Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. This month’s Honoree is Army Staff Sgt. Jose Cintron Rosado.
Guardsman Was Hero To Family
Jose Cintron Rosado loved the military and was a hero to his family, his wife said.
He was such a hero that his son Carlos, 14, insisted that he have a chance to stand guard over his father’s coffin for a shift. The teen is a member of the Junior ROTC in Puerto Rico.
“This is the greatest thing for him,” Maria Robles Cintron said. “He always said, ‘Mommy, I want to be there beside him to see how proud I am.’
Cintron Rosado, 38, of Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, was killed by a roadside bomb Jan. 2 in Taji, Iraq. He was a member of the Puerto Rico Army National Guard based in Aguadilla. Another soldier, Jose A. Delgado Arroyo, also was killed in the bombing.
Robles Cintron said her husband loved being in the military. “He died a hero. For me and my children,” she said. He leaves behind another son, Kevin.
Maj. Paul Dahlen of the Puerto Rico National Guard said the two men were tasked with clearing bombs from roadways. They had deployed to Iraq together in April. He said their deaths had been especially tough on their comrades.
“We’re a pretty close group,” Dahlen said. “We consider ourselves a family.”
Best Friends SSgt. Jose M. Cintron Rosado and Sgt. Jose A. Delgado Arroyo Die Together In Iraqi Insurgent Ambush
Two members of the PRNG completed their mission on January 2, 2011 in Taji, Iraq, after succumbing to wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. They were assigned to the 1013th Engineer (Sapper) Company of the Puerto Rico Army National Guard, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
Best friends SSgt. Jose M. Cintron Rosado and Sgt. Jose A. Delgado Arroyo were the first US Soldiers to make the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq this year. They will be remembered, appreciated, and saluted for years to come. “We are united in pain and suffering with the families of these heroes who lived and embodied the highest values of our institution. The memory of their lives and actions will remain with us always,” PRNG Adjutant Gen. Antonio Vicéns said.
Members of the PRNG’s 1013 Engineering Company, both citizen soldiers were in the lead vehicle in a convoy when a roadside bomb was detonated near the city of Taji. Cintrón and Delgado were on a mission to find the very type of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that claimed their lives. They were the only people killed in the blast. “That is the toughest mission in Iraq. Going out to find bombs on main roadways is heavy,” Vicéns said. Best friends, the soldiers were deployed together in April. The soldiers were posthumously promoted: Cintrón Rosado to staff sergeant, Delgado Arroyo to sergeant. “It’s a tough job, a dangerous job,” said Major Paul Dahlen, a PRNG spokesman Dahlen. “They’re the ones looking to…ensure roadways, so that everyone can continue their jobs and peace in the area.”
Cintrón Rosado, 38, of Vega Alta, is survived by his wife María Robles and two sons Kevin, 12, and Carlos, 14. “My husband adored the military,” Robles said during a press conference this week. “It was his life, his passion. He was committed to do it for his country.”
Delgado Arroyo, 41, of Río Grande, was a municipal police officer on leave from his job after being called to active duty in Iraq. He leaves behind a wife, Zugeily Colón del Valle, a son and a daughter. “Any loss is tragic and tough,” said Dahlen. “We’re a pretty close group. We consider ourselves a family.”