Duke soldiers pay tribute to fallen comrade

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By Sgt. Thomas Duval
Special to The News-Enterprise

The 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division and the Fort Knox community honored Spc. Angel Lopez on Oct. 25 in a memorial ceremony at Prichard Place Chapel.

Lopez, a wheeled vehicle mechanic for the 201st Brigade Support Battalion, died Oct. 5 from injuries sustained from small-arms fire on Forward Operating Base Apache in Zabul, Afghanistan.

Pfc. Yeri Mora described Lopez as an outstanding soldier, father, husband and friend during the ceremony.

“Lopez was always motivated to come to work,” Mora said. “He never complained about what he was asked to do, he just gritted his teeth and got it done.”

Mora, who served with Lopez in the 3rd IBCT Special Troops Battalion, said Lopez made other’s lives better.

“We all wanted to be around him all the time because of his attitude and outlook on life,” Mora said.

Lopez, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 2011.

His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal and the Combat Action Badge.

He is survived by his wife, Maria; daughter, Lydia; and sons, Antonio and Isaiah.