Juan Manuel Solorio
Class of 1991
Born on November 23, 1972
Died on March 4, 2005 in Mosul, Iraq
After graduating from the High School for Health
Professions at Townview Magnet School in Oak Cliff, formerly on Ross Ave, Juan Solorio joined the Army
and made it his career. He deployed to Iraq in October 2004 with the
Army's 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry
Division, from Fort Lewis, Washington. On Friday, March 4, 2005, he was
killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle while under attack.
He has a wife Gabby and two sons, 11 year old Julian and 8 year old Maxmilian.
STAFF SGT. JUAN M. Staff Sgt. Juan Manuel Ascencion Solorio, 32, who was
assigned to HHC 3/21, 1st Brigade, 25th I.D. (STRYKER BRIGADE) in Ft.
Lewis, WA, died Friday March 4, 2005 when his Recon Platoon was attacked
while serving our country in Mosul during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Born
November 23, 1972 in Dallas, TX Juan grew up in Oak Cliff as the son of
proud parents Gerald Sr. and Alicia A. Solorio. He attended N.J. Cochran
Elementary, T.W. Browne, and graduated from the High School for the Health
Professions in 1991. He attended Mountain View College and U.T. Arlington
before enlisting in the Army without hesitation in 1993. His military
career began as a graduate of the US Army Infantry School, Fort Benning
Georgia. His assignments included Fort Hood Texas, Schoffield Barracks
Hawaii, Ft. Bragg North Carolina, and culminating at Ft. Lewis Washington.
Juan's distinguished career resulted in deployments to Japan, Thailand,
Haiti, Egypt and most recently Iraq. His dedication to his country
resulted in him being recognized for exceptional service. His awards
include the Army Commendation Medal with Oakleaf cluster, the Joint
Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with Oakleaf
cluster, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal,
the Armed Forces Service Medal, the Multinational Force and observers
Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Expeditionary: the
Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart were awarded posthumously.
Additional awards are pending for his service in Iraq. He has earned the
Combat Infantrymans Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Jump Master Badge with
cluster. Juan was a strong, noble, caring and hardworking family man with
a tremendous love for his immediate and extended family. He led by example
with a hard work ethic that he passed along to his family. He had an
endless love for the outdoors that always included his wife and two sons.
He understood the value of making an impact in the community by
volunteering his time as a assistant scoutmaster. He is survived by his
wife Gabby, his sons Julian and Max, parents Gerald Sr. and Alicia,
brothers Gerald Jr. and Fabian, grand parents Maria Luis Garcia and
Guadalupe Solorio of Mexico, his nephews and nieces Rafita, Dominici,
Junior, Casey, and Liz; many aunts, uncles, and cousins; Boy Scout Troop
62 and Cub Scout Pack 461; and his Brothers in Arms of the U.S. Army. He
was preceded in death by his grandfathers Feliberto Ascencion Orozco and
Jose Geronimo Perez Salas of Mexico.
Vigil Services will be 6:00 pm Sunday at Jeter and Son Funeral Home,
Dallas. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 am Monday March 14,2005 at Santa
Clara Catholic Church, Dallas. He will be laid to rest with Military
Honors at the Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery at 12:00 Noon. Flowers
are welcomed, but the family suggests contributions to Julian and Maxs
Jeter & Son 214-330-4700 4830 W. Illinois Ave @ Duncanville Rd.
Dallas TX 75211 A Family Owned Business
Listed in the Dallas Morning News on March 4, 2007
year anniversary of his passing)
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Links to news articles about Juan.
DoD Identifies Army Casualty
Pleasant Grove soldier killed in Iraq
Dallas soldier killed in Iraq loved adventure
Fort Lewis soldier dies in Iraq violence
Stryker Brigade Soldier Killed In Iraq
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