Acosta, Edward, 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
2010-2011, 68W, 3rd Brigade Combat Team (IBCT), 1st Armored Division
Service Years
2008 - 2012
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Operation Enduring Freedom

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1990
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Hesperia
Last Address
La Jolla, CA

Casualty Date
Mar 05, 2012
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
IED-Improvised Explosive Device
Location
California
Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
Location of Interment
Sunset Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary - Apple Valley, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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1st Armored Division


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Medical Shoulder Cord Gold Star


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Combat Medical 1st Award


 
 Unit Assignments
8th Army, Korea (EUSA)2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment3rd Brigade Combat Team (IBCT), 1st Armored Division
  2009-2010, 68W, 8th Army, Korea (EUSA)
  2009-2012, 68W, 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment
  2010-2011, 68W, 3rd Brigade Combat Team (IBCT), 1st Armored Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2001-2014 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
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Army Spc. Edward J. Acosta
Died March 5, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Hesperia, Calif.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas; died March 5 in La Jolla, Calif., of injuries sustained Dec. 3 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device.

EDWARD JOSEPH ACOSTA Specialist 4 Edward Joseph Acosta, age 21, died March 5, 2012 in La Jolla, CA from wounds he sustained in Afghanistan. He was born April 30, 1990 in Ventura, CA; living 11 years in Hesperia, CA. He was serving in the United States Army and was awarded the Purple Heart and Combat Medic Badge and the Bronze Star. He is survived by his wife, Lindsay Acosta of Apple Valley; his daughter Emmalyn Acosta of Apple Valley; his grandmother Betty McCarty of Ventura; his grandfather Michael McCarty of Phoenix, AZ; his mother Sheryl Acosta of Hesperia; his father Ernest Acosta Jr. of Hesperia; his sister Noelle Acosta of New York; his sister Laura Acosta of Ventura; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Services will be held March 17, 2012, 11am at Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Apple Valley, CA; Pastor Casey Kendall will officiate. To benefit Edward's infant daughter, Emmalyn, memorial donations may be sent to Account 4213819349 at Chase Bank, 17317 E. Main St., HesperiaCA92345.

Published in the Daily Press from March 15 to March 17, 2012
   
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HESPERIA • A Hesperia soldier and the father of an infant daughter is dead after an improvised bomb blew up the military vehicle he was riding in while serving in Afghanistan.
 
Spc. Edward J. “Doc” Acosta, 21, died Monday at a hospital in La Jolla from wounds he received during the Dec. 3 explosion in the Wardak province of Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said in a statement.

On Friday, the Army announced that Acosta, a light infantry line medic, is being honored posthumously with the Bronze Star — the fourth highest medal for valor.
 
“He was fearless,” said Acosta’s wife, Lindsay, by phone Friday. “He did what he was told and never questioned his orders. He was a true soldier.”
 
Acosta was on a patrol clearing explosive devices from roadways when his vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb, according to the Department of Defense. Three other soldiers died during the attack and Acosta was paralyzed.
 
Once Acosta returned to the United States, he never left intensive care.  While in the hospital, he could smile and speak softly some of the time. He was briefly able to meet and hold his 4-month-old daughter, Emmalyn, who was born while he was in Afghanistan.
 
The Hesperia man received a Purple Heart during a ceremony at San Antonio Military Medical Center in La Jolla on Jan. 6. His wife, daughter and parents, Ernie and Sheryl Acosta, all attended the ceremony.
 
Acosta joined the Army in August 2008, shortly after he graduated from Hesperia High. He transferred to the school mid-semester his senior year from Hesperia Christian, recalled his former Hesperia High teacher, Janet Cooper.
 
Though Cooper had Acosta as a student for only a short time, she said he stood out as one of the best in her speech and debate class. He was kind, intelligent and a skilled critical thinker, she said.
 
“I put him up against some sharp students, but for him it was always a slam dunk,” Cooper said. “It seemed to be like he was really there for the education; he wasn’t there for the social part of school, which is kind of rare. He was polite and he was a gentleman and mature. He was a little bit ahead of his time.”
 
Acosta, the second of three siblings, had a strong physical presence — standing about 6 feet, 6 inches tall — but family members would refer to him as the “gentle giant” for his sweet and compassionate nature.
 
Acosta’s Facebook page gives a glimpse into his interests and likes, including USC football and the Los Angeles Lakers. He was a Christian, pegged Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Clay Matthews III as his favorite athletes and listened to hip hop and rock. He also enjoyed skiing and snowboarding.
 
He had posted one of his favorite quotes: “Si vis pacem para bellum,” a Latin adage translated as, “If you wish for peace, prepare for war.”
 
Acosta, who served in Korea in 2009 and was promoted to corporal in 2010, had been stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division.
 
He arrived in Afghanistan in October to help provide stability and security operations. Within his first month there, his wife said, Acosta earned the Combat Medic Badge, which is awarded to those who satisfactorily perform medical duties while a unit is engaged in active ground combat with the enemy.
 
