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Sgt. Winarto Sofian, right, Staff Sgt. Victor Rivera, center, and Sgt. Rumonde Mayes march in line after paying their respects to Pfc. Alberto L. Obod Jr. Tuesday at the Bamberg community chapel.
Sgt. Winarto Sofian, right, Staff Sgt. Victor Rivera, center, and Sgt. Rumonde Mayes march in line after paying their respects to Pfc. Alberto L. Obod Jr. Tuesday at the Bamberg community chapel. (Dan Blottenberger/Stars and Stripes)
Sgt. Winarto Sofian, right, Staff Sgt. Victor Rivera, center, and Sgt. Rumonde Mayes march in line after paying their respects to Pfc. Alberto L. Obod Jr. Tuesday at the Bamberg community chapel.
Sgt. Winarto Sofian, right, Staff Sgt. Victor Rivera, center, and Sgt. Rumonde Mayes march in line after paying their respects to Pfc. Alberto L. Obod Jr. Tuesday at the Bamberg community chapel. (Dan Blottenberger/Stars and Stripes)
A soldier renders a salute to Pfc. Alberto L. Obod Jr. on Tuesday following a memorial service at Bamberg community chapel on Warner Barracks in Bamberg, Germany. Obod died Aug. 25 from injuries sustained in a vehicle roll-over in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said in a press release.
A soldier renders a salute to Pfc. Alberto L. Obod Jr. on Tuesday following a memorial service at Bamberg community chapel on Warner Barracks in Bamberg, Germany. Obod died Aug. 25 from injuries sustained in a vehicle roll-over in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said in a press release. (Dan Blottenberger/Stars and Stripes)
A soldier pays his respects to Pfc. Alberto L. Obod Jr. on Tuesday following a memorial service at Bamberg community chapel on Warner Barracks in Bamberg, Germany. Obod died Aug. 25 from injuries sustained in a vehicle roll-over in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said in a press release.
A soldier pays his respects to Pfc. Alberto L. Obod Jr. on Tuesday following a memorial service at Bamberg community chapel on Warner Barracks in Bamberg, Germany. Obod died Aug. 25 from injuries sustained in a vehicle roll-over in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said in a press release. (Dan Blottenberger/Stars and Stripes)
A community member pays his respects to Pfc. Alberto L. Obod Jr. on Tuesday following a memorial service at Bamberg community chapel on Warner Barracks in Bamberg, Germany.
A community member pays his respects to Pfc. Alberto L. Obod Jr. on Tuesday following a memorial service at Bamberg community chapel on Warner Barracks in Bamberg, Germany. (Dan Blottenberger/Stars and Stripes)
A soldier renders a salute to Pfc. Alberto L. Obod Jr. on Tuesday following a memorial service at Bamberg community chapel on Warner Barracks in Bamberg, Germany. Obod is survived by wife Chelsie and son Cheljay, according to a program provided at the service.
A soldier renders a salute to Pfc. Alberto L. Obod Jr. on Tuesday following a memorial service at Bamberg community chapel on Warner Barracks in Bamberg, Germany. Obod is survived by wife Chelsie and son Cheljay, according to a program provided at the service. (Dan Blottenberger/Stars and Stripes)
The contagious smile of Pfc. Alberto L. Obod Jr. is seen in a photograph of him Tuesday at the Bamberg community chapel in Germany. Obod died Aug. 25 from injuries sustained in a vehicle roll-over in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said in a press release.
The contagious smile of Pfc. Alberto L. Obod Jr. is seen in a photograph of him Tuesday at the Bamberg community chapel in Germany. Obod died Aug. 25 from injuries sustained in a vehicle roll-over in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said in a press release. (Dan Blottenberger/Stars and Stripes)
A guest book is placed in front of a photo collage of Pfc. Alberto L. Obod Jr. at the entrance of the Bamberg community chapel on Warner Barracks in Bamberg, Germany Tuesday. A memorial service was held for Obod, who died Aug. 25, from injuries sustained in a vehicle roll-over in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said in a press release.
A guest book is placed in front of a photo collage of Pfc. Alberto L. Obod Jr. at the entrance of the Bamberg community chapel on Warner Barracks in Bamberg, Germany Tuesday. A memorial service was held for Obod, who died Aug. 25, from injuries sustained in a vehicle roll-over in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said in a press release. (Dan Blottenberger/Stars and Stripes)

BAMBERG, Germany — The front row was empty, chairs left vacant in honor of Pfc. Alberto L. Obod Jr.’s family, who were not able to attend his memorial service Tuesday at the chapel on Warner Barracks in Bamberg. Obod’s family lives in the Philippines, where he was born.

Obod, of Orlando, Fla., died Aug. 25 from injuries sustained in a vehicle roll-over in Afghanistan, according to the Defense Department.

In April, Obod became a U.S. citizen at a naturalization ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, according to the unit.

Obod is survived by wife Chelsie and son Cheljay, according to a program provided at the service. He had joined the Army to help support his family in the States and the Philippines.

During the service, friends and comrades remembered him as a dedicated soldier.

“When [the unit] deployed, I (have) never seen someone so energetic to get there and start making a difference, and a difference he made,” said Spc. Charles Barnes, a friend.

Barnes remembered Obod as a superb soldier who was always there for his fellow soldiers. Obod wanted to know everything about the military and his job. If he did not know something he would learn it quickly, said Barnes.

Capt. Brandon Bond, the unit’s rear-detachment commander, read the remarks that Capt. Cheryl Foston, Obod’s unit commander, gave on Sept. 2 at Forward Operating Base Leatherneck.

Foston recalled Obod carrying two duffel bags and a ruck sack to the buses as the unit was leaving for Afghanistan.

“Even then, you could see him smiling and sensed how proud he was to be a soldier,” she said. “He was a small soldier in stature; however, he had a big heart and strong will that allowed him to succeed in life.”

He was assigned to the 240th Quartermaster Supply Company, 391st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command.

blottenbergerd@estripes.osd.mil

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