Guam Born Solider, Mariano M. Raymundo, Killed in Afghanistan

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Guam – Another solider born on Guam has died in Afghanistan.

Tamuning Mayor Louis Rivera confirmed for PNC News that 21 year old Private First Class Mariano M. Raymundo has died.

According to the Department of Defense website, Raymundo died this past Saturday in Sharan, Afghanistan. The incident remains under investigation.

READ the death announcement on defense.gov HERE

Raymundo was born at Naval Hospital in 1991 but he grew up in Huston Texas. His grandparents still live here on Guam.

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Mayor Rivera spoke with Raymundo’s grandmother, Elpidia Santos, who said that the family will hold funeral services in Texas where Raymundo will be cremated. Then his ashes will be brought back to Guam for burial.

Rosaries for Mariano Raymundo are being held nightly at the grandparents home in Tamuning.

Raymundo was with the 10th Mountain Division Soldier with the 210th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. The 10th Mountain Division is based out of Ft. Drum, New York.

According to a release from Ft. Drum, Raymundo was a wheeled vehicle mechanic.

He joined the Army in November 2011. After completing training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri he was assigned to Fort Jackson, South Carolina and arrived at Fort Drum in May 2012.

Raymundo deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in January of this year.

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READ the release from Fort Drum below:

10th Mountain Division Soldier dies in Afghanistan

Press Release
Release Number: 1306-01
June 3, 2013


Fort Drum Public Affairs

10th Mountain Division Soldier dies in Afghanistan

Fort Drum, NY – A 10th Mountain Division Soldier with the 210th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team died in Sharan, Afghanistan, Saturday June 1.

Private First Class Mariano M. Raymundo, age 21 of Houston, Texas. He was a wheeled vehicle mechanic.

Raymundo joined the Army in November 2011. After completing training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri he was assigned to Fort Jackson, South Carolina and arrived at Fort Drum in May 2012. Raymundo deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in January 2013.

Raymundo’s awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, a Certificate of Achievement, and the Driver and Mechanic Badge and Mechanic Bar.

Raymundo is survived by his mother and father.