Acosta’s other honors included: Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and NATO Medal.
 
“Team Bliss and the 1st Armored Division mourns the loss of an outstanding soldier; we are keeping Spc. Edward Acosta’s family, friends and fellow soldiers in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” Maj. Gen. Dana J. H. Pittard, Commanding General of the 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, said in a Friday statement. “He was a fighter and gave his life on behalf of our nation.”
 
The Army will host a ceremony to honor Acosta for his Bronze Star, and his unit will have another ceremony when they return from combat operations in September, his wife said.
“It’s too difficult to travel to the first ceremony with a newborn baby,” she said, “but we won’t miss the second one with his unit.”
 
Acosta will be buried with full military honors at 11 a.m. March 17 at the Sunset Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary in Apple Valley.

Army Spc. Edward J. Acosta
Died March 5, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
21, of Hesperia, Calif.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas; died March 5 in La Jolla, Calif., of injuries sustained Dec. 3 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device.
 
FORT BLISS, TEXAS — A memorial ceremony for Spc. Edward Acosta is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21 at 10 a.m. The Fort Bliss Community will hold the event at Center Chapel.
 
Spc. Acosta, 21, of Hesperia, Calif., died March 5, in La Jolla, Calif., of injuries sustained the previous December when his vehicle was struck by an improvised-explosive device in Wardak province, Afghanistan.
 
He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.
 
Acosta's awards include the Bronze Star Medal (Posthumous), the Purple Heart, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal and the Combat Medic Badge.
 
Specialist Acosta is survived by his wife, Lindsay Acosta and his infant daughter, Emmalyn Acosta.
 
"Team Bliss and the 1st Armored Division mourns the loss of an outstanding Soldier; we are keeping Specialist Edward Acosta's family, friends, and fellow Soldiers in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time," said Gen. Dana J.H. Pittard, Commanding General, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss. "He was a fighter and gave his life on behalf of our nation."
Acosta's awards include the Bronze Star Medal (Posthumous), the Purple Heart, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal and the Combat Medic Badge.
 
Specialist Acosta is survived by his wife, Lindsay Acosta and his infant daughter, Emmalyn Acosta.
 
"Team Bliss and the 1st Armored Division mourns the loss of an outstanding Soldier; we are keeping Specialist Edward Acosta's family, friends, and fellow Soldiers in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time," said Gen. Dana J.H. Pittard, Commanding General, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss. "He was a fighter and gave his life on behalf of our nation."
 
Fort Bliss soldier Spc. Edward Acosta honored at memorial
The Fort Bliss community held a memorial ceremony for Spc. Edward Acosta Wednesday at Center Chapel.
 
Spc. Edward J. Acosta, 21, of Hesperia, Calif., died March 5, in La Jolla, Calif., of injuries sustained Dec. 3, 2011, when his vehicle was struck by an improvised-explosive device in Wardak province, Afghanistan.
 
Acosta was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.
 
Acosta’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal (posthumous), the Purple Heart, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal and the Combat Medic Badge.
 
Acosta is survived by his wife, Lindsay, and his infant daughter, Emmalyn.
 
“Team Bliss and the 1st Armored Division mourns the loss of an outstanding Soldier; we are keeping Specialist Edward Acosta’s family, friends and fellow Soldiers in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” said Maj. Gen. Dana J. H. Pittard, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss commanding general. “He leaves behind a wife and a baby daughter. He was a fighter and gave his life on behalf of our nation.”
Fort Bliss Monitor
 
Memorial service held for Spc. Acosta
Hesperia soldier dies following explosion in Afghanistan
Hero to receive Bronze Star for Valor posthumously
 
03/21/2012 01:19:43 PM MDT
 

Fort Bliss had a memorial ceremony Wednesday morning for Spc. Edward "Doc" Acosta, a wounded medic that died on March 5 from injuries he received Dec. 3 in Afghanistan.
Acosta, 21, was on patrol in Wardak province, Afgahnistan when his vehicle was hit by an explosive device, but he was able to live for three months before he died.
 
"It really looked like he was going to survive," said Fort Bliss commander Maj. Gen. Dana J.H. Pittard. "The question was why? Why did he die, especially when it looked like he would survive."
 
More than 100 soldiers and friends attended Acosta's memorial service at Center Chapel on post. Pittard said his funeral in Apple Valley, Calif. was well attended by his family and friends.
"The entire town must have been there," Pittard said. "There was standing room only. That's how many people cared about him."
 
Acosta was a medic assigned to 2nd Platoon, Action Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment 3rd IBCT AD.
 
The explosion on Dec. was the same one that also killed Sgt. 1st Class Clark A. Corley Jr., 35; Spc. Ryan M. Lumley, 21; and Spc. Thomas J. Mayberry, 21. All three were from Fort Bliss.
Aaron Bracamontes may be reached at abracamontes@elpasotimes.com; 546-6156.
 
   
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