View Full Version : Those who gave all

04-13-2003, 08:15 AM
Many of you know that I live in El Paso, Tx, home of Ft. Bliss and the 507th Maintenence Battallion. Our entire community has been praying for the safe return of the P.O.W.'s, and today, many of those prayers have been answered. As we celebrate, it is also important to remember the members of the coalition forces that gave the ultimate sacrifice. The irony is that on the day the P.O.W.'s are found and rescued, this obituary also appeared in today's El Paso Times. Let us not forget his sacrifice.

RUBEN ESTRELLA-SOTO 18, was born in Chihuahua, Mexico to his loving parents Amalia and Ruben Sr. on April 22, 1984. Ruben was a loving brother to Edgar Alejandro and to his sister Cynthia. He played football and graduated from Mt. View High School before joining the Army. He was a receipient of the Purple Heart. Visitation is from 2 to 5 pm Sunday at Martin Funeral Home, 3839 Montana. Rosary is at 7 p.m. at San Juan Diego Roman Catholic Church, 14520 Montana. Mass is at 10 a.m. at the church and burial follows at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery. Officiating will be Fr. Ed Rodin-Lucero, and concelebration Fr. Manuel Morrufo and Fr. Phil Briganti.

Wally in Cincy
04-13-2003, 12:34 PM

Thanks for the reminder. IIRC this young man and another were awarded US citizenship posthumously. Small consolation to the parents but I hope they find comfort in the fact that he died a hero.