Acosta, Rudy, SPC

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Last Rank
Specialist
Last Service Branch
Medical Corps
Last Primary MOS
68W-Health Care Specialist (Combat Medic)
Last MOS Group
Medical Department (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2008-2011, 4th Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment (Dragoons)
Service Years
2009 - 2011
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Enduring Freedom

Specialist



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1991
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Canyon Country
Last Address
Kandahar province, Afghanistan

Casualty Date
Mar 19, 2011
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Afghanistan
Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
Location of Interment
Eternal Valley Memorial Park - Canyon Country, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Combat Medical 1st Award
Medical

 
 Unit Assignments
2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment (Dragoons)
  2008-2011, 4th Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment (Dragoons)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2001-2020 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
19, of Canyon Country, Calif., assigned to 4th Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany; died March 19 in Shah Wali Kot, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained from small-arms fire.
   
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Back in California, Rudy Acosta was well-liked by everyone at his high school, his friends said.


He performed in school plays and wasn’t shy about showing his school spirit for Santa Clarita Christian School. Some remember that, as a sophomore, he went so far as to shave all his hair during spirit week and leave only “SCCS” in red-dyed letters on the back of his head.


“You can’t help but smile when you think of Rudy,” said classmate Taylor Tronson, 20.


The 19-year-old Acosta died March 19 in Kandahar province. The military said he was fatally wounded when a person from a military security group allegedly opened fire.


Acosta had been based in Vilseck, Germany.


His father, Dante Acosta, told the Santa Clarita Valley Signal that he was proud of his son but “heartbroken.”


He told the newspaper that his son inspired others.


“He was a wonderful young man who came back a man,” he said.


Acosta graduated from high school in 2009, completed Army basic training that summer and was deployed to Afghanistan on June 10. He served as a health care specialist and planned to enroll in medical school after he completed his service, his father said.



   
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