On the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, I thought it appropriate to list some of the obituaries of soldiers who’ve died in the wars that grew from the event.
Most recently, U.S. Marine Lance Cpl Richard A. Rivera, Jr., of Oxnard, was killed in Afghanistan in a green-on-blue attack.
Another story I’ll never forget is of Lance Cpl Rogelio Ramirez, from Pasadena, who spent three years trying to get into the Marines, then was killed less than two months into his deployment in Iraq. Amazing, the story his mother told of how hard he tried, and the things he did, to be acceptable to the Marine Corps.
Sgt. Michael Cardenaz, of Corona, was an enlistee planning on making the Army a career. A larger-than-life guy to the folks who knew him.
Powerful, emotional things, these stories.
A thank you to these guys and condolences to their families.