Thursday, November 24, 2005

Army Spc. Javier A. Villanueva

Remember Our Heroes

Army Spc. Javier A. Villanueva, 25, of Temple, Texas

Spc Villanueva was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Irwin, Calif.; died Nov. 24, 2005 in Asad, Iraq, of injuries sustained Nov. 23 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his dismounted patrol during combat operations in Hit, Iraq.

SPC Javier "Javi" Villanueva,, 25, of Waco passed away Nov. 24, 2005 while serving his country in Iraq.

SPC Villanueva was born Aug. 22, 1980 to Wilfredo Rivera and Christine Lebron. He was raised in Waco and graduated from La Vega High School in 1998.

After high school he attended TSTC in Waco for 2 years.

SPC Villanueva started work for Albertsons and Taco Bell in Waco and moved to Temple where he worked at Ross clothing store for 2 years and also met his wife.

On May 15, 2003 SPC Javier Villanueva and Felicia Owens were married.

SPC Villanueva joined the Army Sept. 16, 2003, and became a medical specialist stationed at Fort Sill, Okla., Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio and Fort Irwin, Calif. before going to Iraq in Jan. of 2005 and was scheduled to return Dec. 27, 2005.

Survivors are his wife, Felicia Villanueva of Temple; daughter, Taliyah Villanueva of Temple; mother, Christine Lebron of Waco; father, Wilfredo Rivera of Puerto Rico; brothers, David Lebron of Waco, Carlos W. Rivera of Puerto Rico, Wilfredo C. Rivera of Puerto Rico; grandmother, Beatrice Villanueva of Waco; grandparents, Carlos Sr. and Julia Rivera of Puerto Rico; great-grandmother, Carmen Mansolo of Waco.

Army Spc. Javier A. Villanueva was killed in action on 11/24/05.

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