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SPC Luis G. Ayala

December 2, 2012

This week’s American Hero is United States Army Specialist Luis G. Ayala of South Gate, California.

According to the Department of Defense, SPC Ayala died in Taji, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit while on combat patrol on December 28th, 2006.

According to a press release from Ayala’s family, he was one of three sons raised by a single mother, an immigrant from the Mexican state of Michoacan. For Luis, the Army seemed like a path to a better life and a way to pay for college.

One day, after meeting with recruiters at his high school, he came home with dreams of the money he would make by enlisting. Shortly after graduating in 2003, he joined the Army. After basic training in Georgia, Ayala was sent to Germany. After serving a year in Iraq in 2004, he returned to the war in October of 2006. After basic training in Georgia, Ayala was sent to Germany.

On his free time, he and another soldier frequented a park near the base. It was there that Ayala met a German girl named Deniz. In May of the same year, the couple had a son, Miguel Luis Ayala. The three of them lived for a while at Ft. Hood, and then were transferred back to Germany, as Luis again prepared to go to war.

From Germany, Luis wrote to an immigration judge to say it was unfair that he should be fighting for the United States while the government denied his mother legal residency. The judge agreed and gave his mother her legal papers. He left behind a German wife and son that his mother has never met.

At the time of this writing, it is unconfirmed where Luis lies in rest. His burial information has not been reachable, however, his family states he is buried in South Gate.

Luis’ story is one of sacrifice and courage. He fought a battle to bring his mother to the land of the free and continued to fight for the United States throughout the battle. We ask that you remember him always as a fighter, a patriot and an American Hero.

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