Friday, June 1, 2007
FALLEN FIL-AM SOLDIER
TO BE LAID TO REST
Corporal Mark Ryan Climaco Caguioa, who died serving in the Iraq war, will be laid to rest Saturday afternoon at the San Francisco National Cemetery.
News reports have indicated that the 21-year-old soldier died after receiving a wrong blood transfusion in Iraq in the course of receiving medical treatment due to the injuries he suffered from an improvised explosive device in Baghdad on May 4.
"Mark found his calling, he loved to be a soldier... I wasn't angry with Bush. It was the choice of my son [to serve]. [However,] I did not approve of the Iraq war," Mark's mother, Maria Lourdes Climaco, said at his memorial service.
President George W. Bush met with Mark's family at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center the day after Mark died.
Photo: Mother Maria Lourdes Climaco & sister Connie Climaco hold Cpl. Mark Ryan Caguiao's photos after his memorial service, Bethesda Naval Medical Center, May 26, 2007.
ERIC LACHICA, Executive Director American Coalition for Filipino Veterans, Inc.