KIA October 22, 2006
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Assigned to 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas
Army SPC Nathaniel “Nathan” Aguirre died October 22, 2006, of injuries sustained when his patrol came in contact with enemy forces in Baghdad, Iraq. Also killed was SPC Matthew W. Creed.
Nathan was born December 11, 1984, in San Antonio, Texas. His family later moved to Carrollton, where Nathan met his best friend, Joseph Posenecker, at a church gathering. Joseph described Nathan as a leader and a responsible person. “Always keeping us in line,” Joseph said of his friend, “He was very outgoing and wanted to be the best at everything.” Nathan’s family remembers his always adventurous spirit. He enjoyed rock climbing so much so that he volunteered at his local climbing gym in order to climb for free. He later became a rock climbing instructor at the gym. Nathan was also passionate about being a Boy Scout, said his mother, Mary. He even designated the Boy Scouts as one of his life insurance beneficiaries. “Boy Scouts presented him with structured adventures and learning along with teaching him leadership skills, responsibility, integrity and loyalty that he embraced with such happiness,” his mother said.
Nathan always longed to serve his country. He joined the Army Reserves while still in high school, putting off plans to attend Texas A&M University to study architecture. “He didn’t want to wait four years to go into the service,” Nathan’s father, Louis, said about his son. “He wanted to serve.” SPC Aguirre blogged about his experiences in Iraq on his MySpace page. Since his death, his page on the social networking site has turned into an online memorial. The 2003 graduate of Creekview High School did not know that his sacrifice for his country would be recognized by thousands who would later line the streets of Carrollton in SPC Aguirre’s honor as his motorcade passed by.
According to reports of the battle the day he was killed, Nathan, who nickname was “Care Bear”, had run out into the open, exposing himself to enemy fire, to save a wounded soldier, most likely knowing he would be the next person targeted in the ambush. In keeping with his dedication to his fellow soldiers, Nathan had volunteered for the mission because the unit involved did not have a medic that day.
SPC Nathaniel Aguirre was 21 years old from Carrollton, Texas
Being one of the first paintings produced by Phil Taylor for the Project, Nathan’s portrait was shipped to his father, Louis, in Carrollton, Texas in February 2008.
Sponsored for the family by
Complete Outdoor Concepts, Gary Gootman and family, Frisco, TX