Jimenez, Alex Ramon
Name: Alex Ramon Jimenez
Branch/Rank:  Army / Spec
Unit: Company D, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment of the 10th Mountain Division's 2nd Brigade combat team.
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Date of Birth/Age:  25
Home City of Record: Lawrence, MA
Date of Loss: May 12, 2007
Country of Loss: Iraq
Original Status: Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN).  
Current Status:  Missing-Captured - Status Change June 29, 2007
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground


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ers in Incident: DUSTWUN: Spc. Alex R. Jimenez, 25, of Lawrence, Mass.; and Pvt. Byron W. Fouty, 19, of Waterford, Mich. The Department of Defense identified the soldiers who were killed in the attack as Sgt. 1st Class James D. Connell Jr., 40, of Lake City, Tenn.; Pfc. Daniel W. Courneya, 19, of Nashville, Mich.; Pfc. Christopher E. Murphy, 21, of Lynchburg, Va. and Sgt. Anthony J. Schober, 23, of Reno, Nev.  The body of Joseph Anzack Jr., was found in the Euphrates River in Iraq after being abducted.

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. 07/2007   

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Remains of Jimenez, Fouty buried together

The Associated Press
Posted : Tuesday Feb 17, 2009 15:57:50 EST

ARLINGTON, Va. � The remains of two soldiers from Massachusetts aand Michigan who were killed in Iraq were buried Tuesday in a single casket at Arlington National Cemetery.

Staff Sgt. Alex Jimenez of Lawrence, Mass., and Spc. Byron Fouty of Waterford, Mich., were kidnapped by insurgents in May 2007. After their remains were recovered last July, Jimenez was buried in Long island National Cemetery in Farmingdale, N.Y., while Fouty was buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in Texas.....

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July 10, 2008

 

It is with deep sadness that we pass along the news that the body of Sgt. Alex Jimenez, POW in Iraq had been recovered and identified.   We had all hoped the news would be that of  a homecoming.

Our sympathies to the Jimenez family and please remember PFC Byron Fouty and Spc Ahmed Altiae in your prayers.

 

Body of missing Lawrence soldier found in Iraq

By Yadira Betances
Staff writer

LAWRENCE — The body of Army Sgt. Alex Jimenez of Lawrence , who has been missing in Iraq for more than a year, has been found.

Military officials told his family members in Lawrence and New York on Thursday that the body was identified through dental records.

Jimenez, 25, had been missing since May 12, 2007.

He was among three members of the 2nd Brigade of the 10th Mountain Division kidnapped by terrorists during an ambush south of Baghdad . Four other soldiers were killed in the attack.

Jimenez's father, Andy Jimenez, a construction worker from Lawrence , was informed by uniformed military officials who went to his home early Thursday evening.

"I have lost all hope. Oh my God. I have lost all hope," Andy Jimenez said upon learning his son's fate.

The news saddened the city.

"I know this is going to hurt all of us tomorrow when the news is out because we had been waiting for the day when he would return home," said Lawrence Mayor Michael Sullivan. "I had so much hope that he was going to come home. And I know his mom and dad and wife and kids felt the same way."

"Tomorrow will be a sad day for Lawrence and people throughout the country," the mayor added. "He's with God in heaven now. Alex will always go down as a hero. He died for our country and for us to remain free."

The mayor said he will meet with Veterans Services Director Francisco Urena to decide what steps the city will take to honor the fallen soldier and to assist the family, including the possibilities of having flags throughout the city fly at half staff.

"On behalf of the city, we're saddened for the Jimenez family," Sullivan said. "We prayed and wished he was going to come home one day and that never happened. The city stands ready to assist the family in any way to remove their pain."

 

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/01/26/missing_soldiers_father_holds_on_to_hope/

The Boston Globe

Missing soldier's father holds on to hope

Lawrence man awaits word on son abducted in May

By Anna Badkhen
Globe Staff / January 26, 2008

LAWRENCE - Every few weeks, US Army officers call Ramon "Andy" Jimenez to deliver the latest bit of news about his son, Alex R. Jimenez, who was kidnapped in Iraq last May: The military found Alex's Army ID. Recovered his gun. Arrested an insurgent suspected of kidnapping him.

Andy Jimenez, a carpenter who lives in a modest basement apartment in Lawrence, charts his life from one such phone call to the next. The elder Jimenez, who once went to a protest to call for the return of American troops from Iraq, attends every meeting of local veterans, puts together care packages for American troops deployed oversees, and calls soldiers from his son's 10th Mountain Division his family ....

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http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=19148980&BRD=2731&PAG=461&dept_id=575596&rfi=%5c'%5c'

Year In Review — Mother Copes During Holiday Without Son
   “We always put the tree,” Maria Duran said. “But in this season, I don’t feel like putting it.”
   Duran spent the holidays with her six sisters, two brothers, their children and her two sons at her Corona home this year. But it was the first Christmas without word from her eldest son, 25-year-old Army Spc. Alex Jimenez........

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American Forces Press Service
BALAD, Iraq, Dec. 27, 2007 - Iraqi police and U.S. special operations forces seized two suspected extremists believed to be complicit in the kidnapping of three U.S. soldiers in early May, U.S. military officials said today. The suspects were detained during Dec. 24-25 operations in Ramadi, officials said. The raids were prompted by intelligence reports linking the two individuals to the May 12 abduction of three U.S. 10th Mountain Division soldiers after an insurgent ambush near Mahmudiyah in which four U.S. soldiers were killed.

Reports indicate the two detainees are linked to al Qaeda in Iraq. One of the suspected terrorists is believed to have facilitated the kidnapping and is reported to have used his home to aid in the hiding and transporting of the captured soldiers.

