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

Roberto Arizola Jr

Laredo, Texas

June 8, 2005

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
31 Army Sgt

Army's 297th Military Intelligence Battalion, 513th Military Intelligence Brigade

Fort Gordon, Georgia

 Died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV.

Roberto Arizola, Jr. liked to play video games and sports with his 7-year-old son. His family delayed the boy's birthday party so Arizola could be there. "He was always with his family," said his wife, Monica. But on June 8, a day before he was scheduled to return from Iraq, Arizola was killed in an explosion near his vehicle in Baghdad. The 31-year-old from Laredo, Texas, was based at Fort Gordon. Arizola graduated from high school in 1992 and had enlisted in 1996. He had been a border patrol agent in Laredo before being sent to Iraq. "We just can't believe it was his last day there," said his mother, Cecilia Arizola. "He was a good person. Everybody loved him." Arizola was deployed to Iraq in May 2004. He briefly returned in December and kept in frequent touch through phone calls and e-mail. "He was a great father, great son, great soldier, just a great person," said his brother, Ricardo

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