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Army Spc. Joseph L. Gallegos

Died October 28, 2009 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

39, of Questa, N.M.; assigned to the 720th Transportation Company, New Mexico Army National Guard, in Las Vegas, N.M.; died Oct. 28 in Tallil, Iraq, in a noncombat-related incident.

Guardsman in Iraq dies of heart attack

The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico National Guard said a 39-year-old soldier deployed to Iraq has died after a heart attack.

Spc. Joseph L. Gallegos of Questa died Wednesday in Tallil, Iraq. He was a vehicle mechanic with the 720th Transportation Company out of Las Vegas, N.M.

About 130 members of the unit left New Mexico on May 14 for training before deploying to Iraq in July.

Gallegos served in the Navy and Army before recently joining the National Guard after a five-year break in military service.

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