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Daniel E. Gomez

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Army SPC. Daniel Enrique Gomez, age 21, formerly of Natalia, was killed in action in Iraq, Wednesday, July 18, 2007, also killed were Army SPC. 1st Class Luis Gutierrez-Rosales, Army SPC. Zachary Clouser and Army SPC. Richard Gilmore III. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, in Schweinfurt, Germany. SPC. Gomez received many medals and commendations in his military career; including the Legion Of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Medic Badge and Expert Badge With Rifle. Daniel attended Natalia Schools from 1st grade through 6th grade. In 1998 at the age of 13 and in the middle of his seventh grade year, the family moved to Warner Robins, Georgia where he played football and was very involved in the Air Force Junior Officer Training Corp. He served as Corp Commander for two years and graduated in 2003. He attended Texas A&M and was part of the Corp of Cadets. He left and went back to Warner Robins, Georgia and attended Georgia Military College and joined the Army on June 1, 2005. He is survived by his parents Juan & Juanita Gomez, brother Louis, sister Marian, maternal grandmother Maura Medina and paternal grandmother Enriqueta Gomez. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, a host of other relatives, friends and his fellow Warriors. Visitation will be held Saturday, July 28, 2007 from 6:00PM until 9:00PM and Sunday, July 29, 2007, from 9:00AM until 9:00PM, in the Chapel of Hurley Funeral Home, Devine with the Rosary being recited at 7:00PM. Mass will be celebrated at 10:00AM, at St John Bosco Catholic Church, Natalia. In honor of Daniel's wishes, he will be interred with Full Military Honors at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery immediately following the Mass. Anyone wishing to do so may leave condolences for the family at www.hurleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements under the direction of HURLEY FUNERAL HOME Devine, TX 78016 (830) 663-4445

Published in Express-News on July 28, 2007
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