|Birth: ||Jun. 30, 1957|
Puerto Rico, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 2, 2005|
A Green Beret killed this month in Afghanistan was remembered during a memorial service Friday as a loving family man and dedicated soldier.
Sgt. 1st Class Pedro A. Munoz, 47, was fatally wounded Jan. 2 by small-arms fire while his unit was conducting an offensive operation in Shindand, Afghanistan. He died during a medical evacuation from the scene, the Army Special Operations Command said.
Munoz served as an operations and intelligence sergeant assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, N.C., the Special Operations Command said.
Several hundred people gathered at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Chapel on Fort Bragg to honor Munoz, a native of Quebradillas, Puerto Rico.
Munoz’s wife, Gisela, and daughter, Dalia, both of Fayetteville, attended the memorial service, as did several members of his family from Puerto Rico.
Retired Command Sgt. Maj. George Miller spoke of his time with Munoz in the 3rd Special Forces Group, when the pair deployed to Colombia in the mid-1990s.
Miller said he was impressed with how Munoz bonded with the Colombian forces.
“He always thought of other people before himself,” he said.
Miller supported Munoz when he said he wanted to join the U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, in 1997.
“I was so proud of him when he made the team,” Miller said. “It was something he wanted, and failure was not an option.”
Sgt. 1st Class Johnny Mulford, a member of the Golden Knights when Munoz tried out, said it was unusual to see a soldier nearing his 40s go out for the team, let alone make it.
“I said to myself, ‘This is an old man,’ “ Mulford said.
Mulford said Munoz always scored among the highest on physical fitness tests even though he insisted on being graded by standards set for 17- to 21-year-old soldiers.
Munoz returned to Special Forces in 2002, this time joining the 1st Battalion of the 7th Special Forces Group.
“He was 47 years old and on an A-Team,” Miller said. “That’s unheard of.”
Munoz was honored posthumously with the Bronze Star with valor device, the Purple Heart and the Meritorious Service Medal.
— Associated Press
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Record added: Jan 09, 2005
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