Body of fallen soldier John Flores returning Wednesday
by Sabrina Salas Matanane, KUAM News
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
The body of U.S. Army Private First Class John D. Flores of Barrigada will arrive home early Wednesday morning. He is the latest casualty from the Marianas identified by the Department of Defense to have died while serving in Iraq. Flores was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division in Germany and died on May 3 in Baghdad of wounds suffered when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small arms fire.
Flores is survived by his wife Charlene and daughter Chloe.
Flores' death marks the eighth volunteer serviceman to make the ultimate sacrifice to defend freedom since the war in Iraq began in 2003. In 2006 Kasper Dudkiewicz and Jesse Joel Jesus Castro, both 23, were lost - Dudkiewicz, 23, was killed in Mosul when his humvee was involved in a collision; Castro and four soldiers from his combat unit was killed by an improvised explosive while on patrol in Kirkuk.