Army Pfc. Anthony D. D’Agostino

Army Pfc. Anthony D. D’Agostino

Died November 02, 2003 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom

20, of Waterbury, Conn.; assigned to the 16th Signal Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas; killed Nov. 2 in an attack on a CH-47 Chinook helicopter near Fallujah, Iraq. In letters and e-mails from Iraq, Pfc. Anthony D’Agostino asked his family for Kool-Aid to flavor his water, pictures of his cousins, crossword puzzles and books to help him learn Spanish. “He was always looking for ways to better himself,” said his aunt, Beth Santos. “He wanted to make good use of his time over there.” D’Agostino was among 16 soldiers who died in the Nov. 2 downing of an Army helicopter carrying troops from Iraq on leave. Stationed at Fort Hood, he would have turned 21 on Nov. 6. Born at Fort Gordon, Ga., while his father was in the military, D’Agostino graduated from high school in Waterbury, Conn., with a specialty in electricity. D’Agostino joined the military after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, looking for an education, career and a place to belong, Santos said. He hoped to go to the U.S. Military Academy. When he wrote letters or e-mails to home from Iraq, he talked about the hot weather and how uncomfortable the situation was, Santos said. He was proud to be serving in Iraq, family members said. But his family was nervous. “You never stop worrying,” said his aunt, Beth Santos.
— Associated Press

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