Soldier from Norwalk killed in Iraq

(07/28/03) NORWALK - The Department of Defense confirmed Monday that 24-year-old Pfc. Wildredo Perez, Jr. of Norwalk was one of three soldiers killed Saturday in Baghdad while guarding a children's hospital.

Perez, along with Sgt. Daniel Methvin of Texas and Spc. Jonathan Barnes of Missouri, died when a grenade was thrown from the window of the hospital they were guarding.

All three were assigned to Headquarters and the Headquarters Company of the Army's 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 4th Infantry Division based in Forth Hood, Texas.

The Perez family was not notified as to when Perez's body will be returned home, so they have not made funeral plans yet. Still, the city and local veterans are already planning to honor the young soldier. Governor Rowland ordered all flags across the state to be flown at half-staff in Perez's honor.

Perez went to Norwalk High School before joining the military. His family still lives in the city.

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