|From Joel Ferrer 02/05/07:
My Dear Friends,
I dont personally know Staff Sergeant Richwell A. Doria. But what I fully know is he died a hero fighting for principles that he believes in.
Serving his duty so that the this world can live in peace.
i was vacationing in the Philippines last
December. (I am working overseas) We came from the same city of Dagupan (Northern part of Luzon),
I shot this short video clip of his funeral outside the church that early morning of December and I wish to share it with you.
We honor and salute a brave soldier like Richwell and to all the other brave soldiers all over the world specially those
serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. People who do not hesitate to put themselves into harms way just to save others.
People who believe in serving their duty and purpose with the highest honor and dignity in serving not only their country
but the world as a whole, in achieving that elusive peace everyone so desire.
We also honor and pray for all the families of the fallen one, those who were no longer able to return to their loved ones arms.
that may you all stand brave and proud of your lost as they all did not die in vain in offering their lives as the
supreme sacrifice for all us who are left here to be able to live in Peace without any fear.
For all of you, Thank you and May God Bless your souls,
May God Bless all of us,
and May God Bless America and all its good ideals for our world.
Joel M. Ferrer
Al Khaleejiah Advertising & Public Relations Co.
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
By Tanya Mannes
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
November 14, 2006
A 2000 graduate of San Diego's Morse High School was killed last week in Iraq, leaving behind his young family and a grieving Filipino community.
Richwell A. Doria
Army Staff Sgt. Richwell A. Doria, 25, died Nov. 7 in Kirkuk after being struck by small-arms fire during an air-assault mission, the Pentagon publicly announced yesterday.
He is survived by his wife, Jasmine, and the couple's 4-month-old baby, Jada, of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, and many relatives in San Diego and the Philippines.
Doria grew up in San Diego after moving from the Philippines when he was 11. His parents sent him to the United States so he would have opportunities he couldn't get back home, said his aunt Zenaida Anderson.
He joined the Army out of high school. At that time he dismissed relatives' suggestions that he join the Navy, as an uncle had done.
He said he will do his own thing and not follow in anyone's footsteps, his aunt said, sitting at the kitchen table of her Skyline neighborhood home, and surrounded by printouts of e-mailed photographs of her nephew.
Doria is at least the 35th county resident killed in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Based in Hawaii, Doria served in Afghanistan for a year, returning in April 2005, Anderson said.
Even though he had served abroad, he welcomed another mission, this one to Iraq.
Doria left Aug. 8, just weeks after the birth of his daughter July 14.
He said, 'I don't want to sit around and do nothing,' his aunt recalled.
He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Regiment.
His aunt said the family learned of his death Wednesday from two servicemen who came to the door. In the days that followed, many former classmates and friends gathered at the house to share memories.
Doria was known for his energy. Before he left for Iraq, he was talking about plans to remodel a condo he and Jasmine were buying in Honolulu.
His passion was cars, and he owned a Mercedes and a Honda Accord, Anderson said. He liked wearing designer clothing, especially Tommy Hilfiger jeans, and flashing his gold rings.
When he was 11, his mother and father, Fred and Rosario Doria, sent him to live with his grandfather, San Diego resident Benito Doria.
Anderson said she and her sister, Minda Doria, took care of Richwell as if he were their own child. He also was close to his uncle, Manny Doria, who is a leader in the Filipino community and an aide to Rep. Bob Filner.
Richwell Doria attended Audubon Elementary, Keiller Middle and Morse High.
Doria became a U.S. citizen about two years ago.
He called me up, he was so happy to be a citizen, Anderson said.
Benito Doria, who said he doesn't speak much English, wanted to give his grandson a better life. He even legally adopted him.
Now, he said he feels regret that he brought him out of the Philippines and into harm's way.
He blames himself, Anderson said, her eyes filling with tears. I told him: 'Maybe it was his fate to go earlier.'
His parents and sister, Rowena, still live in the Philippines, and his body will be sent there, Anderson said.
A memorial will be held tomorrow in Honolulu.
In San Diego, a Mass will be celebrated sometime next week at St. Michael's Catholic Church.
Staff writer Rick Rogers contributed to this report.