Tributes

Oct 30, 2007
Trey Perkins
In Honor Of Nate Rock

I knew Nate Rock when we were both on active duty with
3/3 in Hawaii. Right before I got out, when the battalion went to
Puuloa for rifle qual, me and Rock were both on mess duty together. I had
not known him before that, but it was extremely pleasant to get to know
him better that week. I remember him as an extremely intense, dedicated
Marine. I have often related the story of, while most of us were trying
to lift weights and get big, Nate had a different problem. He was in
excellent shape, and had gone to get a body fat test done at the gym.
The results came back, and he had 4% body fat. They told him that he
needed to gain some body fat, because his level was too low! Meanwhile, I
was on weight control because my body fat % was 21%! Anyhow. I cherish
the memories I have of Nate Rock. I was saddened to learn of his death,
and ashamed that it took me 2 years to find out about it. As a
civilian, I am deeply humbled by the scarifice made by Nate and the others!
like him. May God rest his soul. Semper Fidelis.

Jan 31, 2008
SFC Rod Brewer
In Honor Of SGT Nathaniel S. Rock
Sergeant Nathaniel S. Rock, 3/25 Marines. Christmas in
Arlington... Rest easy, sleep well my brother. Know the line has held,
your job is done. Rest easy, sleep well. Others have taken up where you
fell, the line has held. Peace, peace, and farewell. Nate, You Will
Not Be Forgotten... Semper Fi... Rod.

Kris Grimm
In Honor Of Sgt. Nathaniel Rock
Marine Sgt. Nathaniel S. Rock 26, of Toronto, Ohio; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th
Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, Brook Park, Ohio; attached to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd
Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward); killed Aug. 1 by enemy small-arms fire while
conducting dismounted operations outside Haditha, Iraq.



Other Tribute
Sgt. Nathaniel Rock
United States Marine Corps
KIA August 1, 2005, Iraq
Nathaniel Rock knew it wasn't easy for his parents to see reports of violence in Iraq. "I'm sorry I'm
putting you through this," he wrote in a Mother's Day card. "But I couldn't sit on the sidelines and watch
Marines being hurt on TV." Rock, 26, of Toronto, Ohio, died Aug. 1 of small- arms fire. He was assigned
to Brook Park. "It is some comfort to us that we know he was doing what he wanted, what he loved to
do," said his father, Tim Rock. As a part-time police officer after graduating high school in 1997, Rock
had great potential, said Barry Carpenter, police chief in Martins Ferry. Rock joined the police
department across the river from Wheeling, W.Va., about a year ago and planned to continue as a
full-time officer when he returned from Iraq. "I always saved a spot for him," said Carpenter. Mahoning
County Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Schoolcraft met Rock while attending the police academy. Rock had been
one of the stellar students and was always willing to help others. "He always gave 410 percent," he said.
Rock also is survived by his mother, Adriana.