|Sgt. Israel Garcia
United States Army
KIA 13 July 2008
Long Beach soldier killed in Afghanistan
The Associated Press
LONG BEACH, Calif. — A local soldier was among nine Army paratroopers killed in a weekend
attack on a remote base in Afghanistan, relatives said.
Sgt. Israel “Ira” Garcia, 24, died when about 200 militants attacked the base near the Pakistan
border on July 13.
Garcia was with the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne) of the 173rd Airborne
Brigade Combat Team, Vincenza, Italy. His unit had been stationed in Afghanistan since May 2007.
“He’s a true fallen hero,” said his sister-in-law, Hilda Rezolorio. “He fought for this country.”
Garcia, who loved horses and soccer, enlisted shortly after graduating from high school in 2002,
his family said.
He was sent to Italy in June 2006, three months after marrying his high school sweetheart, Lesly
Garcia. She had been staying with family members in Long Beach but was preparing to return to
Italy because her husband was expected to return there in two weeks.
“She was scheduled to leave, going back to Italy on Monday night, July 14. They gave us the news
of his death Monday morning,” Rezolorio said. “She wanted to go home and get the house ready
“There are no words to describe him. He was loved by everybody,” Rezolorio said. “We will miss
his smile, his great sense of humor. He will be truly missed.”
In addition to his wife, Garcia is survived by his parents, Victor and Maricruz Garcia, and his
brother, Ramsses Garcia, all of Long Beach.
This Memorial Page Established by-Rod Brewer
August 08, 2008
In Honor Of Sgt. Israel Garcia
WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU MORE THAN THIS WORLD. THANK
YOU FOR ALL THE BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES YOU LEFT US.
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