It is with deepest sympathy that the California National Guard announces the death of Sergeant Quoc Tran, age 26, on 7 November 2004. Sergeant Tran died as a result of wounds received during an improvised explosive device (IED) attack while serving with his unit in Baghdad, Iraq. He is survived by his father and mother.
Sergeant Tran joined the California Army National Guard on 4 December 2002 as a small arms repairman. He was a prior service soldier, having served on active duty with the Army from 1996 to 2002. He was an outstanding soldier who was frequently cited for “selfless service and fastidious attention to detail” in the accomplishment of his duties. Sergeant Tran was a proud soldier who believed in the traditions of the military and had served with distinction as a member of the military honor guard at Fort Irwin. He was ordered to active duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on 15 November 2003.