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Sgt. 1st Class Joselito O. Villanueva View/Sign Guest Book
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Age:   36
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Date of Death: 9/27/2004
Incident Location: Balad, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Sgt. 1st Class
Unit: 9th Engineer Battalion, 1st Infantry Division
Unit's Base: Schweinfurt, Germany

Joselito O. Villanueva''s sunny personality quickly endeared "Sergeant V" to many of his fellow soldiers and their families. "Joe was a very sweet guy, and he had such a big heart," said Staff Sgt. Kenneth Robinson. "He was also sociable, and he loved hanging out at the Irish pub with all his friends. I don''t think Joe realized how special he made people feel." Villanueva, 36, of Los Angeles, was killed Sept. 27 during an ambush in Balad. The 11-year Army veteran was based in Germany. Villanueva earned a Purple Heart in April when a roadside bomb exploded next to his Humvee, killing one of his soldiers. A piece of shrapnel the size of a half dollar pierced his neck. He was a combat engineer who worked defusing explosives, setting up mine fields and tearing down obstacles. "He was well-trained and believed deeply in what he was doing," said Sgt. Michael Anderson. "He was always there for his solders and his friends." Villanueva is survived by his parents, Edito and Pklarita.
Source: Associated Press
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