Thursday, August 30, 2007

Army Spc. Travis M. Virgadamo

Remember Our Heroes

Army Spc. Travis M. Virgadamo, 19, of Las Vegas

Spc. Virgadamo was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.; died Aug. 30, 2007 in Taji, Iraq, in a non-combat-related incident.

It is with sincere regret that I report that Army Specialist Travis Virgadamo, 19, of Las Vegas, a military Instructor who assisted the Military Cadets of Fort Stewart of the American Cadet Alliance (ACA), and a long-time contributer in CadetStuff using the screen name "Vegas," died last Thursday at a location just outside of Baghdad due to a non-combat gunshot wound. He was a Calvary Scout attached to a Georgia-based infantry unit.

Virgadamo was born Aug. 17, 1988, in Victorville, Calif., and moved to Las Vegas with his family at age 5. He was home-schooled and worked as a box boy at an Albertsons in southwest Las Vegas. He served several years in the Civil Air Patrol. He also assisted the Military Cadets of Fort Stewart for 18 months, formally joining the ACA's Army Cadet Corps in December 2006. He deployed in May, 2007.

"Specialist Virgadamo was always available to help out in any way he could and always enthusiastic. He was a great asset to the unit and a good friend to all who knew him. He will be sorely missed," said Major Bill MacDonald, Officer-in-Charge of the Military Cadets of Fort Stewart.

Army Spc. Travis M. Virgadamo died in Iraq on 8/30/07.

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