Monday, March 7, 2011

Jose A. Paniagua-Morales, Army, Corporal -- Rest In Peace

Jose A. Paniagua-Morales, 22

Army, Corporal
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
Samarra, Iraq
Gender: Male
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.

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.
Visit Army Corporal Jose A. Paniagua-Morales' Guest Book, see more about Corporal Paniagua-Morales at Iraq Page and Military Times.

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