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Gabriel J. Figueroa

Gabriel J. Figueroa

Died: April 3, 2007

Rank: Private First Class

Unit: 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division

Branch: U.S. Army

Private First Class Gabriel Figueroa sacrificed his life for his country when he was shot by a sniper during combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq, on April 3, 2007. He proudly served with the 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cav­alry Division, out of Fort Hood, Texas in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. When he was shot, this cheerful and caring Soldier was handing out candy and toys to Iraqi children. As testament to the love and impact Figueroa had on his community, more than 500 people gathered for his service. Figueroa’s family laid their son to rest with full military honors at Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary in Whittier, California.

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