Friday, December 11, 2009

Marine Cpl. Xhacob Latorre, 21, of Waterbury, died Tuesday; his 22nd birthday is Saturday.

Local Marine dies of wounds suffered in Afghanistan

Latorre, who would have celebrated his 22nd birthday Saturday, was a mortar man assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

He was injured in August, and was brought to the Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He reportedly lost both his legs from an improvised explosive device during the mission.

A post on the Patriot Guard Riders' Web site reports Latorre will be buried Dec. 17. Gov. M. Jodi Rell on Thursday ordered flags to be flown at half-staff until Latorre's funeral.

Latorre married his high school sweetheart in 2007 and they have a son. He was deployed to Afghanistan in May.


Latorre is the fifth person with ties to Waterbury to die during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Army Pfc. Anthony D'Agostino, 20, was killed Nov. 2, 2003, when the helicopter in which he was riding was shot down by enemy fire in Iraq.

Army Sgt. Joseph Michael Nolan, 27, was killed by a roadside bomb in Fallujah, Iraq, on Nov. 18, 2004.

Staff Sgt. Henry E. Irizarry, 38, was killed on Dec. 3, 2004, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Taji, Iraq.

In May 2008, Marine Cpl. Christian S. Cotner, 20, died in a non-hostile incident in Al Anbar Province, Iraq.

1 comment:

Lisa said...

Cpl Latorre will be missed by his brother Marines of the 2/8. I pray for his wife and his 2 yr old son- I pray that we all deserve the sacrifice Xhacob made for us. My son just returned with the 2/8- he and all of the Marines Cpl Latorre fought with will never forget him. Semper Fi hero. Semper Fi.