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Reno S Lacerna

Waipahu, Hawaii

December 31, 2007

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
44 Army Sgt

87th Corps Support Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division

Fort Stewart, Georgia

 Died in Al Qayyarah, Iraq, of a non-combat related illness.

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From GMA News gmanetwork.com 02/16/08:

Fil-Am soldier killed in Iraq gets full honors from US
January 16, 2008 6:12pm

Reno S. Lacerna, a Philippine-born sergeant at the US army, received full military honors on his interment on Wednesday.

Lacerna was the latest Filipino-American casualty in the Iraq war. He served with the 226th Quarter Master Company, 87th Corps Support Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division based in Fort Stewart, Georgia.

In recognition of his valor and dedication, Sgt Lacerna received posthumously the Bronze Star Medal, the fourth highest US military award for gallantry in action.

Lacerna was interred at the Manila Memorial Park in Paranaque City on Wednesday. 

US Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney, Brigadier General Xavier P. Lobeto, Commanding General of the 19th Sustainment Command, 8th US army and a funeral honor from US Forces Korea-United Nations Command were present along with military representatives from the US embassy in Manila to honor Sgt Lacerna and his next of kin.

Sgt Lacerna was born in Manila on April 25, 1963. He had a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Industrial Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Hawaii. 

He first joined the US army in January 1997. Upon completion of his term of active duty service in December 2003, he joined the Hawaii Army National Guard “C" Company, which was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. 

He was honorably discharged in June 2006 and six months later, returned to Iraq following re-enlistment into the US army. 

He is survived by his wife Concepcion, and two sons, Iram, 13 years old and, Rencio, 12 years old; father, Augusto, and mother, Adoracion; and one brother and four sisters. - GMANews.TV
From Hawaii Now News hawaiinewsnow.com 02/02/08:

Hawaii Soldier Dies in Iraq
Updated: Jan 02, 2008 7:06 PM PST

(KHNL) -- A Hawaii soldier died of a non-combat related illness in Iraq on Christmas Eve.

The Department of Defense says 44-year-old Sgt. Reno S. Lacerna of Waipahu, Hawaii, died Dec. 31 in Al Qayyarah, Iraq. 

Lacerna was assigned to the 87th Corps Support Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

The incident is under investigation.
Fallen sergeant remembered for enthusiasm, generosity

The Associated Press

Reno S. Lacerna’s sister had plenty of ways to remember her brother when she learned of his death.

“I couldn’t help but turn back the hands of time from when he was an innocent playful child, a naughty crazy teenager, a hardworking Light Rail Transit training supervisor, a responsible family man, a new American immigrant and an enthusiastic U.S. Army sergeant,” wrote Lunei Lacerna Fitzsimmons.

Lacerna, 44, of Waipahu, Hawaii, died Dec. 31 in Al Qayyarah of a non-combat related illness. He was assigned to Fort Stewart.

“He was and will always be a good friend as well as great soldier. He was a decent athlete as well. He always respected everyone he came in contact with,” Tigilau Vaoifi, a fellow soldier, recalled.

Upon completion of his term of active duty service in December 2003, he joined the Hawaii Army National Guard. He returned to Iraq following re-enlistment.

He agreed to receive goods from people in the States and give them to soldiers who received little or no mail. Lacerna represented 10 male and three female soldiers.

He is survived by his wife, Concepcion, and sons, Iram, 13, and Rencio, 12.

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