Based: Camp Lejeune, N.C.
1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment,
II Marine Expeditionary Brigade
Supporting: Operation Iraqi Freedom
Died: March 23, 2003
Hometown: San Diego
High School: Serra High (San Diego)
Burial: Colorado State Veterans Center, Homelake, Colo
He was a rough-and-tumble athlete who loved the outdoors and playing war games with his cousins. From a young age, Randal Kent Rosacker knew he wanted to follow his father into the military.
So when the elder Rosacker saw the Marines approaching his home in Bremerton, Wash., he knew what the news would be.
"I had a good idea where my son was at," Rod Rosacker, command master chief on the U.S. submarine Alabama, said Tuesday. "When the Marines walked up to the front door, that pretty much answered it for me."
Toni Rosacker said Tuesday that she and her sister Samantha, 21, were sad, but also proud of their brother. She said that the family had received several letters from Randal, some written on food packaging. "In his last letter, he just told us how much he loved us," she said.
|Brooke Rosacker, widow of Marine Cpl. Randal Kent Rosacker, center, mourns with the the fallen soldier’s sisters, Samantha, left, and Antoinette, on Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Alamosa.|