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Army Sgt. Guadalupe Cervantes Ramirez

Died April 23, 2008 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

26, of Fort Irwin, Calif.; assigned to the 2nd Transportation Company (Heavy Equipment Transport), Echelons Above Brigade Support Battalion, National Training Center Support Brigade, Fort Irwin; died April 23 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, of injuries sustained in a vehicle incident.

Army Sgt. Guadalupe Cervantes Ramirez remembered

The Associated Press

Army Brig. Gen. Manuel Ortiz said Guadalupe Cervantes Ramirez was a loving man who was eager to learn and absorbed knowledge like a sponge.

“He was a loving husband, a loving father, a loving son and a great soldier,” Ortiz said. “Why was he a great soldier? He was full of endless energy and endless love for all those around him.”

Ramirez, 26, of Fort Irwin, Calif., died April 23 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, of injuries from a vehicle accident. He was assigned to Fort Irwin.

“We have lost a great soldier, and we will miss him,” Ortiz said, “but he will not be forgotten.”

Ramirez was born in Mexicali and immigrated to the U.S. with his parents in 1989, graduating from high school in 1999. He was first deployed to Iraq in 2003 and also served for a year in Korea before his second departure overseas to Iraq.

“His devotion, loyalty and unfailing courage in the face of danger serve as an inspiration to all Americans,” said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

He is survived by his wife, Amber, and their two children, Amy, 7, and Guadalupe, 4.

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