My Hero, PFC Anthony D'Agostino.
PFC Anthony D'Agostino, 20, of Waterbury, Conn.; assigned to the 16th
Signal Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas; killed Nov. 2 when insurgents shot
down his 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
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"Somewhere a True Believer is training to kill you. He is training with
minimal food or water, in austere conditions, training day and night.
The only thing clean on him is his weapon and he made his web gear. He
doesn't worry about what workout to do - his ruck weighs what it weighs,
his runs end when the enemy stops chasing him. This True Believer is not
concerned about 'how hard it is;' he knows either he wins or dies.
He doesn't go home at 17:00, he is home.
He knows only The Cause.
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