FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 2, 2012 —
A 22-year old who grew up in West Sacramento and enlisted in the Army died on April 24 while serving in Afghanistan.
Specialist Manuel J. Vasquez was on his first deployment to the region, serving with C Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Blackhawk in Paktika Province.
The Defense Department declined to provide details of Vasquez’s death, which is still under investigation.
Vasquez was raised in West Sacramento before attending Mira Loma High School. He joined the Army in 2010. He is survived by his parents, Violet Castro of West Sacramento and Raymond J. Vasquez, of Citrus Heights, and by siblings and other relatives.