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Memorial Day Ceremony - Corozal American Cemetery

Groups & Organizations The Department of Latin America/Caribbean Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will be hosting the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Corozal American Cemetery at 9:00 am on Monday, May 30th. The service will be officiated by the VFW Department Commander, Carlos Gordon and the Special Honored Guest will be CW2 Isaias E. Santos Luzcando, an Apache Helicopter pilot who was killed in Iraq, when his helicopter crashed, on December 26, 2005. Panama Guide published an article about CW2 Santos on January 7, 2006. After the ceremony, members of VFW Post 3835 Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a reception in the visitor’s center. Anita Littesy, VFW Ladies Auxiliary Secretary.

Isaias Enrique Santos Luzcando was born on February 26, 1977 in San Fernando Hospital, Panama City, Panama to Jose Enrique Santos Alvarez and Maribel Luzcando. He did elementary and secondary studies in Colegio Episcopal de Panama graduating from high school in December 1994. Isaias always dreamed of going into the military and flying helicopters; as a child he had his room decorated with military aircrafts. Upon graduation from high school, in January 1995, he enlisted into the U.S. Army. He earned the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-6) in a short time and began to make his dream a reality when he decided to leave the enlisted ranks and continue his Army career as a Warrant Officer. Isaias graduated from Warrant Officer School on October 17, 2003 and went on and completed Army Flight School on September 7, 2004. Finally, on March 29, 2005 his dream was now a reality; he had successfully completed the AH-64 Longbow Apache Helicopter Course and was now an Apache pilot.

CW2 Santos was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas when he was killed on December 26, 2005 when his Apache helicopter collided with another military aircraft in mid-air and then crashed in Baghdad serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom. CW2 Santos was awarded the following medals/awards during his Army career: Army Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal 2, Iraq Campaign medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal 2, Army Achievement medal (7), Noncommissioned officers professional development ribbon 2, expert infantryman badge, driver and mechanic badge with driver-T Bar, U.S. Army Recruiter Identification Badge, The Air Medal.

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