Carlos Noe Saenz
First Sergeant, United States Army
RELEASES from the United States Department of Defense
No. 415-06 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2006
Media Contact: Army Public Affairs - (703) 692-2000 Public/Industry(703)428-0711
DoD Identifies Army Casualties
The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died in Baghdad, Iraq on May 5, 2006, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their HMMWV during combat operations.
Saenz and Torres were assigned to the Army Reserve's 490th Civil Affairs Battalion, Abilene, Texas. Vacho was assigned to the Army Reserve's 489th Civil Affairs Battalion, Knoxville, Tenn. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, all three were attached to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.
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Kids in Sergeant Saen'z neighborhood were very impressed and proud to have a soldier living in their neighborhood. So much so that some have decided to follow in his footsteps. Others in the neighborhood are also honoring him by displaying American flags in front of their homes, all for a man they now call a hero
Both Sergeant Saenz and Specialist Torres were assigned to the U.S. Army Reserve's 490th Civil Affairs Battalion in Abilene, Texas. Sergeant Saenz leaves behind a wife and teenage son. His wife tells us that per his wishes he will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery sometime next week.
Torres recently moved to Las Vegas. He is originally from the Rochester, New York area. Before he was deployed, Torres was working for a helicopter company in Las Vegas.
Posted: 10 May 2006 Updated: 18 May 2006 Updated: 21 May 2006 Updated: 7 July 2006
Photo Courtesy of Holly, July 2006