Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. This month’s Honoree is Army Staff Sgt. Robert L. Love Jr.
Birth: Sep. 1, 1978
Death: Dec. 1, 2006, Iraq
Army Staff Sgt. Love was assigned to the 16th Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Giessen, Germany. Love died of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat operations in Ramadi. Robert was a 1996 graduate of Livingston High School in west Alabama where he was the section leader of the trombone section in the marching band. He never talked about what he wanted to do after graduation but he started selling vacuum cleaners right out of high school. He liked to work; he always had to have something to do but he wanted to do more with his life and joined the Army. James and his wife, Staff Sgt. Brianna Love, were sent to Germany at the same time. They have a 3-year-old daughter and Robert has an 11-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. His family remembers him as a quiet child who stayed close to his mother’s side. When his siblings were outside, he would stay in the house around his mom and he didn’t talk much. As he grew older, that character stayed with him – he was kind of quiet and stayed to himself. Robert was a very sweet person who got along with everyone – everyone loved him and he loved everyone.
LIVINGSTON, Ala. — An Army sergeant from Livingston was killed last week by a roadside bomb — the third Iraq casualty from Alabama in one week.
Staff Sgt. Robert L. Love Jr. died Dec. 1 in Ramadi when an improvised explosive device, or IED, blew up near his vehicle during combat. Two other Alabama soldiers, Spc. Christopher Mason, 32, of Mobile, and Spc. Jon-Erik Loney, 21, of Hartselle, died Nov. 28 in separate bombings in Iraq.
Love, 28, a 1996 graduate of Livingston High School in west Alabama, was assigned to the 16th Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Giessen, Germany.
The Defense Department initially announced Thursday that Love was from Meridian, Miss., but Love was born across the line in nearby Livingston, according to school officials.
His mother, Mary Love, contacted Friday in Livingston, said her son and his wife, Staff Sgt. Brianna K. Love, were sent to Germany at the same time. He said the couple had a 3-year-old daughter and Robert Love has an 11-year-old daughter.
“My daughter-in-law called me yesterday,” she said. “He was supposed to come home in January.”
Mary Love said her son, one of five children, had played in the band at Livingston High. She said he had immediately enlisted in the Army after graduation and had served eight years. She said she did not know why the Department of Defense listed her son’s hometown as Meridian, Miss., which is nearby.
“Brianna said they have his body in Delaware,” she said. “They’re supposed to be doing a service for him Dec. 16 in Germany. The body should be here on the 17th and she wanted to have the funeral on the 20th.”
The soldier’s father, Robert Love Sr., said his son’s loss “has been hard but we’re holding up. You know, he was supposed to come home soon.”
- The Associated Press
- Military Times