- Operation Enduring Freedom
- Operation Freedom’s Sentinel
- Operation Inherent Resolve
- Operation Iraqi Freedom
- Operation New Dawn
- Operation Odyssey Lightning
- Operation Spartan Shield
- U.S. Africa Command Operations
- U.S. Central Command operations
- The People Behind The Sacrifice
Army Sgt. Edward J. Anguiano
Died March 23, 2003 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom
24, of Brownsville, Texas; assigned to 3rd Combat Support Battalion, Fort Stewart, Ga.; killed in a convoy ambush in Iraq. His remains were recovered April 24. His status was changed from missing on April 28.
The Army was Edward J. Anguiano’s ticket to see the world, said his 19-year-old sister, Jennifer Anguiano. He was a bit of a loner in high school, but leaving the small town of Los Fresnos, outside of the deep South Texas city of Brownsville, brought out the best in him.
After joining the Army and earning the rank of sergeant, Anguiano decided he wanted to live in the Rio Grande Valley and improve his family’s lot.
“It’s always been about my mom,” Jennifer Anguiano said. Their mother, San Juanita Anguiano, is a single mother and it’s been tough at times to make ends meet. “It’s so sad. He’s changed so much. And then this had to happen.”
Anguiano, 24, was based at Fort Stewart but was traveling with the Fort Bliss-based 507th Maintenance Company when it was attacked March 23. At first reported missing, his remains were recovered April 24.
Anguiano, a 1998 graduate of Hanna High School, enlisted in the Army two years ago. “He’s set such a good example,” his sister said. “He got into the Army and showed us that the sky is the limit.”
— Associated Press