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iHonor GWOT Fallen U.S. Army Sergeant Giann C. Joya-Mendoza of N. Hollywood
[ SGT Joya is listed as only resident from Hollywood, CA killed in GWOT (Global War on Terror) ]
SGT Giann C. Joya-Mendonza, 27, served in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) with 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division out of Fort Carson, CO KIA, on June 28, 2007, during attack insurgent attack using improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Baghdad, Iraq Also killed were SGT Kim, SGT Martinez, SPC Workman II, and PFC Hiltz
[ Fallen Heroes Project portrait of Sgt Joya-Mendoza by Michael Reagan ]
Giann Joya-Mendoza Born July 4, 1979 in Honduras Emigrated to USA and attended some high school in Van Nuys, CA Strong attention to detail and order as a kid = neatly arranged baseball card, coin, stamp, and toy soldier collections Moved back to Honduras Enlisted in US Army in 1999 and applied for US citizenship Served in Germany and S. Korea during first Army tour Honorably discharged and moved up ranks at LA's Mondrian Hotel from bus boy to accounting assistant Preferred patriotic, Army life = re-enlisted in June 2006 Deployed to Iraq in October 2007 Helped bring back peace and order to Mulhalla 826 in Baghdad, Iraq KIA by IED attack on June 28, 2007 Buried at Valhalla Memorial Park in N. Hollywood - Los Angeles Posthumously granted US citizenship Survived by mother, sister, and step-father
Inspirational Quotes about SGT Joya-Mendoza "I worked w/ Gian @ the Mondrian. I remember my first day, he lent me his parking pass so I wouldn't get a ticket. He always had a smile on his face no matter how stressful things got in our department. We had some epic paper & rubber band wars!" — Allaxia Davison, co-worker
"Sgt. Joya, we used to be the crew together in my platoon Sgt.'s guntruck. He was the gunner and I was the driver. He is a good soldier. A good friend and very cheerful. He watched over me all the time on patrol and I got his back. He was brave. -Arin Reyes, Army bud
[ SGT Joya's military decorations, including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart - according to TogetherWeServed.com ] Sources for iHonor Flag tribute GO HERE to see Michael Reagan's Fallen Heroes Project commemoration for SGT Joya-Mendoza
CLICK HERE to review SGT Joya-Mendoza's tribute at the Military Time's Honor the Fallen site
CLICK HERE to examine the Legacy.com condolences for SGT Joya-Mendoza
GO HERE to see the 2/12th Infantry commemorations for SGT Joya-Mendoza and others
CLICK HERE to read the Los Angeles Times tribute to SGT Joya-Mendoza
Reflections about this iHonor American Flag's honoree - SGT Joya
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SGT Joya, I honor and thank you for defending for our freedoms and fighting to liberate the lives of others. -Sean S., 5/20/2019
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In Chicago ...
iHonor American Flag Honors US Army SGT Phipps - a fallen combatant from Chicago Look, under 'FLAG HONORS' in the Flag Steward app, search for "MVP", and select MVP in Chicago inside the POW! Gym, or CLICK HERE to experience his tribute now
In Atlanta ...
iHonor American Flag Honors US Army SGT Shields - a fallen M1 Abrams Tank combatant from Atlanta Look, under 'FLAG HONORS' in the Flag Steward app, search for "MVP", and select MVP in Atlanta inside the Team Manu MMA Club, or CLICK HERE to experience his tribute now
... And more Patriots / teammates of ... Joya-Mendoza's four brothers-in-arms who were killed in the same attack on June 28, 2007 U.S. Army Private First Class Cory F. Hiltz of Rocklin, CA U.S. Army Specialist Dustin L. Workman II of Greenwood, NE U.S. Army Sergeant Shin W. Kim of Fullerton, CA U.S. Army Sergeant Michael J. Martinez of Chula Vista, CA
Look for the iHonor American Flag commemorating Private First Class Hiltz under 'Flag Sites' in the Flag Steward app, or GO HERE to experience his tribute at the Long Beach City Hall
Look for the iHonor American Flag commemorating Specialist Workman under 'Flag Sites' in the Flag Steward app, or GO HERE to experience his tribute at his Ashland-Greenwood HS in Nebraska
Look for the iHonor American Flag commemorating Sergeant Kim under 'Flag Sites' in the Flag Steward app, or GO HERE to experience his tribute at Fullerton City Hall in Fullerton, CA
Look for the iHonor American Flag commemorating Sergeant Martinez under 'Flag Sites' in the Flag Steward app, or GO HERE to experience his tribute at Brian Wood's Bunker ;) in Highlands Ranch, CO
Much of Sergeant Joya-Mendoza and his fellow soldiers' combat action and duties in Baghdad are detailed in this insightful book by then Army 1LT Scott Flanigan.
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