Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Another Chamorro Dead in Iraq

Soldier comes home
By Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno
Pacific Daily News
May 16, 2007

The body of the latest Guam son to die in Iraq was expected to have arrived home earlier this morning.

Army Pfc. John D. Flores was 21.

He joined the Army in hopes of building a foundation for his young family's future. But Flores was killed May 3 in Baghdad, according to the Army.

He was father to 18-month old Chloe and husband to Charlene, who became the soldier's wife only a little more than a year ago.

The fallen hero will be buried with full military honors Saturday afternoon at the Guam Veterans Cemetery.

Flores's arrival was scheduled for 1:10 a.m. today, confirmed his mother-in-law, Cindy Kazuo.

The fallen soldier also leaves behind his mother, Christine Wertz, and other members of his extended family.

Flores was killed when his unit came under attack by enemy forces.

He is the 10th Guamanian and 18th person from the Micronesia region to be killed since the war on terror began, Pacific Daily News files state.

If you wish to join Flores's extended family in giving him a final good-bye, you can do so during the Saturday morning schedule for paying last respects, the afternoon funeral Mass at Santa Barbara Church in Dededo or the burial at the Guam Veterans Cemetery later that afternoon.

He will be accorded full military honors at his burial.

"We're opening this to anyone who wish him a final farewell," Kazuo said.

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