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Chief Warrant Officer Isaias E. Santos

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Age:   28
Hometown: Ancon
Date of Death: 12/26/2005
Incident Location: Baghdad
 
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Chief Warrant Officer
Unit: 1st Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Divisi
Unit's Base: Fort Hood, Texas

Brigadier Gen. Purl Keen said Isaias E. Santos was a leader among his fellow soldiers and was considered one of the best young helicopter pilots in his brigade. "He was an exceptional warrior, picked by his commander to fly with the best and in the most important missions," Keen said. Santos, 28, of Ancon, Panama, was killed Dec. 26 in Baghdad in a helicopter accident. He was assigned to Fort Hood. "I know my son did not live in vain," said Jose Santos, holding back tears during a military funeral in front of the Panama Canal. Jose Santos, who served for the United States during the Vietnam War, wore a U.S. military uniform at the ceremony. "When we gave our son to the Army, we did it with love," he said. "He asked for the support of his father and mother, and we gave it to him with love." Santos joined the Army in 1995 after graduating from high school in Panama City. He was sent to Iraq in November. "The people of the United States are eternally grateful to Isaias for having offered his life to defend the world against terrorism," said William A. Eaton, U.S. ambassador to Panama.
Source: Associated Press
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