Born: July 23, 1988
Died: July 10, 2011 in Paktika, Afghanistan
Spc. Rafael A. Nieves Jr of Albany, New York is a graduate of Guilderland High School. He joined the Army in August 2009 arriving at Fort Campbell in December 2009. His awards and decorations include, Army Commendation Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star; North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; and Army Service Ribbon. He died at age 22 in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with small-arms and rocket-propelled grenade fires. He leaves his wife, Sarah A. McKinney Nieves, his children, Rafael A. Nieves III “Tres”, and Emma Grace Nieves, his father, Rafael A. Nieves Sr., his mother and stepfather, Tina Roman and Thomas Priolo, his siblings, Matthew Nieves, Angel Santiago, Ashleymarie Santiago, and Life Nieves, and a stepbrother, Ky Bowen.
506th Infantry Regiment
4th Brigade Combat Team
101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)
Fort Campbell, Kentucky
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