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Army Spc. Joe G. Charfauros Jr.

Died June 20, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

33, of Rota, Mariana Islands; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.; died June 20 in Baghdad of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Also killed were Maj. Sid W. Brookshire, Staff Sgt. Darren P. Hubbell and Pfc. David J. Bentz III.

Family, friends remember soldier killed in Iraq

The Associated Press

Army Spc. Joe G. Charfauros Jr.’s mother recalled that the last time she talked to his son was in May. Before passing the phone to his wife, she never failed to always tell her son to take care of himself.

“I always told him to be careful. If I had the chance to talk to him, I would still tell him to be careful,” said Annie Charfauros. Charfauros, 33, of Rota, Mariana Islands, was killed June 20 by a roadside bomb in Baghdad. He was assigned to Fort Stewart, Ga., and was a former police officer.

Charfauros’s mother described her second oldest son as having a good disposition in life. “He is always the friendly one,” she said.

“Charfauros will always be fondly remembered by family and friends during gatherings at the ranch or at the beach,” Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Villagomez said.

“In making the difficult decision to go on active duty to provide for his wife and children, he again proved that, even if he were far away, he could be counted on and would still be there for his family.”

He is survived by his wife, Stellita, and three kids: Mikeangela, Junelle and Joe II.

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