Operation Iraqi Freedom
Company B, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry, Fort
TX; attached to
Task Force All American;
killed in action when a vehicle-based
improvised explosive device detonated in
Randy was raised by his grandfather, William Gemitti, a Korean War veteran.
William remembers his
grandson as "a big, husky fellow and a great
fly-fisher, liked by all.” When the Randy was
growing up, he often went fishing and hunting
with his grandfather.
in 1998, and following in his grandfather’s
footsteps, joined the Army. The two wrote letters
frequently and remained close.
was a soldier who carried kindness and candy
with him, marked his place in his Bible with a
"Sugar Babies" candy wrapper, and wore his cap
backward when he wasn't on duty."
When Randy’s wife, Misty,
left New Hampshire to be with her husband at
Fort Hood, Texas, she told her worried sister
Melissa nothing could go wrong. "I know it will
work because I found my true soul mate," The
couple had been married for only18 months when
Randy was killed by a car bomb in
It was his second tour of duty.
the ability to make anyone laugh or smile, even
at his own expense.
He died serving his
country -- something he always believed in.",
Melissa says of her brother-in-law.
Randy was often called Rosey
by friends and fellow soldiers. They remember
him as a “good NCO that cared for his guys, and
was a good friend to those who didn’t know the
ropes.” “Rosey “ knew how to talk to everyone
and was liked by all who met him.