Army PFC Ramon Mora
KIA May 22, 2011
Operation New Dawn
Assigned to 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas
Died in Baghdad of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. Also killed was SFC Clifford E. Beattie.
Fresh out of high school, Ramon Mora saw no limits to his dreams. “His mind was really open and clear,” said his grandfather, Baltazar Mora of Ontario. The elder Mora and his wife, Maria Theresa, helped raise their grandson for most of his life. His 19 years presented challenges at times, bumps in the road that he doggedly overcame- always determined, always looking forward.
He enlisted in the Army soon after graduating from Valley View High School in Ontario, with an eye on helicopter mechanic training. As it happened, fixing choppers- and perhaps flying them- would have to wait. The teenager decided instead to become an infantryman.
On May 22, PFC Ramon Mora was one of two soldiers killed by a roadside bomb that ripped into their Humvee in Baghdad. “It was his day off,” Baltazar Mora said. “He always wanted to drive a Humvee and they offered to let him drive that day. Normally his position was gunner up on top. The gunner that day survived.”
His grandfather praised his grandson, saying, “He was an outstanding soldier who never quit and went out of his way to do extra for everybody.”
“I am very proud of him,” Maria Theresa Mora said.
The pain of Ramon Mora’s loss is eased somewhat by the joyful memories the mere mention of his name summons for his loved ones. “He would always put a smile on your face,” said his cousin, Jessica Aguilar, 20. “He was never a down person. He was always in a good mood.”
PFC Ramon Mora was 19 years old from Ontario, California
Original portrait was presented to his family during a special event hosted by the Land of the Free Foundation in City of Industry, CA on November 11, 2011.
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