Based: Twentynine Palms, Calif.
3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force
Supporting: Operation Iraqi Freedom
Died: October 9, 2005
High School: Rose City (Pasadena)
Foreign Country of Birth: Mexico
Burial: Forest Lawn Memorial-Park, Hollywood Hills
On weekends, Escobar would make it a point to have breakfast or lunch with his family.Sergio H. Escobar video tribute:
"That was his thing," Ortiz said. "He would say, 'I'll spend some time with you guys, and then I'll go out with my friends.' "
When he became a Marine, Escobar acquired a new group of friends whom he liked to bring home with him. "One time my truck was full of soldiers," Ortiz said with a chuckle. Escobar warned Ortiz to leave his mother at home so there would be room in the truck for half a dozen of his Marine buddies.
Escobar wanted to make the Marine Corps his career: "Honestly, he would always say he would never come out of the military," Ortiz said.
Since Escobar went to Iraq and couldn't socialize with his family on weekends, he would call home instead.
Ortiz last spoke to him Oct. 7, a few days before the bomb went off in Ramadi. "He told me, 'I'm OK. You don't have to worry about me. I'm coming home soon,' " Ortiz said. "Which he did."
Read more about Lance Corporal Sergio H. Escobar in the LA Times.
Lance Corporal Sergio H. Escobar also remembered by Boom3 on Saturday, October 9, 2010, and here on July 16, 2010.