Ewa Beach, Hawaii
February 21, 2010
Killed at Senjaray, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.
|From The Hawaii Reporter hawaiireporter.com 03/17/10:
Remembering Heroes of the Pacific Now Buried in Punchbowl
BY DUANE VACHON - Yesterday The National Memorial Cemetery received another hero. PFC JR Salvacion was laid to rest. A young man, a husband, a father, and a patriot in a country that he had adopted but was not yet a citizen of.
PFC Salvacion may not have the medals that we usually associate with heroes but he is a hero n the truest sense of the word. He died so that his son, who will never know his father, will grow up in a country free of terrorists. He died so that the many sons in Afghanistan will have the opportunity to grow up in a country that is free from tyranny and terrorists.
Few of us will do the spectacular deeds of heroism that spread themselves across the pages of our newspapers in big black headlines. But we can all be heroic in the
little things of everyday life. We can do the helpful things, say the kind words, meet our difficulties with courage and high hearts, we can stand up for the right when the cost is high, keep our word even though it means sacrifice, be a giver instead of a destroyer.
Often this quiet, humble heroism is the greatest heroism of all.
Salvacion entered the Army just over a year ago and deployed to Afghanistan as an infantryman in August. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, out of Fort Carson, Colorado.
He was killed on February 21st in Senjaray, Afghanistan, when his Army unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device. His awards include the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and NATO medal.
Some peoples' lives can truly make a difference however long or short their lives on earth. They give the gifts of kindness and of caring. They sow the seeds of friendship and self-worth. Some people's lives are beautiful examples of putting others first, and when they are gone, the lives of those they touched are so much richer, and the love they shared lives on and on.
Our country is grateful for PFC JR Salvacion's, service to our Great Nation and greatly appreciate him for our freedom. PFC JR Salvacion, you are a true American Hero and will not be forgotten.
Stand down Soldier, your mission is complete. Job Well Done. May our Heavenly Father welcome you home to rest.
'Duane A Vachon PhD works at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. He is the author of "Gems From The Antipodes: 12 Collections of Faith-Focusing Insights" now available from AuthorHouse.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble.
|From U.S. Department Defense
Dignified Transfer Pays Tribute to Fallen
|Honolulu Advertiser honoluluadvertiser.com 03/14/10:
Flags to lower for Salvacion
Gov. Linda Lingle has ordered all flags at state and county buildings to fly at half-staff on Tuesday to honor an 'Aiea soldier who was killed in Afghanistan Feb. 21.
Pfc. JR Salvacion, 27, was killed in Senjaray, Afghanistan, when his Army unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device. Salvacion was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, out of Fort Carson, Colo.
He was born in the Philippines and joined the Army just over a year ago. He was deployed to Afghanistan as an infantryman in August.
Lingle said in a proclamation that Salvacion "leaves a legacy of great honor and will be fondly remembered by those whose lives he touched."
Salvacion is survived by his wife, Joy; son, Zildjian Jade; father, Angelito; mother, Milagros Robiniol; brother, Sammy; and sister, Richelle Ann Robiniol.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Nu'uanu Memorial Park & Mortuary; prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will be held again from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony Church in Kalihi; Mass at 10 a.m.; burial to follow at 1 p.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
|Ewa Beach soldier killed by explosive
By William Cole
An Ewa Beach man and father of a young child was killed in Senjaray, Afghanistan, on Sunday when his Army unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device.
Pfc. JR Salvacion, 27, was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, out of Fort Carson, Colo., the Pentagon said yesterday.
Salvacion entered the Army just over a year ago and deployed to Afghanistan as an infantryman in August, according to Fort Carson.
“R.I.P. Salvacion, J.R., I miss you brother, and I hope you are doing good in heaven,” said a fellow soldier in a Web site memorial. “Send your angels to your 9-month baby and take care of your wife while in heaven.”
Salvacion’s American flag-draped casket arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Monday for return to his family.
His awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and NATO medal.
Senjaray, where Salvacion was killed, is a Taliban stronghold west of Kandahar.
Three other soldiers from Salvacion’s battalion were killed on Feb. 13 in Zhari province when a motorcyclist detonated a bomb when the soldiers were on a foot patrol. Several others were injured.
As of yesterday, the Pentagon said 713 U.S. service members have been killed in action in and around Afghanistan, 203 have died from non-hostile causes, and 5,063 have been wounded in action.
|Army PFC Salvacion was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado as an infantryman. He was on foot patrol when his unit was attacked by insurgents with an improvised explosive device. When JR was born, he was given the initials of the Philippines national hero, Jose Rizal. He later moved to Hawaii and decided to join the Army on February 4, 2009. After enlisting, JR would call his friends to tell them what he had done – he was proud to be a member of the U.S. Army. He was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and NATO Medal. JR was a gifted guitar player, loved to go to the beach and just have a good time. During his memorial service at Nu'uanu Memorial Park and Mortuary, more than 400 people showed up to pay their respects. During the memorial, JR's wife Joy, while holding their young son, was presented with a certificate of citizenship – JR had become an American citizen.|
|Tuesday, March 16, 2010
HI – Pfc. JR Salvacion
GOVERNOR LINGLE ORDERS U.S. AND STATE FLAGS TO FLY AT HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF PFC JR SALVACION
For Immediate Release: March 12, 2010
HONOLULU – 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 Tuesday, March 16, 2010, from sunrise to sunset, in honor of Pfc. JR Salvacion who died while serving our nation.
A mass followed by burial at the National Cemetery of the Pacific will be held on Tuesday. 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 Tuesday in honor of Pfc. Salvacion.
Pfc. Salvacion of ‘Ewa Beach was killed in an insurgent attack in Afghanistan on Feb. 21. He was assigned to the 1 st Battalion 12 th Infantry Regiment, 4 th Brigade Combat Team, 4 th Infantry Division in Fort Carson, Colorado.
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 member killed in action whose “home of record” is Hawai‘i.
Read the Governor’s proclamation to lower the U.S. and Hawai‘i flags.
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