Army Ranger, son of Gary woman, killed in Afghanistan
Post-Tribune Staff Report October 10, 2011 12:23PM
Ricardo Cerros Jr.
Northwest Indiana soldiers who have died in combat or service in Afghanistan or Iraq.
Jeannette Winters, 25, Gary, killed Jan. 9, 2002.
Greg Sanders, 19, Hobart, killed March 24, 2003.
Duane Rios, 25, Griffith, killed April 4, 2003.
Roy Buckley, 24, Portage, killed April 22, 2003.
John D. Amos II, 20, Valparaiso, killed April 4, 2004.
Michael J. Wiesemann, 20, North Judson, died May 29, 2004.
David M. Heath, 30, LaPorte, killed Aug. 16, 2004.
Luis Perez, 19, East Chicago, died Aug. 26, 2004.
Nathan E. Stahl, 20, Highland, killed Sept. 21, 2004.
Sascha Struble, 20, Hanna, killed April 6, 2005.
Steven Sirko, 20, Portage, died April 17, 2005.
Nick Idalski, 23, Crown Point, killed June 21, 2005.
Adam Harting, 21, Portage, killed July 25, 2005.
Michael Schafer, 25, Crown Point, killed July 25, 2005.
Brian J. Schoff, 22, Michigan City, killed Jan 27, 2006.
Nathaniel Baughman, 23, Knox, killed July 17, 2006.
Kraig Foyteck, 26, LaPorte, killed Oct. 30, 2006.
Jason Beadles, 22, LaPorte, killed April 12, 2007.
Shaun Blue, 25, Munster, killed April 16, 2007.
Jonathan Rojas, 27, Hammond, killed Oct. 3, 2007.
Joseph A. Ford, 23, Knox, killed May 10, 2008.
Joseph Hernandez, 24, Hammond, killed Jan. 1, 2009.
Joshua Birchfield, 24, Westville, killed Feb. 19, 2010.
Daane Adam DeBoer, 24, Valparaiso, killed June 25, 2010.
Augustus “Augy” Vicari, 22, Lowell, killed July 29, 2011.
James A. Butz, 21, Porter, killed Sept. 28, 2011.
Ricardo Cerros, 24, whose mother lives in Gary, killed Oct. 8, 2011.
Updated: November 16, 2011 12:11PM
U.S. Army Spc. Ricardo Cerros Jr., whose mother lives in Gary, was killed Saturday during a gun battle with enemy forces in Afghanistan. He died from gunshot wounds.
Cerros, 24, of Salinas, Calif., served with the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. He enlisted in the Army in July 2010 and joined the Rangers in March this year. This was his first deployment to Afghanistan.
“He was a warrior who lost his life while fighting courageously alongside his fellow Rangers. We will honor his service to our country and never forget his sacrifice. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cerros family,” said Lt. Col. David Hodne, 2nd Battalion commander.
He’s survived by his mother, Maqueirte Cuevas of Gary, and father, Ricardo Cerros Sr. of Salinas, Calif., and three siblings.
Army officials said Cerros, a rifleman, was killed by small arms fire as his unit attacked insurgents barricaded in a compound.
He earned the Army’s parachutist badge, expert rifle marksmanship badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge and Purple Heart, as well as campaign medals for service in Afghanistan, the Army said.
U.S. Rep. Peter Visclosky responded to the news Monday.
“I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Ricardo Cerros in Afghanistan,” he said. “My sympathy and condolences go out to Ricardo’s family and friends in Gary and across the country during this difficult time. Ricardo is a true hero, and his sacrifice is a reminder of the eternal gratitude we owe to all of our troops who fight every day to protect our freedom.”