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Name: Roland E. Calderon-Ascencio

Age: 21

Branch/rank: Army private first class

City: Perrine

Died: April 12, 2006

Bio: Everything Calderon did, he did with his family in mind. From the book of poetry he made for his mother in middle school to his decision to join the Army while a senior at Miami Southridge High, he wanted to be there for others. Calderon's enlistment came as a surprise to his family, but he told them the free education could help him be a better provider, older sister Jenny Rauda said. He married a fellow recruit. The couple had twin boys before Calderon's Nov. 2006 deployment. He was killed by an improvised explosive in Misiab five months later.

Name: Lillian Clamens

Age: 35

Branch/rank: Army staff sergeant

City: Homestead

Died: Oct. 10, 2007

Bio: The mother of three was assigned to a postal platoon in Baghdad and was within two days of starting her return journey home to the U.S. for a reunion with her husband and kids when she was killed. She was a civilian worker in the Army and an Army reservist who moved to South Florida in 2005. She had an infectious smile and a love for music, dancing performing arts and people. She was killed when her base was attacked by rockets.

Name: Donnie D. Dixon

Age: 37

Branch/rank: Army staff sergeant

City: Miami

Died: Sept. 29, 2007

Bio: On the day he turned 18, the Carol City High School graduate was off to boot camp, fulfilling a lifelong goal of serving his country. A teller of hilarious jokes as an adolescent, he was more serious as an adult, family members say, always there for his family. The 19-year veteran was killed when his unit was attacked by insurgents using small arms fire in Baloor.

Name: Jeremy Ricardo Ewing

Age: 22

Branch/rank: Army private first class

City: Miami

Died: April 29, 2004

Bio: Ewing's biggest dream was to buy his parents a house, relatives said. Even as a youngster, Ewing was good with electronics and could fix many things, his mother recalled. The Miami Central High School graduate wanted to go to college and to have his own business. At one point he was within days of coming home from Iraq, but his tour of duty extended. Ewing was among eight soldiers on foot patrol in Baghdad killed by a suicide car bomber.

Name: Marius L. Ferrero

Age: 23

Branch/rank: Army private first class

City: Miami

Died: Nov. 18, 2007

Bio: Ferrero celebrated an early Thanksgiving with his family and had been in Iraq only four days before his death by a homemade bomb in Baqubah. Army officials told Ferro's family he died while giving toys to children in a playground. Two other soldiers were also killed and according to the Associated Press so were at least three children. As a teen, the Coral Park Senior High graduate took an interest in the military, joining the Civil Air Patrol and in 2007, joined the Army.

Name: Armando Ariel Gonzalez

Age: 25

Branch/rank: Marine corporal

City: Hialeah

Died: April 14, 2003

Bio: Gonzalez escaped Cuba on a raft with his father and brother as a teenager in 1995 with hopes of becoming a firefighter and a U.S. citizen. The three-year Marine's wife was pregnant with their daughter when he died after a refueling tanker he was repairing collapsed in southern Iraq. He was awarded his American Citizenship posthumously.

Name: Foster L. Harrington

Age: 31

Branch/rank: Marine sergeant

City: Miami

Died: Sept. 20, 2004

Bio: An emergency room technologist at Jackson Memorial, Harrington came out of the military where he had been an infantryman and combat driver and came to Jackson Memorial as an orthopedic technologist in 1999. He was recalled to active duty and had been in Iraq for weeks when he was shot and killed by a sniper in enemy action near Fallujah in al Anbar Province.

Name: Alfred H. Jairala

Age: 29

Branch/rank: Army private first class

City: Hialeah

Died: July 31, 2007

Bio: A former security guard on Miami Beach, Jairala was due home any day, his extended tour of duty in Iraq almost over. But the decorated soldier and father of two baby girls at the time of his death, was killed by a roadside bomb in Baghdad. He had lived in Hialeah three years before his death.

Name: Romulo J. Jimenez II

Age: 21

Branch/rank: Marine corporal

City: Grew up in the Redland

Died: Nov. 10, 2004

Bio: "R.J.,"as he was known, was an outdoor and firearms enthusiast and an avid deer hunter. A family friend described the 2001 South Dade High School graduate as a model son and a patriotic soul. Jimenez' enlistment in the Marines was the fulfillment of a lifelong ambition. He was shot and killed in his second tour of duty in Iraq during enemy action on the first day of the campaign to take Fallujah.

Name: Jude R. Jonaus

Age: 27

Branch/rank: Army staff sergeant

City: Miami

Died: Sept. 6, 2005

Bio: Affectionately known as "Ralpho'' and one of seven children, the 1996 North Miami High grad was one of three family members to serve in Iraq. Jonaus, who was a pharmacy technician, volunteered for duty in Iraq. Serving his country well was a job that meant more than anything else, family members recalled at his funeral. He was killed when his HumVee hit a roadside bomb in Baghdad.

Name: Alexander Jordan

Age: 31

Branch/rank: Army corporal

City: Miami

Died: Sept. 10, 2006

Bio: Concerned about the safety of his family and of the nation after the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01, Jordan joined the Army. A Miami-Dade County native, Jordan attended Southwood Middle School before going to a New Mexico military academy. The newlywed's one-year tour in Mosul was nearly over in Iraq when he was assigned to four more months in Baghdad where his unit was trying to stabilize neighborhoods and stop outbreaks of violence. He died after being shot by small arms fire.

