Saturday, October 29, 2011

Army Sgt. Carlo F. Eugenio

Remember Our Heroes

Army Sgt. Carlo F. Eugenio, 29, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Sgt Eugenio was assigned to 756th Transportation Company, 224th Sustainment Brigade, California Army National Guard, Van Nuys, Calif.; died Oct. 29, 2011 in Kabul province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an IED. Also killed were Army Lt. Col. David E. Cabrera, Army Staff Sgt. Christopher R. Newman and Army Sgt. James M. Darrough.

Maj. Gen. David S. Baldwin, Adjutant General for the California National Guard, said in a press statement: "We extend our heartfelt condolences to Sgt. Eugenio's family and commit to them our unwavering support. Sgt. Eugenio's death, the first of a California Guardsman in Afghanistan, is a painfully wrenching testimony to the bravery, service and sacrifice of our state's National Guardsmen."

Sgt Eugenio is the first California National Guardsman to be killed in combat in Afghanistan.

Sgt Eugenio is the youngest of five children. He graduated from Etiwanda High School.

Sgt Eugenio joined the service five years ago and had received several commendations and medal. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart posthumously.

This was Eugenio’s second deployment as an Army soldier. His first was to Kuwait, said Eugenio’s sister Cynthia Valdez.

Valdez remembers her brother as upbeat and surrounded by friends.

“He was always happy. It took a lot for him not to be sunny,” she said. “He didn’t just know people, he had relationships with everyone.”

Eugenio was the youngest of five children. The family resided in Fontana before moving to Rancho Cucamonga about 10 years ago.

He was a guy’s guy who loved the excitement of the outdoors.

“Motorcycle, dirt bike, snow boarding, any kind of extreme sport, he was into,” Valdez said.

Eugenio’s military banner was hung in front of the family home on Tuesday. The city gave the banner to the family after Eugenio’s first deployment.

Army Sgt. Carlo F. Eugenio was killed in action on 10/29/11.

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