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Age:   22
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Date of Death: 10/2/2006
Incident Location: Taji, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Spc.
Unit: 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division
Unit's Base: Fort Hood, TX

Raymond S. Armijo, who was known as "Bear," had a tattoo on his forearm. On one side it said, "The choices we make." On the other side, it said "are the people we become." "He became a hero to us because of the choices he made," said his aunt, Michelle Mancilla. Armijo, 22, of Phoenix, was killed Oct. 2 in Taji from a roadside bomb. He was assigned to Fort Hood. "My son planned to come back and get married, then get a job with the FBI, working SWAT," Tina Armijo said. "And he wanted to buy a truck. He really wanted a truck. He was happy, funny, and always looking to the future." Armijo, who moved with his mother to Phoenix at age 4, loved trying new foods, listening to all kinds of music and unabashedly singing along. He had aspirations of someday joining the FBI. Standing more than 6 feet tall and known for his megawatt smile, Armijo was seen as the "gentle giant" of the family. "He was the type of guy that was the middle man," said Mancilla. "He never had anything bad to say about people. He got along with everyone." Armijo was engaged to fiancee Genavieve Gloria. "They decided to bury him with his wedding ring," said Louie Olivas, Armijo's uncle. He also is survived by his father, Raymond.
Source: Associated Press
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