Tonight, we remember a soldier from California. She was just 19 and had been in Afghanistan for two months. She became ill and was sent to Germany for treatment.
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Pfc. Daniela Rojas, 19, of Los Angeles, California, died May 3, in Homburg, Germany, due to a non-combat related illness.
She was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.
Landstuhl spokeswoman Marie Shaw said Rojas was taken to Homburg after her medical evacuation flight landed at Ramstein Air Base because her illness “would have required treatment beyond our capability.”Rojas died on Saturday, May 3. She was a 2012 graduate from Theodore Roosevelt High School in East Los Angeles. Rojas enlisted in the Army in October, 2012 and deployed to Afghanistan on February 1, 2014. She served as unit supply specialist to the 4th Infantry Combat Brigade Team out of Fort Carson, Colorado.
She earned the following medals and awards: the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and NATO Medal.
In Flanders Fields
by Lt. Col. John McRae, MD, (1872-1918)
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row
That mark our place, and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved,
and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
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