12:15 AM

Was moved to tears at the news of the loss of a man I didn't know. Rest assured the American people will never forget the honor, dedication, and sacrifice of men like Francisco. May God bless you and your family.

Posted by: TC at March 28, 2005 12:28 AM

Because of your generous and important contributions, we can share your sorrow in France.

Posted by: hl at March 28, 2005 01:48 AM

May God Bless you and your family during this
difficult time. Francisco was one of the best
America had to offer. Please know how very sorry
I am.

Posted by: Mary at March 28, 2005 03:32 AM

God bless you & your family. Francisco is with the many heroes in heaven. I can't imagine the pain you're feeling. Our nation is better because of heroes like Francisco--& your family--willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. In 30-40 years, when Iraq (& other mideastern countries) is a prosperous democratic country, these young men & women will still be remembered & respected for their efforts--much as we remember the sacrifices another generation made to free Europe from a tyranny. Greater love hath no man than he give his life for another.

Posted by: Maureen at March 28, 2005 09:07 AM

With my deepest sympathy, I'm sorry for your loss.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by: NJ at March 28, 2005 09:19 AM

May God watch over your family at this time of
sadness...You will remember all the good times
you had as Francisco grew to be the man he was
and to the man he became...Thank God there are
men like him doing a job no one else can do or
will do...Because of men like Francisco we may
never have to worry about the next time we go
to a movie or shopping having a bomb go off and
kill hundreds of people...GOOD LUCK AND GOD SPEED.... REGARDS
BOB-K USN 58/62

Posted by: Mad Dog at March 28, 2005 09:22 AM

God Bless you and your family.

Posted by: heidi at March 28, 2005 09:29 AM

Bueno, gran parte de mi niñez la pase con el, era mi vecino y amigo conoci a sus papas, a mimi a cuco... luego se fue para texas y no supe mas de el, es triste q esto halla ocurrido y maxime de esta forma (en la guerra de los imperialistas)... rezo por ti paquito Dios te bendiga....
mis condolencias a su familia, a mimi y a sus padres desde su antiguo hogar Plaza Inmaculada, San Juan Puerto Rico

Posted by: Gustavo Malagon at March 28, 2005 10:50 AM

I am so sorry for you and your family's loss. I will keep you in my prayers.

Posted by: JDR at March 28, 2005 10:52 AM

Godspeed, soldier...

Posted by: Sgt. B. at March 28, 2005 11:18 AM

my condolences to you, your loved ones, and all those that will be mourning the loss of a man who was willing to sacrifice his life to bring freedom to an oppressed people.

his passing was not without meaning.

Posted by: dan at March 28, 2005 11:21 AM

Please accept my sincere condlences and prayers for your son and your family.

Posted by: Jim Feeney at March 28, 2005 11:47 AM

I can only say that my heart goes out to you and your family. I will pray for healing and that his young fiance can find love again. Thank you for the sacrifice your son made for all of us!

Posted by: oddybobo at March 28, 2005 11:54 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I cannot even begin to imagine the pain you must be feeling. Francisco's sacrifice for his country will not be forgotten.

Posted by: Kris Pipes at March 28, 2005 12:32 PM

God bless, and thank you.....

Leo in Iowa

Posted by: leo at March 28, 2005 12:45 PM

I dont know what i have to say.
I am a german, love your country and think the war was necessary.

But the way after the war was a deep mismanagement
of some of the military strategiests.

The bad experience had ever the normal people like us. I wish that you(we) see Paco in heaven.

My condolences to you and your family


Posted by: Hans Sprenger at March 28, 2005 01:36 PM

I am so sorry about your son. He is a hero and his sacrifice will never be forgotten. Thank God for men like him. I will be forever grateful.

God bless now and always.

Posted by: Zelda at March 28, 2005 01:37 PM

Mi más sentido pesame, amigo. He conocido la noticia a través de Blackfive, gracias a gente como él nos enteramos de lo que ocurre en realidad. No solo vosotros, también América ha perdido un gran hombre. En España necesitamos muchos como el en estos tiempos de cobardía.

La vida sigue, y América sobrevivirá gracias a soldados como tu hijo.

¡No todos los españoles abandonamos a nuestros aliados!

Posted by: Gabriel at March 28, 2005 01:40 PM

Dear Mr&Mrs Martinez,Family,Friends and his Dear Fiance. Please except my Heartfelt Deepest Sympathy for the loss of your Hero.Although I never had the pleasure of meeting your young hero,My family is forever greatful to him for his Service to our Country.We pray that all the loving,warm & happy memories of him and the comfort from family and friends will lift you up as you face these difficut times.
My family holds you in our thoughts and prayers
Soldiers Angels Member

Posted by: Cathy Renaud at March 28, 2005 02:28 PM


Your eulogy of your son's life touched me today.
Paquito was indeed a fortunate young man to have
a father such as you. I will admire your strength
for the rest of my life.

