Based: Ft. Lewis, Wash.
4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division
Supporting: Operation Iraqi Freedom
Died: March 7, 2008
Hometown: Bell Gardens
Burial: Mountain View Cemetery, Tacoma, Wash.
Jose A. Paniagua-Morales, 22, of Bell Gardens; corporal, Army. Paniagua-Morales died March 7 at the U.S. military hospital in Balad, Iraq, of injuries suffered when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in Samarra, north of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Ft. Lewis, Wash.From the Seattle P-I:
Paniagua-Morales...died March 7 in Balad of wounds suffered earlier in Samarra, when a roadside bomb blasted the Stryker vehicle in which he rode.Visit Army Corporal Jose A. Paniagua-Morales' Guest Book, see more about Corporal Paniagua-Morales at Iraq Page and Military Times.
He was a member of the 4th Stryker Brigade's C Company C, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment.
The 4th Stryker Brigade left for a 15-month deployment to Iraq last April. Paniagua-Morales returned home from Iraq on leave in January.
Paniagua-Moralies joined the Army in September 2004 in Los Angeles and reported to Fort Lewis in January 2005. His mother lives in the Tacoma area.
Paniagua-Morales was married and regarded as a father figure to his sisters, an aunt wrote on a memorial Web site.
She also wrote that Paniagua-Morales planned to attend college in Washington when he left the Army and was excited about it. In high school, he had participated in Junior ROTC.
Paniagua-Morales was buried March 17 in Lakewood, not far from Fort Lewis.
In Paniagua-Morales' home state, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had already ordered that flags be flown at half-staff for him.