The Ramadi raids were part of a series of operations conducted to detain individuals believed complicit in the abduction of the soldiers, officials said.

Pfc. Joseph J. Anzack Jr., 20, a native of Torrance, Calif., Spc. Alex R. Jimenez, 25, of Lawrence, Mass., and Pvt. Byron W. Fouty, 19, of Waterford, Mich., were reported missing after the May 12 ambush. Iraqi police found Anzack's body in the Euphrates River south of Baghdad on May 23. Jimenez and Fouty are still missing.

During a previous operation, a weapon belonging to one of the missing U.S. soldiers was recovered at a residence of one of the suspects, officials said.

Both suspects allegedly are involved in terrorist cells responsible for several roadside-bomb and mortar attacks against Iraqi and coalition forces, as well as the kidnapping and murder of Iraqi citizens and members of the Iraqi security forces.

Four other individuals seized during the operations are being detained for questioning.

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http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2007-08-07-mia-cover_N.htm?csp=34

Search continues for two missing U.S. soldiers
QARGHULI VILLAGE, Iraq — Sometimes when he's out on patrol, Army Spc. Samuel Rhodes sees a shred of camouflage in the bushes, and his heart leaps.

Each time, Rhodes hopes it will be the missing clue to the fate of two U.S. soldiers who were captured by insurgents south of Baghdad after an attack in May. Inevitably, though, the piece of camouflage turns out to be from an Iraqi army uniform....

Contributing: Andrea Stone in McLean, Va.
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http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,287597,00.html
Missing Soldier's Wife Gets Green Card
Sunday , July 01, 2007
BOSTON —

Yaderlin Hiraldo Jimenez , the wife of missing Army Spec. Alex Jimenez , no longer has to worry about being deported as she awaits word of her husband's fate.

On Friday, Yaderlin walked into a Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Buffalo, New York. She left with a green card in her hand, guaranteeing she can stay in the U.S. for the rest of her life.....

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NEWS RELEASES from the United States Department of Defense

No. 817-07 IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 29, 2007

Media Contact: (703) 697-5131/697-5132

Public/Industry(703) 428-0711

DoD Announces Soldiers Status as Missing-Captured

The Department of Defense has changed the status of two soldiers serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom from duty status whereabouts unknown (DUSTWUN) to missing-captured.

Pvt. Byron W. Fouty, 19, of Waterford, Mich., and Spc. Alex R. Jimenez, 25, of Lawrence, Mass., were declared missing-captured June 27.

On May 12, Fouty and Jimenez were categorized as DUSTWUN when their patrol was attacked by enemy forces.They are assigned to the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.

Efforts continue for their successful and safe return.For more information in regard to the ongoing search and recovery operations please contact the Coalition Press Information Center-Baghdad at (703) 270-0299 or (703) 270-0320.

Change in status questions can be directed to Shari Lawrence, deputy public affairs officer for the U.S. Army Human Resources Command in Alexandria, Va., at (703) 325-8856, after hours: (703) 946-0791.

The public affairs officer assisting Fouty's family is Maj. Dawn Dancer, (517) 481-8140 or (517) 481-8141, after hours: (517) 896-0860, Michigan National Guard.

The public affairs officer assisting Jimenez's family is Lt. Col. Jeffrey Buczkowski, (212) 784-0113 or (212) 784-0112, after hours: (785) 410-5522, Army public affairs-New York Branch.

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Monday, June 4, 2007
Al-Qaeda In Iraq Claims It Killed Captured U.S. Soldiers
June 4, 2007 -- An Al-Qaeda umbrella group has claimed its militants killed three U.S. soldiers after capturing them in Iraq in May.
The claim was made in a new video recording released today by the Islamic State In Iraq.

An unidentified voice made the claim on the video, which was made available to Western news agencies by the Washington-based Search for International Terrorist Entities (SITE) Institute..

(AFP, AP, Reuters, CNN)
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NEWS RELEASES from the United States Department of Defense

No. 591-07 IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 15, 2007
Media Contact: (703) 697-5131/697-5132
Public/Industry(703) 428-0711

DoD Announces Army Soldiers as Whereabouts Unknown

The Department of Defense announced today the identities of four soldiers listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN) while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.They have been unaccounted for since May 12 in Al Taqa, Iraq, when their patrol was attacked by enemy forces using automatic fire and explosives.They are assigned to the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

 Reported as DUSTWUN are:

 Sgt. Anthony J. Schober, 23, of Reno, Nev. (Killed in attack, remains recovered)

 Spc. Alex R. Jimenez, 25, of Lawrence, Mass.

 Pfc. Joseph J. Anzack Jr., 20, of Torrance, Calif.

 Pvt. Byron W. Fouty, 19, of Waterford, Mich.

 Search and recovery efforts are ongoing, and the incident is under investigation.

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http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/05/16/lawrence_soldier_missing_in_iraq/

http://www.eagletribune.com/puopinion/local_story_180115630?keyword=topstory

http://www.wtop.com/?nid=105&sid=1151176

http://kikoshouse.blogspot.com/2007/05/triangle-of-death-hostage-search-day-13.html

http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/americas/06/20/missing.soldier.wife.ap/index.html

http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F70812F83A540C768CDDAF0894DF404482&n=Top%2fReference%2fTimes%20Topics%2fOrganizations%2fA%2fAl%20Qaeda%20in%20Mesopotamia

http://www.armytimes.com/news/2007/06/army_missing_070629w/

http://salem-news.com/articles/june292007/soldiers_missing_62907.php