In Loving Memory of :

Pfc. Charlie Antonio

 

United States Division - South

Media Release

HQ, USD-South

Basra, Iraq

APO AE 09374

VOIP: 858-4087

 

May 13, 2010

RELEASE 20100513-02     

 

 

 

Memorial service honors fallen Soldier

By Pfc. DeAngelo Wells

3rd BCT, 4th Inf Div PAO

 

COS GARRY OWEN, Iraq – The 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment “Fighting Eagles”, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, gathered to pay respects to a fellow Soldier May 3, 2010.

The memorial was held in honor of Pfc. Charlie Antonio, of Kahului, Hawaii, Company A, 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Regt., who died April 18 from a noncombat injury.

“Antonio was very dependable and a go-to guy. When something needed to be done he would get it done,” said Sgt. Dennis Banks, of Mariotta, Ga., Co. A.

Lt. Col. John P. DiGiambattista, commander of 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Reg., gave a brief speech expressing the unit’s condolences to family and friends.  Two of Antonio’s friends also said their final goodbyes. The last one to speak was Chaplain (Capt.) Derek Pottinger, 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Regt.

“Charlie was motivated and dedicated to being in Iraq and accomplishing the mission,” DiGiambattista said during the remembrance..

“As we remember Pfc. Charlie Antonio and thank God for his presence in our lives, we remember the most important thing we have here are our brothers and sisters standing beside us,” DiGiambattista said.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Soldiers stood before Antonio’s “Battle Cross,” paying last respects and placing small tokens beside his photograph.

The Battle Cross was placed at the front of attendees as a tribute showing both honor and respect. Antonio’s inverted rifle with bayonet signaled a time for prayer, his helmet and identification tags signified a fallen brother in arms, and Antonio’s combat boots represented his final march. The cross is traditionally accompanied by an enlarged photo of the Soldier.

Antonio was a devoted Soldier that looked out for his battle buddies.  He was always pushing his friends to be better in every aspect of being a Soldier, said Pvt. Alex Castro, a Los Angeles, Calif. native, also assigned to Co. A.

 

 

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Col. James E. Rainey, commander, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and 3rd BCT Command Sergeant Major Miles S. Wilson pay their respects to fallen Soldier Pfc. Charles Antonio, Company A, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, during a memorial service at Contingency Operating Site Garry Owen, Iraq, May 3, 2010.  

(U.S. Army photo by Pfc. DeAngelo Wells, 3rd BCT, 4th Inf Div PAO)

 

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Staff Sgt. Andrew Walsh and Sgt. Dennis Banks, both Company A, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, salute in respect to Pfc. Charles Antonio, a fallen soldier assigned to their platoon, during a memorial service at Contingency Operating Site Garry Owen, Iraq, May 3, 2010.  Antonio died April 18 from a noncombat injury.

(U.S. Army photo by Pfc. DeAngelo Wells, 3rd BCT, 4th Inf Div PAO)

 

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Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, attend the May 3, 2010, memorial ceremony in honor of their fallen comrade, Pfc. Charles Antonio, Company A, 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Regt.,  at Contingency Operating Site Garry Owen, Iraq.  Antonio died April 18 from a noncombat injury.

(U.S. Army photo by Pfc. DeAngelo Wells, 3rd BCT, 4th Inf Div PAO)

 

For queries, contact the United States Division – South Public Affairs at USD-S_PAO@iraq.centcom.mil; by phone at (Iraqna) 0790-194-2865 or 770-263-9379. For more USDS news, visit our Web site: www.dangerforward.us.

 

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Tag Words: 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, ‘Fighting Eagles’, Charles Antonio, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Contingency Operating Station Garry Owen, Iraq, Raul Velazco, Alex K. Castro, Andrew Walsh, Fallen Soldier, Memorial, Hawaii, Georgia, North Carolina, California, Wyoming

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

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