Name: Christopher Kenny

Age: 32

Branch/rank: Army captain

City: Miami

Died: May 3, 2004

Bio: A certified diver, strong swimmer and an avid fisherman who spent weekends on the family's boat, Kenny was a 1989 Palmetto High School graduate and an avid reader, family members said. He attended The Citadel and studied history. On his second tour of duty in Iraq, Kenny and three other soldiers died when their military vehicle left the road and flipped over into a canal in Balad.

Name: Rene Martinez

Age: 21

Branch/rank: Marine lance corporal

City: Miami

Died: Sept. 24, 2006

Bio: Martinez wanted to be a Marine from the time he was a boy, his sister said, and he planned to finish his four- year stint with a good record. The decorated Marine and Sunset Senior High graduate had plans to come home and study accounting. Martinez, a mortarman, died while conducting combat operations in Baghdad.

Name: Joe Polo

Age: 24

Branch/rank: Army sergeant

City: Miami Gardens

Died: March 29, 2007

Bio: Polo, a devoted "big brother'' to his younger sisters, always wanted to be a soldier. And he wanted to help facilitate Iraq's new democracy, family members said. He served two tours in Iraq, getting married between assignments, leaving for Iraq a week after the wedding. Polo died when his unit was attacked by forces using homemade bombs and small arms fire in Baghdad.

Name: Edmond L. Randle

Age: 26

Branch/rank: Army sergeant

City: Miami

Died: January 17, 2004

Bio: A trumpet player and video games enthusiast who grew up in Carol City and graduated from Central High, Randle joined the Army to earn money to continue his education at Florida A&M, relatives said. He was killed with two other soldiers when their Bradley Fighting Vehicle hit a roadside bomb north of Taji.

Name: Christopher T. Riviere

Age: 21

Branch/rank: Marine private first class

City: Cooper City

Died: Sept. 26, 2006

Bio: The Cooper City High graduate was a serious Miami Dolphins and Hurricane fan who loved his country and owned a black pickup truck with a U.S. Marine Corps sticker in the back window. He tried work and college before enlisting in the Marines. In Al Anbar Province less than a month, he was conducting combat operations when he was killed by a sniper.

Name: Junior Cedeno Sanchez

Age: 20

Branch/rank: Army private first class

City: Miami

Died: May 28, 2007

Bio: Sanchez, who lived briefly in Country Walk, had aspired to attend Army Ranger school when he returned from Iraq. He wanted to be a pilot. The Dominican-born Sanchez had been in Iraq only a few weeks when a roadside bomb killed him and his staff sergeant on Memorial Day in Baghdad

Name: Juan E. Segura

Age: 26

Branch/rank: Marine lance corporal

City: Homestead

Died: Nov. 9, 2004

Bio: Segura, an amateur boxer much of his life and a graduate of South Dade High School joined the Marines with the hope of boxing in the Olympics, a relative said. Segura believed in the war and signed up for a second tour of duty. He was shot and killed on the first day of the battle to take Fallujah.

Name: Marco A. Silva

Age: 27

Branch/rank: Army staff sergeant

City: Homestead

Died: March 13, 2006

Bio: The father of two, devout Baptist and a military sniper who came from a family with military roots grew up in Homestead, died in a Ramadi ambush that included a homemade bomb. The 1999 Homestead High School graduate was nicknamed "shorty'' because he was just five-foot-one.

Name: Charles M. Sims

Age: 18

Branch/rank: Army private first class

City: Miami

Died: Oct. 3, 2003

Bio: Born in Miami and a graduate of Miami Carol City High School, Sims was a four-year junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) student who knew for years that he wanted to go into the military, his mother said. Sims was a military police officer who received many honors, she said. He accidentally drowned in Baghdad.

Name: Roger Suarez-Gonzalez

Age: 21

Branch/rank: Army private first class

City: Miami

Died: December 4, 2006

Bio: Born in Nicaragua, Suarez-Gonzalez arrived hoping for a better life in this country. A hard worker and needing money, the Army seemed like the best route for Suarez-Gonzalez to reach his dream of becoming a police officer. He worked with his uncle installing cabinets for a while. Suarez-Gonzalez met his wife at a job training class in Kentucky and they were newlyweds when he was sent to Iraq. He died from small arms fire while conducting security and observation operations in Ramadi.

Name: Luis Ariel Souffront

Age: 25

Branch/rank: Navy petty officer 1st class

City: Miami

Died: Feb. 7, 2008

Bio: The water was Souffront's passion, driving him to join the Navy in July 2000. His training as an explosives disposalman took him to Virginia, Guam and Iraq, where his superiors praised him for his work with Navy SEALs. A graduate of Barbara Goldman Senior High, Souffront earned a Purple Heart and numerous other decorations for his Navy service. He was killed by an improvised explosive device that injured six of his comrades.

Name: Franklin R. Vilorio

Age: 26

Branch/rank: Army sergeant

City: Miami

Died: Sept. 6, 2005

Bio: Born in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic and coming to Miami at 16, Vilorio worked in a Burger King to help make ends meet for his family. A graduate of Miami Beach Senior High, his dream for after the Army was to buy his mom a new home and let her stop working, and to apply for a job at the Miami Police Department. He and another soldier were killed when their HumVee hit a roadside bomb in Baghdad.
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