This post is dedicated to those Hispanics that have lost their lives during the war this past year. This post will start in January or 2007 and move forward to the present. Names are listed according to date not alphabetically. This is just the start so please bear with me as I catch up with the list since there are many. To date ( Aug. 24, 2007 ) I have counted 63 for this year. For previous years you will have to go to the Department of Defense link below. All those wishing to obtain more or specific information can can do so at:
1. 01/19/07 Castillo, Luis J. DoD Confirmation Hostile – hostile fireAl Anbar Province
Lance Cpl. Luis J. Castillo, 20, of Lawton, Mich., died Jan. 20 from wounds received while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. Castillo was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve’s 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Lansing, Mich.
2. 01/21/07 Sanchez, Emilian D. DoD Confirmation Hostile – hostile fireAl Asad
Lance Cpl. Emilian D. Sanchez, 20, of Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M., died Jan. 21 from wounds received while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
01/24/07 Leija, Hector DoD Confirmation Hostile – hostile fire – small arms
Staff Sgt. Hector Leija, 27, of Houston, Texas, died Jan. 24 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered during combat operations. Leija was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis, Wash.
4. 02/07/07 Ruiz, Manuel A. DoD Confirmation Hostile – helicopter crash Fallujah
(between Fallujah and Baghdad)
Petty Officer 1st Class Gilbert Minjares Jr., 31, of El Paso, Texas, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Manuel A. Ruiz, 21, of Federalsburg, Md., died Feb. 7 in a helicopter crash in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Minjares was assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 14, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Cherry Point, N.C., and Ruiz was assigned to 2nd Medical Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
5. 02/09/07 Camacho, Leeroy A. DoD Confirmation Hostile – hostile fire –
Spc. Leeroy A. Camacho, 28, of Saipan, Mariana Islands.
6. 02/17/07 Escalante, Brian A. DoD Confirmation Hostile – hostile fireAl Asad
Lance Cpl. Brian A. Escalante, 25, of Dodge City, Kan., died Feb. 17 while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.
7. 02/26/07 Aguirre, Anthony DoD Confirmation Hostile – hostile fire Haqlaniyah
Lance Cpl. Anthony Aguirre, 20, of Channelview, Texas, died Feb. 26 while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. Aguirre was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
8. 02/27/07 Soto-Pinedo, Karl O. DoD Confirmation Hostile – hostile fire – small arms
Staff Sgt. Karl O. Soto-Pinedo, 22, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, died Feb. 27 in Baghdad from wounds sustained from enemy small arms fire. Soto-Pineda was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Schweinfurt, Germany.
9. 03/02/07 Rodriguez-Contrera, Luis O.DoD Confirmation Hostile – hostile fire –
IED attack Baghdad (northwest of)
The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died March 2 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle while on combat patrol. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
Staff Sgt. Paul M. Latourney, 28, of Roselle, Ill.
Spc. Luis O. Rodriguez-Contrera, 22, of Allentown, Pa.
Tags: War, Hispanic Soldiers, Iraq, Afghanistan
- Castillo, Luis J.
- Sanchez, Emilian D.
- Leija, Hector
- Ruiz, Manuel A.
- Camacho, Leeroy A.
- Escalante, Brian A.
- Aguirre, Anthony
- Soto-Pinedo, Karl O.
- Rodriguez-Contrera, Luis O.
May They Rest in Peace
Update September 16, 2007: For a more detailed list go to my post: List of Puerto Rican KIA