- 28 years old
- Date of birth: Mar 31, 1975
- Date of passing: Mar 13, 2004
|Let the memory of Jocelyn be with us forever|
28, of Wrightsville Beach, N.C.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 120th Infantry Regiment, Army National Guard, Wilmington, N.C.; killed March 13 when an improvised explosive device hit his vehicle on the main supply route in Iraq.
N.C. National Guard member killed in Iraq remembered
GOLDSBORO, N.C. — More than 900 people descended upon a church on March 21 to remember Spc. Jocelyn “Joce” Carrasquillo, a North Carolina National Guard member killed by a bomb in Iraq.
Carrasquillo, a member of the Wilmington-based 120th Infantry Regiment, was the second soldier from the state National Guard to die in Iraq. He later was interred with military honors.
A slideshow of a young man who would have been 30 a week and a half after his funeral welcomed Carrasquillo’s fellow soldiers, friends, co-workers, and churchgoers. They filled the 890-seat First Pentecostal Holiness Church past capacity.
Carrasquillo’s mother, Isabel Salgado Carrasquillo, kissed her son before the casket closed.
Carrasquillo’s friend, Kenny Wilson, said he hoped the standing-room-only gathering would bring comfort to Carrasquillo’s parents and three brothers.
“These people are all here because Joce really touched people,” Wilson said. “You meet him once, and you never forget him.”
Mourners said that pictures revealed the best qualities of the young soldier, who had lived in Wrightsville Beach and was studying to be a massage therapist in his ongoing quest to help people.
“He was always smiling. Always,” Wilson said.
"Today as we recognize our Veterans, I honor Joce, as I have done for some years now.
I used to pick Joce's line at Sam's Club for the very reason mentioned in this article - that he was always smiling. Even if there were shorter lines, I would wait for the chance to encounter this fine young man. Though our relationship was only that of a customer and cashier, there was something about Joce that always seemed larger than life to me.
I didn't even realize that Joce was in the military, until one day when I happened across his name while looking at fallen warriors from North Carolina.
I know he is missed, and I hope his family and friends can find comfort in knowing that even though he walks among the angels now, Joce's memory and the impressions he made on so many people, live on.
I am thankful that a man of his character represented this great country, and I thank those that he left behind, for your sacrifice - as well as the ultimate sacrifice that Joce, himself, made.
May God bless you and comfort you always.
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