KIA November 29, 2004
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Assigned to 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, New York Army National Guard, New York, New York
Died November 29, 2004 when a roadside bomb containing 300 pounds of explosives ripped through their Humvee in Baghdad, Iraq. Also killed was Army SGT Christian P. Engeldrum.
Described by his sister as optimistic and outgoing, Will was the eldest of three siblings. “He was always interested in the military,” said his sister, Arlin Urbina, 28, of Garfield, NJ. “He was very dedicated, and always wanted to serve his country.”
Will was born in Peru and grew up in the Bronx. He joined the Air Force shortly after his 1994 graduation from Cardinal Hayes High School. He left the service after four years but soon joined the Army National Guard, taking part in the recovery at Ground Zero after September 11, 2001.
Will worked for a security firm contracted by the federal government and had been a volunteer firefighter for six years. He had wanted to be re-activated with the National Guard and so he was ready when his Manhattan-based unit, 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment- the famous “Fighting 69th”- was called up. He trained at Fort Hood, Texas and arrived in Iraq in October 2004.
“He was a young guy, full of energy, and very enthusiastic about the fire department and the military,” said Lt. John Nelson of Baldwin Fire Department. “He was apprehensive as anybody would be, but he was looking forward to it. He wanted to get some licks in.”
Army SPC Wilfredo Urbina was 29 years old from Baldwin, New York.
Original portrait was presented to the Urbina family March 15, 2010 during a special event held at the 69th Regiment Armory, New York City.