SGT Fernando Padilla-Ramirez

Sgt Fernando Padilla-Ramirez 1


Hometown / City: SAN LUIS, AZ MULTIPLE
Date of Death: Friday, March 28, 2003
Conflict: Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq)
Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
Rank: SGT
Unit: MWSS-371, MWSG-37, 3D MAW, MCAS YUMA, AZ

Birth: Feb. 6, 1977
Death: Mar. 28, 2003

Marine Sgt Padilla-Ramirez was assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron-371, Marine Wing Support Group-37, Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Ariz. He was last seen conducting convoy operations in the vicinity of Al Nasiriyah on 28 March. His remains were identified on April 10. Padilla-Ramirez shipped out for Iraq only five days after the birth of his second son. He also has a five-year-old boy. Padilla-Ramirez's mother, said her son joined the Marines as a teen and was in the last year of his military commitment. He was born in San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico, and became an American citizen about two years ago. Padilla-Ramirez grew up one block from the San Luis Police station. When he was 12, he started pestering the department about joining its Police Explorers program — even though he knew the minimum age was 14. Padilla-Ramirez came around so often he was finally made an unofficial observer. He was a graduate of Kofa High School in Yuma, Ariz. “He was a very quiet, respectful kid. He made friends with everybody,” Police Officer Luis Marquez said. Padilla-Ramirez had already finished the first phase of police training and was prepared to complete the requirements when he returned from Iraq. He achieved his goal posthumously when San Luis Police Chief John Miranda handed Padilla's wife and mother each a plaque bearing his picture, badge and shield number -- 129 -- officially making him a member of the force. "I just wanted to fulfill his dream," Miranda said. "I thought doing this would show the family how much we loved and honored him."

Sunset Vista Funeral Home & Cemetery
Yuma County
Arizona, USA

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