May God's comforting hand rest on you and your

Posted by: From A. Friend at March 28, 2005 03:03 PM

As the son of a US Marine, I know that words really don't seem to mean much at a time like this, but I would like to express my sincerest condolences to you for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. The loss of one good and honorable soldier diminishes us all, but his memory and his spirit can live on in those whose lives he touched. May God Bless and Keep you and your family.

Posted by: Michael Carter at March 28, 2005 04:40 PM

Thank you and God bless you.

Posted by: JOhn at March 28, 2005 08:04 PM

Please accept my heartfelt sorrow. God speed Paquito's journey to the bliss heaven! God bless you and yours.

Posted by: Queenoftheland at March 28, 2005 08:29 PM

Paco, my name is Alejandro and im currently a student researcher at the SNAP Development Center in the Inter American University of Puerto Rico.I caught one of your presentations at last year's Open Source Congress, and always admired your work.On behalf of everyone at the SNAP Lab., our deepest sympathies and condolences to you and your family.I'm deeply sorry for your inmense loss, this is a terrible tragedy wich we all mourn. Your son is a hero to all of us and a fine example of courage,integrity & honor.May God have him in the glory he deserves.

Alejandro J. Ortega
Snap Development Center

Posted by: Alejandro J. Ortega at March 28, 2005 10:04 PM

I am typing this as my eyes are filled with tears. My condolences.

Posted by: Patterico at March 29, 2005 12:57 AM

I am very touched by these terrible news and I share your sorrow through thinking about how much I love my own kids.

Posted by: Luis Arias at March 29, 2005 02:19 AM

My deepest sympathy. God grant you special strength and His peace.

Posted by: Sadi at March 29, 2005 08:24 AM

Deepest sympathies and respect for your loss. I am always humbled by families who can endure this kind of tragedy, for the sake of our freedom.

Semper Fi

Posted by: Kris, in New England at March 29, 2005 08:41 AM

I am very sorry for your loss. I did not know him, but he was brave. I think he would want his family and friends to remember the smiling face and the kind words. Let the living of good lives be his thanks from all. - Tony.

Posted by: Tony at March 29, 2005 09:28 AM

Muchas gracias, Paco. Vaya con Dios.

Posted by: Some American at March 29, 2005 11:38 AM

I am proud to be an American knowing that there are soldiers like Paco out there willing to sacrifice their lives for this great country........God knows that too and Paco will be rewarded in Heaven. God Speed Paco.

Posted by: Steve Miller at March 29, 2005 02:51 PM

i have tears in my eyes.

there are times i wished i could have taken his (and others') places. God did not plan that for me. i am deeply sorry for your loss.

thank you for your service and your sacrifice.

semper fi from a fellow serviceman.

rest in peace.

Posted by: jcrue at March 29, 2005 03:30 PM

Paquito's sacrifice was not in vain. God bless you and your family.

Posted by: Ronald Coleman at March 29, 2005 03:50 PM

I join with others here, and around the country, in expressing my sadness for your loss. Every time I hear of another loss, I feel humbled, that these incredible people are putting their lives on the line for my freedom. There are no adequate words to express how much appreciation I have for your son's sacrifice, and that of many others that have gone before him. Please know that your family is in my prayers, and I will continue to lift you up and to pray for comfort for you and your family and friends.

Posted by: Jacki Kratz at March 29, 2005 04:41 PM

Altohug just a stranger Iam..I cant help feel the pain you are feeling...But one thing it's certain...he died being a US soldier fiting for the freedom of others...and now he is GOD's soldier looking upon us...and once again protecting US!!!!my humble hart is with you all

Posted by: Pita at March 29, 2005 07:26 PM

I am deeply moved with sorrow by your loss of Paquito, as I have been for all the families of our brave men and women citizens who have paid the utimate sacrifice for freedom. But I am just a deeply moved by pride in their service to America and their devotion to duty. After more than two centuries of history, I can only wonder: where do we continue to get such men and women?

Posted by: Thomas Dougherty at March 29, 2005 08:49 PM

Paco y Maria,

Lamento mucho la perdida de Paquito, y espero que Dios los bendiga en estos momentos. Recuerden que la inmortalidad se lleva en nuestros corazones. Dios los bendiga.

Luis Rivera

Posted by: Luis Rivera at March 29, 2005 09:44 PM

Please accept our heartfelt sadness at your loss. Although we are strangers here, we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. Your family and friends will be in our prayers. God Bless you and give you comfort.

