Sgt Brian Joseph Pedro
Born: March 4, 1983 in San Diego, California
Died: October 2, 2010 in Pol-e-Khumri, Afghanistan
Sgt. Brian J. Pedro of Rosamond, California is a 2002 graduate of from El Camino High in Oceanside. He also attended Twentynine Palms High School. Brian joined the Army in April of 2006 with plans to make the military his career. He was following the footsteps of his grandfather and stepfather. He was previously stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland and Bamberg, Germany. His military education includes the Airborne Course. His awards and decorations include, the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the NATO Medal. He will be posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, and Combat Action Badge. Pedro was serving his second combat tour to Afghanistan. He leaves his wife, Shanna, his parents, Lululima and David Nelson. He died at age 27 in Pol-e-Khumri, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades.
2nd Engineer Battalion
White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico
Burial is at Eternal Hills Memorial Park in Oceanside, California