SGT. FRANK M. SANDOVAL - U.S. Army
Hometown / City: YUMA, AZ YUMA
Date of Death: Monday, June 18, 2007
Conflict: Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq)
Branch: U.S. Army
Unit 2nd Battalion, 5th Artillery, Fort Sill, Okla
Birth: Apr. 22, 1980
Death: Jun. 18, 2007
Santa Clara County
Sgt. Frank Sandoval was a 1999 graduate of Kofa High School, where he was a member of both the football and wrestling teams, and later became a boxer in the Army. He enlisted in the Army after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Frank was on his second tour in Iraq when his convoy was hit by the IED explosive on Nov. 25, 2005. Sandoval, who was manning a .50-caliber machine gun mounted on a Humvee, suffered a traumatic head injury in the incident. Afterward, he underwent several agonizing surgeries and rehabilitation sessions to repair his injuries. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Badge and the Bronze Star after his service in Iraq. Despite being gravely wounded in a roadside bomb blast that cost him a large portion of his skull, Frank often spoke of his wish to return to Iraq to help his fellow soldiers.
He died at the Veteran's Hospital when he failed to awaken after brain surgery at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs hospital. He was removed from a ventilator two days later as the family decided to donate six of his organs, including his heart. He was buried about 15 feet from his beloved grandfather, Frank L. Sandoval also an Army veteran, who earned a Purple Heart during the Korean War. He was 27.
Fort Sill, Okla
Desert Lawn Memorial Park