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Sgt Jerry Lee Bonifacio, Jr
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Birth: May 13, 1977
Solano County
California, USA
Death: Oct. 10, 2005
Baghdad, Iraq


VACAVILLE, Calif. - A 28-year-old soldier from Vacaville died this week in Iraq when a car bomb detonated near his checkpoint.
Army Staff Sgt. Jerry L. Bonifacio Jr. died Monday while protecting the Green Zone, a fortification in Baghdad designed to keep U.S. officials safe.
Bonifacio, who also worked at a Martinez refinery, had only three months remaining on his deployment to Iraq. He was engaged to Michelle Baptiste, who shared an apartment in Vacaville with Bonifacio.
Hearing the news was "numbing," Baptiste told The Reporter of Vacaville.
"They read it off a paper. It was really cold. Like they do it all the time," she said. "Everyone just says they feel numb. It doesn't seem real."
Bonifacio was remembered for his love of comic books and heavy metal concerts, attending concerts of some his favorite bands - Dio, Poison, Motley Crue and Iron Maiden - with Baptiste.
Bonifacio was originally scheduled to finish his enlistment with the National Guard's 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment, in Dublin, last October. His enlistment was extended so he could go to Iraq in December 2004, but he kept his feelings about the war to himself.
"He never really talked about it," said his mother, Anna Bonifacio. "Last time he was on leave he said he had enlisted for another five years."
Bonifacio, who was raised in Vacaville, is survived by his parents Jerry and Anna, younger sister, Esther, and younger brother, John.

Company B, 1/184th Infantry Battalion, (AASLT)

It is with deepest sympathy that The California National Guard announces Staff Sgt. Jerry L. Bonifacio, Jr., 28, of Vacaville, Calif. died in Baghdad, Iraq on Oct. 10 when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near the security checkpoint he was manning. Bonifacio was a long-time resident of Vacaville and is survived by his parents, his younger brother and sister, his grandparents, and his fiancée.

Bonifacio was assigned to the California Army National Guard's Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment, (Air Assault) Dublin, Calif. He joined the 184th immediately after leaving the Active Duty Army in 2001. While assigned to the 184th Sgt. Bonifacio was squad leader, mortarman, and dismounted team leader. Fellow soldiers described him as a "quiet professional" who put his soldiers first in every situation.

While on Active Duty he served with the 101st Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky earning an Air Assault Badge, three Army Achievement Medals, a Joint Meritorious Unit Award, an Army Good Conduct Medal, a Humanitarian Service Medal, an Army Service Ribbon, and a Multinational Force and Observers Medal.


Warriors Walk Memorial *
Liberty County
Georgia, USA
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Record added: Jul 13, 2006
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Sgt Jerry Lee Bonifacio, Jr
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Sgt Jerry Lee Bonifacio, Jr
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Sgt Jerry Lee Bonifacio, Jr
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