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Age:   25
Hometown: Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
Date of Death: 11/2/2003
Incident Location: Fallujah, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment
Unit's Base: Fort Sill, Okla.

Sgt. Joel Perez was born in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, grew up in Newark, N.J., and was stationed at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. "Joel was a very kind, thoughtful and courageous man who loved his family, loved the Army, and loved being a soldier," his family said in a statement. "We are extremely proud of his bravery and his service to his country. He was a hero. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the other soldiers who were killed and their families." Perez, 25, was one of 16 soldiers who died in the Nov. 2 downing of a helicopter carrying troops home on leave. He is survived by his wife, Milagros Perez, and 18-month-old daughter, Jaileen, both of Newark.
Source: Associated Press
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