Marine Lance Cpl. Irvin M. Ceniceros — May 2013 Shipment Honoree
Died October 14, 2010 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
Irvin M. Ceniceros
Lance Corporal Irvin Martin Ceniceros, born in Tampa, Florida, on August 29, 1989, a dedicated and courageous United States Marine, deeply loved by his family and many friends, died on October 14, 2010, while serving his country in Afghanistan, Helmand Province.
Lance Cpl. Ceniceros was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1 Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton, California. He had traveled to lands across the globe, including Hawaii, Dubai and several African countries. He was a highly skilled machine gunner.
He was a young Marine, only 21 and had only been in Afghanistan for two short weeks before an IED exploded next to the Humvee he was driving, leading a convoy. He was a great kid…smart and kind…the youngest of my first cousins said Cousin Bob Ducca. His sister, Vanessa, said he died in service to a cause he believed in. He told his father: “Don’t worry for me, papa, I’m fighting for the ones who can’t fight, the ones who can’t defend themselves.” A fellow Marine, Cpl. Andrew Gutierrez, said “Ceni” was a straight-up Marine who did what he was told and knew right from wrong.
Irvin graduated from Clarksville High School in 2007 where he was known for his humor and his ability to find the good in others and in life. His interests included cars, motorcycles, and fitness; as a young child he played tennis and football. He was fascinated with cars wanting to detail them, make them look good. After graduating from Clarksville High School, Ceniceros signed up with the Marines in August of 2007. The Marines are very strong people to him; he admired their strength of character. That’s why he wanted to be in the Marines says his sister, Vanessa.
Irvin was the beloved son of Ignacio Ceniceros and Maria A. Armendaniz of Knoxville, Arkansas; the devoted brother of Karla Vanessa Ceniceros, also of Knoxville, and brothers Ivan and Abraham Ceniceros of New Mexico. He is also survived by his girlfriend, Stacy Rios, and an extended family as well as loyal friends around the world.
Lance Cpl. Ceniceros never hesitated when duty called. He served our nation with honor and dedication. We will never forget his courage and valor, and may we always honor the life he gave for our country, words of U.S. Senator Mark Pryor, D-Ark.
Sen. John Boozman on Irvin M. Ceniceros
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor one of America’s bravest, Lance Corporal Irvin Ceniceros of Clarksville, Arkansas, who was taken from us while supporting combat missions in Afghanistan.
After graduating high school in 2007, Lance Corporal Ceniceros enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Family members say it was the strength and character of the Marines that drew him to serve with the Corps, and his friends and comrades say he was a great machine gunner.
Lance Corporal Ceniceros served with the Marines all across the globe, and less than 2 weeks after arriving in Afghanistan, at the age of 21, he made the ultimate sacrifice for our great Nation.
My prayers and the prayers of the people of Arkansas are with the Ceniceros family. I humbly offer my thanks to Lance Corporal Irvin Ceniceros, a true American hero, for his selfless service to the security and well-being of all Americans.Courtesy of: CapitolWords.org
3 Marines killed in Helmand province combatStaff report Source: Military Times
Three Camp Pendleton, Calif.-based Marines died Thursday during combat operations in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, the Defense Department announced.
Lance Cpl. Alex E. Catherwood, 19, a rifleman from Byron, Ill., and Lance Cpl. Irvin M. Ceniceros, 21, a machine-gunner from Clarksville, Ark., were killed by small-arms fire, the 1st Marine Division said in a news release.
Lance Cpl. Joseph C. Lopez, 26, a rifleman from Rosamond, Calif., died after an improvised explosive device detonated during dismounted combat operations, the release said.
The Marines were on their first combat deployments and were part of 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. The battalion has suffered seven deaths in the past two days.
Catherwood enlisted in June 2009. His military awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal and Korean Defense Service Medal.
Ceniceros enlisted in September 2007 and deployed in 2009 to the western Pacific with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
His military awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
Lopez enlisted in March 2009. His military awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Korean Defense Service Medal.