A Sergeants Death in Iraq Follows His Fiancées

After one tour in Iraq and the death of his fiance by an IED in Tikrit, Army Reserve SGT Jose Gomez tried to protect his mother by telling her he wasn't called up to duty to return there. His heart was in the right place but it was the worst possible outcome.

Excerpt from the NY Times article:

Jose Gomez knew the loss of war. In 2003, his fiancée, Analaura Esparza-Gutierrez, an Army private, died in a roadside bombing in Tikrit, Iraq. So when he was ordered to Iraq for a second tour last July, this time as a reserve officer, he decided to spare his mother by not telling her.

Instead, Sergeant Gomez, 23, invented a detailed ruse that he was studying accounting and economics two days a week at a college in Texas and working. He made regular Saturday phone calls to his mother, Maria Gomez, of Corona, Queens, and insisted on being the one to place the call. When Mrs. Gomez dialed the number and found it disconnected, he gently brushed her off, reminding her that he would call her.

Then a bank statement arrived at Mrs. Gomez's home, showing Army paychecks deposited to Sergeant Gomez's account.

"You've been in the Army these eight months," Mrs. Gomez told her son.

"No, no, I'm not," Sergeant Gomez insisted.

There was no call last Saturday. On Friday, two officers and an English-Spanish translator came to tell her that her son was killed that day in a roadside bombing in Baghdad...
Poor bastard

this needs to come to an end

RIP mate.

In some ways it is probably for the best his mum did find out before the "visit".
very sad story , it must be heart breaking for his rmother.

Ne Obliviscaris
Awfull story. RIP fella.
No conoceis siquiera ni el color de los muros
que vuestra infranqueable compromiso amuralla
La tierra que os entierra la defendeis, seguros
a tiros con la muerte vestida de batalla.

You do not even know the color of the wall
that your insurmountable commitment fortifies
You defend the earth that buries you, secure
in a shoot out with death, dressed for battle.

R. Alberti
Vaya con dios, caballero.

Go with God, brave young man.


War Hero
RIP Fella

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