Mannheim servicemember killed in Baghdad
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — A Mannheim-based soldier died Saturday in Iraq after his vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb.
Sgt. José Enrique Ulloa, 23, of New York City, died in Baghdad’s Sadr City during a routine convoy security operation Friday, according to military news releases.
Ulloa, a truck driver, was assigned to the 515th Transportation Company, 28th Transportation Battalion in Mannheim, Germany. Two other soldiers were wounded in the attack, officials said.
A memorial ceremony has been scheduled for Thursday at the Benjamin Franklin Village Chapel, but the time has yet to be determined, said Capt. Bryan Woods, a 21st Theater Sustainment Command spokesman.
Ulloa graduated from Washington Irving High School in New York City, and soon thereafter joined the Army, according to a 21st TSC press release.
In 2005, while Ulloa was assigned to the 71st Ordnance Company in Hanau, Germany, another unit heading for Iraq was short-handed, and they asked for volunteers from the 71st. Ulloa, who was a private at the time, was the only one who raised his hand to deploy, according to the 21st TSC release.
Command Sgt. Maj. Jerry Harvey, the command sergeant major of the 165th Combat Service Sustainment Battalion, was quoted in the news release as saying: "I know that there will be people beating themselves up over what happened, but now is the time for us to come together as a family and comfort them.
"The bottom line is that everyone involved did one hell of a job."
On Ulloa’s MySpace page, the soldier has a picture of himself wearing a helmet, body armor and battle dress uniform and holding a machine gun. He last logged on to the site in July 2006.
Ulloa is survived by his wife and 7-month-old son, according to the press release.