Friday, January 9, 2009

Capt. Robert J. Yllescas and Family

One of the ways I have dealt with the loss of my son is to read soldiers blogs, soldiers who are presently deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan. Kyle deeply cared about his battle buddies, and I feel comfort in reading their words. They remind me that I am reading the words of genuine, 110% American Heroes. I respect their thoughts, observations and passion.

Today I read a blog by T.T. Carnehand. It was a tribute to Capt. Robert J. Yllescas, who died Dec. 1 at the National Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. of wounds suffered Oct. 28 when an improvised explosive detonated near his unit at Camp Outpost Keating, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 6th Sqaudron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Ft. Hood, Texas.

Carnehand referred to a blog maintained by Capt. Yllesca's wife Dena. I went to her blog and read every word. My words can not express my respect for the Yllescas family. I encourage anyone reading this to visit the blog at

T.T. Carnehand blog at
Other soldiers blogs

A memorial page has been established on
It was my honor to do so, God Bless the Yllescas family.

1 comment:

  1. Sir-Thank you so much for your kind words and tribute to my husband, Rob. Although this all still feels like a really bad dream, with my amazing family and kind people like you and other fellow Americans, my daughters and I are able to place one foot in front of the other. Rob deeply believed in what he was doing and he was a wonderful leader. I'm so proud of him and all our military men and women who defend our wonderful country so we may sleep peacefully at night. God bless you and God bless America.