Let the memory of Marisol be with us forever
  • 19 years old
  • Born on September 16, 1987 .
  • Passed away on September 7, 2007 .

Army Spc. Heredia was assigned to the 15th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Heredia died at Brooke Army Medical Center, Texas, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related injury July 18 in Baghdad. Marisol was a studious woman who graduated a half-year early in 2005 from Mountain View High School. She was a dedicated student with a GPA in the 3.5 range and chose to follow her older sister into the Army. The love of adventure and wanting to see the world were also reasons she decided to join the military. Marisol was deployed to Iraq last October and was assigned as a petroleum supply specialist. In letters home, she requested Flaming Hot Cheetos, Doritos, beef jerky, truffles and a French dictionary. Marisol was quirky, insightful and had a mind of her own – if she wanted to do something; she would do it no matter what. Fellow soldiers remember her as a shy, yet friendly soldier with unlimited potential. She was admired for her work ethic and respected for her support and genuine kindness. After completing her enlistment, she had told fellow soldiers she wanted to attend college and return to the Army as a commissioned officer. On July 18, everything changed. Marisol was refueling a generator at her Army base when there was a spark and the gasoline spilled on her, burning 80 percent of her body – the only parts not burned were her feet because they were protected inside her boots. She was sent to Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio where she received numerous surgeries and skin grafts. Marisol was a born fighter and with her typical determination, she fought her way through a potentially fatal bout of pneumonia. But the damage was done and when an infection set in, she was too weak to fight anymore. 

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