Staff SGT Richard Velasquez Miramontes Staff SGT Richard Velasquez Miramontes was born October 31, 1983 in Corcoran, California to the union of Maria A. and Cornelio P. Miramontes. Staff SGT Miramontes graduated from Tulare Western High School in Tulare, California in 2001. He also attended Central Texas College. Staff SGT Miramontes enlisted in the United States Army
in 2001. He graduated from Basic Training and attended Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Upon graduation he was awarded the Military Occupation Specialty of Construction Equipment Repairer. After his Advanced Individual Training, he attended Airborne School and earned his Airborne wings. His duty assignments include: 503rd Support Maintenance Company, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; 37th Combat Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; 2nd Battalion, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, Seoul, South Korea; and 659th Support Maintenance Company, 82nd Sustainment Brigade, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Between 2003 and 2010, Staff SGT Miramontes served three combat tours in Iraq
in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Staff SGT Miramontes' awards and decorations include: Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal (5), Army Good Conduct Medal (3), National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (4 Campaign Stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon (2), Overseas Service Medal (3), Drivers Badge, and Mechanics Badge. Staff SGT Miramontes departed this earth to be with his lord and savior on December 9, 2012 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Staff SGT Miramontes is survived by his son, Richard Juan Miramontes Jr. of Visalia, CA; his son's mother, Monique Granados of Visalia, CA; his mother, Maria A. Miramontes of Tulare, CA; his father, Cornelio P. Miramontes of Farmersville, CA; sisters Lori Miramontes, Jany Miramontes and Isabella Miramontes of Tulare, CA; brother Spec. Dany Miramontes, stationed at Fort Lewis, WA and currently deployed in Kuwait; his maternal grandmother, Benita Alvarez of Tulare, CA; and paternal grandparents, Isabel and Carmen Miramontes of Zacatecas, Mexico. The Broken Chain - We little knew that day God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly. In death, we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you. You did not go alone. For part of us went with you. The day God called you home. You left us beautiful memories. Your love is still our guide. And though we cannot see you, You are always at our side. Our family chain is broken, And nothing seems the same. But God calls us one by one. The chain will link again. Visitation will be held at Sterling & Smith Funeral Chapel, 415 N. K Street, Tulare, December 20, 2012, 2:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. with rosary at 6:00 P.M. Service will be at St. Rita's Catholic Church, 954 S. O Street, Tulare, December 21, 2012 at 9:00 A.M. Interment with full Military Honors will be at Calvary Cemetery, 11680 S. 10th Avenue, Hanford. Arrangements entrusted to Sterling & Smith Funeral Home, Tulare, California.