Hispanics that have died in the war in 2007

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:

Department of Defense

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
fire Baghdad
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
Fire Baghdad
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.
Killed were:
Staff Sgt. Paul M. Latourney, 28, of Roselle, Ill.
Spc. Luis O. Rodriguez-Contrera, 22, of Allentown, Pa.

Tags: War, Hispanic Soldiers, Iraq, Afghanistan

  1. Castillo, Luis J.
  2. Sanchez, Emilian D.
  3. Leija, Hector
  4. Ruiz, Manuel A.
  5. Camacho, Leeroy A.
  6. Escalante, Brian A.
  7. Aguirre, Anthony
  8. Soto-Pinedo, Karl O.
  9. 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


5 Responses to “Hispanics that have died in the war in 2007”

  1. elbohemio Says:

    El Bohemio: Out of respect for the families and loved ones of those listed above I have deleted the comment that was put here by a woman in Georgia which I found to be disrespectful. In the future such comments will be banned and deleted immediately.

  2. SPC Placencia Says:

    Hey I am also a proud hispanic serving our country and i am honoring all those fallen soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for the cause. I am reading the names of all the hispanics soldiers who have lost their lives in this war on the 22 of september 2007 for the hispanic heritiage month and i would greatly appreciate it if you could point me in the right direction. I need to find all of thes names, but i’m having trouble finding only hispanic soldiers name. i see that above you have 10 names and as an matter a fact i was part of the honor guard in allentown for spc rodriguez, if you have a way of getting me all of their names i would greatly appreciate that.

    Spc Placencia

  3. yaya Says:

    Im glad that someone is recognizing all the hispanic soldiers who have passed away in the line of duty!!!

  4. God Bless Says:

    Great MEN, but I knew J.D.Cadavero and he was a Man above all men! He was and will always be the Ultimate Example of an ideal, self found, Christ Grounded, observent, loving, caring, time giving, good listener, very mature, funny & intelligent MAN! I have only met 1 other A Chaplin and teacher Pastor Brian Han>>>and great examples they will always be to one and all. We should only learn from the best and they have been an extreme impact in my life to be a better person to those around me all the time and to never stop growing cause learning and applying go hand in hand and are required to live a Right life…and to always love unconditionally regardless of how hard we may think it is and they showed just how simple and sacraficial it can be! atleast they did good work and are at peace now… maybe its our turn to do whats right even if just for a moment in time cause every little bit counts. There is always some watching and everyone does count. ,<3 ThankYOU to all the Solider I Love you ALL so Much, Your hearts are in the right Place…;] ps- Jonny isn’t Hispanic…

  5. TERRI Says:

    I am trying to read your blog on my iphone4, but its not doing the job for some reason. Can you let me and other audience know what we have to do to browse it via this type of device.

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