Friday, April 13, 2012
According to the Department of Defense, Kaipat died while conducting combat operations in Helmand province.
He was assigned to the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton.
Kaipat was born in Saipan in 1989, and his family moved to Tacoma, Washington in 2004. It was at the family home in Tacoma where Marines broke the news to loved ones that Ramon Kaipat had been killed in action.
Ramon's brother, Pedro Jr., told the Saipan Tribune:
“I couldn't accept it, I couldn't believe it. Just a couple of days before that, we were talking on the phone and everything was okay. He sounded happy. He said he was fine. He sounded a lot better than his previous call when he sounded tired. He was even joking on the phone when I last talked to him.”
In addition to younger brother Pedro Jr., Ramon Kaipat leaves behind an older sister, Pearllita, mother Sinforosa, and father Pedro Sr.