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Spc. Edward J. Acosta

  • Branch: Army
  • Hometown/City: Hesperia, CA
  • Date of Birth:
  • Date of Death: 03-05-2012
  • Conflict: Operation Enduring Freedom
  • Unit: 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division
  • Port/Base: Fort Bliss, TX

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    My brother was the strongest person i know. His strength had to be passed along to me and my family when he died. He left behind a four month old baby girl, a wife, my parents, and myself. Parents aren't supposed to hold their child's hand while they die and an 19 year old shouldn't have to either. His strength though is what has carried me through. I know how much he loved me, how much he trusted me, and i know that i have a role to carry on to be strong for him when he isn't here. I get my strength from my brother, my guardian angel. I know he will always protect me and never let anything bad happen to me. I never would want his honor to be different. I am so thankful i got to say goodbye to him, even if he was in a hospital paralyzed. I am thankful that he got to meet his baby girl because he was deployed during her birth. And i am thankful that i am the little sister to my biggest hero, and a hero of this country. Never forget, always honor. <3 I love you Edward.

    Laura Acosta, Sibling
  • "All the wars in the world even if you won 'em, can't repay one mother for the loss of one son. But even at that when she says to you, 'That's my oldest boy's picture. He was lost in the war,' there is, behind that mist in her eye, a shine of pride." - Will Rogers, 17 December 1933

    Hero Stars Honors Our American Hero
    SPC. Edward Acosta, US Army
    Hometown: Hesperia, California

    At 6-feet-6, Edward Acosta played offensive lineman for Hesperia Christian School before graduating from Hesperia High School. He joined the Army in 2008. Ernest Acosta tried to persuade his son to go to college after graduating from high school, instead of joining the Army. But it was a hard sell because Ernest Acosta had been in the Army himself, and so had one of Edward's grandfathers.

    Edward Acosta's first assignment after training was in Korea for about a year. When he came back on leave he married his girlfriend, Lindsay, before eventually being deployed to Afghanistan. They had a daughter, Emmalyn..

    Sheryl McCarty Acosta Gold Star Mother- my son, SPC. We are so proud of our son. He always wanted to serve his country since he was a young boy, just like his father, grandfathers, uncles and many other family members. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He will never be forgotten and will always be our hero.

    Army Spc. Edward J. Acosta 21, Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas; died March 5, 2012 in La Jolla, Calif., of injuries sustained Dec. 3 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device.

    "He was never scared of anything. He knew what he was getting himself into, and he knew there was a possibility he would never come home, but he didn't doubt his actions for a second," Gold Star Wife Lindsay Acosta said. "He was just so brave."

    Let the memory of Edward Acosta Hesperia be with us forever.....

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