Joel A Ramirez
April 16, 2011
Killed in Nimroz province, Afghanistan when insurgents attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device.
|From The Dallas Morning News dallasnews.com 05/22/11:
Pfc. Joel A. Ramirez, Texan who volunteered to serve on the front lines, dies in Afghanistan
By JOE SIMNACHER Staff Writer
Published: 22 April 2011 10:46 PM
Updated: 22 April 2011 10:46 PM
Army Pfc. Joel A. Ramirez, a 2007 graduate of Waxahachie High School, wanted to do something with his life.
So, 18 months ago he joined the Army. He was offered a variety of positions, but instead he volunteered to be on the front lines. Last month, he was deployed to Afghanistan.
Pfc. Ramirez, 22, and two other soldiers died April 16 when their unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device in Nimroz province in Afghanistan.
Spc. Paul J. Atim, 27, of Green Bay, Wis., and Spc. Charles J. Wren, 25, a Texan who lived much of his life in Hondo, also died in the attack.
Services for Pfc. Ramirez will be at the Waxahachie Civic Center after his remains are returned home from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware sometime next week.
Pfc. Ramirez will be buried in Tecomatlán, Mexico.
“He had a lot of friends,” said his brother, Daniel Ramirez of Waxahachie. “He put other people’s needs before his own.”
Pfc. Ramirez enjoyed serving in the Army, his brother said.
“He just wanted to make his life worth something,” his brother said. “He didn’t just want to be somebody … who went through life without doing anything with his life.”
Pfc. Ramirez was born in Fall River Mills, Calif., and lived in Turlock, Calif., for the first 12 years of his life.
He and his family later moved to Tecomatlán, Mexico, where they lived for eight months to care for his grandfather, who was dying. The family moved to Waxahachie in December 2001.
In addition to his brother, Pfc. Ramirez is survived by his parents, Feliciano “Chano” and Irma Ramirez of Waxahachie; two sisters, Maria Ramirez and Christie Ramirez, both of Waxahachie; a daughter, Kaylee Marie Ramirez of Plano; and his grandmother, Maria Ramirez of Tecomatlán.
Memorials to help cover transportation to Mexico and burial expenses may be made to the Joel Ramirez Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo bank.
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