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Hispanic group honors two soldiers killed in Iraq
Army Sgt. Juan Carlos Cabral and Marine Lance Cpl. Cesar Machado-Olmos -- killed in duty in Iraq -- were honored and recognized during the Hispanic Heritage Celebration Banquet on Friday. "We wanted to let family members know that they are in our minds," said Tony Yapias, director of the Utah State Office of Hispanic Affairs. "That we, as Latinos care. When one dies, we feel the pain for them."
Cabral, 25, was killed along with two other soldiers when their vehicle hit a homemade bomb in Iraq on Jan. 31. The U.S. government posthumously awarded him citizenship on the day he died. He was born in Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico, but grew up in Utah and attended Ogden schools. He later moved to Kansas where he graduated from high school and enlisted in the Army.
Cabral was a member of Company A 4th Forward Support Battalion attached to 122 Infantry and stationed in Tikrit, Iraq. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Lance Cpl. Machado-Olmos, 20, died Sept. 13 when his Humvee rolled while on patrol in Iraq. He was born in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, and moved to Provo when he was 5. He graduated from Spanish Fork High School and joined the Marines. He was assigned to the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion of the 2nd Marine Division and stationed in Iraq.
Utah has 6,617 Hispanic veterans, according to the 2000 Census Utah. Nationwide, there are about 130,000 Hispanics serving in the military, said Yapias.
The evening included a slide presentation by Daniel Gomez titled "Hispanics in the U.S. Military: A Patriotic Journey" from the 1700s to the Iraq war.