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Pfc Edwin Anthony Andino II

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edwin-a-andinoBorn: June 9, 1983 in Portsmouth, Virginia
Died: September 3, 2006 in Baghdad, Iraq

Pfc. Edwin A. Andino of Culpeper, Virginia was a 2001 graduate of Madison County High School and the only son of Cathy Jean Andino of Reva, and Edwin Anthony Andino of New York City. Edwin, known as E.J., joined the Army to make his family proud. He was working construction at the time and believed the military would open more doors for him. Edwin had come from a military family, his grandfather and an uncle were among his role models growing up and the family was proud when he decided to carry on the tradition when he enlisted in the Army on Sept. 3, 2005. The skilled guitarist and a fan of heavy metal music could sleep through just about anything. Like the time he didn’t wake up the evening his friend began playing drums just a few inches from where he slept. And he didn’t wake the first night an improvised explosive device went off near his Army barracks in Eastern Baghdad. He died at age 23 of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat operations in Baghdad. It was one year to the day of his enlistment. Also killed was Sgt. Jason L. Merrill. He was awarded the Army Achievement Medal and received a posthumous Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for valor. Survivors include his mother, Cathy J. Andino; his father, Edwin A. Andino; and grandparents Hazel and H.R. Settle. Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery in Reva, Virginia
1st Battalion
26th Infantry Regiment
2nd Brigade Combat Team
1st Infantry Division
Wurzburg, Germany

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