By: Treto Garza
Another Fallen Hero of the OIF/OEF military offensive. The WAR!
The recent news of Sgt.Fernando de la Rosa of Alamo, TX is so sudden and comes at a time when we are still morning another Hero, SSgt Bradley Espinoza of Alton, TX. The valley is preparing for the final farewell to SSgt Espinoza today and it is not known when Sgt. De La Rosa’s body will arrive. This is sad. A very sad time for the Valley. We must do everything we can to console these two families. Let us not let them grieve by themselves. These two soldiers were doing what they thought was best. They represented our Country bravely, proudly and paid the ultimate sacrifice. They both leave a wife and two children behind.
The valley is a tightly knit community. When tragedy strikes, all of us become one family. Let us not forget our Fallen Heroes. Let us pray for their families left behind, for In God We Trust.
We must honor their courage, service and commitment to our Great Nation. For its young men and women like them in the military that make the Rio Grande Valley the most patriotic region in America.
So far the valley has lost 33 young men in these two wars. There will be more before it’s over. The valley has paid a heavy price. The war once again has come to the valley.
Attached is the list of those Fallen Heroes.
1. Sgt. Edward J. Anguiano Army 03/23/03 Brownsville, TX
2. Pfc. Juan G. Garza, Jr. USMC 04/08/03 San Benito, TX
3. SSgt. Hector R. Perez Army 07/24/03 Brownsville, TX
4. Pfc. Rey D. Cuervo Army 12/28/03 Laguna Vista, TX
5. Pfc. Dustin Sekula USMC 04/01/03 Edinburg, TX
6. Sgt. Christopher Ramirez Army 04/14/04 Edinburg, TX
7. Sgt. Pedro Contreras Army 06/21/04 Alton, Tx
8. Sgt. Juan Calderon, Jr. USMC 08/02/04 Weslaco, TX
9. Sgt. Daniel Lee Galvan Army 08/12/04 Mercedes, TX
10. Sgt. Mark Anthony Zapata Army 08/15/04 Edinburg, TX
11. Sgt. Tomas Garces Army 09/06/04 Weslaco, TX
12. Maj. Horst Gary Moore Army 11/09/04 Los Fresnos, TX
13. Spc. Isaac Edward Diaz Army 12/01/04 Rio Hondo, TX
14. Lcpl. Julio C. Cisneros Alvarez USMC 01/06/05 Pharr, TX
15. Sgt. Marin Javier, Jr. USMC 01/24/05 Mercedes, TX
16. SSgt. Joseph E. Rodriguez Army 01/28/05 Brownsville, TX
17. Lcpl. Christopher McCrackin USMC 11/14/05 Pharr, TX
18. Spc. James Kessinger Army 12/13/05 Pharr, TX
19. Lcpl. Samuel Tapia USMC 12/18/05 San Benito, TX
20. Sgt. Jessie Davila Army 02/20/06 Raymondville, TX
21. Lcpl. Benito Ramirez USMC 05/21/06 Edinburg, TX
22. PFC Kristin Menchaca Army 06/16/06 Brownsville, TX
23. Sgt. Omar Flores Army 07/08/06 Mission, Tx
24. Pvt. Hector Leija Army 01/24/07 Raymondville, TX
25. SSgt Darrel Shipp Army 01/25/07 Harlingen, TX
26. Lcpl. Anthony Aguirre USMC 02/26/07 Raymondville, TX
27. SSgt. Juan F. Campos Army 06/01/07 McAllen, TX
28. Sgt. David G. Gomez Army 07/18/07 Port Isabel, TX
29. Spc. Eric D. Salinas Army 08/02/07 Primera, TX
30. Spc. Jose Rubio Army 03/24/08 Mission, TX
31. Pfc. Alex Gonzalez Army 05/06/08 Mission, TX
32. Sgt. Bradley Espinoza Army 10/19/09 Alton, TX
33. Fernando De La Rosa 10/27/09 Alamo, TX
Another fallen hero with roots in the valley that was Killed in Action in Iraq and I failed to list in the List of Heroes which appeared in your Oct. 28 posting, is SPC James Lee Adair. SPC Adair is the son of Jimmy Adair of Harlingen, TX. He had moved to Carthage, TX where he attended school. He was killed by an improvised explosive device in Bagdad, Iraq on June 29, 2007.
We will not forget our Fallen Heroes. I apologize to the family for not including him in the List of Fallen Heroes.
May he rest in Peace and my belated condolences to the family.
In God We Trust
Arturo Treto Garza