Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Department Of Denfense Announcement

  • Three soldiers -- 1st Lt. Garrison C. Avery, 23, of Lincoln, Neb. ; Spc. Marlon A. Bustamante, 25, of Corona, N. Y. ; and Pfc. Caesar S. Viglienzone, 21, of Santa Rosa, Calif. -- died Feb. 1 in Baghdad when a roadside bomb detonated near their Humvee. All three were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Army Spc. Walter B. Howard II, 35, of Rochester, Mich. , died Feb. 2 in Balad of injuries suffered earlier that day in Ashraf, when a roadside bomb detonated near his M-1 Abrams tank. Howard was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

  • 1st. Lt. Simon T. Cox, Jr., 30, of Texas, died in Taji, Iraq, on Feb. 2, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his M2A3 Bradley. Cox was assigned to the Army's 1st Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

  • Sgt. 1st Class Lance S. Cornett, 33, of London, Ky., died in the vicinity of Ar Ramadi, Iraq, on Feb. 3, of injuries sustained earlier that day while engaging enemy forces. Cornett was assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.

  • Spc. Jesse M. Zamora, 22, of Las Cruces, N.M., died in Bayji, Iraq, on Feb. 3, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV. Zamora was assigned to the Army's 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Spc. Sergio A. Mercedes Saez, 23, of New York, N.Y., died in Baghdad, Iraq on Feb. 5, when the HMMWV in which he was riding accidentally rolled over into a canal. Mercedes Saez was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Spc. William S. Hayes III, 23, of St. Tammany, La., died in Baghdad, Iraq, on Feb. 5, of a non-combat related injury. Hayes was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
Pray for their loved ones if you think about it.

2 Comments:

Blogger Gunny L said...

Honor The Fallen

We buried Caesar this fine spring-like day. The funeral home was overflowing so I stood outside in the bright sunshine with the honor guard and a number of Vietnam vets who came to pay their respects. Caesar was destined to die young; of that I am now sure. He was headed down the wrong path with drugs dominating his life. Somewhere along that way to self-destruction, he decided to do something; to make a difference. The Army saved his soul, restored his dignity and honor, taught him to be a man and gave him a family; his band of brothers. He knew he was making a difference in Iraq and he died knowing that fact. Watching the photo memorial to Caesar from his infancy to manhood was tough. Seeing his mom and dad in their pain and anguish was tougher. In a room full of hardassed combat veterans from WWII until now, there wasn't a dry eye in the that overflowing Veteran's Hall. He was proudly a Screaming Eagle, and that outfit was well-represented, including a vet who fought at Bastogne; the pivotal stand that stopped the Nazi attack during the Battle of the Bulge. To a man, the tears were evident as they paid their respects. I won't forget this experience or this boy who grew up to be quite a man.

Rest in Peace, Caesar.

Sunday, February 12, 2006 11:37:00 PM  
Blogger SGT Lori said...

Thank you Gunny, for your comment. I will post it to the main page. Truly Caesar turned his life around and chose duty and honor instead of a life of crime amnd shame.

Monday, February 13, 2006 7:36:00 AM  

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