Based: Ft. Polk, La.
2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
Supporting: Operation Enduring Freedom
Died: September 23, 2011
Wardak province, Afghanistan
Hometown: San Bernardino
From the Redlands Daily Facts:
Carlos Aparicio graduated from Redlands East Valley High School in June 2010 and immediately enlisted in the Army.
He was an infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, La., according to the Fort Drum Public Affairs Office in New York.
After training at Fort Benning, Ga., he went to Fort Polk in January. He deployed to Afghanistan in February.
Aparicio earned the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
"We could tell right away what kind of soldier he was," said Joshua Ingo, an Army E-4 specialist and native of El Paso, Texas who served with Aparicio in Afghanistan.
Ingo accompanied the Aparicio family Wednesday.
He said Aparicio was a kid in a veteran platoon who instantly earned the respect and trust of his fellow soldiers through attention to detail and a dogged determination on the battlefield.
"That's a very prestigious soldier we lost," Ingo said.
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