Susan S Hernandez In Honor Of SSG Irving Hernandez Jr
Staff Sergeant Irving Hernandez Jr. was born in New York City, to the proud parents of the late Irving Hernandez Sr. and Debra Hernandez on April 24, 1978. This Union produced two children, of which Irving was the first born. He spent his early school year in New York, as he attended and graduated from Satellite Academy. Irving met his high school sweetheart Susan at Murray Bergtraum High School, and later married his loving and devoted wife on June 25th, 1998. This union produced two children, his first daughter, Stacey “the Princess” Hernandez and his son, Christian Michael Irving Hernandez.
He joined the military after graduating high school. He graduated basic training as an infantry soldier. Irving and Susan’s first adventure out of New York was Scofield Barracks in Hawaii. He was assigned to the top Infantry Unit the Wolfhounds Charlie Co. 2/27. He earned his Air Assault Medal, his Good Conduct Medal, his Arcom and many more awards. Irving visited many different places while upon his tour, deployment including places like Japan and the JRTC in Louisiana. In July of 2001 he received orders to Fort Drum NY, with a report date of April 2002. Upon arrival to Fort Drum he was attached to Charlie Co. 1/87. This unit was the first experience he had with combat after September 11, 2001. 1/87 was deployed to Afghanistan to fight the war against terror (Operation Enduring Freedom). While in Afghanistan, Irving received his Combat Infantry Badge (CIB) one of the highest awards you can receive in combat. He returned to New York with a new adventure for him and! his family, Fort Wainwright Alaska, where he was assigned to Alpha Co. 1/17. His next and last tour was to Iraq where he supported his country in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He spent an entire year fighting and saving many lives, he worked very hard to accomplish what he could to help people. Irving will receive the Purple Heart and the Bronze Starfor all of his efforts. As you can see he was an outstanding soldier. Staff Sergeant Irving Hernandez Jr. should be remembered as a hero that ought for his country, an outstanding leader and as a well respected soldier by his peers and the soldiers he commanded.
Irving had many loves such as clothes, music, big cars, four wheelers and who can forget his love of grass. If he could have he would have been very happy living out the rest of his days mowing his grass! But nothing was more important than his family, it’s the reason he entered the military. Many will say he served his country but the truth was he served his family. Irving was a devoted husband, proud father, proud uncle and a great big brother.
Irving will be so greatly missed. We will forever cherish his memory, his uniqueness, his sarcasm, his generosity and his majestic spirit.
He is gone from this life and eternally survived in the hearts of his two children, Stacey “the Princess” Hernandez and Christian Michael Irving Hernandez, his wife Susan Hernandez, his mother Debra Hernandez, one sister, Cindy Hernandez, three nephews Derek Isaiah Malik Williams, Telijah Arron Singleton and Justin Case Kay Soto a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.