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Army Spc. Yoe M. Aneiros

Died September 7, 2004 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

20, of Newark, N.J.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor, 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Fort Riley, Kan.; killed Sept. 7 when his patrol vehicle came under attack by rocket-propelled grenades in the Sadr City neighborhood of Baghdad.

New Jersey soldier killed in Iraq

Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. — An Army tank crew member has become the third Newark resident to be killed in the war in Iraq.

Officials at Fort Riley, Kan., and the Department of Defense identified the soldier as Spc. Yoe M. Aneiros, 20.

They said he died Tuesday when enemy troops attacked his patrol vehicle in Sadr city with rocket-propelled grenades.

Aneiros served in the 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, which deployed to Iraq in June. Aneiros also had served a tour in Iraq last year.

Fort Riley said he enlisted in the Army in September 2002.

“Yoe M. Aneiros was truly one of Newark’s best,” Newark Mayor Sharpe James said. “A leader, patriot and role model, he served his city and his country with honor and valor in the U.S. Armed Forces.

“He served and fought to protect our liberties and values, and sacrificed his life for them,” the mayor said. “He is truly a hero in every sense of the word.”

Aneiros is the third Newark resident to be killed in Iraq. In June, Sgt. Humberto Timoteo, 25, a New Jersey National Guardsman, was killed by a roadside bomb. In November, Army Sgt. Joel Perez, 25, died when his helicopter was shot down.

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