Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Army Staff Sgt. Victor M. Cota

Remember Our Heroes

Army Staff Sgt. Victor M. Cota, 33, of Tucson, Ariz.

SSgt. Cota was assigned to the Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; died May 14, 2008 in Baghdad of wounds sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device in Kadamiyah, Iraq.

Army Sgt. Victor M. Cota remembered
The Associated Press

Of all the things Gilbert Moreno will miss about Victor M. Cota, what he’ll miss most is the sound of Cota’s laugh.

“He was known for his laugh. That’s how I’ll remember him: always telling jokes,” said Moreno, a longtime friend.

Cota, 33, of Tucson, Ariz., died May 14 in Baghdad, a day after his vehicle struck an explosive in Kadamiyah. He was a 1993 high school graduate and was assigned to Fort Hood.

Cota was “a man of great warmth and great passion: passion for his job and for his family,” said Maj. Gen. John M. Custer III.

“He wanted to make the world a better place with his life, and he saw being a soldier as a way to do that.”

Cota, known to his friends as Chico, loved to sing and dance and make people laugh, said boyhood friend, Aaron Valencia.

Another friend, David Camacho, said Cota didn’t care about the political aspects of the war. “He loved being a soldier. He was a very proud soldier,” Camacho said. “He tried to fulfill his commitment with honor.”

Cota leaves behind a wife, Liliana, and two children from a previous marriage, Victor Manuel, 8, and Mireya, 7.

Army Staff Sgt. Victor M. Cota was killed in action on 05/14/08.


Anonymous said...

My name is Spc. John Long, I was 2 vehicles behind Sgt. Cota when his MRAP was hit by the EFP the night of 13 May 2008. I worked with Sgt. Cota the whole time i was in country and only wish that i had more time with him. I prey for his family in this time and cant begin to understand their pain. I know that a friend was taken from me and everyone of us that are still here that knew Sgt. Cota feel the same. GHOST 1-NEVER FORGOTTEN.

Luis said...

hi Spc. John Long, i´m Luis Cota i was cousin of Sgt. Victor M. Cota if you can tell me how was my cousin death or anybody can tell me my email is tks i hope you are ok were ever you are.