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Corp Gilberto Alejandro Meza
Birth: Mar. 27, 1986
Ventura County
California, USA
Death: Oct. 6, 2007
Baghdad, Iraq

Cpl. Gilberto A. Meza of Oxnard, Calif., entered Oxnard High School in 2000, and later transferred to Channel Islands High School, Frontier High School and the Oxnard Union High School District's GED program in 2004. Like a lot of ninth and 10th-graders, he was not as mature as you'd like him to be, but he really started to turn it around and go after the bigger picture. Gilberto sought a life of discipline and to see the world, so joining the United States Army two years ago seemed like a natural fit. The Army solidified Gilberto's transformation to a more serious and focused man. He was enthusiastic about the military. He enlisted in October 2005, looked forward to serving in Iraq, and planned to re-enlist for another four years when his four-year term ended. This was like a career move for him. This was his life. Gilberto had just left for Iraq starting his tour of duty there earlier this month. Family members last saw him when he came home in July. Not one to be a follower, he wanted to be a leader, Gilberto wanted to be a drill sergeant, and Iraq was a challenge that could lead to a promotion. He relished life in a uniform, probably because he loved dressing up, even to get a quart of milk at the corner market. He was very picky about his presentation. He loved dressing to the nines. He lived life to the fullest, accomplishing everything he wanted to do and more. He died in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit at age 21.

3rd Squadron
2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment
Vilseck, Germany 
Santa Clara Cemetery
Ventura County
California, USA
Created by: Iris
Record added: Oct 14, 2007
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Corp Gilberto Alejandro Meza
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