Monday, September 10, 2012
The two members of the U.S. Army killed last week when their OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter crashed in Afghanistan were, according to the Department of Defense: Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jose L. Montenegro Jr., 31, of Houston, Texas, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Thalia S. Ramirez, 28, of San Antonio, Texas.
A colleague of Ramirez and Montenegro wrote to Home Post about how dearly missed is coworkers are. (He asked not to be identified.) These are his words:
Thalia Ramirez was a very beautiful, sweet, kind, caring, officer that was instant friends with all those she met. Her warm smile always lit up a room and she could always bring joy to those around her. She will be deeply missed, and the lives of her fellow pilots and other soldiers will be a lot less bright with her gone.
Mr. Montenegro was a caring, loving person who cherished his friends, his family back in Texas, and those he worked with.
There is a huge hole in the hearts of all of us here in the 1/17th Cavalry that will never be filled.
The Fayetteville Observer reports Montenegro is survived by his mother, Reyna Torres, and sister, Liliana Montenegro. Ramirez leaves behind a husband, Jesse Belbeck, and parents Justin Ramirez and Alexandra Moll.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.