Benitez, Carlos, SGT

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B10-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2010-2010, 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment
Service Years
2004 - 2010
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom

Sergeant


One Service Stripe



Four Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1985
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lubbock
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Oct 14, 2010
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
IED-Improvised Explosive Device
Location
Afghanistan
Conflict
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery - Dallas, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Sec 76, Site 1658N

 Official Badges 

4th Infantry Division


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
GWOT Fallen
  2013, GWOT Fallen [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

Rifle

 
 Unit Assignments
7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment
  2010-2010, 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2001-2020 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
  2003-2010 Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Army Sgt. Carlos A. Benitez, 24, of Carrollton, Texas



Sgt Benitez was assigned to the 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died Oct. 14, 2010 while conducting combat operations between Moqur and Darreh-Ye-Bum, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. Also killed were Spc. Rafael Martinez Jr. and Pfc. Tramaine J. Billingsley.



Twenty four years of pictures and memories are scattered on a kitchen table, while family and friends remember. A life taken too soon and a father left heartbroken.



"I love them very much and I am here to give a little support to her," said Josefina Rivera, a family friend.



A mother is left wondering how she will live without her oldest son. "There are no words to say how much, she loved her son," said Rivera.



Army Sgt. Carlos Benitez died in Afghanistan this past week, after insurgents attacked his unit. Two other soldiers were also killed.



Benitez, a Creekview High School graduate, enlisted in the army at 18. It was his childhood dream.



In the last six years, he had already served two 12-month tours in Iraq. He left for his third assignment in the Middle East in July.



His mom shared her fears with friends. "She was also worried when too many days pass away. She doesn't know anything about him," said Rivera. She wasn't the only one. The family told us Benitez was hesitant about his latest assignment.



He didn't want to leave his wife, Susana -- the two married in January 2008 in Denton County and held a church ceremony the following year. Benitez was raising her son as his own -- he also had a daughter from a previous relationship.



He wanted to spend more time with his family. He was even thinking about visiting his 89-year-old grandmother in El Salvador.



It is a family now left without their rock.



His daughter, Angie Benitez, wears a broken heart in honor of her father. She said if he doesn’t come home, she’s going to miss him.



Imelda Castillo painfully remembers receiving a call from her daughter to come home from her job in Farmers Branch on Thursday. There was a military man at the house with bad news: Castillo's son had been killed in Afghanistan.



"It's like a part of me left," Castillo said of her feelings when arriving home to receive the news from the military official.



Castillo said that her son, a graduate of Creekview High School in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch school district, was dedicated to the Army. She said that he wanted to enlist when he was 17 but that she refused to sign paperwork allowing him to do so. He joined when he was 18.



"It's what he wanted, to be in the Army," Castillo said.



Castillo said that she had seen news on TV of soldiers being killed in Iraq and Afghanistan and never thought of it happening to her son.



"Now I understand what it really feels like," she said.



Army Sgt. Carlos A. Benitez was killed in action on 10/14/10.


   
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