It is with deepest sympathy that the California National Guard announces the death of Staff Sergeant Alfredo Barajas Silva, age 35, on 15 September 2005. SSG Silva died as a result of an IED that struck his vehicle in Baghdad, Iraq. He is survived by his wife and daughter, and his mother.
Staff Sergeant Silva joined the California Army National Guard on 11 November 1998 after serving three years with the U.S. Army as a Fire Support Specialist for a COLT Team in Fort Hood, TX. He began his service with the California Army National Guard as an engineer and later transferred to Company B, 640th Division Aviation Support Battalion (DASB) as a Metal Worker Repairer. In August of 2004 Staff Sergeant Silva was transferred to Detachment 1, HHB 1-487th FA as a Forward Observer and ordered to active duty for the purpose of OCONUS Deployment ISO Operation Iraqi Freedom. Prior to mobilization Staff Sergeant Silva was also a member of the California Counter-Drug Task Force’s Team Engineer. He was a very private person, but loved to talk about his wife and daughter, whom he cherished dearly.