Nov. 16, 1974 San Diego San Diego County California, USA
Mar. 12, 2008 Dhi Qar, Iraq
Specialist Samten, 33, of Prescott, Arizona. He joined the Army in July 2006, and completed basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and advanced individual training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. In May 2007, he was assigned to the 7th Special Troops Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Eustis, Virginia. He was killed with 2 other soldiers in Tallil, Iraq, when their vehicle was hit by indirect fire. His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal. He was posthumously promoted to Specialist. He is survived by his wife and children.
A native of San Diego, CA, who grew up in Santee and attended school in Lakeside, he was born Joshua Edmund Michael Rodriques and changed his name to reflect his Buddhist beliefs. [from member 47237309]