Pfc Alexander R. Varela

United States Army
KIA 19 May 2007, Iraq

Memorial Page Established by-Rinda Pope

Alexander Varela was born Jan. 29th, 1988, in
Roseville, CA, where he lived most of his life. While living with his father in
Fernley, NV, he enlisted in the Army on his 18th Birthday 1/29/06. He
graduated basic training at Fort Benning, GA, Aug. 11, 2006, was
assigned to Fort Hood, TX, and then deployed to Iraq at the end of October,
2006. He was killed in the Amariyah section of Baghdad when an IED blew
up the tank he was driving, all aboard were killed.
Alex was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd
Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; died May 19th
in Baghdad of wounds sustained. Also killed were Staff Sgt. Christopher
Moore, Sgt. Jean P. Medlin, Spc. David W. Behrle, Spc. Joseph A.
Gilmore and Pfc. Travis Haslip.

His tank was filmed by an imbedded British news crew who responded when
the IED exploded.  
It was an ABC News feature.
Alex's favorite things to do were ride his quad in the Nevada desert,
play paintball with his buddies and cousin in Folsom, Ca, play Halo on
his X-Box 360 with guys at Camp Liberty, and photograph his brother
Roger and skate buddies, he loved life and was the best son a mother could
ask for.

He was my baby and will be missed every day for the rest of my life.

May 22, 2008
Spec. toscano
I remember Varela from Ft. benning we were in the same
platoon Charlie company 2-19 1st platoon charlie rock at times he was a
pain in my ass but he always made me laugh but the goofy stuff he
always did he was a great person and very eager to learn the ways of being
a good soldier I'm very proud of him at a very young age he made the
decision to join the US military and he knew the risk he was taking but did
it anyways his legacy will live on forever through and other soldiers
still out fighting for American way of life You'll be missed but
forgotten!!!!!!! Toscano out

May 18, 2008
Don Noonan
Just want you to know that I think of you daily as I
slip on your bracelet.  Thank you for your sacrifice for all of us.  You
are not forgotten.

Feb 19, 2008
SFC Rod Brewer
PRIVATE FIRST CLASS Alexander R. Varela, 19, KIA !9 May
07, Baghdad, IRaq along with five others from 1/5Cav, 2BCT, 1st Cav
Div.  My condolences to Alexs' family.
Alex, You Will Never Be Forgotten, Say Hooah to the others up there with
you!!!  Christmas in Arlington...
Rest easy, sleep well my brother.
Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell....   Rod.
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