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Sgt Johnny Joe Peralez Jr

Born: February 1, 1980 in Floyd County, Texas
Died: January 5, 2006 in An Najaf, Iraq

Sgt. Johnny J. Peralez of Kingsville, Texas graduated from Falfurrias High School where he played alto sax and performed in plays. Many thought he would continue his focus on the arts to pursue a career in theater. While in high school, he lived with his grandmother. But he joined the Army a year after graduating and became a combat medic, earning the rank of sergeant. John felt that he had found his calling. He was on his second tour in Iraq when he was killed. He served in Germany, Kosovo and Afghanistan before serving 14 months in Iraq. He returned in November for a second tour. He died in An Najaf, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during convoy operations. Johnny is survived by his mother, Virginia Garcia, his father, Johnny J. Peralez Sr., a sister, Nina, and two brothers Romeo Villa and Jessie Rene Peralez. He was killed at age 25 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee during convoy operations in Najaf, Iraq. Also killed were, Maj. William F. Hecker III, Capt. Christopher P. Petty, Sgt. 1st Class Stephen J. White and Pvt. Robbie M. Mariano.
3rd Battalion
16th Field Artillery
2nd Brigade Combat Team
4th Infantry Division
Fort Hood, Texas

Burial is at Premont Cemetery in Premont, Texas

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