In Memory of SFC Victor Cervantes
SFC Victor H. Cervantes, age 28, of Stockton, California died June 10th, 2005 from injuries sustained when his patrol came under small arms fire in southeast Afghanistan. SFC Cervantes was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, NC.
Victor grew up in Stockton, California. He attend St. Mary's High School in Stockton, graduating in 1995. While in high school he participated in sports to include wrestling. He attended community college where he studied engineering before entering the army.
He joined the Army becoming a cavalry scout in 1996. Cervantes began training for Special Forces in 1999. He became qualified as a weapons sergeant and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in August 2000. Victor was on his second tour in Afghanistan, having previously served in 2002-2003.
He enjoyed the sports of mountain biking and rock climbing.
Cervantesí awards and decorations include the
Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint
Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct
Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces
Expeditionary Medal, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon, the Army
Service Ribbon, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Special Forces Tab, the
Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Parachutist Badge.
He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the
Meritorious Service Medal, and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.
June 11, 2005. "DoD Identifies Army Casualty". U.S. Department of Defense News Release.
June 11, 2005. "Army Special Forces Soldier dies in Afghanistan". USASOC News Service.
June 16, 2005. "Stockton Soldier Killed in Action in Afghanistan". News 10 ABC.
June 19, 2005. "Army Sgt. 1st Class Victor Cervantes, 27, Stockton; Killed by Small-Arms Fire in Afghanistan". Los Angeles Times.
June 21, 2005. "Fort Bragg soldier dies during combat". News 14 Carolina.
June 24, 2005. "Special Forces Soldiers Honored". Defend America.
June 29, 2005. "SF Soldiers remembered in ceremony". USASOC News Service.
August 21, 2005. "The unsung war heroes". New York Daily News.
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