Reuben Marcus Fernandez III

Fallen Hero’s Hometown and State: Abilene, TX

Branch of Service: U.S. Army

Rank: Sergeant

Sergeant. Reuben Marcus Fernandez III joined the Army after graduating from high school. He was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, TX. He had completed his first tour of duty, and was serving his second, when he was killed after his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in Majar Al Kabir, Iraq.

Marcus believed in his duty to our country and embraced the role of a soldier. He was all smiles and heart. His eyes spoke to everyone – there was no need for words. Those same eyes were happy as a child, laughing as a young man, and deep when he became a soldier. His laughter was infectious. He was a friend to everyone and touched many lives.

Marcus had planned to make a career serving his country and had recently been promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He was a brave young soul taken far too soon.

Age: 22

Date of Death: October 11, 2008

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