Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Joel Perez

Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

November 2, 2003

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
25 Army Sgt

2nd Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment

Fort Sill, Oklahoma

Was on board a CH-47 Chinook Helicopter when it went down on Nov. 2 in Al Fallujah, Iraq.
AP News

Joel Perez was born in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, grew up in Newark, N.J., and was stationed at Fort Sill. He was one of 16 soldiers who died in the Nov. 2 downing of a helicopter carrying troops home on leave. He is survived by his wife, Milagros Perez, and 18-month-old daughter, Jaileen, both of Newark.

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