Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Richard Correa laid to rest

A bemedalled Filipino -American soldier who served the United States Army and died while on a military operation in Iraq was given a hero's burial here.

Given a U.S. military hero's internment was the late Sgt. Richard V. Correa,25.

U.S. military personnel came over to give full military honors to their comrade, Sgt. Correa whose body was intered at the Lingayen municipal cemetery.

His casket, draped in American flag, arrived in his parents' home in Lingayen on Monday and was originally scheduled for a three-day wake.

But his father, Ricardo Primicias, 71, said the wake was extended for another day at the request of the U.S. Embassy.

Primicias, a businessman, was a member of the 1971 Constitutional Convention.

His mother is Ma. Minda Correa.

Sgt. Correa died when an impovised explosive device exploded near his position while on foot patrol in Ilbu Falris, Iraq on May 29.

Correa was a squad leader assigned to A Company, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division on a one-year tour in Iraq.

He enlisted in the Army in January 2000 after his contract with the U.S. Air Force expired.

Correa was a highly decorated U.S. soldier having received multiple awards and decorations.

His awards were the Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab and several Air Force awards. (PNA)

From Balita News

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