Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sergio R. Diaz Varela, Army, Specialist -- Rest In Peace

Sergio R. Diaz Varela

Army, Specialist
Based: Camp Howze, South Korea
1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division
Supporting: Operation Iraqi Freedom
Died: November 24, 2004
Ramadi, Iraq
Gender: Male
Hometown: Lomita
High School: Narbonne High (Harbor City)
Foreign Country of Birth: Mexico
Burial: Buried in Guadalajara, Mexico

Army Spc. Sergio Diaz-Varela, 21, Lomita; Killed by Homemade Bomb

Army Spc. Sergio Diaz-Varela, who grew up in Lomita, enlisted three years ago so he could save up enough money to buy his mother a home, friends said.

The 21-year-old infantryman was killed Nov. 24 when a homemade bomb exploded after he got out of a vehicle in Ramadi, Iraq, a city west of Baghdad that has been a center of insurgent activity.

Diaz-Varela had been in Iraq only a few months. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team at Camp Howze in South Korea.

"He was a really good guy," said 13-year-old Fabian Garibay, one of many residents of a mobile home park in Lomita who are mourning the loss of their neighbor. "He played basketball at Narbonne High School, and he used to take us out to play basketball with him. He was nice to us."

Friends said Diaz-Varela's other main interest was his Ford Mustang.
Read the entire LA Times article about Army Specialist Sergio R. Diaz Varela here, don't miss the comments form his friends and family here and read more here.

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