Wednesday, July 2, 2008

One more Houston Marine dies in Afghanistan

Son of Mexican immigrants dies in Afghanistan. He had been a Marine for 10 years.

The reporter mentions in the first paragraph of the article that Heredia's parents were "legal" immigrants from Mexico. Why was this necessary? Was it so that the immigrant haters wouldn't bash the Chronicle in the commentary section? What difference does it make how Edgar's parents got here?

Our deepest respect for Heredia's family. But we believe that the Chronicle insults those fallen soldiers whose families came to the U.S. by other means by specifying if their parents had papers or not when they arrived.

July 2, 2008, 12:16AM
Fallen Marine wanted to give back to U.S.
The son of parents from Mexico, he felt America had been good to his family

By Rosanna Ruiz
Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle

As the son of legal residents from Mexico, Edgar A. Heredia wanted to give back to the country that had been so good to his family.

Last Thursday, Edgar Heredia, ...28-year-old staff sergeant gave his life in Afghanistan.

Heredia died in combat in the western province of Farah during a combat mission in what had been a particularly deadly month for coalition forces there, according to the Department of Defense.

More coalition troops have been killed in Afghanistan than in Iraq for the second straight month, according to The Associated Press.

At least 44 international troops died there last month, compared to about 30 in Iraq.

Heredia had served a tour in Iraq during his 10 years in the Marines.

He was assigned to the 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Brother Sam Heredia and father Alejandro Heredia were at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Tuesday, where the Marine's remains were sent.

A Marine Corps honor guard will meet the family at noon today when they arrive at Hobby Airport.

Heredia enlisted in the Marines after graduating from Taylor High School, in the Alief Independent School District, in 1998.

He planned to make it a career, Sam Heredia said...

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thanks to A.P. for passing this along

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Eddie was proud of the fact that his parents were LEGAL immigrants. He loved what he did and he knew the risks and he thought that giving his life for his country was worth it. Eddie was an amazing person, a true hero.