- 29 years old
- Date of birth: Oct 28, 1976
- Date of passing: Jun 13, 2006
|Let the memory of Roger be with us forever|
Sgt. Roger P. Pena of San Antonio, Texas was a champion chess player and Harlandale High School alumnus where he played on the football and soccer teams. He had recently been promoted to sergeant and was considering staying in the military. The older of two sons, the sergeant never told his family members about his work out of fear they would worry more than they already did. A good student who made excellent grades, he was in the youth club at St. Leo's Catholic Church and he enjoyed competing in chess against kids from the North Side. Nine years old when his father began teaching him chess, Peña took to it quickly. He joined the chess club when he got to Harlandale Middle School and began taking part in more serious competitions. In 1991, Peña took first place overall among eighth-graders at the Texas Junior State Championship in Austin. The team placed second in the state meet. Peña almost attended Texas A&M University, but his father talked him into attending the University of Texas at Austin because it was closer to home. His goal was to graduate and teach history. At UT, he met a pretty student from Mission, Marisol Gomez. He took a semester off after they got married, thinking he would return to get his degree. Instead, until he joined the Army, Peña worked with the H.E. Butt Grocery Co., first at the store on Fredericksburg Road, then at the one on Goliad Road. The sergeant made his last visit home in January to see Marisol, their two sons, Ivan, 5, and Gabriel, 2, and his parents. When he arrived, he told his mother he needed a home-cooked meal. He liked everything, but Mexican food was his favorite. He is survived by his loving wife, Marisol; parents, Roger Q. Sr. and Paulita; grandmother, Lillie Q. Peña; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Jose Q. and Maria Sandra Gomez; sons, Ivan and Gabriel; sisters, Karen, Yvette, Annette, brother, Frederick Peña; nephews, Cameron and Stephen; nieces, Erika and Clarissa and Calista.
10th Sustainment Brigade
10th Mountain Division
Fort Drum, N.Y.
"My dear son it will be 9 years Saturday, June 13, 2006 when I got the horrific news of your passing and how our lives were shattered. This date will always bring me flashbacks and the hurt just keeps getting worst. I know that you would want me to be strong, and I pray and ask God to give me the strength to keep me going and he does. I miss you my dear son, and I know sometimes you are with me because I feel your presence. You will never be forgotten. I love you very much....mommy"
"My dear son, today is the day God sent you to me in 1976, little did I know he was taking you back at an early age and it hurts me so very much. Our lifes were shattered and as the years go by it still hurts like if it were yesterday when I lost you. I wish I could give you a big hug but one day I'll be able when God calls me home. Happy birthday mijito, mom loves you very much and misses you tremendously....."
"My dear son how I miss you, I still can't believe you're gone. I know you are in a better world but when I see Ivan, Gabriel and Mari it hurts my heart and I have to make myself very strong not to show them I'm hurting because I see them without you. I Love you so very much my precious son, mom...."
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