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Pfc. Armando Soriano

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Age:   20
Hometown: Houston, TX
Date of Death: 2/1/2004
Incident Location: Haditha, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Pfc.
Unit: 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment
Unit's Base: Fort Carson, Colo.

Armando Soriano had worked ever since he was 12 or 13, trying to help his parents by earning money at restaurants or construction sites or odd jobs. Soon the Army seemed a good fit. "The main reason he took off to the Army was that he wanted to help out his parents and to try and be somebody and learn," said Soriano''s lifelong friend, Alex Castellano. "He would think about everybody else before he thought about himself." Pfc. Soriano, 20, of Houston, died Feb. 1 when his vehicle slid off a road in Haditha, Iraq, and rolled over during bad weather. Soriano joined the Army two months after graduating from high school in 2002. He signed up over the strong objections of his mother, who feared for the oldest of their five children. The strong-willed Soriano told his parents he was 18 and it was his decision to make. His mother''s objections changed once she began receiving letters and photos of him in basic training. "I was real proud of him," Clotilde Soriano said. "He was being somebody."
Source: Associated Press
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