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Raymond N Pacleb

Honolulu, Hawaii

March 29, 2010

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
29 Army Pfc

1st Battalion, 487th Field Artillery Regiment

Wahiawa, Hawaii

 Died in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident.

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From MidWeek Military Star News midweek.com 04/07/10

DoD Releases Name Of Fallen Citizen-Soldier
April 07, 2010 
By Department of Defense and Military Star Staff 

Leadership mourns death of soldier who volunteered for combat duty

Private First Class Raymond N. Pacleb, 31, of Pearl City, died of a non-combat-related incident, March 29 in Baghdad, Iraq. Pacleb was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 487th Field Artillery (HHB, 1-487th FA), 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Pacleb volunteered to deploy with the Virginia Army National Guard’s 229th Military Police Company as a unit supply specialist. His assigned unit, the 1-487th FA, was deployed to Kuwait when Pacleb concluded his Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training in May of 2009.

“The passing of Pfc. Pacleb is heartbreaking. We know his tragic passing is a very solemn and sobering event for his entire family. The members of the Hawaii National Guard grieve along with his family during this difficult time,” said Maj. Gen. Robert G.F. Lee, state adjutant general. “He exemplified the brave and patriotic citizen-soldiers serving America in Operation Iraqi Freedom. We have assigned a support team to assist his family and will continue to provide help and comfort in any way we possibly can.”

In a statement, Pacleb’s family said, “Raymond will be missed very much and the Pacleb family knows that he is in a better place. We are very proud of our son’s service to his country and look up to him as a hero. We respectfully ask for a period of private mourning, and ask that the media please honor this request. If and when we are ready, we will go through the Hawaii National Guard and coordinate a media conference. Thank you.”

Pacleb was a 1996 graduate of Pearl City High School. Prior to deploying, he worked at the Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club.


The circumstances of the incident remain under investigation. Officials said there is no time frame when the investigation will be completed or when the findings will be released.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Pacleb family during this most difficult of times. We strongly believe that Pfc. Pacleb was a valuable member to our Hawaii Army National Guard ohana and we will continue to support his loved ones in any way we can,” said Col. Arthur J. Logan, chief of staff, Hawaii Army National Guard.
GOVERNOR LINGLE ORDERS U.S. AND HAWAI‘I FLAGS TO FLY AT HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF PFC RAYMOND PACLEB
April 19, 2010
Governor Linda Lingle has ordered the United States and Hawai‘i State flags to fly at half-staff at state, county and federal buildings throughout Hawai‘i on Saturday, April 24, 2010 in honor of Private First Class Raymond N. Pacleb who died while serving our nation. 
Pfc. Pacleb was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 29th Infantry Brigade, 1st Battalion, 487th Field Artillery, 29th Infantry Brigade, Army National Guard, Schofield Barracks, Hawai‘i. He died on March 29, 2010 in Iraq.
A memorial service for Pfc. Pacleb will be held on Friday, April 23 at the Mililani Mortuary Downtown Chapel. Burial will be on Saturday, April 24 at Mililani Cemetery. 
The Governor’s proclamation encourages residents to display the U.S. and Hawai‘i state flags at half-staff at their homes and businesses on Saturday in honor of Pfc. Pacleb.
The Army Specialist Joseph P. Micks Federal Flag Code Amendment Act of 2007 (H.R. 692) authorizes the governor of a state to order the U.S. flag to be flown at half staff following the death of a member of the Armed Forces who dies while serving on active duty. Based on this law, which was approved by the U.S. Congress and the President in June 2007, Governor Lingle, in consultation with State Adjutant General Major General Robert Lee, established a state policy of lowering the national flag to honor an Armed Forces service members whose “home of record” is Hawai‘i.
Hawaii guardsman dies in Iraq

Honolulu Advertiser

A Hawaii Army National Guard soldier from Pearl City has died in a non-combat incident in Iraq.

Pfc. Raymond Pacleb, 31, died Monday in Baghdad, the U.S. and Hawaii Defense Departments said.

Pacleb, a 1996 graduate of Pearl City High who worked at Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club, was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 487th Field Artillery, 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

The state said Pacleb volunteered to deploy with the Virginia Army National Guard’s 229th Military Police Company as a Unit Supply Specialist.

The circumstances surrounding his death remain under investigation.

The Pacleb family released a statement asking for a private period of mourning.

“Raymond will be missed very much and the Pacleb family knows he is in a better place,” the statement said. “We are very proud of our son’s service to his country and look up to him as a hero.”

Maj. Gen. Robert Lee, Hawaii’s Adjutant General, called Pacleb’s death “heartbreaking.”

“We know his tragic passing is a very solemn and sobering event for his entire family,” Lee said in a statement. “The members of the Hawaii National Guard grieve along with his family during this difficult time.”
Fallen guardsman joined service to better himself

The Associated Press

Raymond N. Pacleb’s family said they will always remember him as independent, generous and loving.

The 31-year-old soldier from Honolulu, who was injured in a non-combat related incident, died March 29 in Baghdad, according to the Defense Department.

He was assigned to Wahiawa, Hawaii, and volunteered to deploy in October with the Virginia Army National Guard.

“The passing of Private First Class Pacleb is heartbreaking. We know his tragic passing is a very solemn and sobering event for his entire family. The members of the Hawaii National Guard grieve along with his family during this difficult time,” Maj. Gen. Bob Lee, Hawaii state adjutant general, said in a statement.

Army officials have said Pacleb’s death is being investigated.

His family said in a statement that he joined the Hawaii Army National Guard in 2009 better himself.

“We are very proud of [our] son’s service to his country and look up to him as a hero,” his family said. Little information about Pacleb was available, and his family asked for privacy as they mourned his death.

He graduated from Pearl City High School in 1996.

“He exemplified the brave and patriotic citizen-soldiers serving America in Operation Iraqi Freedom,” Lee said.

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