Born: November 4, 1977 in Wiesbaden, Germany
Died: March 22, 2010 in Kandahar, Afghanistan
Sgt. 1st Class Carlos M. Santos-Silva of Clarksville, Tennessee is the son of Francisco and Monika Santos-Silva. He married Kristen Anderson in the spring of 1998, a year later the couple welcomed a son, Cameron. He served in the United States Army from August of 1996 through March 22, 2010. He was also a veteran of the Kosovo campaign, Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he completed two tours. He was currently serving in Operation Enduring Freedom. During the span of his 14 year career, he received numerous Awards and Decorations, including, the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal (4), the National Defense Service Medal, the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Basic Parachutist Badge. In addition to his parents, he leaves his wife, Kristen, a son, Cameron and a brother, Dominik. Carlos died at age 32 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.
508th Parachute Infantry Regiment
4th Brigade Combat Team
82nd Airborne Division
Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Burial is at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia – Sec 60 Site 9150