Pictured Sgt. Alex R. Jimenez (left) and Pvt. Byron W. Fouty (right).
Last May, I posted on a story about 3 missing U.S. soldiers. At the time, only the body of Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr. had been found while his 2 commrades remained missing. All 3 had been kidnapped in Iraq.
Now, over a year later, the bodies of Specialist Alex R. Jimenez, 25, of Lawrence, Mass., and Pvt. Byron W. Fouty, 19, of Waterford, Mich. are back on U.S. soil.
The military has not yet issued a public confirmation, but Ramon “Andy” Jimenez said in a broadcast interview that officers visited his Lawrence, Massachusetts, home to tell him the body of his son, Sgt. Alex R. Jimenez, 25, was found.
The officers told Ramon “Andy” Jimenez that information from an informant led investigators to the remains of his son and those of Pvt. Byron W. Fouty, 19, of Waterford, Michigan, on Wednesday, Jimenez family friend Sandy Almonte said.
The senior Jimenez, a native of the Dominican Republic, said the military told him the soldiers’ remains were identified in the U.S. by their dental records.
The father said his son died for a cause he cared about.
“He decided since he was young to join the Army,” he said. “I’m very proud of my son.”
The military did not give the family any other details, such as where the bodies were found, Almonte said.
Gordon Dibler spoke of waiting for news of his stepson Army Pvt. Fouty after military officials came to his home, The Associated Press reported Thursday.
“Every day that he’s been missing has been a day of `what could have been’ … but after hearing the news … I’m still in shock,” Dibler said.
Major Dan Elliott with the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division confirmed to CNN that human remains were found in the division’s area of operation in Iraq. He said the remains were sent to the United States for positive identification.
The body of a third soldier who was kidnapped in the May 12 ambush — Pfc. Joseph J. Anzack Jr., 20, of Torrance, California — was pulled from the Euphrates River in Babil province 11 days after the attack near Mahmoudiya, which is south of Baghdad.
Four American troops and an Iraqi interpreter were killed in the ambush, which happened in a section of Iraq that was known as the Triangle of Death.
Black ribbons of mourning replaced the yellow ribbons around the Jimenez home Thursday afternoon.
A POW/MIA flag that had been hanging from the home for more than a year was also immediately replaced by a U.S. flag.
Wendy Luzon, another Jimenez family friend who was with the father when the military officers read the official notification to the family, said “It brings closure to the whole deal.”
Pictured above is Pfc. Joseph J. Anzack Jr.
This has become an all too sad and familiar scenario for military families around the world.
Be sure to visit the Iraq Page Website which is dedicated to the servicemen and women who have lost their lives during the Iraq War.