Posted by: Pastel_Moon at March 29, 2005 09:56 PM

Paco, i ran across your blog site and am sorry to hear of your terrible loss. I can't even imagine the pain you and your wife are feeling, along with his fiance's stuggle being alone now. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and that he died for a noble cause of freedom. There were two Soldiers that died on 20March. Your son and SGT Paul Thomason. SGT Thomason was with my unit and I knew him. I thank you for your son's heroic life and service to our country. shawn- FOB Bernstein, Iraq

Posted by: LT Richardson at March 29, 2005 10:48 PM

There simply are not the words to give proper honor to the sacrifice Paco has made for my family, community , country. I pray for your strength when you are weak, for your comfort at this time of loss.

Posted by: Philip Lewis at March 29, 2005 11:41 PM

I am so sad at your loss. It just breaks my heart to hear this. May time and God ease your pain. God Bless Frank and his family.

Posted by: boohunch32 at March 30, 2005 08:03 AM

Francisco is to be honored: Washington, Franklin, and Jefferson deserve no higher honor than Francisco Martinez from this Country.
If Iraq suceeds in becoming a free country, he will deserve the highest honors as one of the people who made it possible.
I beleive that everything sacrificed in this life will be returned many fold in the next.
Joe Deegan

Posted by: Joe Deegan at March 30, 2005 08:39 AM

I am so soory about your lost. My prayers are with you and your family. May God bless you

Posted by: judy at March 30, 2005 09:32 AM

Mi más sentido pésame y apoyo para tí y para tu familia.

Y ahora ser fuertes y salir adelante, de manera que si Paquito puede verlos, se sienta orgulloso de su familia.

Posted by: Adrian at March 30, 2005 10:14 AM

Your family has my deepest sympathy. May God bless you and may you take comfort in the knowledge that the sacrifice of your son is honored by a grateful nation.

Posted by: Pamela at March 30, 2005 02:45 PM


Nothing is worth losing even one good person.

Unfortunately, only by putting good people in harm's way can we give hope to the oppressed.

I am humbled by one so willing to take the risk to do what he believes in.

Posted by: Nicholas at March 31, 2005 02:38 AM

i just do not know what to say but i just want you to know that you are in my prayer bcos i have once been throw this before

Posted by: emmanuel at April 1, 2005 02:13 AM


I know nothing I could say could begin to make any sense of your loss and pain. I heard a commentary this afternoon about your son's loss.
My older son is currently in training, and I don't know if he will end up in harm's way or not. Your brave son, your family, and all our children and people are in my prayers and thoughts.

Posted by: James P. Moriarty at April 1, 2005 08:51 PM

Hola, soy Aurora, se el dolor que sientes en estos momentos, el dia 4 de diciembre perdi a mi hijo de 26 años en un accidente de moto, han pasado cuatro meses y me parece que sucedió ayer, yo se que nuestros hijos estan felices en el cielo y quieren lo mejor para nosotros y que seamos tan felices como ellos, pero esto es muy dificil, vivir sin ellos es como vivir sin una parte de nosotros, solo nos quedan sus recuerdos y estos son tan fuertes que a veces creemos que aun siguen con nosotros, porque se han ido sus cuerpos pero sus almas esta con nosotros.
Quedo a tu disposicion para lo que necesites.
Con todo mi carño.

Posted by: Aurora at April 3, 2005 03:29 AM

Though it is hard to see the good in a trajedy such as this. Knowing how hard Paco fought, what an amazing soldier he was, and how his memory will never be forgotten is not solice at this time. Though he was and is loved, is remembered and will always be. It will never ease the pain in your hearts.
May he rest in peace, and may God be with you at this hard time.

Posted by: Mary-Lou at April 4, 2005 12:37 PM

Thanks to author for this blog

Posted by: portable metal buildings at April 9, 2005 01:14 AM

I came across your page through Xanga. I am very sorry for your loss, but very greatful for yor son's bravery and courage. My fiance recently returned from iraq after a 15 month tour and is due to go back after a year. My cousin was also killed serving in OIF and like your son will live on in the minds and hearts of so many who didnt even know them. May god bless you and your family. And may your son rest in peace.

Posted by: cristella borrego at April 13, 2005 11:01 AM

I just chanced upon your post, and read one of the most moving account of the war I've ever came across. The world needs to hear more about brave souls like your son. You are a very courageous father and your son will no doubt live on in all of our memories. I know I'll never be able to forget him.

Posted by: Clement Barrera-Ng at April 14, 2005 12:48 AM

im so sorry about frank... my brother is leaving for iraq this month and it makes me sick... im sending my deepest condolences and i have the upmost respect for him... he gave his life honorably... im very proud of him...god bless and best wishes! *Jamie*

Posted by: Jamie at April 14, 2005 03:47 PM

i send every part of my heart to you and your family i can't imagine what the heck you are going through! i know things will get better no matter what! well i hope you have a wonderful life and everything is good for ya'll! !

Posted by: kasi wright at April 14, 2005 04:04 PM