Home of Record: Santa Clarita
Date of Birth: July 20, 1983
Family: Married, 1 Child
Service: Army of the United States
Rank: Private First Class
Length of Service:
Unit: 25th Transportation Company
Based: Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
Supporting: Operation Iraqi Freedom
Incident Date: November 16, 2004
Casualty Date: November 16, 2004
Age at Loss: 21
Location: Qayyara (south of Mosul), Iraq
Remains: Eternal Valley Memorial Park, Newhall
Narrative: PFC José Ricardo Flores-Mejia of Santa Clarita served with the 25th Transportation Company, 25th Infantry Division.
At age 21, PFC Flores-Mejia was killed November 16, 2004, in Mosul, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device hit his convoy.
He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, among numerous other citations. PFC Flores-Mejia's son was born just days before he was killed.
His grandmother, Eva Carrillo, died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Mexico while she was en route to his funeral.
PFC Flores-Mejia is buried at Eternal Valley Cemetery in Newhall, Calif.